Reading Time: 3 minutesWe celebrate a lot of things at Maximum FX. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, skill certification milestones, when the salon hits a goal, five-star Google and Yelp reviews and the list goes on. We love to celebrate but it can get expensive real quick! If you’re not careful, it can become a real problem financially. Add […]

August 11, 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutesReally? No way! I’m shocked! All kidding aside, I don’t know any salon who hasn’t struggled with this one. It’s a constant battle that leadership has to manage. If they don’t, team members who are pulling their weight start to resent those that aren’t. The next thing you know your culture is quickly turning toxic. […]

July 1, 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’m hearing this a lot lately and it’s a situation that can easily leave us salon owners feeling vulnerable and helpless. Why do employees leave? That is the million dollar question. I don’t think any of us really know the answer because the reason is different for every employee. It is like the client who […]

June 17, 2019

Reading Time: 1 minuteLosing a team member always hurts. Even the team members that aren’t the greatest leave a sting when they leave. It’s just part of being an entrepreneur. We spend so much time building a business that it’s hard not to take things personally when someone decides to move on. There’s a lot to learn when […]

June 2, 2019

Reading Time: 2 minutesYes, they are, and you know what? It doesn’t really matter. Wait, what? I know, I know. You’re probably thinking I’ve lost my mind. You’re also thinking, “Yeah, BUT what if my stylists friend all of our clients on social media and then decide to leave?” Well, guess what? They could and they probably will […]

May 19, 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen was the last time you revisited your team’s monthly bonus plan? Even when leadership is “beating the drum” around shifting behaviors, team members can become numb or lack motivation to drive performance when there’s an old incentive in place. If you don’t have a monthly bonus incentive in place, keep reading. If you’ve been […]

March 8, 2017

Reading Time: 2 minutesIf there’s one thing that I would have done sooner after opening a second location, it was this: Create a Human Resource position and fill it! Actually, if I’m being honest, once you start nipping at $1 million in revenues, you should consider creating a human resource position, regardless of how many locations you have. […]

July 2, 2016

Reading Time: 4 minutes  When I’m teaching a class, hosting a webinar, or networking with other salon owners, I’m often asked, “Chris, what is your company policy on smartphones? Do you allow your stylists to use their smartphones at work? Is your team allowed to have their phone on the salon floor?” My answer is going to shock […]

March 28, 2016

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen professionalism literally goes down the drain. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done it at one point or another.  You know, it’s that favor you promised for a friend, or that time when you were in cosmetology school and needed someone to “practice on”.  “Kitchen Hair” is the practice of cutting and coloring hair on […]

November 23, 2015


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