Top 7 rules of salon ethics every hairdresser should be aware of

Whether you call it “salon ethics”, “rules of engagement” or “workplace etiquette”, there are certain codes of conduct which hairdressers need to respect and follow. Our 7 rules will take you on the fast track of success by having the right attitude, appropriate behaviour, and personal commitment.

The 7 rules of salon ethics are not only about bringing customers back, but also about sending them away happy enough to refer you to their friends. Here they are:

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1. Be on time

If you have a policy about clients who are late then it is important that you are punctual. If you are a mobile hairdresser, you will probably be travelling to your clients, so ensure you allow enough time between clients and take into account things like traffic. Likewise, if you work in a salon ensure you are ready for the client when they arrive.

Sometimes things can be out of your control but be considerate and respectful of your customers’ time. Even if you are occasionally late, try not to make it a regular thing.

2. Keep your cell phone quiet and out of sight

It can come across as unprofessional to have someone who keeps checking their phone or answering private calls while performing a service. It’s best to leave your phone out of sight and on silent when you are with clients. If it is essential that your phone is on, let your friends/family know you are with a client and only to contact you if there is an emergency.

3. Get a clear understanding of what your client wants

Nothing is worse than your client leaving the salon feeling unsatisfied or disappointed with their hair. Make sure you know exactly what they want and reconfirm before you start. You could even show examples of what the client has asked for, to ensure you are on the right track. For example, if your client requests shorter hair, that might mean a trim, but to you it could indicate a complete style change.

4. Be prepared before your client arrives

Ask your clients exactly what they want before they arrive, so you know that you have all the right equipment/products to do the job. Then have all your tools ready to use, and sanitised before you reach a client’s house or the client arrives at the salon. Be prepared to offer your full attention to the client in your chair.

5. Remain courteous and professional when talking with your client

Avoid talking about volatile topics, including religion or politics. Watch your language, too, so that you don’t offend anyone. If possible, focus on the client’s interests and hobbies. Once you develop longstanding relationships with your customers you will begin to know what they enjoy talking about.

6. Be neat & dress professional

If you are working in a salon, you probably have a dress code to follow. At the same time, mobile hairdressers normally don’t adhere to such rules, however it is important to dress up appropriately around your clients. We are probably stating the obvious, but also make sure you are clean, neat and well-manicured.

Make sure your breath is clean and fresh, avoid excessive perfume and don’t forget to use your deodorant. You and your client will be in close quarters long enough to notice.

7. Be efficient

Regardless of whether you are a freelance, mobile or salon-based hairdresser, your efficiency is important not only for your personal growth, but also for the company you are working for. If you are wasting time, products or resources you will be ignoring another essential rule. Salon owners and clients can easily spot it, which doesn’t leave a good impression.

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