Hair Industry

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering if there are any other moms that work or used to be a hairstylist? I have been off of work for nearly 15 months and just went back to work part time last week. I'm having a hard time dealing with the fact that all of my old clients haven't been notified that I'm back because of one stylists selfishness. She gained a lot of my clients since I have been away and making more money. I understand that she doesn't want to take a pay cut but she also has to understand that I worked hard to get all those clients and it's only fair to notify them of my return. JUst wondering what everyone else would do or have done?

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Jennifer - posted on 04/20/2009

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Quoting Tara:

never ever leave it in someone elses hands.....its a cut throat world and I learnt from experience ......do not ever trust anybody to do your job for you...always keep a record of your clients and you need to contact them to let them know you are back....understand though that u have been gone for 15 months and some of them may have found a new hairdresser ...and maybe even one in her.....just make sure to be nice and acknowledge every one that used to see you ...that way you are still fresh in their minds should she mess up!! dont be mad about it .....take care of you ..that is what she is doing ....sometimes it takes time but they will come back ....u'd be surprised.......make sure that if u dont have numbers that u keep client cards of your own on every client from now on ..u never know when you will need them!!! if your shop were to surprisingly one day go bankrupt what would you do then without record of your clients ....thats what happened to me ....was a total shock ...showed up at work and surprise ....doors locked!! try putting an add in the paper with you pic letting all your valued clients know that you are back at work ...costs a bit of money but so worth it...and welcome any new clients..........I also had a stylist do the same to me after i came back from having a baby.......and my clients were upset that she booked them with her without telling them that I was back and giving them the opportunity to book with me .......trust in your clientelle, if your are good at your job they will wait for you and follow you anywhere...... they will come back ...be patient. I cant stress enough to keep your own copy of your client cards!!!!!!!!



Thanks Tara. I guess I had to learn the hard way about not making copies of my clients info for myself. I do have confidence that  some will return but I also know I will have to rebuild again as well. I guess I'm just a little fusturated and I think I thought that everyone would be excited that I was back but you are right 15 months is a long time so it's going to take some time.

Tara - posted on 04/20/2009

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never ever leave it in someone elses hands.....its a cut throat world and I learnt from experience ......do not ever trust anybody to do your job for you...always keep a record of your clients and you need to contact them to let them know you are back....understand though that u have been gone for 15 months and some of them may have found a new hairdresser ...and maybe even one in her.....just make sure to be nice and acknowledge every one that used to see you ...that way you are still fresh in their minds should she mess up!! dont be mad about it .....take care of you ..that is what she is doing ....sometimes it takes time but they will come back ....u'd be surprised.......make sure that if u dont have numbers that u keep client cards of your own on every client from now on ..u never know when you will need them!!! if your shop were to surprisingly one day go bankrupt what would you do then without record of your clients ....thats what happened to me ....was a total shock ...showed up at work and surprise ....doors locked!! try putting an add in the paper with you pic letting all your valued clients know that you are back at work ...costs a bit of money but so worth it...and welcome any new clients..........I also had a stylist do the same to me after i came back from having a baby.......and my clients were upset that she booked them with her without telling them that I was back and giving them the opportunity to book with me .......trust in your clientelle, if your are good at your job they will wait for you and follow you anywhere...... they will come back ...be patient. I cant stress enough to keep your own copy of your client cards!!!!!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2009

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I've actually went I through our files at work and notified some of my clients but some how a lot of my clients cards are missing and I've asked the boss as well as the other stylists what happened to them but no one seems to know or wants to fess up. I used to be a very patient and understanding person before I had my twins but now I'm on edge with this one paticular stylist because of her selfishness. Raising twins isn't cheap and that is why I decided to go back and help my husband out with the expenses, but if I'm going to work just to sit on my butt and do nothing is it worth it? I think, actually I know I am a good stylist, and I don't want to let my skill go to waste. I'm trying to think of inexpensive ways to advertise for myself and rebuild clientele so if anyone has any ideas please let me know. I also don't want to leave this paticullar salon because I get along great with my boss and she is completly flexable and understanding.

Liza - posted on 04/16/2009

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while you were gaining clients did you get their phone numbers? addresses? if you want those clients back you need to let them know you are back. do not wait for the other hairdresser to tell them because you know she won't. if you don't have the numbers then start collecting them from new clients.....i am a nail tech and give clients a client questionnar to fill out where all this info is included so i can contact them...hope this helps

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