I know you have all heard the statement before, that you “get what you pay for”. Well, in the “salon world”, I feel like this is especially true. Here are a few reasons why and some facts you may not have known.
Did you know that in the state of Pennsylvania, stylists are not required to take continuing education after they have received their license? So you could have a 40 year old stylist who got her cosmetology license from the vo-tech right out of high school, and never once attended another class to keep up with current trends and techniques that are constantly changing in the industry. It happens all the time. Even in this day and age where you can look up and watch pretty much anything on YouTube, it still isn’t a replacement for what can be learned by trained, professional educators, some of which are on the the forefront of the development of these trends when they are launched.
At our salon, continuing education is very important to us. We attend classes both in and out of work, we travel to at least 1 weekend out of state hairshow a year, and we constantly try new things we see on social media and in magazines as they come out. This is where you will find the added value in our salon- the education that then translates into you getting the cut or color you wanted (you know- the one you showed us from Pinterest;)). Without recent education on current trends, we wouldn’t be able to recreate that beautiful balayage highlight you showed us a photo of. This trend isn’t something most of us, especially more veteran stylists, learned in school. So education is key in being able to offer you these current trends and to execute them correctly and professionally. Again, anyone can watch a “how to balayage your hair ” tutorial on YouTube, but I promise you, the results will not be the same as getting it done by a professionally trained stylist.
We charge accordingly in our salon. Our girls are educated, you’re paying for that expertise.We also have a Tier system in our salon. This means the stylists charge based on a 4 Tier system, 4 different price brackets depending what Tier they are. For example, If you come into the salon with me as your stylist (remember me, Abra, your salon blogger!?:)), I am a Tier 4 stylist so you will be paying top Tier price. What does this mean? I am a veteran stylist at our salon, I’ve been there over 13 years now. I have taken more classes then I can count through the years, received numerous certifications, and have attended 10 or more out of state hairshows. When you sit in my chair, you are paying to receive my knowledge, education and expertise. Make sense?? Now this doesn’t discredit our Tier 1 girls at all though. Even though they may be newer stylists, take comfort knowing all of our girls are extremely educated and constantly learning more daily. We only hire the best. They also are mentored by our veteran stylists and never afraid to ask for help or a 2nd opinion. We reach these different tiers by putting in time at the salon, as well as how many clients we service and by meeting a certain goal amount for service totals. You should view your stylist moving up a Tier as a great thing! It shows she’s doing well in the salon and essentially just gave herself a raise!
Another way you will find value in our salon is in our products, both our retail and the products we use in the salon. We are a Loreal Professional Elite salon. That means we have been allowed by Loreal to carry their retail products to sell, to use them on our backbar, and most importantly to use their color line. In order to do this, our stylists have to be educated on the products and color lines and must continue to stay up to date with the company. Their color line turns into a conditioner the last 10 min. its on the hair. Their powerdose services allow us to add extra condition to the hair by putting the product on and massaging it into the scalp for 5 min. at our shampoo bowls. Not only is it extremely relaxing, it will take what is negative about your hair and make it positive. It is a deep conditioning treatment that helps repair damage after coloring and highlighting. It goes down inside the hair strand and helps seal in the color, adds shine and lasts in the hair up to 3 weeks. This treatment sets our salon apart from others who offer conditioning treatments as it has high end ingredients in it that do what they say they will, technology and development to back it and it doesn’t weigh the hair down.
Along with the Loreal line, our salon carries a large selection of professional products, all of which we have had classes to educate ourselves on, learning their ingredients, what they do for the hair and which client they are best for.
Our nail tech and nail services and products also fall into all these catagories. Our nail tech Jill has a specialized degree in nails. She has learned the best techniques and is also staying updated with education and classes about what’s trending in the nail industry, as well as current safety and sanitary regulations. She can be found on any down time she has looking up nail art designs on Pinterest or Youtube and practicing them for whatever the next upcoming season is.
So, as I’ve state earlier, you truly do get what you pay for in a salon. In the case of our salon, our girls are educated and continue to build upon that knowledge of this industry, so never be afraid to come to them with any question you may have about a product, your hair or nails or a service you are interested in. I hope you see the value you will receive in our salon and with our excellent team of stylists.
Need an appointmet? Call the salon at 724-349-5444 or schedule online at www.cameronsalon.com