SKNHEAD: NOW AT HAIRCO

 

SKNHEAD is the first product range that can be used as a tattoo, beard, face and body moisturiser, and hair styler, all in one product. The concept for the range, currently consisting of seven products, was actually born back in 1999.

 

The founder, Adee Phelan, who has previously brought out electrical, styling, and female cosmetics and haircare brands, has wanted to bring out a luxury men’s skin and hair grooming range for many years. Realising the grooming market is totally saturated with products that all do exactly same things, he wanted to create a range of products with a very specific USP. After working in the professional and consumer markets for 20 years, he knew what products were already out there and wanted to better them it all.

 

Although he was asked time and time again to produce this kind of styling product, Adee knew he wanted his product to be luxurious and high-end. And after signing endorsements for the last two decades, he wanted to finally create the perfect product. One that appeals to the aspirational man on the street, the barber community and the high-end brand adopters.

 

Beginning in 2012, Adee worked on developing the product range, sampling several different products and ingredients each week, all with the aim of mastering the art of the SKNHEAD lead product, Game Changer. Something that can be used on short, medium or long hair, and is a face, body and beard moisturiser. When carrying out his research, chemists, skin care experts and hair care professionals all said that what he was trying to do couldn’t be done. A good moisturiser needs to evaporate from the skin within 7-8 seconds, and a good hair product needs to be heavy enough to have hold. But after years of endless samples and persistence, Adee cracked the precisely balanced formula in mid 2017.

 

Adee didn’t want the range to just be an amazing styling product. He realised men have changed. They’re into shine, conditioning, moisturising. The range’s coconut scent (extensive surveys found that coconut, other than being Adee’s favourite, was favoured by 90% of the people asked) is due to the extensive natural benefits of ingredients such as Cacao Seed Butter and ethically sourced Palm Oil, which is rich in Vitamin E, and known for anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties when used on skin. Also helping to lightly moisturise hair and give it a healthy looking sheen, whilst helping to hold and define your style.

Instagram changes affecting your salon

Instagram changes affecting your salon!

Have your Instagram stats taken a sudden downward turn lately? Less engagement? Less reach? Less EVERYTHING?? Well, we know why! There are Instagram changes affecting your salon and you need to act!

Whats happening?

There has been a major announcement in the last 2 weeks… Instagram is no longer a photo sharing app!

You heard correctly, our beloved photos no longer matter to the Insta world! Instagram are now focusing on video… *cough* TIKTOK *cough.*

Experiments with algorithms have already started to take place and this is why your stats will be all over the place (unless you’re already heavily video based).

There’s no clear outline yet of the exact changes being made but we will keep you up to date!

What can salons do?

1.GET RECORDING YOUR TRANSFORMATIONS

Stating the obvious, get your phone out and press record.. start making videos of your before and afters for Instagram!

 

2. LET YOUR CLIENTS DO THE WORK

It’s a great idea to ask your client’s to send in videos, boomerangs and all sorts for you to use on your page. You may need to get this idea rolling by offering incentives e.g.  a free conditioning treatment for all who participate.

 

3. RECORD FUN CLIPS OF YOUR STAFF

A great way to show your salons character and personality is with staff clips, these can be little intros or even staff dancing around the salon (we’ve all seen the TIKTOKS and they’re FAB).

 

4. TIKTOK STEALS

If you’re already on TIKTOK, recreate or save your videos and post to Instagram. It’s a better idea NOT to use videos with the TIKTOK logo on.

Try editing your videos on a separate video editing app rather than using TIKTOK to avoid Instagram content penalties. We’ve put together a list of easy to use video editing apps here.

 

5. SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Have you ever noticed that social accounts with huge followings and lots of engagement are helping others? Share some video tips other salons or your clients will find useful!

 

6. REPLY

Are there any videos you find interesting or funny that you can respond to? Get creative, and get social!

 

7. GET FEEDBACK

Are there any clients that would love some time on your page talking about how great you all are?

 

If you’d like to chat about Instagram changes affecting your salon or any other social media queries get in touch today! We’re happy to help!
Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

 

 

video editing apps

5 Video Editing Apps For Salons

The online world wants video, and if you want to be online you have to start obliging.

