Properly Dressed: Four owners weigh in on their dress code policies.
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mplementing a dress code at your salon helps staff radiate professionalism. An immaculate appearance leaves a good first impression, and it promotes confidence in both the client and the stylist.

What is your salon’s
dress code?


Tom: Our dress code is any
combination of black and
white, accessorized by silver
or gold.

Sara: Professional attire—yet
fashion-forward. No short
shorts, cut offs, midriffs
exposed. Clothing must be
clean and not worn, hair styled
and appropriate make-up.

David: Dress to impress, no denim with
tennis shoes, no excessive skin
showing, sharp-looking denim,
sharp-looking tees, clean and
ironed, no underwear visible, no
offensive writing or images.

Kathy: The following is not allowed:
poorly fitted clothes, tank
tops, undershirts, mini-skirts,
shorts, athletic shoes, casual
fl ip-fl ops, long pants that drag
on the ground, and sweatshirts
including those with hoods. No
midriffs or excessive cleavage.


How does your salon
enforce the dress code?


Tom: Because we’ve had our dress
code for so long, we find that
it’s really second nature and we
don’t have to enforce it that
often.

Sara: The managers are responsible
for handling dress violations.
If someone is inappropriately
dressed, they will be asked to
go home and change.


David: We have assigned someone
to monitor dress code.

Kathy: We rarely have to enforce it
but we have asked staff to
never wear something again
and we have sent staff home
to change.


Do you have reward
days where employees
can break the dress
code?


Tom: Exceptions usually involve
adding a punch of color for a
special event or holiday.

Sara: Team members pay $5 to
wear jeans during a month.
Currently throughout this
month, any team member that
wears jeans is accruing time to
go volunteer hair services at a
local woman’s shelter.

David: We used to wear black as a
dress code so being able to
wear colors jeans etc. we feel
is a reward.

Kathy: Denim is allowed as long
as it’s neat, fashionable and
well fitting when worn with
shoes and a top that creates a
dressy, professional look.



Tom Bell

Director of Development, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas (tricoci.com) in Oak Brook, IL


Sara Wisda

Owner of Aura Aalon & Day Apa (aura-salon.com) in Acottsdale, AZ

Dress Code Policies

David Valencia

Owner of DK Hair (dkhair.com) in San Diego, CA

Dress Code Policies

Kathy Alexander

Owner of Salon de Nouveau (salondn.com) in Tucson, AZ