In Start Your Own Hair Salon and Day Spa, the staff at Entrepreneur Press and writer Eileen Figure Sandlin explain how you can launch a successful full-service hair salon and day spa, a business that can be personally rewarding, makes a lot of people happy and can be very lucrative. In this edited excerpt, the authors outline the type of employees you’ll need to help make your salon/spa a success.
One of the more challenging aspects of being a salon owner will be hiring and retaining good employees. This can seem like a daunting task, not just because both of these responsibilities can be very time-consuming but also because there’s so much riding on employees’ skills. Their ability and talent, as well as their attitudes and work ethic, will influence every aspect of the business, from client retention rate to the bottom line, so you’ll need to choose your employees very carefully.
The whole issue of hiring is further complicated by one sticky little problem: There’s a lot of competition out there for qualified salon personnel. It’s not uncommon for rival salon owners to try to lure away talented stylists from each other with promises of more money and better working conditions. Then there’s the issue of walk-outs: when salon staff—usually stylists—decide they can do better on their own and leave a salon en masse to start their own businesses. Not only does the original salon lose its qualified staff, but it also then must compete for new staff members with the turncoats who left.
Here’s a rundown of the employees you’re likely to need for the day-to-day functioning of your new business, along with some typical salary ranges (which may vary depending on which part of the country you’re in):
Owner/Operator. You’re an employee, too, so you’re first on the list. Your day-to-day responsibilities will include overseeing operations, ensuring customer service is a top priority, making financial decisions, checking salon product and retail product inventory, handling personnel matters, hiring new staff, and assessing employee performance. All this is in addition to providing salon services if you’re a licensed, practicing cosmetologist. If you’re providing salon services as well, you can expect to spend up to 60 hours a week or more in the salon, depending on your bookings.
Salon Manager. Unless your salon is extremely small, the price you’ll pay for a manager’s salary is worth it. The manager can handle myriad tasks like paperwork, recordkeeping, employee scheduling, and purchasing. They’ll also oversee salon maintenance and handle facility management issues. This person should have the authority to act on your behalf in your absence. PayScale.com says that the median salary in a city like Indianapolis for a hair salon and spa manager with less than a year of experience is $34,000, while a manager with five or more years of experience earns a median salary of $38,000.
Hairstylist/Cosmetologist. Your stylists are the heart of your salon staff. Every state requires stylists to be licensed cosmetologists, so you’ll want to check their credentials when they apply for a job. A cosmetology license typically allows the holder to cut and color hair, and give manicures and facials. Ordinarily, additional licensing is necessary for services such as massage therapy, but it’s possible your cosmetologist will be permitted to give hand and foot massages without extra licenses. Check with your state’s board of cosmetology to see what the requirements are.
Hairstylists usually are paid in one of two ways: on straight commission or on a salary basis. Commission-based stylists usually earn 35 to 50 percent for each service they provide. Salary-based compensation is becoming more common and is actually easier to calculate since wages are typically paid on an hourly basis. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) says the median salary for hairdressers, hair stylists and cosmetologists, all of whom are lumped into a single statistical category, is $22,770, or $10.95 per hour.
A third compensation method, salary plus commission, is now fairly common. This arrangement can help increase business since the hairstylists are guaranteed a salary but earn a premium (commission) for every customer they serve.
Shampoo/Salon Assistant. This is the person who shampoos clients’ hair while the stylist is finishing up another client. He or she may also fold towels, sweep up hair clippings, and provide other general assistance around the shop. Often these assistants are newly minted cosmetology graduates who are looking for experience in the industry, or licensed assistants who haven’t yet completed enough hours to become a fully licensed stylist. Salon assistants earn minimum wage or a little more. Recruiter.com says the median annual income for a shampooer is $17,900.
Receptionist. In addition to greeting customers, the receptionist answers the phone, books appointments, gives directions, cashes out customers, and performs various other customer service duties like making coffee or even hanging up coats for clients. You should put this person in charge of the salon sound system, and make sure they’re extremely knowledgeable about the salon products you sell. A receptionist is usually paid a median wage of $12.49 per hour, according to the BLS.
Manicurist. This professional provides services like manicures, pedicures, and acrylic nail application and tipping, and must be a licensed cosmetologist. According to the BLS, a manicurist earns a median salary of $19,220.
