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How to Wear a Wig: Tips for You When Wearing a Wig

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Learning how to wear a wig and making it look stylish and natural can be intimidating at first, but if you use the right products and follow great tips like the ones below, you will have a wig that looks amazing on you!

Wigs are great to wear for any situation and anyone can wear them! That’s right, whether you want to protect your natural hair or cover an area that is lacking hair, a wig is a great solution.

There are many types of wigs out there so which type is for you? Here are some guidelines to follow when deciding what type of wig is the most appropriate for you:

First, what is the difference between a synthetic and human hair wig?

Synthetic Hair

-Fiber hair

-No styling necessary

Human Hair

-Real Hair

-Can be styled and is versatile

Do’s and Don’ts

Installing: If you are going to use products like our Ultra-Hold Adhesive or Lace Front Support Tape for your installment, use them separately. We’ve heard of people explaining how using glues/adhesives and tape at the same time can help extend wear but it can actually cause long term damage to your scalp and natural hair.

Products: Whether you have synthetic or human hair be sure to use products that are specifically meant for your wig. If you have a synthetic wig, purchase shampoo and conditioning products that are meant for synthetic and vice versa. When you have a synthetic wig, using a product that is meant for regular human hair wigs will cause build up which will shorten the lifespan and dull the hair fibers.

Brushing: One of the most important pieces of advice when learning how to wear a wig is to make sure you absolutely DO NOT brush your wig when it is wet! It can cause your wig to stretch and cause permanent damage. You also cannot use a regular hairbrush or comb. Your regular brushes are meant for real, natural, human hair, your wig is delicate and if you have a synthetic wig, you could stress out the fibers. Purchase brushes that are meant for your type of wig.

Heat: With human hair wigs, you can use styling tools and do not have to worry about damage. We do recommend that you use a heat protectant though. If you have a synthetic wig, DO NOT expose it to heat! This will cause permanent damage to the hair fibers.

If you have a synthetic wig do not use:
-Curling Irons
-Flat Irons
-Hot Rollers

Stay away from:
-Grills
-Ovens
-Stoves

Sleeping: When sleeping with your wig be sure to have a silk pillow case for your pillow. It will help prevent friction and protect your wig from getting tangled. Wrapping your hair in a silk scarf will help with the friction as well. In the morning, gently brush your tangles so your wig does not get frizzy or matted. If you do not want to sleep in your wig, purchase a wig mount and place it there before you go to bed.

We hope these tips helped you learn how to wear a wig and if you have some tips of your own that you would like to share, feel free to comment below!

Looking for more tips on how to wear a wig? Read this great article on some of the do’s and don’ts when wearing a wig.

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Wig Adhesive: How to Choose the Right One

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Selecting a wig adhesive best suited for your needs may seem easy, but with all of the options and styles available it can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. Of course, the first person to discuss wig adhesives with should always be your stylist. We want this simple guide to serve as the start of that conversation, so you understand what questions to ask and help translate some of the jargon.

Each wig adhesive responds differently to various climates and lifestyle demands, so before talking to your stylist about which one to choose, consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • How long will you wear your wig?
  • What sort of climate do you live in? Humid? Dry? Temperate? Hot? Cold?
  • Think about the seasons: you will need a different product for winter, spring, summer and autumn
  • Does the forecast call for rain or shine?
  • What are the specific demands of your lifestyle? Are you an athlete? Office worker under air conditioning all day?

Write out these questions and discuss them with your stylist. They will truly appreciate the effort you have put into researching your wig care and you will be sure to have a positive experience with your wig.

Water-Based or Solvent-Based?

The wig adhesive industry is rapidly changing as new technologies are developed and products created to meet the changing needs of stylists and wig wearers. When you have the answers to the questions above, you are well on your way to figuring out what type of glue to use.

Traditionally, wig adhesives are solvent-based, much like other types of glue. This technology has been around for a while and some excellent products exist that will ensure a tight hold for extended wear.