We all know that videos are rarely a perfect, one shot job so let’s talk editing! It’s always best to edit videos on a third party app so that you can repurpose and edit later! Here are our top 5 video editing apps for salons.

1. VidStitch: Video Collage Maker

With Vidstitch you can create video collages of your before and afters that you can put side by side in a split frame. No need for swiping anymore! Perfect for salons!

Pros: Easy to use, free

Cons: Has a watermark on free version projects, if 2 videos have sound both will play at once (video needs to be pre edited to remove audio)

Price: Free to use basic features, can upgrade to PRO version without watermark/with more features/collage options

Available on: iPhone, iPad & Android

2. Splice 

GoPro’s mobile video editing app, Splice, claims to give desktop editing performance on your iPhone or iPad. The APP is packed with the usual array of editing tools; trimming, cropping, video effects, added titles, speed control, animation, transitions and music.

Pros: Wide range of free Music, lots of features

Cons: Only for IOS devices

Price: Free to download but not free to use.

UK prices: Weekly £2.79/week, Monthly £2.37/week, Yearly £1.29/week

Available on: iPhone & iPad.

3. iMovie

Highly functional, easy to use app with plenty of features!

Pros: Super easy to pick up, multi-device functionality

Cons: Only for Apple devices (sorry Android)

Price: Free

Available for: iPhone, iPad & Mac

4. CapCut

If you’ve seen those fancy photos slideshows where people are popping out of the background, this is the app they’re from!

Pros: Easy to use, great affects, Lots of features.

Cons: Reports of loading issues and lost work

Price: FREE

Available on: iPhone, iPad, Google & Android

5. LumaFusion

LumaFusion is a serious video editing app, but it also comes with quite the price tag (for an app at least). This app is more for the daily editors who looking for a LOT of features. The results are spectacular, but this app needs eom time and attention to perfect your skills.

Pros: All the features you need, professional like, great support

Cons: On the pricey side

Price: £28.99

Available on: iPhone & iPad

insight professional vegan hair brand

The Professional Vegan Hair Brand Everybody Is Talking About

You must have heard all the chat about the professional vegan hair brand that is currently taking the UK by storm right???

If by chance your live under a rock and haven’t heard of INSIGHT Professional, then you’ve come to the right place!

ABOUT INSIGHT

Insight is a line formulated in an Italian laboratory, with an aim to create synergy  between the ancient wisdom of phyto-extracts and phyto-oils, whilst choosing to produce ethically and work with organic ingredients. Nature is their source of inspiration.

INSIGHT FORMULATIONS

1. SLS AND SLES FREE

INSIGHT Professional shampoos are formulated without SLS and SLES (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate), which are considered aggressive and potentially irritating surfactants. As a replacement, they chose to use a  gentle cleansing agent, SODIUM COCETH SULFATE, derived from Coconut. Using a skin friendly cleansing product  protects the health and balance of the scalp over time.

2. PETROLATUM FREE

Petrolatum (Paraffinum liquidum) are refined petroleum derivates, have film-forming properties that prevent proper ventilation and oxygenation of skin and hair. INSIGHT Professional replace them with natural ingredients which are more dermo-compatible with the same properties, but with fewer unknowns to health. Skin and hair should be free to do the most natural possible thing, breathe.

3. SILICON FREE

Silicones are inorganic polymers derived from silicon, they are produced through processes of chemical synthesis. It’s true that they give immediate softness and shine to the hair, thanks to their film-forming effect, but over time they can damage the hair structure. They obstruct the scales of the cuticle, preventing active ingredients in products from penetrating the hair. INSIGHT work hard choosing natural ingredients that will heal and enhance hair health, therefore hair must be free of silicone film to benefit from any nutrition.

4. PARABEN FREE

Parabens are a kinds of preservatives, subject of a controversy. Whether they are harmful or not, needed or not, scientific research has not yet ruled definitively. Waiting for an answer that could dissolve any doubts, INSIGHT decided to use a safer preservative system.

5. COLORANT AND ALLERGEN FREE

INSIGHT only use fragrances without allergens, to ensure all treatments are as gentle as possible, even on the most sensitive skin . All INSIGHT products are colourant free.