If you’re going to be running a spa in addition to a hair salon, you’ll need the following staff:
Aesthetician. Aestheticians hold a special license from the state so they can provide services like facials, waxing, massage and other specialty body-care services. Often this person also does makeup consultations and application, especially if there’s no room in the budget to hire a dedicated makeup artist. The BLS reports that skin-care specialists like aestheticians have median annual earnings of $28,640.
Massage Therapist. Although an aesthetician can provide massage services, a massage therapist has a higher level of training and additional expertise. Most states require these professionals to hold a massage therapist license. According to the BLS, the average wage for a massage therapist is $35,970.
Electrologist. This person provides hair removal services and needs an electrologist license in many states. According to Salary.com, an electrologist is paid a median salary of $21,709.
Hands On Mobile Massage and Spa of Long Island has expanded their services to include massage and spa services on wheels. A motorhome has been converted into a spa that includes all the amenities of a brick and mortar spa with the convenience of staying close to the office or home.
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Hands On Mobile Massage and Spa presents a Spa-on-Wheels which offers the complete spa experience combining elegant decor, soothing music, scent-sational scents, warm inviting lighting and the most important ingredient of all, states Marla Kaplan-Pelle, Director of Hands On, “the dedicated licensed pro’s! People will enjoy the get-away feel, without leaving the office or home,” continues Kaplan-Pelle. The website reads, “Step into the spacious, luxurious spa and leave your cares behind! We seek to impress!”
Hands On understands that taking care of business also means taking care of the most valuable assets, the staff. Hands On will be focusing on small companies that understand the importance of their staff. A quick escape can be a quick solution. Hands On will offer long term solutions and special occasion events. Traditional massage and spa services have been adapted into an office-appropriate program that saves time, money, and backs. The Spa-on-Wheels is often referred to as Serenity-On-Wheels.
Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa has been serving the Commack Community since 2000. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy is a recognized leader in Advanced Medical Massage in Suffolk County, Long Island. Medical Massage is often the answer regarding pain, injury and disease. Hands On offers Pre-Natal and Post-Natal Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymph Drainage and is a recommended community provider for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Spa Services Division offers spa treatments such as therapeutic facials, skincare, microdermabrasion, body treatments, permanent makeup and para-medical cosmetics and cellulite reduction through ultrasound cavitation (Cavi-Lipo). The Wellness Day Spa has an extensive Couples Massage Spa Date Menu. Spa parties are a specialty. An array of services and packages are available for both on and off-site. Beyond the spa services include off-site on-site workplace of event mobile services which include bringing the day spa to the doorstep at home, venue or corporate function. Common events include bachelorette parties, showers, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16 Corporate Events and functions. Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy claims its licensed massage therapists and estheticians provide clients with the ultimate experience in attention, service and care.
Hands On HealthCare Massage Therapy and Wellness Day Spa
Marla Kaplan-Pelle, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist, Director
208 Commack Road, Commack, NY 11725
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were searching Tuesday for three men who allegedly held up a day spa on Staten Island and threatened an employee with a hammer.
The robbery happened around 6:20 p.m. this past Wednesday at the New Royal Spa, at 39 Railroad Ave. in the Dongan Hills section of Staten Island, police said.
The suspects walked into the day spa and threatened the employee with the hammer before making off with $600, police said.
Police have released surveillance video of the suspects.
Anyone with information was asked to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS, log onto the Crime Stoppers website, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.
The same spa was robbed at knifepoint twice in five days last fall, according to a Staten Island advance report. A suspect – Steven Huscha, 36, of Staten Island – was charged in those cases, the newspaper reported.
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” tweeted out a photo this weekend trying to drum up excitement for its first season.
The picture shows a set of matchbooks from the fictional law office of the main character complete with an Albuquerque address. So, what business really resides there?
It is a nail salon and now it’s the backdrop for the leading role’s law office.
A few months ago, the northeast Albuquerque business, Day Spa and Nail, had an unexpected guest come in the front door.
“A lot of people come in like there was something going on here,” Liem Vu said.
Those people were with the show Better Call Saul.
“[They said] we would like to look around your place and we’re really interested in your place,” Vu said.
Shortly after, they struck a deal- the beauty parlor playing the role of law office for Jimmy McGill, who goes on to become Saul Goodman.
“I feel very excited, very happy,” Vu said.
The “Breaking Bad” spinoff’s Twitter account recently posted a picture of matchbooks with the address 106 Juan Tabo Northeast, the same as Vu’s business. It’s been re-tweeted more than 800 times.
