With a goal aimed at helping its 4,500 stylists and 800 estheticians achieve personal and professional success while strengthening loyalty to the company, Ulta Beauty launched its Path to Abundance career path program in the summer of 2008. According to Phil Horvath, Ulta Beauty’s general manager and vice president of salon operations, it was a time in the company’s history when they were looking to grow, and he wanted a career system that would help Ulta stand out among other independent salons and even other chains
Guests in a hotel are almost always there for an event that they want to look great for, whether it’s a vacation, a wedding or a business meeting. However, after the hassle of packing and travelling, there’s always something that gets lost in the mix – like nails! They have an outfit planned to perfection, but forgot that chipped nails are going to look awful in those peep-toe heels. So, they head to the hotel concierge and ask about near-by salons that offer manis and pedis.
If you have a bright business idea that’s fueling your salon’s growth, it’s time to check out the new Salon Today 200 application on salontoday.com. The 19-year-old competition that puts the spotlight on salon owners and best business practices gets a retooling this year, with new straightforward essay questions and two new competition categories—salon culture and inventory control.
In the bustling salon industry, the experience a client has in the chair is really the deciding factor whether he or she will come back. People can get a haircut anywhere, but Brianne Prince, owner of Brianne Prince Salon in Mason, Ohio, makes her clients look and feel wonderful with an oil-focused scalp cleansing and massage experience.
Loop HR, a 24-hour, cloud based, on-line salon management HR facility that enables management and staff to share valuable information and maximize employee performance, was founded by Ian Egerton to provide affordable business support services to the salon and spa industry. Egerton has over 30 years salon management experience, has worked as a hairdresser for 25 years and today employs a team of over 25 hairdressers, beauty therapists and clinicians at his London Bridge salon.
In light of recent news reports, I would be remiss if I did not discuss the protection of nail technician health and safety. As a provider of liability and workers’ compensation insurance and risk management to salons and spas, we are deeply invested in worker safety.
So, how do you protect nail techs from the chemicals on which their careers depend? According to OSHA and NIOSH, exhaust ventilation systems may provide a 50 percent reduction in technicians’ exposure to chemicals in nail salons.