Ever wondered what your day to day life would be like as a hair stylist? We caught up with Jo, co-owner of stylish YOKE salon on the Royal William Yard, to find out more.
“We open between 8am and 10am depending on the week day. To begin with, you need to make sure the salon is ready for your first customer. This might involve preparing colours and equipment, so that you have everything you’ll need for the appointment close to hand. You will have 8 – 10 clients throughout a day, so you’ll need to set up multiple times! Especially as on Tuesdays and Wednesdays we close at 8pm.
“A client could be booked in for a number of different treatments depending on your specialism. For example, if your strength is colouring, you will have an increased number of clients booked for highlights, a full re-colour, or even something more creative such as a balayage. All our clients need a consultation before they first book an appointment to review their face shape, life style and colour needs; this ensures their hair experience with us is perfectly tailored. Therefore, our daily routine sometimes involves a consultation or two too!
“We are a very creative salon and often work on exciting projects – some days can involve styling hair for a magazine shoot or working with local brands and photographers to bring to life their vision. As a L’Oreal ID artist, I often travel around Europe promoting the brand and attending events, which is both an honour and privilege. Some days can be long, but with such a variety of clients and the beautiful surroundings of the Royal William Yard on our doorstep, they are equally exciting.
“Customer Service is also a big part of the day as a hair stylist, as we want our clients to enjoy the complete YOKE experience. This includes answering phones and booking clients in for an appointment, to making them feel welcome and at ease when they visit the salon.
“At the end of the day, we have to ensure the salon is clean and ready for the next day ahead. This saves time the following morning when setting up. Once the day is over, we’re in the perfect location to go for an evening stroll, drink or dinner – sometimes all three!”