- The Financial Reality Of Being A Hairstylist
- The Hair Extensions Opportunity
- Where Does The Money Come From?
- The Importance Of Hair Quality Pricing Strategies
- The Creative Part Of Hair Artistry
- The Hair Maintenance Marketing For Hairstylists
The Financial Reality Of Being A Hairstylist
As we are all aware, cosmetology school is not cheap with the average cost to become a licensed cosmetologist ranging anywhere between $20,000-$35,000. The general rule of thumb thereafter is to enlist as an apprentice with minimal pay for 12-24 months to become more efficient in the industry. The challenge, therefore, is to find a solution that allows you to create extra revenue wherever possible and the obvious is to perfect extra skill sets such as partaking in color courses, cutting techniques, styling, and the like.
The Hair Extensions Opportunity
Studies show that one of the quickest money producers is to become proficient in and offer hair extensions in the salon. Surprisingly over 70% of cosmetologists do not offer this extra service. Stylist and salons that add extension services see an average increase of at least $23,000 per year, now giving you the stylist a MUCH more lucrative return on your investment. Therefore the objective of this report is to give you a detailed description of just how easy, enjoyable, and rewarding both financially and emotionally this arena can be.
As with any new technique, skill is going to take both practice and dedication and hair extensions are no exception. The beauty however is that, with today’s modern systems, they are relatively easy to become well versed in particularly if you have the right company providing the education.
The two systems that are by far the most popular is I-tip and Tape extensions. So you need to look for a company that will be offering you only the best quality products, giving you the confidence that the hair will always be premium quality, ensuring your clients enjoy long-lasting, reusable, luxurious hair. In addition, it should also offer the best education available, so coupled together you are in good hands to maximize this opportunity.
The goal has always been and always will be Beauty, Confidence, and Happiness, and if you offer an excellent service to your guests, you will be rewarded in so many different ways. If your client looks good, they automatically feel good therefore giving you the confidence to achieve your ongoing goals.
Where Does The Money Come From?
When it comes to pricing, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Your time and expertise are valuable, your years of experience and location will play a factor in how much you charge however following a few simple guidelines will assist you in maximizing profitability. When quoting your price always keep in mind that the majority of the revenue will come from the maintenance and always remember that the more affordable your initial install is the more clients will be able to afford it.
Typically I-tips start at 20” or longer and each bundle consists of 25 individual tips and the Tape extensions should only come with 10 strips (5 sandwiches) thus giving you a wider palette choice as opposed to limiting your client to only two colors. In each case, the general rule is 4-5 bundles of both I-tip & Tape. Prices can vary with an average price per bundle for I-tip being anywhere between $80-100 per bundle and Tape anywhere from $90-120 as Tape is usually slightly heavier in weight.
The Importance Of Hair Quality
One of the most important aspects to remember is that quality should never be compromised so when sourcing an extension supplier be prepared to pay a little extra for elite quality. One point of view is to not be fooled with glib marketing as the most important requirement when looking for extensions is to ensure that they are 100% full cuticle. This ensures that the cuticle is intact which not only gives longevity to the extensions themselves but makes them far more versatile as they can generally hold color, moisture and do not become dry or start matting. To guarantee that you prevent these concerns all the hair needs to be lying in the same direction and only a limited amount of companies can offer this guarantee.
With the correct choice of supplier, the extensions can and should (with the correct maintenance) last anywhere from 12-24 months that is why your initial research is so important. While it might be difficult to locate a hair supplier that offers a warranty on the hair this is the ultimate find, as any company that is prepared to offer a warranty on their hair is a clear indicator that they have confidence in their product. Now while some suppliers will offer you a warranty this is normally at an added expense and you have to ask yourself why? This added expense ranges from 15-20% of the initial cost so be cautious because now when you go to check out you will see that your cost for the extensions has gone up dramatically which reduces your bottom line.
While a supplier that offers a warranty at no extra expense is a rare find, we suggest you take the time to diligently research your supplier because truth be told, you are creating a form of partnership with this supplier and you are looking for a long term relationship. Bear in mind, that an unconditional warranty does not exist in the industry and there will be some limitations such as typically chemical treatments or coloring will void most warranties, which is understandable, considering stylists of all levels of expertise will be installing these extensions. So, the time you put into your research now to find the “ultimate supplier” will pay huge dividends down the road and ensure you will have ongoing success with satisfied clients.
So now that you have doubled your investment it is advisable to offer a complimentary wash and blow out a day or two after the installation for a variety of reasons:
- Very few installations are perfect on the first round and more often than not your client would like a few extensions moved as they adjust to the feel.
- This will give your client the opportunity to see how easy it is to handle them while washing and blow-drying and you can give them added instruction/tips such as never blow-dry the hair in an upside-down position, etc. as during the installation process it is a lot for them to take in during the initial fitting.
- It will also reassure your client that you are there for them should they need you and establish a long-term relationship, which will give them the confidence to refer you to friends and colleagues.
The Creative Part Of Hair Artistry
The Hair Maintenance
All clients that have extensions installed will need to return regularly to their original stylist for what we refer to as a touch-up or move up and this is the real “meat on the bone”. The ideal time frame is to coordinate this service with their regular coloring which typically is every 4-6 weeks. While the guest is in the chair having their color processed it gives you the opportunity to do the extension adjustment which in both systems is approximately 45-60 minutes and herein lies how lucrative the extension world can be.
Additionally, most stylists have reported that once they have achieved a certain level of expertise their clients actually become “a walking talking billboard” on their behalf promoting their work to family and friends and it should be expected that you will receive at least one to two referrals from every good installation (price-dependent).
Marketing For Hairstylists
From a marketing perspective with your clients’ permission it is always suggested to take a before and after of every installation and as your portfolio grows so will your examples of your work. Social Media is your friend here and a good supplier company will also have marketing tips included in their education. If you have truly put time and dedication into your skillset it will not be long before you start seeing more and more people reviewing your work, which will ultimately result in more clients. Stylists who have dedicated their time to becoming a specialist in hair extensions have found their revenue increase many-fold and they become the salon of choice in their area.
In conclusion, we hope that this has been informative and the “smart money” says that those that take advantage of this opportunity will become part of an incredibly lucrative sector of the hair industry and will be sure to acquire newfound wealth.