6. WITH PHYTO & ORGANIC EXTRACTS

The active main ingredients in INSIGHT formulations are derived from organic agriculture, and from certified crops. A blend of oils and butter of natural origin work in synergy with these extracts, increasing the action of nuourishment of the hair. To choose organic principle actives means to protect your wellness, to protect workers who are part of the production, and to safeguard the planet.

What Salons Say:

Leister Gilbert from John leister Hair Design 

“All the styling products cocktail together, enhancing shine, giving beautiful hold and style for professional use”

“Hair doesn’t stay the same and with insight Haircare there is no cover up so you can see the progress of the hair and change the prescription accordingly”

Chloe Mills from Black Sheep hair company

“We were instantly won over by the styling range but changing colour lines is always a little scary. I wish I hadn’t put it off for so long because INcolour has wowed us all in the salon. The shine is beautiful, the coverage is better than I’ve ever used with any major colour house and the longevity of the tone is incredible. Don’t put it off!”

“I love Oil non oil, I like that it is really lightweight you can get fantastic body in fine hair without weighing it down”

“The post chemistry range is a game changer, the longevity of colours is crazy when sealed off with the mask and I wouldn’t do any colour work without it now”

“The Lightening powders are the cleanest lifting I’ve used and the consistency is perfect to work with. I love the addition of the argan oil which ensures the hair doesn’t become dry”

Kelly Vowles From Pixal Rose Hair Design

“The biggest thing that stood out for me was that it’s a vegan ok brand and sustainably packaged”

“Regarding the price point it’s probably the most competitively priced product we’ve found that work’s really, really well”

“It’s really obvious that the environment is at the fore front of all their thinking, nature is their inspiration”

“The insight colour system is hands down the best we’ve worked with”

“The enhanced pigments system is my favourite. You have the vibrant range for your creative colouring which Catches the eye on social media but you also have a range of dark glosses which are fantastic for refreshing colours or using in between bleaching services”

 

 

We are lucky enough to stock INSIGHT Professional haircare, you can find all available products here.

 

how to keep your salon cool

How to keep your salon cool in summer: 8 TOP TIPS

We all know us brits love talking about the weather.. So let’s address this HEAT WAVEE!

It seems like summer has officially arrived, at least for a few more days before the rain is back, and like everywhere, salons are hotting up! As much as we love the heat, summer in a salon can be an uncomfortable place! Check out our top tips on how to keep your salon cool below!

1.Cool it fast

Let’s talk Air Con! firstly, no you don’t need to invest thousands into a whole new system and knock down any walls! Check out portable air conditioning units; they’re relatively cheap, easy to place around the salon, and most importantly, your clients will love you for the gesture and added comfort (your staff will thank you too).

2. Keep on sippin’

Make sure you are hydrated throughout the day, and  of course offer your clients a drink too (COVID permitting). Drinking regular fluids (particularly water) on a hot day helps bodies maintain a lower core temperature.

Idea – Encourage client’s to take INSTA worthy photos- Create a complimentary, fruity cocktail menu (ensure the drinks look pretty spectacular).

Tip – When implementing tactics to encourage client photos, make sure you have your salon branded on mirrors and around the salon! You could also create a hashtag that you have displayed around the store for online use, or a message to ‘tag us’ in exchange for a social media page feature or a freebie (e.g. free conditioning treatment on their next visit).

3. Set the mood

Hear us out with this one…. Calming music can actually make you cooler! We know we love to pump out the tunes in the salon but this can make everybody hotter! Give some lower tempo tracks a go, they can still be current and in line with your clientele.

4. Breeze on through

If you don’t want to go down the air-con route, create a breeze through the salon. There is nothing nicer than a cool gust to offset the sweltering hairdryer heat that lives in salon air. BUT, only do this if you have a back door to create the cross-wind, simply opening the front door may actually make the salon hotter.

5. Glass is the enemy

As a salon, you’re more than likely to have an all glass front; to keep cool in summer, you must resist rolling up those blinds! Sunlight that enters through your window turns into heat, the heat is then trapped inside accumulating in the air. Blocking sunlight can prevent your salon from getting hot and uncomfortable.

6. Take it down a notch

Another way to keep your salon cool is to turn down temperature settings where possible. Set the backwash water a little cooler than you usually would, turn down heat tool temperatures where possible. Every little helps, as Tesco says!

