After trying out the hair industry in two different franchise companies and two privately owned salons over the last three or four years, I’m now fully aware of the pros and cons of both situations.
I was burnt out at the first franchise, which was a hair salon within, but not affiliated with, Walmart. I liked it in the beginning, and over time I was bored and also sick of the hateful, lower class clients (that was the majority). The clients there were maybe the greatest downfall, because nobody treats people in or around Walmart with much respect, which is demotivating. So I left and started at a private salon, I thought my worries and troubles would lessen, but it was quite the opposite..
After the first couple of months died down and I realized that there weren’t enough clients for any of us who were working there, and that the clients that did come, were still not frequent enough to make a decent living, I felt stuck in a rut. In fact, it was so unstable it was saddening and frustrating, and I was just lucky to have a boyfriend who owns a house (meaning, I don’t have bills, so I could survive on $400 a month, that’s about what it was, give or take.)
After much time thinking and researching, I found out about a hair company that actually cares about their stylists, and it’s evident by the training classes, and the best hourly pay I could find within the industry, not to mention all the girls who I knew that worked there, all talked about how awesome it was to be there…
It’s a salon called SportClips (been around 25 years, idk why I never heard about it in hair school!!) It’s no drama, you get to wear cute shirts and yoga pants or shorts, great tips, no harmful chemicals, and I never have to deal with women, which is helpful since women always have attitudes and think they know everything about hair and would try to tell me how to do my job at other salons. So yes, I recommend this job to anyone who wants to have fun doing hair and make good money, the best tips ever, too!
The shifts are usually 4-6 hours, and it’s busy enough that the time flies. There’s always at least two people working at a time, so you’re never left alone which is safe and comforting. The prices are worthy enough to keep out riff Raff, so you don’t have to deal with low class, rude people. And my favorite part of all is that the clients check themselves in online or upfront as they walk in, this means the stylists don’t have to pause what they’re doing and go play receptionist. It’s an amazing work environment!
Now I’ve been doing hair for a couple months with this company, my paychecks are getting better and better, and I’m already building a clientele! The girls I work with are friendly and cool too.
It is really depressing that women I know on Facebook who work at private salons, are always part of pyramid schemes or side businesses/second jobs… If they would just come to SportClips, they wouldn’t go anywhere else. I have seen them trying to sell makeup, energy drinks, insurance, etc. That’s how I know they aren’t making ends meet/enough to be happy in their salons, that’s why they have to do side projects.. unless some people enjoy never having free time.. yeah right!
**** People always say, “If you go to a big city, at a super nice salon in the heart of the city, or do celebrity makeup and hair in California, you’ll be rich… Well, let me tell you why that’s unreasonable, and unagreeable to my nature…. ( It’s fine if that’s what you want to do but don’t tell me how to run my life, sweets!)
– I don’t want to move. I like the small town I’m from.
– I would have to do women’s hair to make a ton at a regular salon, and I don’t like women..
– I would have to do time consuming, tedious chemicals (hair colors, highlights, and such) to make that much at a traditional salon, and I don’t want to spend two to four hours with each client, inhaling bleach fumes for bitchy women every day… (Not worth it in my book!!)
– I would have to slave eight hours a day at one of those full service salons, (every Saturday, mind you) doing color, perms, keratin treatments (which are unhealthy to inhale/cancerous) and other high dollar services on women, to make bank….
So my question to you is….
Whywould I leave this fab job, where I only do cuts/shampooing/scalp massages on laid-back, higher class men, finish with every client within 20-25 minutes (I’ve done 21 clients in one day even!), only have to work 25-30 hrs a week (get to have different days off every week, and paid vacation, taxes taken care of for me) and make better tips than doing stupid ass women,and the best paychecks without breaking my little back???
I wouldn’t. 🌞
Thank you for reading all that.