These types of wig glue require the use of specialized preparation solutions before application and solvents for removal. Those new to wig wearing get a little skittish when they see the list of chemicals needed to apply and remove a wig. Yet the technology used to fabricate these products has evolved with these concerns in mind and Walker offers some of the gentlest wig preparation and removal products available.

Despite the advanced application and removal products available, some customers with very sensitive skin or a condition like eczema or psoriasis may still experience dryness and irritation. Some people even have mild allergic reactions to these chemicals, which are uncomfortable, and impact the length of time they can wear their wig with comfort.

Fortunately, these concerns have led to the development of excellent water-based wig adhesives that are much gentler on the skin and offer many additional benefits. Water-based adhesives are generally easier to apply and some offer a level of hold for periods of time comparable to their traditional counterparts.

One advantage of water-based adhesives is that they are easy to apply and remove. They require less preparation and can be removed with soap and water. This is ideal for those with extra-sensitive skin who want to reduce the amount of products they use on their scalps.

A water-based adhesive will go on clear and is not stringy like the traditional solvent-based alternative. This makes for an attractive appearance that requires very little touch up.

However, even the strongest water-based adhesive will not last as long as the traditional alternative. If you do not have very sensitive skin or any allergies and you need to wear your wig for more than two months the solvent-based adhesives could be a better choice.

Traditional solvent-based adhesives will require fewer trips to the salon, which is why they remain so popular. As always, talk these alternatives over with your stylist because they know your scalp almost as well as you do and can offer advice tailored to your needs.

Consider the Climate and Your Lifestyle

As discussed earlier, each wig adhesive responds to weather and certain climates differently, and we know that wig wearers come from every walk of life and live in every type of climate. Discuss your lifestyle with your hair care specialist to better understand the kind of adhesive that you need for the best results.

Swimmers and athletes involved in aquatic sports will want a waterproof adhesive, even if they wear a cap while in the water. Moisture can get in under even the best cap and may compromise the integrity of your wig’s hold.

The sun and humidity not only do damage to the wig but also may compromise the adhesive. Consider the moisture level in the air and talk to your stylist about how to keep your wig feeling fresh even in the stickiest conditions.

Bacteria are a major issue for wig wearers, especially when it is humid and the scalp becomes sweaty. Look for adhesives with an anti-microbial formulation that will ensure you feel cool and comfortable and avoid embarrassing odors while wearing your wig.

Above All: Consult Your Stylist!

When it comes to your wig adhesive, your stylist has the training and expertise to help you make the right choice for your skin and wig type. This might seem redundant, but we really cannot stress this point enough.

There is a reason why you go to the salon for applying and removing your wig and one should never attempt to do either of these processes at home. While DIY might be the American-way, you will end up spending more time and money than you anticipated and end up sitting in your stylist’s chair anyway.

Have you stylist check out our full line of products and sample kits, which let them try them out before making a wholesale commitment. We know they and their clients will love our products and will not regret the choice to go with Walker wig adhesives.

For more information on caring for your wig and wig maintenance, follow the link listed here!

Wig Maintenance

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Wig Maintenance

Wig maintenance can be tough now that summer has officially begun. For wig wearers, this can mean a lot of inconvenience and extra time spent on hair care. Let us help you easily keep your wig looking great with these tips and tricks for the entire summer season.

Concerns over styling issues, proper wig glue or adhesives, and comfort are natural for anyone who wears a wig. Fortunately, it is quite easy to fully enjoy the summer season when using properly caring for your wig.

Keeping Your Curls

Humidity is the greatest foe of hairstyles for wigs, extensions, and your natural hair. Many women choose a wig with curls believing that they can straighten the hair with a flat iron and then bring back the curls simply by wetting it.

This could not be further from the truth. While one may be able to straighten a curly wig with a flat iron, once it gets into the humid air it will turn into a messy frizz. Wetting the hair may help the curls reform but never to their original quality or look.