7. Ice Ice baby

Soooo, we haven’t tried and tested this theory but we saw it online and thought we would share it just incase it works a treat! As well as creating icy blondes in your salon, create some little bowls of ice cubes around the salon and apparently the ice acts as a coolant. We’d love to know if this works, so if you give it a go, let us know! If it doesn’t work, you can use the extra ice for your fruity cocktails! WIN, WIN!

8. Who likes short shorts?

One for staff, RELAX any strict dress codes! Work with your staff to establish how they feel in the salon and adjust dress codes accordingly. Everybody in the salon should be comfortable and happy!

We hope our how to keep your salon cool in summer blog has been helpful, please let us know if you have any other tips can tricks to share with other salons!

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L'Oreal Majirel 50ml

Everything you need to know about LOreal Majirel

What is LOreal Majirel?

LOreal Majirel is a rich, permanent hair colour that treats the hair whilst colouring due to its advanced technology with IONÈNE GTM and INCELL, for hair that stays healthy with glorious colour. Expect strength and shine,  long-lasting results and perfect grey coverage every time.

With over 100 shades, LOreal Majirel can be tailored to create a bespoke colour for every client. The highly advanced Majirel technology allows colour creating power to take on a new dimension. Majirel introduces the ultimate technology in colour – a unique alliance between Absolute colour, Absolute care and Absolute confidence.

Are there different ranges or LOreal Majirel?

As well as the standard Majirel range, there is Majirel Cool Cover, Majirel High Lift, Majirel Mix, Majicontrast and Majirouge.

What is the advanced technology in LOreal Majirel?

Hair fibres are treated with 2 complementary active care ingredients: IONÈNE GTM and INCELL.

ACTIVE CARE IONÈNE GTM creates incredible shine, and protects the surface of the hair.

ACTIVE CARE INCELL reinforces the Cuticle, intermediate zone. Improving porosity, shine and protection.

ACTIVE CARE IONÈNE GTM treats the Cortex in depth (heart of the hair).

How do I mix Loreal Majirel?

Wear suitable single use gloves.

Mix Ratio 1 : 1.5

1 tube 50g with 75mls Loreal Crème Oxydant (20 or 30 volume)

Mix until a smooth creamy texture is achieved.

Which Oxydant should I use?

Majirel is best mixed with LOreal Creme Oxydant.

20 VOLUME (6%)

  • Darken natural hair
  • Colour level on level
  • Lighten up to 1 level
  • Lighten up to 2 levels
  • Covering over 70% white
  • Length & end techniques

30 VOLUME (9%)

  • Lighten up to 3 levels
Exception:on natural levels 1 to 3, 20 volume lightens 1 level and 30 volume lightens 2 levels.

For more info visit LOreal UK.

 

ppe salon reopening

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Salon Reopening

We finally have an end in sight for salons to reopen after Lockdown 3.0 (Woop-Woop)!

We have only a few weeks to go, and looking ahead to April 12th, we have put together a guide about PPE needed for salon reopening!

Undoubtedly, one of the biggest industry concerns surrounding salon re-opening is the safety of clients, staff and ourselves! But, providing your salon has the appropriate and necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you can help to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we can all feel safe, relaxed and begin to adjust back to normal life!

What is PPE?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is equipment that will protect you from health and safety risks. It can include items such as gloves, eye protection, aprons etc. We are all well aware of face-masks by now and the laws surrounding them.

What PPE do I need?

Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons that are in close proximity with clients for extensive periods, (meaning it’s difficult to maintain social distancing measures) need to wear further protection in addition to the standard.

  • Wear a visor AND mask. You are advised to wear both a clear visor or goggles and a Type II face mask to keep clients safe. Your salon/(you, if you are a salon owner) should provide training on how to wear face masks safely.

The new BEIS guidelines recommend that our industry wear Type II face coverings  (a medical face mask made up of a protective 3-ply construction that prevents large particles from reaching the client or working surfaces) as well as a well-fitted clear visor that covers the forehead, extends below the chin and wraps around the side of the face.

It is also recommended you wear the following PPE:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Face masks
  • Goggles (visors as substitute)
  • Aprons

Continuing on from previous lockdown advice, reception areas should be fitted with a screen. These should also be used in nail bars to form protection for nail technicians and clients when giving manicures.

