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WWW.NWSTYLIST.COM Giving Back to the Beauty Industry

Last month, in the spirit of the Thanksgiving, I

wrote about one of the essential elements of hap-

piness, gratitude. In particular, I discussed why we

all ought to be grateful for our own involvement in

the beauty industry.

This month, in the spirit of giving that is so prev-

alent in the Christmas season, I want to encourage

you to give back to this industry. Specifically, I

would like you to consider becoming a proactive

advocate for the world of beauty.

Whether you acknowledge it or not, you are

already an advocate, of sorts. Every day you pass

through your salon door, you become a represen-

tative of every beauty professional. Your conduct,

your skill, even your attitude reflects upon all who

make a living in this industry.

Are you pleased with your example? Do you run

a clean work environment? Do you utilize properly

disinfected tools and equipment? Have you contin-

ued your education and training to keep up with

the latest industry trends popular with clients? Do

you engage your clientele, providing themwith tips

on products and in-home procedures tomaintain

their salon look between cuts/colors?

And how about on the business side? Do

you keep accurate records of your income and

expenses? Is your work insured to protect your

clients in the case of harmful accidents? Do you

pay your taxes?

The answers to each of these questions have a

real impact on how our industry is perceived by

consumers of beauty services as well as those who

write and enforce the laws that govern our salons.

Let me give you just one example: paying taxes.

Whether you know it or not, the amount of

loans available to you for your education that led

to you obtaining your license was detrimentally al-

tered by the serious lack of income tax compliance

in our industry. Given so many stylists -- particu-

larly among booth renters -- have chosen to avoid

an honest accounting of their fees-for-service and

tips, official government income statistics have

consistently undervalued the earning capacity of

beauty professionals.

As a result, policymakers have decreased the

amount of public investments -- grants, loans, etc.

-- awarded to beauty schools and their students.

After all, they need to justify the return on the

taxpayers’ investment. My home state of California

has nearly wiped out all Regional Occupational

Program funding for cosmetology programs,

The Beauty Professional

Fred Jones