You’ve followed all the tips and tricks for opening your hair salon and now you might be wondering what comes next. All business owners, salon owners included, have to continuously grow or face becoming stagnant and falling out of step with the ever-changing needs of their community and clients. What can you do to help keep your salon business at the forefront and become the next Brad Mondo? You’re already doing it! You’ve got to fill your brain with some great reads to help you keep your business growing in the right direction.
What books could benefit you as an owner of a hair salon business? Books regarding business growth/entrepreneurship, salon management, self-awareness, and self-growth can offer a wealth of knowledge that will assist you in building the salon empire that you dream of. Here are books that I recommend:
- Get Sh** Done!: From Spare Room to Boardroom in 1,000 Days by Niall Harbison
- Jab, Jab, Jab, RIGHT HOOK by Gary Vaynerchuck
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- Small Business for the Rest of Us: One Dude’s Journey by Bennie Pollard
- The Salon Building Bible (READY, SET, GO! Books) by Jeff Grissler and Eric Ryant
- Salon Buzz: Marketing and Management Ideas for Ultimate Success by Dennise Cardona
- Make a Six-Figure Income Doing Hair: How To Do It. By Alan Daniels
- Salon Client Attraction: Attract More Clients, Earn More Profits by Trish Rock
- Million Dollar Stylist: The Hair Stylist’s Roadmap to Financial Freedom by Marquetta Breslin
- A Step by Step Guide to Owning and Operating a Successful and Profitable Hair Salon by Linda Fotheringham
- Hairstylist How To Reach The Top – Your Success Is More Than Cutting Hair by Peter Rosas
- Trade Secrets of the Successful Hairstylist: The Successful Hairstylist’s Proven Techniques for Making a Lot More Money While Working Fewer Hours by Allison Bridges
- The Business of Hair: A Guide to Getting What You’re Worth by Doing What You Love by Jeff Michaud
- Hair Salon Ownership: SUCCESS MATTERS! by Matthew Walsh
- Down the Shampoo Bowl – The ABC’s of Hair Salon Management by Susan Maccoy
- It’s All About the Client: Business Etiquette in the Hairdressing Industry by Lee Watt
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
- It’s Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty by Tabatha Coffey and Richard Buskin
- FISH! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul, and John Christensen
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
If you have aspirations of becoming the next Vidal Sassoon or Frederic Fekkai, then this article has been designed just for you. We’ve put in the work (and turned a lot of pages) to give you the ultimate list of books that will aid you as a hair salon business owner to take your business to the top!
Books about business growth and entrepreneurship
Get Sh** Done!: From Spare Room to Boardroom in 1,000 Days By Niall Harbison
Niall Harbison, one of Ireland’s most renowned entrepreneurs shares his techniques and strategies that played part in landing every role he wanted in life, from personal chef to billionaires to selling his social media company for millions.
This is a must-read handbook on creating a wonderful lifestyle and the power that social media plays in growing a truly successful business.
Jab, Jab, Jab, RIGHT HOOK by Gary Vaynerchuck
This book is all about increasing the sales of your hair salon by properly utilizing social media. It covers various platforms and gives ample examples of what works for small businesses.
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Collins identifies seemingly unseen variables that enable any type of organization or business to leap good to great, while their competitors simply remain only good. This great read can help you plan and strategize more effectively and gives great insight into what it will take to make your salon great!
Small Business for the Rest of Us: One Dude’s Journey by Bennie Pollard
Pollard, the owner of Cool Beauty Consulting, shares his trials, tribulations, and victories and guides you through the mountains and valleys of small business ownership. He shows you how he navigated through rough waters and how his successes and failures have shaped him into the wonderful leader and businessman he is today.
Books about salon management
The Salon Building Bible (READY, SET, GO! Books) by Jeff Grissler and Eric Ryant
This is no ordinary book, this is a must-have tool for any first-time (or even seasoned) hair, salon owner. Not only will you find great tips about design and implementation, but a great deal of information regarding start-up costs and project planning. It is a tried-and-true resource for building the best salon empire.
Salon Buzz: Marketing and Management Ideas for Ultimate Success by Dennise Cardona
In this text, you will find marketing and management tools that will set your salon apart from those in your area and enable you to define YOUR brand. It includes many social media strategies that will help you to grow your salon into the successful company that you desire.
Make a Six-Figure Income Doing Hair: How To Do It. By Alan Daniels
Daniels details how to be an elite salon professional and the premier methods used to work with clients and justify salon pricing.
Salon Client Attraction: Attract More Clients, Earn More Profits by Trish Rock
Rock provides you multiple marketing strategies that will allow you to attract new customers and keep them coming back. She details her five-step G.L.O.S.S. system for salon success and lays out the tools you will need to grow your hair salon business to its fullest.
Million Dollar Stylist: The Hair Stylist’s Roadmap to Financial Freedom by Marquetta Breslin
Breslin details how to build a successful hair salon business and gain the financial freedom that you deserve that will allow you to live life on your terms. Breslin gives the insight you will need to completely change your mindset and your approach to being a stylist. This book can give you the power to change the way you recruit clients, the mindset you have about your chosen career, and how you go about being a stylist for the rest of your days. Breslin shares her secrets to how you can truly live life on your terms and have the freedom you desire all while doing what you love!
