5 Benefits to Ditching Non-Competes and Opening Your Doors

Feb 28, 2024

Are you tired of constantly worrying about losing your best stylists to nearby salons? We get it. As a salon owner, you invest time and money into training and nurturing talented hairstylists, only to have them walk out the door for greener pastures. It's frustrating, but what if we told you there was a way to actually benefit from your stylists working at other salons instead of trying to prevent it? That's right, say goodbye to those pesky non-competes and hello to increased collaboration, enhanced creativity, and happier employees. Don't just take our word for it though – keep reading as we break down the top five benefits of ditching non-competes in the salon industry. Trust us, your competition won't know what hit them!

  1. Non-Compete? More Like Non-Sense

Let's face it: non-compete agreements can be a headache for both employers and employees. They limit growth opportunities for stylists and can also create tension between coworkers if someone decides to leave the salon. By eliminating these agreements, you create a more positive and supportive work environment for everyone involved.

2. More Creative Freedom

Having an open-door policy and allowing stylists to work at other salons or businesses means they can expand their skills and techniques. This leads to more creativity and innovation in their work, which ultimately benefits the salon and its clients. Plus, who doesn't want a stylist with modern haircut or color techniques?

3. Happier Stylists = Happier Clients

Allowing your stylists to work at other places shows you trust and value their skills. This leads to happier and more motivated employees, which ultimately translates to a better client experience. And let's face it, happy employees make for happy customers

4. Networking Opportunities

By working at different salons or businesses, stylists have the chance to meet new people and network within the industry. This can lead to collaborations, partnerships, and even referrals between businesses. It's all about building relationships and expanding your reach.

5. Embrace Change

In this day and age, where everything is constantly evolving, it's important for salons to adapt as well. Allowing stylists to work at other places embraces change and shows that your salon is open-minded and progressive. Plus, it keeps things fresh and exciting for both employees and clients alike!

So there you have it, friends! We've discussed the top 5 benefits of ditching non-competes and embracing an open-door policy for your stylists. From increased creativity to promoting a positive work culture, it's clear that this change can have a huge impact on the success of your salon. And let's be real: do we really want to be known as the salon that holds our stylists back from reaching their full potential? No. We want to be known as innovators and trailblazers in the hair industry. That starts with letting go of outdated and restrictive policies. 

But hey, we get it - change can be scary. That's why we're offering you a helping hand by setting up a discovery call with our Student Advisor. They will match you with a coach who will guide you through any mental hurdles and doubts you may have about making the switch. So what are you waiting for? Embrace the freedom and see your salon thrive like never before! As Beyonce once said, "Freedom, freedom I can't move / Freedom cut me loose!" (Okay, maybe she wasn't talking about non-competes, but you get the point). It's time to break free from old ways and join us in creating a brighter future for all hair salons.

Christen Barrs is a coach for Destroy the Hairdresser and the owner of Good Hair Collective, a salon where all stylists work at a second salon. (At the time of publishing this post.)