Combat boredom in the salon by varying your routine and trying new things from time to time. Whether you’ve got a little downtime or you simply need to kick-start a new routine, there are many ways to re-energize and refresh your surroundings in order to up the entertainment factor of your job.
Attend a class. Whether in the salon or at a beauty show, classes offer a fun way to familiarize ourselves with new products and techniques. Classes are also a great way to refresh our skills and brush up on techniques we haven’t quite perfected. For a list of trade shows, go to NAILS' online resources page.
Be a mentor. Go to the forums at beautytech.com to offer up your services as a mentor online. Contact a local cosmetology program to mentor in your area. If you are new to the industry or just looking to network, the BeautyTech website is a great place to start.
Create a new salon service. What about a pedicure of the month? Chocolate pedicures for February, Hot Buttered Rum pedicures for November, and Peppermint pedicures for December. Create a signature service for the salon. Have fun developing sensory driven descriptions that are sure to lure clients.
Develop a new nail art design. Experiment with a new texture or medium. Try mixing embellishments and color, embedding flowers in acrylic or gel, or creating freehand art for the season. Practice on nail tips that can double as a display for clients. Rotate the display to keep clients interested. Take pictures as you complete the designs on clients; they will look great on your website.
Experiment with new music in the salon. Tired of hearing the same old tunes? Find new selections that fit your style and clientele. You can also sell music in your retail area. Visit hipstermusic.com/retail.
Fight the urge to gossip and instead share useful information with a purpose. Brush up on the features and benefits of products in the salon. Share the info with clients as you recommend the items they should be using at home.
Get some fresh air. Take a short break and step outside. A change of scenery can break up a busy day. Tuck a few business cards in your pocket; you never know who you will run into.
Have a word of the day and weave it into conversation. Product ingredients are a great place to start. Explain to your clients the benefits or jojoba or lycopene, for example.
Inspect the salon. Self-inspection is a great way to find areas for improvement. Develop a list of areas to monitor. “The nail area of the salon gets dusty very quickly. I like to re-arrange the retail area during downtime. It keeps the clients interested,” says Shannon Chomanczuk of A Polished Image, in Windsor, N.Y. Small cleaning tasks can be accomplished when you finish early or a client is running late.
Journal ideas for your perfect dream salon. Everyone dreams of building a better salon. What would you change if money was no object? What would your perfect employees look and act like? Jotting these things down is a productive way to cultivate a vision and keep track of fleeting ideas.
Keep up with fashion and style trends by flipping through magazines and style books. Popular culture is captured in the fashion magazines. Your clients look to you for advice on what is trendy. Check out NAILS' online Style channel for the latest in trends and styles. It’s not only fun — it’s research!
Laugh a little. Research shows that laughing can actually keep us healthier. So, go ahead, enjoy a big, belly laugh. According to helpguide.org, “People who laugh heartily on a regular basis have lower standing blood pressure than the average person. When people have a good laugh, initially the blood pressure increases, but then it decreases to levels below normal. Breathing then becomes deeper, which sends oxygen enriched blood and nutrients throughout the body."