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Get a Real Job: How to Silence Haters

Putting haters in their place when it comes to “average salary” estimations.

Ever had anyone tell you to quit the salon and “get a real job?” Read this, right before you tell them to shove it.

The BLS (or Bureau of Labor Statistics) maintains a database of statistics where you can find information on the working conditions, training and education requirements, wage data, and expected job prospects for a broad variety of professions–including ours.

Currently, the BLS median pay estimates are as follows:
Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists: $23,710 per year.
Manicurists and Pedicurists: $20,820 per year.
Skincare Specialists: $30,090 per year.

For other industries, I’m sure the BLS figures come very close to reality, but not for ours. The averages you’re seeing shouldn’t discourage you from joining this profession and anyone who quotes them to you as accurate is embarrassingly misinformed. I’m going to tell you why.

How the BLS Data is Collected

The Bureau of Labor Statistics will send a “Field Economist” to a selected establishment. These Field Economists contact the business owner and make arrangements to collect information on the following:

Job listing with wage data: This listing includes job titles, paid wages, full- vs. part-time status, union vs nonunion distinctions, dates of hire, and job codes. The listing will include a full breakdown of this information for each individual worker.
Specific job characteristics and work schedules: Field Economists use a “point factor leveling” process that incorporates four occupational factors to determine work level. These factors are knowledge (job requirements), job controls and complexity (how variable are the job tasks and how much flexibility is afforded to workers in how they accomplish those tasks), contacts (who workers have contact with and the nature of that contact), and physical environment (does the job require physical strength, present a hazard, or require specific safety precautions).
Benefit details: Field Economists collect data on benefits like paid leave, insurance, retirement, supplemental pay, etc.

Next, the Field Economist will ask questions for clarification. Once that’s done, they update the data.

The Problems with BLS Data Collection

The BLS only collects data from a sample of firms. There’s no way to know how many “salon firms” report, or how accurate their reporting is. On the BLS’s Survey Methodology page, as it pertains to the National Compensation Survey, “The larger an establishment’s employment, the greater its chance of selection.”

Who are the largest establishments in the professional salon services industry? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises.

Why is that a big deal? Regis Corp. and similar corporate chains and franchises don’t represent this backwards industry.

Why don’t Regis or other corporate salons represent the industry? Put simply: they’re managed better.

  • Because corporate salons have teams of lawyers advising them, they don’t do things illegally. They provide benefits and ensure their employees are classified and compensated appropriately.
  • When employees consistently underperform, they’re let go.
  • When client flow slows down, hours are cut back.
  • When an employee is close to hitting overtime, schedule adjustments are made to ensure they don’t so costs won’t rise above acceptable levels and so employees won’t be overworked.
  • New hires aren’t approved unless the metrics justify it.
  • Corporate salons have premium, high-traffic locations and are marketed extensively.

When you compare a corporate salon to a private salon, the differences are vast and their P&Ls reflect that.

The primary area where these differences are glaring is the labor expense. Corporate salons know how to keep those costs beyond manageable. Private salons…well…let’s talk about private salons, shall we?

A Brief Sidenote to Placate Rabid Keyboard Warriors

Before I continue with this post, let me soothe the sensitive souls of the tender flowers out there who falsely believe I’m speaking about all private salon owners. I’m not. I’m aware exceptions exist. If you’re one of them, good for you! Give yourself a pat on the back. Congrats on being a law-abiding, responsible business owner. Instead of attacking me in the comments, revel in your superiority in comparison to the bullet points below.
You good? Great. Let’s continue.

(Delicate Flowers, I hear your cries. “I’m not like that!” you’re shouting at your computer. “My existence refutes the legitimacy of her statements!” you’re yelling. Let me say this one more time: you’re a unicorn, not the norm. The existence of good salon owners doesn’t disprove the existence of staggering numbers of bad salon owners. Need proof of their existence? Read the comments on literally every article on this site. Continuing on…)

Field Economists only collect data from a small subset of employees–not the entire salon–so that further skews the numbers.

With over half of professionals opting for microsalon ownership, accurate performance estimations are impossible.

