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    Not very busy!

    Thank you for your words everyone, I felt very alone with it as I know other stylists who are telling me they’re all busy. They might not be telling the truth, but either way it was making me feel like it was me!! And then you start questioning how good you are at your job etc. Fingers crossed...
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    Not very busy!

    Is anyone else noticing a steep decline in business this last month or two?! Like since early September? I had a big rush of clients right after lockdown where I saw literally every one of my clients throughout July and August, they were fighting for appointments and now my column is dead. Just...
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    Difficult client

    I have a lady whose hair I’ve done for years and years, she is probably my longest and most loyal client. The problem is, I don’t actually like her much because I don’t think she treats me very respectfully. She wants a colour change done almost every appointment, makes me feel anxious as it’s...
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    Maternity leave

    Hairdresser/beauty mums self employed and self employed- how long did you take off maternity leave (just for the first child I’m interested in), did you find it enough time and would/did you do it differently the next time? It’s hard to know what to do about clients. They were practically...
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    Clients going mad over appointments!

    I wouldn’t even mind if some of mine started looking elsewhere if they didn’t want to wait, rather than give me what can only be described as abuse!
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    Clients going mad over appointments!

    I’m finding booking in my clients for their post-lockdown hair extremely stressful to the point I’m dreading having to book more in tomorrow (and tell them they can’t have it done til end of August), I just have a lot of clients and I’m only one person, some of them just don’t seem very...
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    Self employed mat leave

    What usually happens with renting a salon chair and maternity leave? Do you still have to pay your rent for 9 months if you took that amount of time off (which I am)? It wasn’t mentioned in my contract and I haven’t asked my salon owner yet, I’m afraid to! I can’t lose my chair but I defo can’t...
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    Maternity leave, how long?

    How long do hairdressers generally take off for Maternity leave?
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    How to collect commission

    Don’t do it, you’re not obliged to ‘help her out’ as she’s not your employee and she’s a completely separate business. You need to just have a flat rate and if she can’t pay it, I’m sure you will find someone else.
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    Balayage gone wrong

    It doesn’t look bad, it just looks like you’ve had normal foil highlights. But she hasn’t done what you wanted at all and clearly isn’t as experienced in balayage as she said she is, so you definitely would have a right to a refund. However, I definitely think your problems will be solved with a...
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    Mobile to chair renting?

    Have any hairdressers managed to successfully go to renting a chair from being full time mobile? Did your mobile clients start coming to you at the salon? I’m worried mine won’t.
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    Tired of mobile

    This is a great idea, thanks!
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    Tired of mobile

    I’ve been a mobile hairdresser for the last 10 years (8 years as a salon employee before that), and I have loved it, but I feel it’s becoming quite draining on me nowadays. I’m fed up of working around client’s messy houses and with their families and pets around causing chaos, it’s becoming...
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    Room rental advice

    My partner is a lawyer and those ‘area clauses’ that salons often write into employee contracts are actually not legally enforceable at all, and it’s a completely made up thing to scare salon employees into not leaving. Just saying
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    Looking for a hairdressing room to rent, Bromley/Orpington

    I’m wondering if anyone has a salon or shop of some sort, with a private room to rent out to me, as a Hairdressing studio for just me and my clients? I would need space for a hair washing basin, and a chair & mirror space obviously. Some natural light would be important too, plus easy parking...
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    Mobile to working from home?

    I’m a mobile hairdresser and have been for the last 10 years (have been doing some of my clients for 15 years+), therefore a lot of my clients are quite set in their ways with me and my service. I want to start working from my home, because mobile is just becoming too much physically and...
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    Mobile hairdressing advice

    I have looked into it and it’s very expensive, it would cost more than half of my current income. And I’d have to expect to lose some clients as well, because of no longer being mobile. The rents everywhere wants are huge, even if I charge my clients a lot. I do live in London so this is quite a...
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    Mobile hairdressing advice

    I’ve been hairdressing for 16 years and the last 8 of those I’ve been mobile, I loved it for the first few years but my back is now really causing me problems to the point I’m in pain at work every day, from the amount of time I spend in the car (I have a tiny, very uncomfortable car which I...
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    Pregnancy and mobile hairdressing

    unfortunately pretty much all my business is colouring, I only get the odd bride a couple of times a year (it’s not my speciality!) and my biggest earner is my highlights and balayage, I couldn’t possibly stop colouring or I’d lose my entire business. I don’t know what to do! It’s heavy...
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    Weekends off?

    I’ve made the announcement to them now, I know there are still going to be some who repeatedly ask me to do the out-of-hours times but I’ve been doing clients’ hair whenever they want it, whether I want to or not since I was 17 (am now 35) and I’m now at a stage where I’m not willing to...