Instead of choosing a wig or extensions with curls, choose a straight one and use a curling iron to curl it when that is the look you want. The curls will eventually come out, but can be restyled, unlike when your curly wig turns into a ball of frizz.

Synthetic wigs may be a choice alternative to natural hair during the summer, especially if you live in a very humid climate. They do not require as much styling and are less susceptible to frizzing.

The Style Matters

Wig maintenance during the summer can cause many wig wearers to fear going outdoors because many wigs become uncomfortable on hot days and may be damaged by the sun. There are many options for cooler wigs in the dog days of summer.

Some wigs, such as capless wigs, are designed to allow greater air circulation on the scalp to keep your head cool. They still provide full cap coverage but have an open wefting around the cap to aid ventilation.

You can still use your preferred wig just by styling it differently. Shorter styles or ponytails, updos, and braids can pull the hair away from your neck and the back of your head, keeping you cool.

Pick the Right Adhesive

The right adhesive is KEY to wig maintenance. The greatest fear of any wig wearer is that the humidity will cause their wig adhesive to release and they will lose their wig in public. This is an embarrassing experience and even the thought of it creates a great deal of anxiety, which may even prevent some wig owners from fully enjoying life in the humid months.

With the right wig adhesive one can enjoy his or her wig for weeks with minimal care. A high-quality extended term hold adhesive is the best way to keep your wig in place.

Water-based wig adhesives are an excellent choice during the summer for numerous reasons. Many are fully waterproof and anti-microbial, allowing them to maintain their grip and freshness for longer periods of time.

Because it is not as harsh on the skin as solvent-based wig adhesive, water-based wig glue is great for those with sensitive skin or allergies. They are also easier to remove, requiring only soap and water instead of solvents. Water-based wig adhesives are easier on those with sensitive noses as well because they have little or no odor.

Because they are waterproof, water-based wig adhesives are resistant to the moisture in the air and on your skin. Those with oily skin often prefer water-based wig adhesives as well.

One can even wear a wig while swimming when using long-term hold wig glue. As always, synthetic hair is more durable for wear in salt water or pools and you should always wash your wig after swimming. Salt water, chlorine, and other chemicals found in the water can permanently damage natural hair wigs, so don’t risk your investment and go with a synthetic wig when swimming.

Enjoy the Summer with Freedom

Styling, materials, and choosing the right wig adhesive will help make your summer far more enjoyable. Good wig glue will keep its grip through rain or shine and with the right wig and style you will always look your best.

Proper wig maintenance also extends the life of your investment so that you can enjoy many summers with it. For more information about how to choose the right wig glue or properly maintain your wig please contact us here.

Follow this link to get some great advice on choosing the appropriate wig adhesive for your needs!

If this article didn’t quite do it for you, check out this additional article that has some great tips on caring for your wig properly!

To become a customer of Walker Tape, please go to our wholesale application.

Wig Care Quick Tips and Tricks

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Worrying about wig care can make you unsure about some of the information out there. The internet has a ton of information of how to keep up, maintain, and care for your wig, but we wanted to give you the best information. Below are some quick tips and tricks for great wig care!

1-Always have two wigs ready to wear at all times. This way you always have something to wear when you are washing your wig and a back-up if anything should happen to one. Rotating between wigs also helps to extend the life.

2-The material used for lace front wigs tends to be coarser than the lace found in clothing. If lace front wigs are causing you to itch, we recommend you dab a bit of scalp protector on the underside of the lace. The scalp protector will keep the wig from moving and will act as a buffer at your hairline.

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3-If you use hair spray or other styling products, try to avoid those that contain alcohol. This is drying out the hair in your wig. Styling products create build up on the hair of your wig and it’s recommended that a deep cleanser be used every two weeks or so to remove buildup. If you need to use hair spray, consider using some that are specifically designed for wigs.

4-You must use only dedicated and specially formulated wig care products like shampoos,conditioners,and brushes. Often you come across certain products advertised as being mild and delicate. These are DEFINITELY not suitable for your wigs. They will make your wig dull and lose it’s color.