The odds of independent salon owners (booth/studio renters, home salon operators, etc.) being selected and included in the BLS samples are zero. This is significant, as independent salons now outnumber corporate salons and private salons.

According to the PBA’s Economic Snapshot, in 2012, only 92,157 salon establishments had payroll employees. 1,045,288 salons were non-employer establishments. This is an 83% increase in the non-employer sector over the previous decade. To be sure, with the explosion of the suite rental model, this number has likely increased significantly over the last four years. (Maybe it had a little something to do with all those bad management practices?)

All data is reported by salon owners and salon professionals, rendering it virtually useless.

Even if microsalon owners were included, the data likely couldn’t be relied upon. Like a lot of private salon owners, microsalon owners may not know their numbers or keep great records, and may intentionally underreport their income. False numbers can be given due to lack of knowledge (incorrect records), estimating (lack of records), or outright lying (intentional misrepresentation of income for the purposes of tax evasion).

The best way to gauge performance is to base estimations on verified reported income.

So, if the BLS wanted to do it right (which I’m sure they don’t because it would be insanely time-consuming), they’d obtain the correct data from the IRS and average it across a broad spectrum, evaluating and reporting figures for employee-based salons and microsalons independently.

Additional Factors

If the BLS were to evaluate based on my methodology, they’d still run into two additional factors that would have to be stabilized.

Part-time Participation: Many salon professionals are part-time, so their annual performance would have to be adjusted to compensate for their lack of participation.

Management Variables: The salons and microsalons evaluated would have to demonstrate similar management competency. The performance of a well-managed establishment far exceeds that of one that is mismanaged or not managed whatsoever. When you base salary estimations on averages that include a wide variety of poorly managed establishments with a handful of tightly managed ones, lower averages are inevitable.

The truth is that your salary can vary widely, depending on the salon’s management, your individual professionalism, the compensation system the salon utilizes, and any number of factors.

The numbers the BLS reports are medians, so it’s important to understand what a “median” is, and whose figures are being counted.

To calculate a median number, a range of numbers are added together and the result is divided by the total numbers counted.

Number 1 + Number 2 + Number 3 = Total
Total ÷ 3 (amount of numbers added to create total) = Median

If the first stylist makes $110,000 a year, the second makes $40,000, and the third makes $15,000, the median earnings would be $55,000. If a corporate salon that keeps labor overhead below 35% through strategic scheduling is being compared with other major salon chains who do the same, the figures will reflect that–not the actual earnings across the spectrum of the profession.

Don’t put too much stock into those BLS numbers, or into the opinions of uninformed haters. If you want to start a career in this industry and you’re ready for the insanity that comes along with it, then go for it, but don’t do it for the money.

Do it because it’s what you love doing.

Plan to do it right. Be professional, present yourself well, refuse to accept offers from exploitative salon owners, know your rights, know your worth, and find a mentor. Go out and find yourself a unicorn salon owner or give rental a shot.

This is as real a career as any, so long as you’re treating it like one. If you’re dedicated, you can be successful in this business and make exceptional money. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

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Get a Real Job: How to Silence Haters

Top Rated Hair Dryers Preferred By Hair Stylists

The best hair SECRETS are no longer exclusive to the rich and famous. Find out the inside scoop on Hollywood salon style blowouts.

If you’ve been wasting time sweating in front of your bathroom mirror, holding a garbling blow dryer with shaky arms and a wet mop of steaming hair, then we are here to help you.

Blow dryers aren’t just a means of drying hair: they are style tools sent from the hair gods to smooth out frizz, heal split ends and let you style your hair no matter what type of texture you’ve got.

With the power of a quality blow dryer at your command, you don’t have to slick down unruly strands with greasy serums or shove an unmanageable mane into a ponytail. In a matter of minutes, you can transform yourself from being a frustrated hair hostage to a Grecian goddess floating down the street with glossy, tumbling waves.

In fact, salon-quality dryers you can now use at home have been proven to actually make your hair healthier and easier to style in the long run.

