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Christmas Cheer

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Christmas 2016 will be soon upon us and it certainly feels not so long ago we were thinking the same last year. It has been a ‘odd’ sort of year and with the British pound losing ground to other market currencies recently a probable rise in price of imported goods from European markets due to Brexit is envisaged. We expect that overall, prices in the hair and beauty industry will increase more than we would normally expect. Certainly many of our industry ‘wet’ products are currently obtained from within the European market and already we are seeing increases from some of our suppliers above that what we would expect. Maybe now is a very good time to buy in any extra stock in before inevitable price increases in the New Year onwards.

Salon Sales will always attempt to give the best possible competitive prices for our products to all our customers and with this in mind why not have another look at our current items for sale. We believe in giving good prices to our customers all year around not just during so called ‘Vat free’ sales like some of our competitors. As many of you will already know sales of items within the Vat band always have Vat applied to them and if those ‘Vat free’ sales were actually really ‘free’, some industry suppliers would certainly be getting a not so friendly visit from HMRC. Only massive corporations seem to be able get away with ‘Tax avoidance’ and all businesses in the small and medium bracket on the UK stage certainly have little choice but to pay their tax dues on all sales.

As a trade wholesale supplier, all the items on our website are initially displayed without VAT added. During the check out process a summery page will show the total cost payable inclusive of VAT. Because businesses normally can claim the Vat element back on their purchases the true cost to the business is shown initially without the Vat applied.

Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year to all of you.

Prevention is the best cure for strain injuries

From time to time we see in our Cash and Carry a salon owner, salon employee or perhaps maybe a retired hairdresser who is mildly suffering with what could best be described as a repetitive strain type of injury. Whether it be the back, hips, fingers or elbow, anyone performing a repetitive task can be prone to a strain type of injury on any part of the body. Prevention is the best cure for strain injuries and people should be aware that their body positioning and they way they perform their actions can lead to strain over time if not correctly adjusted. These mild injuries rarely, but sometimes can, lead to something slightly more debilitating in later life for an unfortunate few. It is therefore an important consideration for every salon owner and every employee to ensure that they have good work practices to minimise any strain / stress which could lead to strain and perhaps time off work, which of course nobody wants.

Factors that can help prevent this are many. Using an example of a hair stylist cutting hair. The action of ensuring the client is at a comfortable height is a simple but important factor that can help prevent strain and unnecessary stretching before the cutting even starts. Rather than just ‘make do’, stylists should spend a few extra seconds ensuring the client is at an exact comfortable and optimum height for the cutting process to reduce strain. Because the height of the client and the height of the stylist doing the cutting varies, this is something that should be done at every sitting. This is most easily accomplished using a hydraulic chair rather than a gas lift chair which is why we always prefer to advise customers that given a choice, the hydraulic chair will win hands down. Gas lift chairs can also suit this purpose but it just takes a little longer to achieve and requires a greater degree of co-operation of the seated client. Coincidently, while we are on the subject of mentioning hair cutting stylists, it is also important that the stylists scissors they use sits comfortably in their hand. Cutting a clients hair is a very repetitive action which uses many of the the muscles in the hands, arm and shoulder. Having the correct size hairdressing scissors which feel comfortable in the hands is also a ergonomic consideration which helps prevent strain.

All salon owners should also ensure that their employees know correct lifting techniques. Even lifting a dropped comb of the floor could cause a back injury if the correct techniques which entails straight back and bent knees are not used. Remember, prevention is the best cure for avoiding strain and repetitive strain injuries.

The moral of the story is that nothing should be taken for granted and education is the key. The internet is a great source and if unsure of what can be done to ensure proper practices are used within a salon it is a great place to start and find out where to go for advice and education.
[ Repetitive Strain Injury Wikipedia ]

Ordering of large salon equipment and furniture

A significant part of a budget for equipping or maybe refurbishing a salon, beauty college or academy is the ordering of salon equipment and furniture. To provide buyers with an affordable choice it is important that requirements as well as their budget is met. Most wholesale trade suppliers will not hold a massive amount of bulky equipment in locally held stock and prefer instead for larger items to be stored in a warehouse ready to be sent out or ordered directly from the manufacturer, especially if they are made to order items. Many suppliers of salon equipment and furniture of this will type try to ensure that a suitable choice selection is available at any given price point.

For example REM equipment and furniture have a wide range of items that are made to order. When there is an available colour choice within a desired furniture or salon equipment item it could mean that the items are made to order and the manufacturing time as well as the delivery schedule should always be taken into consideration when deciding to place the  order. Made to order items can often have inherent delays which vary between manufacturer and good advice is to always order your items in advance and in good time. Most experienced suppliers can normally give a good indication of schedule / delivery for any given item and any date given will have been already affected due to  time of year and the amount of current orders in the manufacturers system.  Made to order items ordered in advance can normally be delayed to meet a suitable customer deadline but they can rarely be speeded up due to the strict manufacturing process. Please note, however, that when an item is made to order and that item has been made, the order cannot be subsequently cancelled and it is wise to ensure all your requirements are met before placing any order. We tend advise you contact the manufacturer for suitability for your requirements.