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kellyko
August 30, 2007, 6:04pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Ive only recently started hairdressing for a popular chain of salons. Im a trainee and im really enjoying the work. Ive only been there three months and ive learnt so much.
The only thing is, i knew hairdressing is somewhat of a bitchy business to go into as its so competitive, but i wasnt expecting it to be this bad.
Most members of staff seem to be quite ignorant and sly, it feels like nobody wants me to learn, despite me being paid to do so.
I understand that everyone starts from the bottom, but really, how many times do you need to clean the mirrors in one day...

Please tell me theres nicer salons out there    
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chick
August 30, 2007, 6:21pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi Kellyko!
I am experiensing  absolutly the same! It is a very bitching eviroment, I worked in a few salons, only now passed my nvq2 and was employed as a trainee in a new salons.

I ve worked there for a month and and it is still the same ( 4th salon for me) Like today, it was a very quaiet day, and everyone was chatting, haveing a cup of tea, and every time I stoped - I was sent straight back to clean mirrors, mop floors, wash the chairs.

If they do train you, then  I would actually suggest for you to stay there untill your training finishes( unless it becomes unbearable ), but if it is just cleaning  ( like it was in my other 3 salons) they maybe you should look for another salon?

All the best to you and contact me any time you want to talk!
xxx
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kellyko
August 30, 2007, 9:18pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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At least im not the only one then... and that cup of tea scenario sounds familiar.
Il try my best to stick it out, I need to toughen up a bit so they dont get to me as much, but Itl all be worth it in the end i suppose.


No doubt il be contacting you soon for a rant    x
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chick
August 30, 2007, 10:01pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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any time and all the best!    xxx
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August 30, 2007, 10:03pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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hey chick, any better now ?


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chick
August 30, 2007, 10:24pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi, it is actually still the same   but thanks to this forum I know I am not the only one . Hoping it gets busier here so  could talk to "veterans"  
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cathy mckinty
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As an old "veteran" I'd like to add my tuppenceworth. Offhand or bad treatment of juniors has never been allowed in our salon which my husband I I have owned and run since 1972. Any junion who has been in our employ is treated with respect and given the same value as any other member of staff. The first thing I have always impressed upon them is that their job is of equal value to the customer as our most experienced stylist.  As it's the junior's job to greet the client in a friendly and welcoming manner and make their coffee or tea exactly to their liking. Shampooing a client is NOT a menial task. They must be made comfortable (not easy as backwash basins are not exactly "comfortable" apparatuses), toweled and gowned correctly to keep them clean and dry, and then on to the shampoo itself, which must be thorough but pleasant.  My attitude is that if a client arrives at my station with water dripping down her back to her waist.... NOTHING I do will make her feel any better and she may still leave dissapointed by the whole experience. I hear stories of juniors who are meant to learn by watching, yet the stylist makes no attempt to discuss what she is doing or why with the junior.... thus making them feel like a knotless thread.  I remember my junior days well and how miserable and ineffective it made me feel and vowed I'd never do it to anyone else.... and never have.   I can't impress on you enough how vital it is to fully incorporate any junior into your salon as a valued member of staff. You are rewarded with loyaly and hard work and you also get a hardworking and motivated staff member. It's not rocket science.  I know we've probably all been there but in the more enlightened times of today, surely we can change it for the better.
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