For up-to-date info, the guidance for people who provide close contact services should be referred to regularly.

Where can I buy PPE for the hair and beauty industry?

HairCo and Beauty stock a range of PPE including: face masks, gloves, visors, and disposable gowns etc. The demand for such stock is going to be larger than ever, so make sure you stock up early!

Should clients wear PPE?

Government guidelines state that clients must wear a face mask in hair, nail, beauty salons and barbers unless exempt.

 

 

 

budget for the hair and beauty industry

The Budget For The Hair And Beauty Industry

The Latest Budget for the Hair and Beauty Industry:

Furlough Scheme extended

Furlough has been extended until the end of September 2021. Employees are currently receiving 80% of their wages through the scheme, however employers will soon have t contribute 10% in July and 20% in August and September. Many of those in the industry that are currently on furlough have concerns about job losses over summer.

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme has been extended

The fourth grant will cover February to April, and is worth 80% of average trading profits up to £7,500. A fifth grant will be available from July covering the period May to September 2021. The amount allocated in the fifth grant will depend on: whether your turnover has fallen by more than 30%, in this case you will continue to receive the full 80%. However, if it is less than 30% your grant will be reduced to 30%. The scheme will be expanded to allow those who became self-employed in the 2019-2020 financial year to claim provided they filed a tax return by midnight last night.

Restart Grants

From April 2021, the government is offering Restart Grants of up to £18,000 for individual businesses within the industry. The scheme will see £5bn across England and £794m in extra funding to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For those not eligible for restart grants, local authorities in England will get £425m to support businesses.

Business Rate Holiday

The 100% Business Rate Holiday initiative will end in June 2021, a discount of up to two thirds will follow for the rest of 2021.

Incentive Payments

Businesses in England that take on apprentices will receive double the usual incentive payments (£3000).

Grow to help Scheme

A UK-wide ‘Help to Grow’ scheme aimed to help small and medium-sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits will be introduced. This includes a 12-week management programme and free technology advice plus discounted software. Register now at gov.uk/helptogrow. 

Reduced Tax Bill

For two years, businesses will be able to reduce their tax bill by 25p for every pound they invest in new equipment under a ‘super-deduction’ scheme’.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Small and medium-sized hair and beauty salons in the UK will continue to be able to reclaim up to two weeks of eligible Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) costs per employee from the government.

Recovery Loans

Recovery loans of between £25,000 and £10m will be available with a government guarantee to lenders of 80%.

 

What do you think of the budget for the Hair and Beauty Industry? Comment below or tell us on Facebook!

Treat Yourself on Valentines Day

Treat yourself on Valentine’s Day: Lockdown Edition

Whether you’re single or taken, treating yourself is always a must, and we cannot think of a better time to do so!

It’s usually easy to treat yourself on Valentine’s Day; you can pop to get your nails done, have a spa day, get a blow-dry, the options are endless. This year is a little different, but don’t threat, there are plenty of ways to feel amazing and treat yourself on Valentines’ Day whilst in lockdown too!

1. Pamper yourself 

Where to even begin with this one! Let’s start from the top, down!

HAIR! Get yourself a luxuriously rich hair mask and slather it on! Who doesn’t feel a million pounds when their hair is beautifully soft and healthy!

How about a V’Day colour upgrade? Is your hair looking a bit tired? Tone it! Or, how about adding a pop of semi-permanent pink? We are here for the results!! Tag us in any Valentine’s colour upgrades on social media!

Speaking of hair, how about the hair on your face… no we’re not talking about that tash!! BROWS! I don’t know about you but we are looking a little bushy and patchy! Why not treat yourself to a brow tidy up and a tint!

Where there’s brow tint there’s lash tint! Lengthen the look of those lashes as if by magic! We started tinting during lockdown 2.0 and we’re never going back!

We were going to talk wax, but let’s be honest, pampering and waxing isn’t a match! Save the pain for another day!

Next up! Face masks! Are you a mud person, a bubble babe, a sheet kinda gal? Whichever your favourite, treat your skin! We love to put a mask on whilst having a bubbly bath or while watching our favourite TV show! You do you! It’s your day!

