Updated: Feb 10, 2020
I've toyed with the idea of a blog post for quite some time. I often am able to write my thoughts more clearly than I can speak them. My mind races in multiple directions and often my words get lost in translation. I write lengthy Facebook posts from time to time when I get something on my mind. When I speak just know it's genuine and truly heartfelt... I'm definitely not a good bullshitter.
Today I wrote a Facebook post aimed towards clients and hairstylists alike. The general message was to know your worth as a stylist and as a client to understand and value the services that you are asking for from beauty professionals. The post was as follows:
"Guys, please understand the cost of hair services varies depending on each individual stylist as well as each individual client. Different factors to consider are: demographic, specialty, specific trainings, professionalism, salon environment, hair length and thickness, products used, hair history, just to name a few.
To have your hair done is not a necessity, it's a privilege. If you want your hair done please be sure it's a service that you can afford to maintain. Speak to your stylist about a style or color that fits your personal beauty budget. I'm not trying to be rude by any means but consistently asking for discounts and telling a stylist they charge too much or that you don't want to pay XYZ amount is like asking a plastic surgeon to make you beautiful on his own dime because YOU deserve it. The entitlement is too much. There are options available that will fit your budget but just know if you're on a strict budget sometimes you can't always get exactly what you want. It's called sacrifice and we all have to do it in life.
Stylists work long hard emotionally exhausting days because we care about you and making you feel good and sometimes that means helping you through life while simultaneously making you look and feel your best. We don't have the pleasure of corporate rate insurance, paid vacations, sick days, and God forbid inclement weather. Please respect our craft, our skill, and our families that we're working hard to support.
Last but not least, thank you to all my clients, friends, and family that support my business because without you I would not be me. You're all amazing...thank you for pushing me to be better and for your patience as I learn new techniques to bring you! I'm not the best but I damn sure aspire to be! 💕"
The bottom line is, we sacrifice to ultimately get what we want especially in the beauty industry. You know that cliche saying "where there's a will there's a way". Clients are no different, they will pay for what they want, but you have to demand your worth.
Beauty professional's, stop prostituting your services... give clients the value for their money and they will not hesitate to pay!
Clients, understand that you do not negotiate with your doctor on the price of the service or the server when you go out to eat and you shouldn't with your hairstylist either. If you feel you're not getting value for the service, tell them; trust me when I say we want YOU happy. If for some reason you come across a disgruntled stylist that does not have your best interest at heart then it's probably time to find a new one.