• All Guys Haircuts = $10? Think Again!

    All guy’s haircuts are $10. No guy has ever paid more than $10 for a haircut. No one has ever charged more than $10 for a guy’s haircut.

    Hang on. Wait a minute. There are many guys who have handed over more than $10 to a haircutter. There are many haircutters who have taken more than $10 from a guy after a haircut. What is really going on here?

    A basic guy’s haircut only takes about six minutes. A basic guy’s haircut is only worth about $10. A guy haircut that is anything more than basic might take one more minute. It is still worth only $10. How then are haircutters charging more than $10? Why are guys forking over more than $10?

    It all comes down to the fact that they are not paying for the haircut. The first $10 of the transaction covers the haircut. You cut his hair, he gave you $10. That part is pretty simple. Things get complicated after that. How much more he is willing to pay is directly related to how much more than a haircut you are willing to give.

    We are enjoying the new golden age of men’s hair in the professional beauty industry in America. The sky is the limit for men’s haircut prices. The sky is the limit for what constitutes a men’s haircut experience. The list of features and accoutrements to be experienced in conjunction with a pretty simple haircut is vast and enticing.

    Shops offer big comfy chairs, expansive flat screen televisions, and icy cold Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Some offer wireless Internet connection, neck trimming between appointments and on-line booking accommodations. Still others proudly feature stunning retro décor, early morning and late night service hours and included neck and shoulder massages.

    The idea of what constitutes a “haircut experience” and what that experience contains is in an exciting, upward moving state of change. I have always defined value as “the feeling that you are getting more than you are paying”. Everyone wants value in every purchase at any price point. It doesn’t matter if you are selling hamburgers, Hondas, houses or haircuts. Clients are seeking value. Your task is to position your service and its experience as a value in the eyes of your target customer at your target price point.

    You can literally charge whatever you want for a men’s haircut in today’s marketplace. The secret to the puzzle is determining how much money you want to ask for and how much and of what you are willing to give to make it a value for everyone involved.

    You just want to give a guy haircut? That’s just ten bucks.

    Happy clippering.

    By Ivan Zoot | Source: ModernSalon.com

  • 5 Tips to Think About Before You Go Solo

    Thinking about going Solo?

    Are you ready to take the big leap and open the doors of freedom and independence? Or do you like the comfort of knowing you can depend on co-workers and salon management to keep you going? What’s right for you? Both journeys allow for different experiences that provide necessary knowledge that supports the passion for your career.

    In your first few years you need certain aspects of salon life to fully understand the way the business is run. The people that you work with are also your mentors and educators that help shape and polish the skills that you will always take with you in your quest to discover your own style of being a beauty professional. Those first few years can give you insight to new horizons, career choices, and networking opportunities that lead you to the next level and give you a foundation to grow on.

    5 Tips to think about before you become independent:


    Everyone works more proficiently with a little structure. It sets the tone with a system in place that everyone is requested to follow. Structure works well to get a team to work together because it provides rules and guidelines. Without it, everyone creates his or her own set of rules. The salon atmosphere may become unmanageable, and the salon filled with a negative attitude. So if you understand the value of structure, your salon life can be a great experience for you—one you can use as a blueprint for future.

    Communication Skills to Build

    For those of you who are still in the developmental period of your career, working in a salon is an excellent way to watch, listen and learn the creative ways to handle all the different personalities you will encounter. It is also a great way for you to view how to approach people with confidence, and how to develop your retail sales skills.

    Communication is the biggest tool you use every day, and without developing this skill you will have a very hard time in this business. Learning how to talk with your clients and peers takes constant and consistent effort in order to feel confident when handling personality differences.

    Paper work/ Responsibility

    Having someone do all the behind the scenes work is a gift to some cosmetologists. Naturally we are artists, and that type of work really doesn’t interest us. If you are a ‘let me create and go’ kind of person, then working in the salon is great for you. Your only paper responsibility is to yourself to know what you earned for the day. On the other hand, if it is the business skills that interest you, becoming an independent is an excellent way for you to learn how to become an entrepreneur.

