Harry Wood Performance coach and stylist at the Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, Georgia, and the founder of the Six Figure Stylist Program and App
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL 20-year styling career and several leadership roles at the Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, Georgia, Harry D. Wood felt that developing an educational program that helped stylists excel at their careers and enhance their income was his next entrepreneurial progression. His Six Figure Stylist program and its resulting App is his love letter to the industry, but Wood is finding that it’s opening up even more doors.
ST: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN YOUR CURRENT SALON?
HDW: I just celebrated my 20-year anniversary with Van Michael. I love where I work, and I chose it because I wanted to work at the best salon in Atlanta, one with the same core beliefs where education was valued and hairdressers became successful. I was one of the first hairdressers at Van Michael to cross the six-figure line, which is when the idea for my app and my presentation was born.
ST: YOUR IPHONE APP, SIX FIGURE HAIRDRESSER, GIVES THE STYLIST DAILY COACHING POINTS AND MOTIVATIONS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. WHAT HAS BEEN THE RESPONSE IN THE INDUSTRY?
HDW: We have sold the app in 22 countries now. My Six Figure Hairdresser presentation is based on my own beliefs and how I became successful. I want to share them with my industry, and my hope is that these practices become a global standard for hairdressers.
ST: WHY DID YOU DECIDE THAT AN IPHONE APP WAS THE WAY TO DELIVER THIS EDUCATION?
HDW: Everyone has a smartphone now, so hairdressers can have a constant reminder of all of the things they need to do behind the chair to build their business.
ST: WHAT TOPICS DOES THE APP COVER?
HDW: It covers how to think like a successful hairdresser and take control of your own business. Stylists need to realize that they are in business for themselves but not by themselves. They work in a salon but their own business is determined directly on how well they manage their clients, if they set and reach their own goals—not waiting for the salon to do it for them. The app also reminds hairdressers about different revenue streams like retail, as well as how to maximize production, how to deliver customer service as if every client was a celebrity, how to reinvent themselves and their service so clients find more value in it, how to tie in price increases to continued education, and how to use social media to connect with clients and to educate them on new products and trends.