By: Delores Hurst, Online Writer
Having spent my share of time in home salons and some time in commercial salons, here is my list of Pros and Cons of home salons. Many people have experienced these salons, especially those who like me live a small town. Sometime the best salons are those that are small and intimate, so when choosing your salon, make a pro/con(s) list. Sometimes home is better for you that commercial.
1. That homey feeling. When you go to a home salon, a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere makes you trust and open up to people more.
2. The hairdresser readily available. Hairdressers seem to be more accessible in home salons than in a commercial salon. Because their salon is at home, they don’t have to travel to work, so you’ll know where to find them on short notices.
3. Styling prices may be lower than at commercial salon. With commercial salons, some stylists pay booth rent for their chair or if they own the salon, pay to keep their building up. They may charge according to those demands and the demands of making a profit. Home salon stylists can do your hair considerably lower.
4. You won’t go from hand to hand.
5. For hairdresser: Work is around the corner. Most stylists choose the home option so they don’t have to commute. Many are a home because it is more affordable for them and work to make the most of their profits.
6. Not a matter of rushing. Home salons make it easier for stylist to take their time and work on your hair. There is no real need to rush because they are already home and they don’t have a time constraint for closing down a business.
1. Home distractions. Sometimes stylist can get wrapped up in what is happening at home or with their families while having clients waiting to be seen. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it can be frustrating.
2. Lack of space for clients. Home salons are generally smaller than the average commercial salon and it can become a bit crowded, especially around the holiday season.
3. For hairdressers: number of people entering your home. It can be unsafe not knowing what type of people you are welcoming into our home, but with that, stylists may only take new clients recommended by an old client or someone they trust and know.
4. The environment can become too relaxing and lose the owner- client feel and respect. It can begin to feel like you are visiting a girlfriend and you both can easily become wrapped up in the latest gossip and forget about your hair.
5. For dresser: You may not get the same amount and price of business as a commercial salon. It may seem unfair that commercial salon stylists charge a larger amount of money for the same style, but the advantage is this can help you gain more business.
6. You may spend more time sitting and waiting. The down side of getting your hair done correctly is the wait time. The stylist is not only doing your hair right, he or she is doing the other clients hair well. Moreover, when it does become crowded, the wait time is even longer.