    You can start anytime by taking classes to build business skills either on-line, at a local college or at industry shows. A cosmetology career offers the opportunity to be self-employed. It is up to the individual how they will practice their craft. Your career will evolve to new levels as you progress. As your life changes so will your career and you have the flexibility and options to create a working situation that fits your needs.

    Progressive Growth

    Change is the word that comes to mind when you are in this business. You need to be able to move forward in order to stay with the times. Working in a salon environment opens the

    doors to keeping up with the latest trends and techniques because you are around a variety of co-workers who share with you their personal styles and techniques. Working with a combination of different people offers inspiration and influences you to become more creative with your own work. Not to mention the fact that a little competition never hurt anyone. It keeps you sharp and helps you discover your own uniqueness.

    Being independent, you must be your own motivator and be able to know how to get inspiration. Your intuition is developed over time, but in the meantime, you still require stimulation to keep your energy high especially when you are working alone. Maintaining a level of professional skills demands continual education, and your success is determined by how well you keep your mental, spiritual and professional image alive. That‘s the first part of being an independent. The second part is learning how to become a small business owner.


    It is only natural for people to want to grow and feel in control of their lives. Isn‘t that the goal—to be able to learn as you go and move on to the next challenge? We all desire the freedom to express ourselves in our own way. That is one reason why we want to go solo. But like everything else in life, we need experiences that give to us the necessary tools to withstand all of the challenges we encounter when working alone. Time, people, environment, and shared common interest all play a key role in the confidence you need to become an independent.

    Source: Kathy Jager-educational solutions

  • Advantages of a Licensed Cosmetology School Certification

    As an aspiring cosmetologist, it’s important to keep in mind that the quality of the education you receive will be directly related to your future opportunities. This makes it incredibly important that you choose a licensed cosmetology school that has an excellent reputation in preparing students for creative careers in this growing industry.

    By selecting a licensed cosmetology school that meets the standards of a reputable accrediting agency, here are some of the benefits you can expect:

    Better job prospects. Employers know that licensed and accredited schools are required to meet the standards of excellence they’re looking for in their employees – making graduates of these programs more appealing to them as they look for new hires. These schools also tend to have better relationships with employers, which also give students an advantage over other cosmetology school graduates.

    Preparation for the licensing exam. Most states require cosmetology professionals to earn a professional license prior to working in the field – and to qualify for the exam; students must typically graduate from an accredited and licensed cosmetology school.

    Quality instructors. The best cosmetology school instructors work at the schools with the best reputations. These instructors typically have years of experience in the field, as well as a commitment to enhancing their own experience through continuing education courses and seminars. Most licensed cosmetology schools even require this additional education to ensure that every instructor is up to date on the latest skills and industry knowledge.

    In addition to the above advantages, it’s important to note that cosmetology schools that remain committed to maintaining their licensure and accreditation statutes also prove that they are committed to meeting the highest standards of educational quality for their students.

    Source: The Jolie Academies

  • House of Heavilin Beauty College Advantage #5

    House of Heavilin Beauty College is an Accredited post-secondary institution.

    What exactly does that mean?

    This mean House of Heavilin Beauty College has met rigorous standards to qualify for government and independent accreditation. We take pride in knowing our educational and financial systems are verified and cohesive.

    At House of Heavilin Beauty Colleges, we understand that returning to school might feel like a huge undertaking – especially when you need to find a way to pay for it. That’s why we offer financial aid options for students who qualify. Take a look at the resources available on our web site, or contact us to learn more about your financial aid options.


    House of Heavilin Beauty Colleges of Blue Springs Inc. (3 schools) are accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS).


    At House of Heavilin Beauty Colleges, we can assist you through the questions about your financial aid by meeting with our Admissions office. You must remember, however, that you will need a high school diploma or GED. If you received a home school diploma, you will need the Missouri State Board of Cosmetology to approve your transcript prior to applying for your initial state license. If you have specific questions, please contact our Admissions office at 816-229-9000, ext. 3.

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