A Step by Step Guide to Owning and Operating a Successful and Profitable Hair Salon by Linda Fotheringham
As the title indicates, this is a step-by-step guide to owning and operating a successful and profitable hair salon. It covers in detail what it will take to turn your initial ideas into an operational salon. Fotheringham lists everything you could ever need to get started and how to avoid expensive mistakes that many new salon owners make. She guides you through the how’s and why’s of hiring, as well as thoroughly explaining laws, legislation, health, safety, and a plethora of insider tips that will help you to forge your path in the right direction.
Hairstylist How To Reach The Top – Your Success Is More Than Cutting Hair by Peter Rosas
Rosas reveals the secrets that will take you to the top of the styling world that they don’t teach you in the classroom. This book is an essential guide to realizing your true potential in the styling industry and how to find lasting success as a salon professional.
Trade Secrets of the Successful Hairstylist: The Successful Hairstylist’s Proven Techniques for Making a Lot More Money While Working Fewer Hours by Allison Bridges
Bridges hand-deliver an insider’s handbook that details what it takes to make money in the beauty industry. She gives invaluable information that will help you earn more and accelerate your career. Bridges show you how minor operational changes and major changes in how you view your business, with simple, proven methods that will increase your demand as a stylist and increase the amount of money in your pocket.
The Business of Hair: A Guide to Getting What You’re Worth by Doing What You Love by Jeff Michaud
Michaud integrates real-world experience and common sense business advice to help you and your hair salon reach the fullest potential possible. His simple, no-nonsense guide details everything from what you put on in the morning to what you will take home with you at the end of the day to enable you to become the great stylist you are destined to be.
Hair Salon Ownership: SUCCESS MATTERS! by Matthew Walsh
In this book, Walsh gives you critical and applicable business steps that are required to open and successfully operate your new hair salon business.
Down the Shampoo Bowl – The ABC’s of Hair Salon Management by Susan Maccoy
Maccoy’s A-to-Z guide will answer all the questions you may have and lead you down the path of success in managing your hair salon. Through her writing, she will teach you how to invigorate yourself, motivate your staff, deal with difficult clients, properly promote and market your business, and understand the financial aspects of the hair salon industry.
It’s All About the Client: Business Etiquette in the Hairdressing Industry by Lee Watt
Watt’s no-nonsense, common sense guide to customer service and subsequent retention will become your go-to manual for information and advice for staff training that will ensure the highest levels of customer service in your hair salon. The tips and tools she shares will help you to build and maintain a successful salon business.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Lencioni shows how the power of communication can stop team members from thinking only of themselves and turn them into true team players with unbreakable trust, which is something that can take your hair salon from lower-rung to top of the ladder!
Books about self-awareness and self-growth
It’s Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty by Tabatha Coffey and Richard Buskin
Beauty industry star, Coffey, details her sordid upbringing and how it shaped her business mentality. She shares insights into what it takes to have true success in the hair salon industry and what changes you can make within yourself to see the tree of success bear fruit.
FISH! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin, Ph.D., Harry Paul and John Christensen
Using a fictional manager thrust into the position of turning an unenthusiastic department into an effective team, FISH! addresses the work issues that you will see today within your salon, including employee retention and burnout and how to overcome them. The practical lessons you will learn can be used to improve everything from customer service to building trust within your team to become a more effective leader. FISH! can help you uncover the exciting power within you to make a positive difference in your life and your salon.
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz
In his book, Ruiz reveals the sources of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of our joy and create unnecessary suffering. He bases The Four Agreements on ancient Toltec wisdom and offers a powerful code of conduct that can quickly transform your life into a new form of freedom, contentment, and love. It is a concise, yet provocative, book full of wisdom. Although this is more of a spiritual development book than a business one, it is definitely on our list to aid you in becoming the best salon owner you can be.
The last line….
I know that I have listed a huge number of books and no, I am not suggesting that you purchase them all. The books that have been recommended are just that, recommendations. However, if you want to succeed, it does help to take notes from others who have!
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What are other things I can do to increase the longevity and relativity of my hair salon business?
Invest in yourself and your staff, as you do your salon. Attend training and product seminars for new techniques and tricks, become a member of your local chamber of commerce, be active in your community, and, most importantly, create lasting connections with other long-time, small business owners who can assist you in following the path to success.
What are a few things I can do to grow my salon business?
Attract more clients by targeting an untouched clientele, search out new and unique marketing opportunities, offer the newest services and products or identify an untapped niche market and dig your heels in!
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Shawn Chun is an entrepreneur who has owned several types of businesses from a coffee shop to an import and export business to an online review business plus a few more and now creates online resources for those interested in starting a salon business. It is demanding work he loves to do it. Shawn says “I do it for those passionate about their business and their goals. I know how hard the struggle is to obtain and retain clients, finding good employees all while trying to stay competitive.”
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