You’re probably busy – wig-flippingly so – this month. How do you survive the holidays and keep yourself sane until it’s all over? And when it is, what then? Take some tips from fellow hairdressers to prosper in December and plan for January.
“Just today I got 3 frantic emails from clients who didn’t pre-book,” writes stylist Jennifer Covington-Bowers. “I wanted to blurt out, ‘Are you kidding? Buy a great hat; the holidays won’t come to a halt if you show up with dark roots!’ But of course, I squeeze them in.”
Reserve extra slots in your schedule for last-minute clients; no squeezing required. Or, manage expectations: “I can see you at 11:00, but I have another client at 11:30. I may be juggling a bit.”
When clients text to make appointments or let you know they’re running late. It’s hard to reply when you’re in the thick of it, so compose some replies in Notes to easily copy and paste.
And keep a few 15-minute blocks open to catch your breath, stretch your limbs, and get the flow back on track.
Ask for Help; Be Helpful
If you’re in a traditional salon, hairdresser Wes Sharpton suggests selecting your favorite apprentice or junior stylist to share the load (do the blow-dry) and ease the flow (respond to texts and emails). They’ll welcome the extra experience – and the extra cash.
Gather the group and foster cooperation. Be aware of each others’ needs with simple things like sweeping hair clippings beyond your own.
Outside of work, don’t take on too much. Ask for help from family and friends with decorating, shopping, cooking and generally dealing.
While you’re taking care of so many others, care for yourself. Stylist Jikaiah Stevens schedules extra time to ease into her day with some meditation, yoga, or cranking up favorite happy tunes and dancing.
Our friends at CrownWorks suggest a before-bed “brain dump.” Journal the day’s annoyances, stress – the good things too – to get them out of your brain and get some sleep.
Drink (water, that is): Consume about half your body weight in ounces per day to keep you functioning optimally – and keep skin looking good (especially if you’re drinking the other stuff in celebration).
Move: If you work out regularly, don’t let the holidays stop you. Schedule exercise times and respect them as you do appointments with clients.
Eat: Don’t let healthy eating habits slide (too far) during the holidays. Fuel consciously, indulge sensibly, and avoid the spike-and-crash.
A salon can get so quiet in January that you can hear a bobby pin drop. Make the best of the extra time. Seek out education and take time to develop your business, management, and creative skills. Keep yourself and others excited about the New Year.
Take advantage of your holiday bounty to cover future expenses. Wes pays his rent a few months in advance so that the slow times feel more luxurious than stressful.
And like Jennifer does, reward yourself for all your hard work in December.
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