The Illusion of Salon Business

It’s a long time since I started my first salon business in 1985. For me, it was about making the money. Yes, service was key but making money (profit not turnover) was the key. No money and my kids didn’t get fed. I was young, I was naïve but it worked and ran until today.…

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Salon Punk in Scotland

Life & Time: Something’s Going On

Grab a coffee, grab a seat, get some quiet and read. I’m on a plane. I’ve just had a moment. Before I tell you that moment I will tell you why I am on a plane. I have been invited to visit a 21-year old salon business that has become layered with unnecessary ideas, old…

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Alan Forrest Smith

ReDefining Everything

We are definitely in an age where everything is being RE/defined. Salon business, workspace, money, life, death, age and just about anything else you can think of. Take (older) age for example. At the age of just 48, my own dad retired (at 84 he’s still going strong). In those days dads looked old and acted…

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Salon Punk

Are you a yesterday salon?

Weird question right but your survival might one day depend on your answer. Here is how to know if you are a yesterday salon. Do you open up and sit and wait to see what the day or week will bring? Are you reliant on how your team behave or perform? Are you being used…

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A State of Mind

I want to share something with you. It’s more than relevant for your salon. Many years ago before I wrote my first book I realised the first thing I had to conquer was my mind. I didn’t realise right away it took years of wanting to write before I really began writing and then finally…

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Are You Infected By Salon Corporate Thinking?

A new salon mentor client I am working with has a problem almost all salon mentor owners have and it is this. All are infected by the salon industry corporate thinking. This is a massive problem because it really doesn’t work in salons and probably isn’t working in yours. So first the good news. It…

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Salon Marketing Is Dead – IDEAS Are KING!

In 1979 I did my first marketing. It was a couple of fly posters and tickets I design for my punk band, Clone Youth. It was easy. Get big posters made up and stick them where the people you wanted to come to the gig were hanging out. Marketing doesn’t get any more basic than…

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Who Controls The Hair Salon Industry?

Who controls your salon? There is a huge problem in our hairdressing or salon owners industry. It is good to know what that problem is and how it began. You probably are affected. When the modern salon began it was all about the haircut. Precision, perfection style and just cool. The scissor was the tool…

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Why Staff Does Not Care Much

Staff don’t care much in your salon? It’s most likely that the staff problems are created by yourself, but you have the power to change that so that your team is happy working in your salon and enthusiastic to help you build your vision too. listen to the short episode below Salon Punk Visit: How…

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Salon Extreme 21 vs Salon Extreme Mentor

This is a quick one. You guys keep asking so it’s easier to reply like this. SALON EXTREME21 (SX-21) VS. SALON MENTOR EXTREME? “Alan I’m not sure what to do, SX-21 or Salon Mentor Extreme – what’s the differences?” Both are very different so I’ll try and explain. SX-21 £245 SX-21 is a guide, manual,…

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The Christmas List … My Mother!

I’m not sure why but as soon as the kids are walking back along the street to school my brain goes into something that is still 12-weeks away – Christmas in the salon. What are we doing, where are we eating, who are we seeing and what will I buy my darling wife so she…

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My Accountant The Bee Gee

My salon accountant, Graham, looked like one of the Bee Gees. His hair was perfectly coiffured with every 120,000 hairs held in place with at least 3 layers of falcon hairspray for men. His shirt was always open almost to his navel exposing his thinning grey chest hairs and a huge cheap gold medallion with…

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salon retail

Focus on THIS not THAT

Tell me where is your salon business focus right now? A salon owner emailed me and told me how hard they push on their retail. They push so hard in a single week they pulled in just over £600 in retail sales. He was amazed and felt thrilled about the sales. I asked him how?…

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Alan Forrest Smith

Leap Of Faith

Every now and then you have to take a leap of faith. Life’s like that. Love, relationships, health, business it’s just life. Some risk can feel higher than others especially where money is involved. I once paid a consultant in the USA $5,000 for 30 -minutes of advice. I spent maybe 3-years thinking about it.…

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7 Star SAGE HAIRDRESSING Extreme

If you have no interest in being the best salon, busiest salon and most successful salon for miles and miles … please don’t read the following. One of our salons on SALON MENTOR EXTREME has just finished their program and the results are way off the chart. They have finished on their best week ever…

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Fly Off The Shelf Product

From the original Salon Punk Archives Here’s why Paul Mitchell Makes Sense For Your Salon Profits! Alan Here. I am going to be mega-fast today. You’ll like this one. Here’s why! This is taken directly from their website. “In 1979, John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell first decided to launch a professional hair care system.…

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Alan Forrest Smith

The Salon Graveyard: How they used to look

Long before the click and go websites, there were only a handful of brick and mortar shops to offer  ecommerce never mind online appointments and selling hairdressing online. Today we look back at our salon journey and how our e-commerce salons paved the way through the 21st century. The Big Scissor Company – 1997 Did…

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