Replace your bad habits with good ones

Whether you’re a salon owner or manager or stylist, it’s easy to pick up bad habits over the years. Admit it, we all have our own bad habits, don’t we? But identifying them and breaking them is easier than you think, according to Akin Konizi, international creative director for HOB Academy. As 2020 has given us all a bit of time to think and reset, it’s also a great opportunity to break some bad habits- and make some space for new ones! Let’s hear it from Akin, then!

“Not all habits are bad, but those that are tend to stem from boredom or stress,” Akin says. “Bad habits may seem harmless, but they can affect the way you work, the quality of your work and the respect you get from clients and your team. Identifying your bad habits is the first step, and breaking them isn’t as hard as you think. 2020 has been a year of reflection and it’s the perfect chance to break those habits and replace them with ones that will make you a better hairdresser.”

How to break them

Five bad habits hairdressers can break, according to Akin Konizi:

  1. Habit: Boredom
    Replace with: vigour. Being bored is the biggest habit to break. Think about why you are bored – it’s often because what you do has become repetitive. Try to work ‘consciously’ rather than just going through the motions.
  2. Habit: Shunning responsibility
    Replace with: culpability. We all need to be responsible for what we do – from the decisions we make to the hairstyles we create. Take responsibility for what you are creating and that will encourage your development.
  3. Habit: Staffroom breaks
    Replace with: getting out there. Sitting in the staffroom on your phone is such a waste of time, scrolling through gossip sites and general rubbish on social media. Because of social distancing it can be hard to be out on the floor, but use your free time with your team, watching what they are doing, have conversations with clients and team members.
  4. Habit: Lack of communication
    Replace with: share your expertise. Never ask your client “what are we doing today?” You’re the expert, inspire your clients! They are visiting you for the benefit of your expertise, your knowledge and your advice. Ask open questions about how they feel about their hair, make recommendations and explain why you’ve made those recommendations, ultimately reaching an agreement between you both.
  5. Habit: Using clippers
    Replace with: scissors. Don’t be tempted to use the clippers just because they’re quick and easy. Keep prioritising your scissor-over-comb skills; it develops your scissor action and opens up a world of cutting opportunities.

That’s some good advice here to take home, folks; but we know how hard things are for hair professionals right now. So, don’t be too hard on yourselves; give yourselves and your staff some time to adjust, be kind and don’t be afraid to ask for help and support when needed. We’ll get through this!