Sliding Scale Commissions in Salons: Time for a Change?

Jan 24, 2024

Hey salon mavens and scissor-wielding warriors!

Let's chat about sliding scale commissions. They've been around for ages, but are they really the best fit for our buzzing salon industry? 

Here's the lowdown:

1: Rollercoaster Revenue: Let's face it, sliding scales can make your income as unpredictable as a catwalk hairdo in a windstorm. One day you're cashing in, the next, you're pinching pennies. Budgeting? More like a wild guess!

2: The Fairness Fiasco: Imagine working your shears off, only to find out your colleague, who's selling more shampoo than Vidal Sassoon, is taking home a bigger slice of the pie. Cue the salon drama and not the fun kind.

3: Skill vs. Sales: When the focus is on pushing products or upselling services, who's got time to hone those fab hairdressing skills? Remember, we're artists, not just salespeople!

4: Sales Pressure Cooker: Ever felt like you're more of a salesperson than a stylist? That's the sliding scale effect for you. It's about selling, selling, and more selling. Where's the fun in that?

What's the Alternative?

Let's spice things up with a fair, consistent, and skill-focused approach:

- Steady  Income: Opt for a stable pay system. It's like knowing you'll always have your favorite hairspray on hand - reassuring and reliable.

- Fair Play Pay: Everyone gets a fair share, based on their skills and magic they bring to the chair. No more side-eyeing your colleague's paycheck!

- Skill Sharpening: Put those scissors to good use. Focus on what we love - creating hair masterpieces, not just chasing the next sale.

- Chill on the Hard Sell: Let's turn down the sales pressure. Happy stylists equal happy clients, and that's what really fills the chairs.

So, what do you say? 

Let's kick the sliding scale to the curb and embrace a system that values our skills, keeps our wallets happy, and lets us focus on what we do best - making hair magic! 


-Cyd Charisse Co-founder of Destroy the Hairdresser

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