But many people can’t stomach the idea of spending over $50 on a blow dryer. They think, “What’s the difference between $30 hot air vs. $100 hot air?” And the answer to that is: everything.

You see, although hot air might be the only thing you physically see coming into contact with your precious hair strands, there’s a whole layer of unseen tech lurking within the body of the dryer. It is this internal technology that truly makes a difference for both making your hair healthier and making it easier than ever for you to create extraordinary, stunning styles.

Here’s What Happened When We Put Top Blow Dryers To The Test

We are here to shine the light on these holy grails of hair because as soon as you try one for yourself to see how fast and easy it is for these tools to make you look amazing day after day, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get one in the first place.

When considering the results of our research below, it’s important to remember that lesser quality devices simply don’t last as long and you end up spending just as much on replacements as you would a blow dryer that gets you gorgeous results. Below we’ve added our top choices based off of primary first-account results, customer reviews, and other significant criteria.

1

SRI Salon Dry Pro

SRI Salon Dry Pro Blow Dryer

Developed with safe and effective Negative Ion Technology, its Ceramic-Tourmaline Air Composition and Cool Shot Setting will give you shine and improve hair health.

$149.00 $199.00

Our number # 1 Top Pick: SRI Salon Dry Pro

The SRI Salon Dry Pro blow dryer achieves the perfect balance of affordability and professional-quality. Both expert stylists and amateurs loved how the high-powered infrared heat technology speed-dried wet hair into soft silky sections that stayed smooth and didn’t frizz up.

The advanced infrared heating also kept this blow dryer’s air flow super gentle and more consistent – it practically styles your hair for you while you dry it.

The SRI Salon Dry Pro did the job of a $300 device at less than a third of the price, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can sign up for their First Time Customer Discount and get it at an even lower rate.

We definitely recommend it.

PROS:
  • Wide range of temperature settings achieved stunning styles for numerous hair types
  • Cool shot setting sealed the cuticle for a glossy smooth finish
  • Ceramic-tourmaline air outlet evenly distributed heat leaving hair healthier than ever before
  • 9ft cord made it easy-to-maneuver and the convenient hook was great for storage in small quarters
  • Had three attachments that made styling for specific textures easier than any other product we tried
CONS:
  • Only available online
  • Frequently on backorder

2

Our #2 Pick: Dyson Supersonic

The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer

The Supersonic Dyson Hair Dryer has a super-quiet motor that’s located in the handle instead of the head, giving it a more lightweight feel, and its patented Air Multiplier technology. It also measures the air temperature 20 times every second.

$399.99

If you’ve never heard of the Dyson Supersonic, you must be blow-drying your hair under a rock. It’s basically the Beats Headphones, Voss Water, and Louis Vuitton of the blow-dryer industry. Very cool to look at, hold in your hand, and show your status in the bathroom. But how does that status translate out the streets for your red carpet Friday night?

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is hands down one of the BEST there is on the market. The problem is it’s also hands down one of the MOST expensive on the market too. Sometimes splurging for brand names and cool aesthetics… is cool. Especially when you consider the intelligent heat technology from the head of the dryer and the powerful digital motor in its colorful handle.

However, it does carry a ‘novelty’ feel to it that makes you question whether it’s worth the price tag. Without infrared technology, it doesn’t appear noticeably faster at drying hair. Also, its air intake is in the handle, which forces you to hold it higher up and strain your arms.

PROS:
  • Sleeve, aerodynamic design comes in lots of stylish, fun colors
  • Engineered to protect your hair against heat damage for smooth, shiny styling
  • Intelligent heat technology available at most luxury stores like Nordstroms, Sephora, Ulta
CONS:
  • PRICEY. On average, this product is at least $100-$150 MORE expensive than its competition
  • Air intake through the handle means tired arms and fatigue when you’re trying to get that perfect finish
  • No infrared technology means speed may not be noticeably quicker than its competition

3

Our #3 Pick: Harry Josh Pro Tools

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000

The motor is designed for faster operation so that hair is dried faster with lower noise levels from the dryer and made in France

$243.99

Another extremely lightweight design that comes in a very pretty and unique mint green color. We noticed a lot of customer reviews praised it’s speed and efficiency that saved them time, but many were unable to figure out the heat settings.