“People will probably come over here, more busy (sic) in the future,” Vu said.
Vu said the show has already filmed at the nail salon three times and they plan to come again in a few months.
When they do come in and film, Vu said the money is pretty good, better than a normal day of business. He thinks his nail salon could end up on the “Breaking Bad” map of spots to see in Albuquerque or the “Breaking Bad” tour.
He admits he’s never seen the show, though.
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Evolutions Recognized as Best Santa Barbara Day Spa
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Evolutions Medical Day Spa has an eight-year track record winning “Best of” awards in the medical spa category. Just one year after they expanded to include day spa services, the Santa Barbara Day spa was recognized by the Santa Barbara News-Press. Their Readers’ Choice poll results came in naming Evolutions the Best Day Spa in Santa Barbara. The newspaper report of the award reads:
“Evolutions started as a medical spa, but moved to a larger location last year to allow for the development of a day spa, which provides a serene atmosphere in which clients can indulge in facials, wraps, scrubs, massages, waxing and more. The highly trained medical staff treats you like royalty, as they are dedicated to pampering you and providing you with the tools to maintain harmony in your life.”
“Being awarded in a reader poll for our spa services is so appreciated,” says Brian Perkins, Managing Partner of Evolutions Medical Day Spa. “Knowing that the effort we have put into adding spa services is recognized by Santa Barbara and our neighboring communities is wonderful. We built our spa focusing on technology, training and results. Since we moved our location and expanded our services to be a full-service day spa, we continue to focus on results, as well as rejuvenation and relaxation. To see the community award us both as a medical spa and now also as a day spa is a true honor.”
Evolutions Medical Day Spa thanks the Santa Barbara News-Press readers and the newspaper for the recognition. To learn more about the Readers’ Choice awards, visit http://morenews.newspress.com/sbnp_web/readerschoice2014/index.html. To learn more about Evolutions Medical Day spa, visit EvolutionsMedicalSpa.com or EvolutionsDaySpa.com.
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Evolutions Medical Day Spa is focused on results, rejuvenation and relaxation. The spa offers the very best technology and innovative treatments for all skin types and a wide variety of concerns, including acne, wrinkles, sun damage, tattoo removal, and hair removal. Their full service day spa offers luxurious massages, facials and body treatments. The staff is overseen and trained by owner and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry J. Perkins. Evolutions Medical and Day Spa serves Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Ynez. EvolutionsMedicalSpa.com or EvolutionsDaySpa.com.
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NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Many people are finding that Metamorphosis Day Spa, located in Midtown Manhattan, is becoming less of a closely guarded secret when it comes to delivering superior luxury to the urbanites of New York City, especially with the latest updates on their vast spa treatment menu.
This ‘hidden gem’ of a spa has been a true jewel in the crown of spa providers in the city, dating back to 1997 when it first opened. Owner Cleo Londono, a savvy veteran who had worked in spas within the city, had a vision: create a spa environment that would captivate and enrapture a visitor from the moment they walked in until the moment they left even if their time was limited to only an hour. And with that, Metamorphosis Day Spa came into being as a constantly evolving leader in luxury spas in the city.
One highly lauded trait of Metamorphosis Day Spa is their continued innovation with regards to the needs of their customers. Staying true to that ethic, Metamorphosis Day Spa is now accepting the popular currency known as Bitcoin as payment for treatments as well as for skin care products on websites like; emergeskincare.com and organicskincare.com. They are also now offering online appointment scheduling for those customers that may be hampered by extremely busy schedules to make appointments in the traditional manner. Both developments have added to Metamorphosis Day Spa’s sterling reputation for quality service from the moment one makes an appointment until they leave their appointment fully satisfied.
Metamorphosis Day Spa in NYC prides itself on offering a vast array of services to its patrons from facials and massages to their increasingly popular body treatments. Among their latest facial treatment offerings are the Eminence Organic Facial, the Guinot Liftosome with Pro Collagen Facial, the GM Collin Hydrolifting Facial and the Green Peel Facial and much more. In addition, they are now also offering numerous monthly and daily deals on their spa treatments.
As Metamorphosis Day Spa in NYC says themselves, they give a visitor a grand opportunity to ‘step off the busy, noisy and hectic Manhattan streets into your own little sanctuary of heavenly bliss.’ One that will ensure that this hidden gem of a spa will shine for quite some time.
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127 East 56th Street
New York, NY 10022
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