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5- Do not use a hair brush with nylon bristles, especially on curly wigs. The curls will open out.

6-Avoid damaging agents. Excessive heat and cold can play havoc with your wig. Stay away from direct heat from ovens and blow dryers.

7-If you are caught in the rain, snow or steam like conditions just wait for your wig to dry before you do anything. You can wear a cloth on your head to minimize the effect.

8-Avoid friction. It’s preferred that you remove your wig when sleeping, (easier said than done right?) Friction with the pillow, headrests, or high furniture can cause wear and tear and cut short the life of your wig.

Following some of these tips and tricks will help you keep your wig looking brand new longer, and save you money!!

Hope this helps out those of you with any questions on tips and tricks for wig care! If you have any more questions please let us know here. If you would like to become one of our awesome customers please click here.

Tape Hair Extensions: How to Remove Them

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Tape Hair Extensions: How to Remove Them

After wearing tape hair extensions for 4-6 weeks, they will need to be removed. It is easy to remove the wefts but be sure to take your time so you do not damage your hair.

The best way to remove your tape hair extensions is by using a solvent.

We recommend one of these three solvents we’ve created for tapes:

Extension Release
Weft Release
C-22 Solvent

You can check out these solvents and more on our website dedicated to tape in hair extensions and information by going here.

If you are unsure on how to remove tape hair extensions we HIGHLY recommend that you go to a stylist so they can be sure to remove your wefts safely.

Below are steps to safely remove your tape in hair extensions!

Step 1

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Start from the bottom of your hair and clip your hair to the top of your head. Take the Weft Release or other solvent and spray it all over the tape.

Step 2

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Lift up the hair and spray the other piece of tape.

Step 3

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Slowly start peeling off the tape from your hair.

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Step 4

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If you notice the end piece of your tape is not coming off as easily, just take your Weft Release or other solvent and spray it onto the ends of the tape and slowly start peeling again. This will help so you are not pulling any healthy hairs off your head.

Once you take them off, be sure to use Extensions Prep Shampoo to get rid of the residue from the spray.

Pro Tip:

  • Do NOT be alarmed if you notice hair falling out when you shower.
  • You lose about 100 – 200 hairs a day and since you’ve worn your tape in extensions for a long period of time, the tape has been holding it the whole time.
  • Let your hair rest for a few days and then you can go ahead and re-install your tape in extensions!

If you have any questions, e-mail us at info@walkertapeco.com.

Types of Wigs

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Many different types of wigs are available for you to choose from. Which type of wig will suit you? How will you know what kind you need? This is a quick guide to help you understand the different type of wig options.

Full Lace

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Full lace units come with different specifications. They are lace, but they have the urethane strips for the adhesive and glue to stick to. With our Lace Tapes, you can use them on the lace it’s self without the tape shining through the units.

Lace Front

Types of Wigs

Lace front wigs are exactly as the name states. They just have the lace in the front of the unit. The rest has a cap, the cap can have clips sewn on it to help hold the wig on the clients head.

Popular Walker Products: Lace Front Support Tape & Ultra-Hold Adhesive

Monofiliment

Types of WigsThe monofilament material is a very fine lace material, nylon, and mesh blend. This type is great for anyone who may have a sensitive scalp. Monofilament materials takes on the color of the persons scalp when worn. The benefit is that no matter where you part your hair, it look like the hair is coming out of your follicles. This is because each hair is individually hand-tied to mesh blend creating a very natural look.

Different Textures

There are also different textures of hair, curly, wavy, straight, etc. when it comes to looking at different types of wigs. If you are only doing a half cap, make sure you match the texture to your own hair.

Synthetic Hair

This is usually cheaper than human. It can be made up of many different hairs and doesn’t last very long. You cannot use hot styling tools when wearing a synthetic wig unless you get the kind that say they are ‘heat safe’.

