Stacey Soble has been involved in the conversation of salon business for more than two decades—as a reporter, a consultant and as the editor in chief of SALON TODAY. She has been responsible for growing the brand's celebrated recognition programs, SALON TODAY 200 and SALONS OF THE YEAR, and has launched two new competitions in recent years--STAMP (SALON TODAY's Annual Marketing Program) and the SALON TODAY Total Makeover Competition. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of salon business at industry events.
As both peaceful protests and violent looting sweep the nation after the death of George Floyd, salon owners struggle with a complexity of emotions as their business are damaged and boarded up, and curfews interfere with their reopening plans.
As salons around the country are opening, they're all taking a critical look at their policies and procedures as it relates to new hygiene guidelines. Disposable towels not only save time on laundry, they offer a reassurance to team members and clients who worry about sanitation.
In Mississippi, Lisa Cochran searches her database, selects clients with expertise in social distancing and safety protocols, invites them in for a soft opening and asks them to audit her policies and procedures.
Color can energize and color can soothe, it can set a playful tone or a serious one. This year's Salons of the Year master the use of color to envelop clients in their culture and bring them along on an experiential journey.
With its playful style and design surprises around the corner, Andreas Hogue Salon in Vernon Hills, Illinois, captures the 2020 Salon of the Year Grand-Prize title and the cover of the May/June issue of SALON TODAY.
PENZONE Salon + Spa's Debra Penzone offers her favorite recipes for smoothies and facial masks, walks viewers through chair yoga when you need a stretch after hours of Zoom calls, and a meditative moment to end your day.