If you’re lucky enough to live with a partner or friends, maybe if you ask nicely they will give you a foot massage and paint your toes! If not, you can do it yourself! Having a fresh, shiny coat of polish on our hands and feet can make you feel invincible! Shop everything you need to give yourself a Valentine’s Mani, Pedi HERE.

2. Do absolutely nothing! 

There’s so much talk of doing so much, but how about just stop and relax! We all need to rest! Take a nap! Take a long bubbly bath! Scroll Instagram. Or take a walk! Maybe you relax by playing a game or doing a puzzle? Whatever it is that makes you happy, chilled and stress free.. DO IT! This is the ultimate treat!

3. Have a date with your fave celeb

Ok, so not literally, we can’t go out for a date with anybody right now, let alone Chris Hemsworth, but we can binge watch the films of our fave celebs! Get under a cosy blanket, make some popcorn and get some greats on!

If you’re not in lockdown with your partner or you want to share a movie day with friends, why not schedule to watch a film together! There are plenty of services offering ‘watch together’ features! This way you can chat and enjoy the movie as if you were together! Lockdown + long distance ain’t gonna to slow us down this V’DAY!

4. Indulge a little (or a lot)

Treat Yourself on Valentine’s Day with your favourite food! Whether it’s a takeaway you love, or that box of chocolates you never buy for yourself. This weekend, say yes!

5. Go on a shopping spree

Is there anything you’ve been eyeing up online? Treat yourself! It can be a Valentine’s Day present, from you, to you! You deserve it!

5. Have a virtual date 

Maybe you’re missing a special somebody, or a whole bunch of people! Why not use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to get on a Zoom/FaceTime/Skype with them!

Financial support available to the hair and beauty industry

Coronavirus: Financial support available to the hair and beauty industry

In the latest industry update; salons, spas and mobile therapists must remain closed until at least March 8th. Such news is panicking many in the industry due to financial worries. We’ve put together a list of all the financial support available to the hair and beauty industry at the current time. Hopefully it can help you and your business!

Latest Financial Support 

All businesses affected by lockdown, including salons, spas etc, are eligible for a one-off Government grant. The amount your are entitled to will vary depending on the size of your business:

-£4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under.

-£6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

-£9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

For further information see the GOV website.

Self-employment support

There have been a series of grants available for those who are self-employed and eligible through application on the GOV website. Details about the fourth grant will be announced on 3 March 2021.

The recently closed grant was worth 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £7,500 in total; the forth is predicted to be of similar value.

These grants do not need to be repaid if you’re eligible, but will be subject to Income Tax and self-employed National Insurance and must be reported on your 2020 to 2021 Self Assessment tax return.

To be eligible for the grant you must be a self-employed individual or a member of a partnership. You can’t claim the grant if you trade through a limited company or a trust.

You must have traded in both tax years:

-2018 to 2019 and submitted your Self Assessment tax return on or before 23 April 2020 for that year

-2019 to 2020

How to apply: 

Details on applying for the forth grant will be announced on March 3rd 2021.

For further details on the grant, whether you are eligible, and how to claim, click here.

Further financial support for the self-employed include:

  1. Universal Credit; a rate equivalent to Statutory Sick Pay (£95.85 per week)
  2. Tax deferral – you’ll now pay your normal ‘on account’ July tax bill in January 2021.

Deferring VAT payments

If you have deferred VAT between March 20th 2020 and June 2020, and still have payments due, you can;

-Pay the deferred VAT in full on or before 31 March 2021

-Opt in to the VAT deferral new payment scheme when it launches in 2021

-Contact HMRC if you need more help to pay

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS) enables smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak.

This scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses borrow between £2,000 and up to 25% of their turnover. The maximum loan available is £50,000.

The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year.

The scheme is open to applications until 31 March 2021.

Find a lender now. 

12-month business rates holiday

There has been be a 12-month business rates holiday. This means the retail, hospitality and leisure industries won’t need to pay business rates from the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

How to apply:

You shouldn’t need to take any action. Your local council will apply the discount automatically.

You can estimate the business rate relief using the business rates calculator.

Contact your local council if you’re not getting a relief you think you’re entitled to or have any issues/questions regarding this.

Mortgage Payment Holiday

Mortgage lenders have announced support if your income has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, including a repayment holiday of up to a maximum of six months. The deadline for applying for a repayment holiday is 31 March 2021.

