Base color, highlights, deep conditioning treatments, give me the works!
Booking your next salon appointment should happen before you leave the salon during each visit. Even if your schedule changes, it’s nice to know you have a place on the books. But in today’s busy world, customers seem less likely to book appointments on the spot or in advance. In yesteryear’s salon standards, clients wouldn’t dream of leaving their favorite beauty professional without securing that next reservation with her or him. In many cases, customers knew they had a standing appointment each and every week (or whatever time frame) and they often built their schedules around their salon appointments.
We’ve known many beauty professionals through the years that build their next year schedules a month or two ahead of the new year, and prebook clients for the year based on their cut or color service schedules from the year before. In most cases clients are fairly consistent and more committed than they realize when it comes to salon appointments. Many salon clients have full time jobs and routine “9-5” schedules and they like to know when their next salon appointment is and they build their salon visits into their lives just as they do a normal work schedule. Here are a few examples of how this might work:
Hair Cut: If you are a standard hair cut client, you will most likely see your salon professional every 4-6 weeks (that’s about 8-9 times per year) and pretty easy to schedule.
Base Color: If you are a base color or “touch-up” client, you will probably see your salon professional every 4-5 weeks (which is about 9-10 times per year).
Highlights: Highlight clients often go every 6-8 weeks for touch-ups but it depends on the overall look and how frequently they need these services. We guess 6-8 times per year on this as well.
So if you know what you need, if you know how often, and if you pretty much know your schedule go ahead and prebook for the year We all get busy, things come up for ALL of us, we all have doctors appointments or meetings or perhaps school projects or kids activities. But for the most part none of these are that unusual or unpredictable that one couldn’t book salon (or other) appointments ahead of time.
We’ve often heard people say “Well I know know what my schedule is going to be!’
SURE YOU DO. Grab a pen, put something on your calendar – and that’s your schedule.
In the salon world, there’s nothing worse than trying to get in at the last minute with your hair stylist or colorist only to find you waited a bit too late and she (or he) is on vacation or perhaps took the day off. Clients often result to visiting another stylist and they end up not quite happy with the results, and you know the rest of this story.
OUR SUGGESTION – BOOK AHEAD. YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
REMEMBER – MOST SALONS HAVE A 24 HOUR CANCELLATION (COURTESY) POLICY SO IF YOU ARE BOOKING IN ADVANCE, FIND OUT WHAT THOSE POLICIES ARE.