Synthetic Hair May Be for You if:

Don’t want to spend as much

Minimal Styling

Short Term

You want short to mid-length hair

Human Hair

This will be more expensive than synthetic types of wigs. Human hair can come from all over the world, Asia, Africa, China, Europe etc. The higher quality the hair, the more you will be paying for your wig. Make sure you look into different types of human hair before purchasing your wig.

Human Hair May Be for You if:

You prefer a higher quality texture of hair

Want to be able to change your style

You want to keep a wig for longer than a year

Would like shoulder length or longer hair

Not a customer of ours yet? You can fill out an application here. Have questions for us? You can contact us here.

Hair Tape: How to Spot a Fake

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Hair tape can be tough when you have to spot the difference between a real and a fake. There are several knockoff Blue’s/Lace Front Support Tapes out there and if you accidentally buy some it can be a real problem for you. Here are three easy ways to spot a fake and why it matters.

Spotting fake tapes is important for client safety and satisfaction. Many fake tapes will not have the same testing, or skin safe materials as ours.

1: Color

If you have both liners sitting next to each other, the knockoff hair tape is a darker shade of blue. If you do not have both tapes side by side it will be harder to tell.

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2: Thickness

If you don’t have the liners sitting next to each other, the knockoff tape has a heavier/thicker liner. If you measure the thickness of the two the knockoff blue is 5 ml thick. The real/original blue is only 3ml thick.

3: Flexibility

This is the most important test. Try and stretch the tape in your hand. The knockoff Blue is on a plastic carrier which does not allow the tape to be flexible. If you try and stretch it the tape stays stiff. The original Blue is on a different carrier. If you try and stretch it, it will stretch, and if you stretch it a little more, it will tear. Flexibility is extremely important in determining how long these tapes hold. The skin on your head moves, and the hair tape has to move with it. Otherwise the tape loosens or can come partially off resulting in skin irritation

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Real Blue


We hope these tips help you so you do not accidentally purchase an inferior hair tape!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future posts, feel free to leave them in the comment. section down below! Or you can contact us at info@walkertapeco.com.

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How To Install Tape In Extensions

Tape On Hair Extensions: How to Install

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Tape on hair extensions might be for you if you want easy, mess free, and durable extensions without emptying your wallet!

Applying these hair extensions is easy to do at home or by a stylist! Which is great when you want to try your hand at adding your own beautiful extensions.

The application process is done by placing two pieces of Pro-Flex II or No-Shine Tape Tabsonto each other with your own hair in between. This technique is called the “sandwich” technique.

Try samples of our Pro-Flex II and No-Shine Tape Tabs here!

If you are unsure about doing this process at home, we HIGHLY recommend you go to a professional stylist who has been trained to do tape on hair extensions.

Step 1

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Starting from the bottom, section your hair and make sure that you have a nice clean horizontal line in your hair.

Step 2

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Place your first tape extension 1cm from your hair roots and press down firmly

Step 3

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After you have firmly pressed the tape extension into your hair, lift the hairs that did not attach to the tape and clip them up with the rest of your hair.

After you clip the hairs that did not stick to the tape, you will then place the second tape extension on top of the first tape firmly. Make sure the tapes are even.

Step 4

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Once you have firmly placed the two tapes together, take a small (or regular size) flat iron and place it onto the tape for one second. This way the glue will be sure to stick to the hairs in between the two tapes in the sandwich.

Step 5

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And there you go!

Now repeat steps 1 through 4 placing the tape on hair extensions side by side with the distance of 1cm.

After your first row, go up 1 inch and start your second row and work upwards.

While you are installing extensions be sure to double check to see that you are not placing the extensions out on the sides this will make them visible. Your extensions should always be covered underneath your hair.

If you would like to see a video on how to install tape on hair extensions with our Pro-Flex II Tape Tabs, click here.

Before Pro-Flex II Tape Tabs

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After Pro-Flex II Tape Tabs

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If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future posts, feel free to leave them in the comment. section down below! Or you can contact us at info@walkertapeco.com.