Find out more information here!

Sick Pay

You can get £95.85 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks.

You cannot get less than the statutory amount. You can get more if your company has a sick pay scheme (or ‘occupational scheme’) – check your employment contract.

 

 

Hopefully you have found our guide on Financial support available to the hair and beauty industry USEFUL!
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP! 
RELATED: 8 Sure Ways Hair Salons Can Generate Revenue During Lockdown

 

ways hair salons can generate revenue during lockdown

8 Sure Ways Hair Salons Can Generate Revenue During Lockdown

Your salon may be shut due to coronavirus but you can still earn revenue during this difficult time.

Read on to find out the 10 ways hair salons can generate revenue during lockdown.

ways hair salons can generate revenue in lockdown

1.Get Online

Your client base is currently online! What else is there to do right? Take advantage of everybody sitting home staring at a screen all day!

Host a hair tutorial class! You may choose to charge for the class OR, you can do free classes, build up an audience and suggest that the next class requires certain products/tools that YOU sell! – Create a product package for a whole series of tutorials you are planing to do!

You’ll be surprised how quickly word will spread and how popular your tutorials can become! Heck, maybe you’ll end up being a famous hair guru and you’ll ditch the salon for the online life!

If you’re not sold on the influencer way of life then carry on reading our ways hair salons can generate revenue during lockdown…

2.  Create Pamper Packs

Online searches for ‘self-care’ have risen 250% since the start of lockdown! Guess what people want? Hair and beauty products to help them relax and pamper theirselves!

You’ll already have an advantage over those who have started selling these online as you have a customer base! Make up a few packages, take some nice photos, get them online! You can also text/email you customer base and promote these packs!

If you want to give your clients a real treat, try adding some extras they may need at this time. Think camomile tea bags for relaxation, a few cheeky chocolates, maybe a candle for a relaxing bath? The possibilities are endless, you’ll know what your particular clientele will appreciate.

Top Tip: Include a hand written note to show them how much you care and are thinking of them at this time!

3. Create A Special Deal

Everybody is in need of some major salon time! Your clients will be missing you like crazy, so create a welcome back deal!

Combine treatments or offer extras for a set price and offer this only to those who are willing to book in now and pre-pay. Some may be sceptical due to the uncertainty of salons reopening-  throw in a guarantee that the voucher will not expire and the deal will be valid until you are once again open. Who would miss such a great deal?

Top Tips:

  • Offer this to your VIP’s first to gauge response, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with bookings you will struggle to fulfil later on!
  • Make this offer scarce to entice bookings! Only offer to the first 50 people that book, or add a time frame e.g. 24 hours only.

4. Reach Out To VIP’s

Another way hair salons can generate revenue during lockdown is to focus on current clientele before starting to dream of a thousand of new online clients! Your value comes from the clients you have, so build and strengthen your relationships!

Make sure you are keeping in touch, updating them on all necessary info, and letting them know that you are still there for them despite being closed.

Offer them the VIP treatment! Ask if they would like 1 on 1 virtual classes to perfect a hair technique/style. I would personally LOVE to have a hairdresser teach me how to blow-dry my hair at home to some kind of hairdressing standard!

You could guide them through a simple root touch up if they really cannot wait until your return. This could save some serious colour corrections in the long run!

You can even just give advice! There are thousands of people online with hair concerns that you will have answers for! Use your knowledge, share it!

5. Help With Home-care

Create a weekly newsletter addressing all the ways your clients could need home care.

For example, you’ll have plenty of blondes that are turning brassy by now! Create a newsletter about maintaining blonde at home (until they can make it into the salon). If you need help getting started, read our blonde blog. Mention the products that you have available to help with each concern! Watch your retail sales soar!

6. Talk To Your Suppliers

Product suppliers are sure to be busy creating online content! You can use this content to boost your pages engagement and following! You can also collaborate with your suppliers and see if you can do guest pieces, or be affiliated with a giveaway on their page! Being linked directly to brands can help your online sales seriously take off!

 

7. Get Social 

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’re already taking your business online!

Why not invest some time into levelling up your social media skills! We all know that a big following online means more interest in your physical salon! So prepare yourself for your reopening! Work on making interesting, sharable content that your following will find entertaining or educational! An engaged following will translate into a loyal following; this lovely lot will become valued VIP’s!