The Harry Josh Pro Dry is one of the more expensive products since it comes from a professional brand used by supermodels and actors. The high price point was off putting, especially when you will receive very similar results with products like the SRI Dry Pro at half the price.

It was also hard to discern which was a real Harry Josh product as there are many duplicates and imitation products flooding the market.

PROS:
  • Lightweight design comes in a very popular mint green color
  • Multiple speed and heat settings for wide range of hair types and styles
  • Customer reviews praised it’s speed and efficiency that saved them time
CONS:
  • The motor seemed to stop running after a mere three months of use
  • The high price point, especially when other sites were selling very similar products for half the price
  • It was hard to discern which was a real Harry Josh product there are many duplicates and imitation products flooding the market.

 

5 ways apple cider vinegar can help give you healthy hair

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short, is one of those amazing healing foods that has lived up to its healthy reputation for centuries. It is so much more than just a salad dressing.

Harsh, chemical-laden shampoos and conditioners often contain sulfates and parabens. Although these chemicals are great at cleaning your hair, they can do more harm than good, stripping your hair of their natural oils, leaving it dry or looking dull.

Furthermore, some of these chemicals fade the color of your hair, have been linked to cancer, and stimulate oil production – which causes greasy hair. Although the connection with cancer remains unconfirmed, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Especially when you know there are better and cheaper all-natural alternatives available.

No matter what hair type you have, rinsing your hair with ACV will give your locks the love they deserve.

Five reasons to wash your hair with apple cider vinegar

  1. Prevents itchy, dry scalp and dandruff — ACV has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Dandruff is caused by a fungus. The acidity of the ACV helps to change the pH of your scalp, making it harder for fungi and yeast to thrive and soothes an itchy scalp.
  2. Makes hair shiny — The acidic properties of ACV cause the hair cuticle to close, locking moisture into the hair. This results in smoother hair. A simple vinegar rinse works as a natural conditioner to prevent frizz, enhance shine, and resolve dry hair.
  3. Detangles your hair — Next to giving a natural shine to your hair, smoothened hair cuticles make it easier for knots and tangles to slip out, allowing the brush to move more easily through your hair.
  4. Cleans product residues and buildup — The alpha-hydroxy acid in ACV gently exfoliates your scalp and hair. Most store-bought shampoos and conditioners leave residues in the hair making it flat, dull, and lifeless. Rinsing your hair with ACV removes all dead skin cells and shampoo residues for the best-looking locks.
  5. Stimulates hair growth — If you are losing a lot of hair, an ACV rinse may save your day. It is believed that ACV stimulates hair roots and improves blood circulation to the hair follicles, which promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss from breakage.

Caution

Before you start using ACV on a regular basis, a small word of caution. While ACV may seem the perfect cure-all for your hair, not all that glitters is gold. Most shampoos and conditioners contain moisturizing oils, which is not the case with an ACV rinse. Therefore, Health Ambition recommends using a monthly DIY hair treatment made from coconut oil or other natural moisturizing oils.

How to use apple cider vinegar

Combine one cup of water with two to four tablespoons apple cider vinegar. Some sources recommend mixing one part of apple cider vinegar with one part water. However, if you are using apple cider vinegar for the first time, start with a low concentration to see how it goes.

After you shampooed and thoroughly rinsed your hair, slowly pour the mixture over your hair. Be careful not to get any in your eyes. Gently massage the mixture into your hair. After two minutes rinse thoroughly with water.

If you are using an ACV rinse to treat dandruff, Dr. Oz’s website recommends mixing a quarter cup apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup water. Apply to your scalp and wrap your head in a towel, leaving it on for 15 minutes to one hour. Rinse thoroughly and repeat twice a week.

Sources include:

MedicalDaily.com

MedicalDaily.com

HealthAmbition.com

Sunday, March 17, 2019 by: 

https://naturalnews.com/2019-03-17-apple-cider-vinegar-help-give-you-healthy-hair.html