How to Style a Wig: How to Know If You Have a Good Wig

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Knowing how to style a wig can be tough when you are unsure if you have a good quality wig or not. Below are some ways to know if you have a good wig or not.

TV shows are one of the most popular places where you will see wigs. Some look natural…others…just don’t work.

Wigs can be good or bad…Let’s explore how to style a wig and what it takes to make a wig look good.

What is considered a good wig?

-A wig will be able to tell you about the character person wearing it.

-The wig itself should look natural and realistic. On-set and if you’re just at home.

-The hairline on the wig needs to look natural on the individual’s hairline as well.

-It can also look the complete opposite of realistic and natural; That is only if it has been styled right and looks amazing! Like Effie Trinkle (Elizabeth Banks) in The Hunger Games. That woman knows how to work wigs!

-Of course, knowing how to style a wig depends on the person wearing it, so follow this simple guideline: the wig should look good on the person wearing it.

-A wig should have a secure hold so you forget it is there and move naturally. We recommend Ultra Hold or Lace Front Support Tape to ensure a great hold and long time wear during active/busy days on set.

How to Style a Wig

-A good wig will be able to have a long lifespan because you take care of it. For example: using out Top-Loc Knot Sealer can really help keep your hair

How to Style a Wig

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Salon Management: 5 Simple Tips To Make Your Clients Feel Like A VIC At Your Salon

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Salon Management

Effective salon management is done by making your clients feel like they are #1. Think of your salon as a club and your clients are VIC (Very Important Clients).

Ask yourself these questions:

What do clubs offer for customer service that you like?

How do these clubs treat their VIP’s?

If champagne service came to mind don’t worry, there is no need to pop champagne for a hair replacement appointment, just try out these 5 simple tips to make your client feel like a VIC at your salon!

1. Offer Beverages

When you are able to offer your clients water or coffee it can help make the client feel catered to. If you know what the majority of soda or coke your clients like, stock it! This shows that your salon is paying attention to what your clients like!

2. Offer and Explain Every Option

When it comes to hair replacement, there are a lot of options. If a new comes through the door and would like to know all the services you provide, they might have an idea of what they want but if you are able to explain every option your client can go down, this will help give them choices. If the client does not like the options or needs some more information, offer them a brochure and some time to think about the service that is right for them

3. Obsess Over Names

Salon management isn’t tough; just do the same things that would make you feel like a VIC if you were at a salon! Knowing your client’s name is very important when it comes to making your customers feel like a VIC. Have you ever been to a BBQ or Party and met a friend of a friend and you get to know each other. Six months months go by and you happen to bump into each other at the store and you think that you know the person when they say, “Hey, Sally! So nice to see you again, how are you?” and you realize that the person took the time to know and remember you.

If you are not nailing names and being hands on with your clients, make it a priority. Don’t use “I’m not good with names” as an excuse. There are great ways to learn names fast and easy tips online to be sure that you and everyone in your salon remembers customers.

4. Send Hand Written Cards

Hand written letters are very rare in today’s technology ran age. Out of all the bills and junk mail you receive everyday from your mailbox, isn’t it nice when you see a handwritten letter? Someone sat down and took the time to write you a letter either saying thank you, happy birthday, or even letting you know they hope you have a great day. It feels nice, right? Well you can easily apply this to your salon by sending out thank you notes to new clients or maybe for their birthday. Be creative! It may seem like a lot of work but it really can make a difference in someone’s day.

5. Take Pictures of Your Client After the Appointment

With social media it is important to show off your work and make sure the client is happy with the end results. If the client loves their look, to help knock two birds with one stone, take a picture and post it on your social media platforms! This way, you’re showing off your work, and your client feels like a VIC because they know other people will be looking at their hair saying, “Wow, they look great!”.

We hope these salon management tips have helped you out and if you have some tips of your own that you would like to share, please feel free to comment below!

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