8. Launch A Subscription Box

Just like a pamper pack, but guaranteed rolling orders!

They’re everywhere right now! So get involved!

Entice your current clients with a super deal on their first month and include great products that you know they’ll love; personalise each box to match their needs!

Offer a free mini consultation with an expert! No online order will have this level of customer care!

Clients will be so thrilled that you took the time to understand their hair concerns that they’ll come back time and time again!

 

Hopefully you’ll be incorporating these ways hair salons can generate revenue during lockdown into your lockdown business plans!

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The best professional hair colour: 2021

So, where to begin when choosing professional hair colour? There are so many options and many of you will already have a favourite brand you may be hesitant to stray from! But don’t worry, we’ll walk you through the best selling hair colour available here at HairCo and let you know what the professionals that buy from us think!

We have such a wide selection of both semi-permanent and permanent colours in our archives we know you’ll find your 2021 favourite!

Permanent Hair Colour 

WELLA KOLESTON PERFECT

 

One of our ultimate best selling professional hair colours; Wella’s Kolestone Perfect! Wella’s purest permanent colour ever with ME+ technology!

This fantastic colour gives pure, balanced results with natural depth and shine, whilst the ME+ reduces the risk of developing a new allergy to the hair colour. Please be advised this does not mean the it is impossible for clients to have an allergic reaction to this professional hair colour!

Your clients will get healthy, glistening results and 100% grey coverage every time when you choose Koleston Perfect. Plus, you can offer exceptional lift potential as this range colour lifts up to 5 levels!

 

L’Oreal Majirel 

loreal Majirel hair colour

Who doesn’t love L’Oreal Majirel?? This professional hair colouring system offers a rich, permanent hair dye which provides perfect coverage of grey hair.

You can boast one of the largest shade ranges to your clients; with over 100 that can be tailored to create any colour your client desires! The range gives you such diversity, you can be a true creative colour artist!

See gorgeous results from L’Oreal Majirel here!

INSIGHT INCOLOR

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Wow your clients with Vegan, organic professional hair colour that outperforms some of the very best brands out there! The INSIGHT formula consists of low ammonia, which respects hair fibres and ensures protection from damage whilst leaving hair silky smooth and soft.

The product not only proves impeccable colour results time and time again but thanks to Phytokeratin, Argan oil and Grade Seed Butter, it ensures your clients hair is restructured and perfectly conditioned whilst it works its magic.

If you’re conscious about an eco-sustainable colour that performs just as well as major brands then INcolor is for you!

Semi-Permanent Hair Colour 

WELLA COLOR TOUCH

professional hair colour wella color touc

Wella Color Touch is a low commitment, ammonia free, multi -dimensional Demi-permanent professional hair colour for your clients that like to change up their tone often!

You can promise your client high shine, high fashion results from the second they leave the salon. The beautiful, vibrant Color Touch shades last up to 24 washes, cover 70% grey, and root re-growth will be virtually invisible; what more can your clients want?

For best results use Wella Color Touch Plus Developer!

See our Instagram for professionals using Wella Color Touch!

 

L’Oreal DiaRichesse

professional hair colour loreal did

L’Oreal DIA Richesse is the new cream tone on tone colour from L’Oréal. It is ideal for natural hair, offering a deep and rich colour of variable intensity which covers up to 70% of white hair and naturally fades over time. L’Oreal DIA Richesse utilises a revolutionary ammonia–free formula that gives a glistening shine that your clients will love, and you will love using.

Diarichesse colours develop in just 20 minutes and fade away discreetly over time. Perfect for those clients who are new to colouring or those looking for a gentle refresh of their existing colour.

For best results use with L’Oréal Professionnel Diactivateur.

Crazy Color

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For you daring clients that like to be bold you should definitely offer Crazy Color!

Crazy Color semi-permanent hair color cream comes in a huge range of vibrant colours and is a fantastic way to add an instant burst of hair colour for your clients! This bestselling temporary hair colour system washes out in 3–6 washes, which means there is no long term commitment should your client wish to change their hair colour.

Available Crazy Color shades include silver, bubblegum blue, burgundy, canary yellow and many more.

Whats your favourite professional hair colour?? Comment Below! x