30 | DECEMBER 2017 | OHIO STYLIST & SALON |WWW.OHIOSTYLIST.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
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
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