November 7, 2013
Xenon Prepares You For Salon Life – Here’s How!
At Xenon Academy we look ahead and help our students build the skills they need that could help them build a career. Part of that goes into business skills and experience that directly relates to their dreams.
Here are some stories of our work, and of our students success.
How is Xenon preparing you for salon life?
Xenon is preparing me for a salon life by building a strong foundation of getting my education as a Cosmetologist. The staff and teachers at Xenon guide you from day one on how to become all you can be. We as students are always getting the one on one time in the classroom and on the clinic floor to make you feel as if you were training in a real salon. They really set a professional example for all of us. Learning from their experiences in the industry helps us to know what our future is going to look like when we get out on our own. Striving every day to get closer to our 2100 hour mark I wouldn’t have picked any other school to get my education from. Some days are long and tiring but when you’re surrounded by teachers who have an amazing passion for cosmetology it always gets you to push through the hard days and re-motivates you to be better. I will be graduating next spring and I can say as a Xenon student I’m very prepared to step out into the world as a professional licensed cosmetologist from Omaha, Nebraska. Making people feel beautiful and at their best I’m lucky to have chosen a career that makes a difference in peoples lives.
Kasha B – Omaha Campus
EVERY COSMETOLOGISTS DREAM
As I get closer and closer to being done with school I find myself thinking more about what I’m going to do with my future. At first I’ll probably just work in one of the local salons inKearney, but how cool would it be to own a salon of my own? I think it’s every cosmetologists dream to get the chance to design and run their dream salon.
I don’t even know where to start when describing what my salon would look like. I love the very elegant looking salons, but I also really enjoy the upbeat, edgy salons as well. Maybe I would do combinations of the two. I want my salon to be appealing to all different types of people. I want a family friendly salon, but something that also attracts the teenage crowd as well. One thing that I know I want for sure in my salon is the free standing shampoo bowls. They will be much easier on my back, and easier to shampoo the clients.
As far as employees go, I think I would have about two or three other chairs. I have a few people in mind that I would love to work me. One of my best friends from high school, I was her first haircut in school so I would love to have her as a business partner.
All in all, designing my salon will be a difficult task, but will definitely be worth it in the end. So all I’m thinking about now is that July better hurry up and get here so I can start my journey in the cosmetology world.
Natasha C – Grand Island-Xenon
OWN MY OWN SALON…YES!
Wow! Who would have thought that after just 4 short months of being graduated that I would own my very own salon! There’s so much work to get done! There’s cleaning, painting, getting new flooring and of course decorating! But something a lot of people don’t think about is the business aspect of a salon! I’m so glad Xenon’s business class taught me all I needed to know to own my salon. I would be so lost on what kind of insurance to get, how to do my taxes and of course licensing my salon! Xenon’s business class gives you all the tools you need to be your own boss! Owning your own salon is a huge step right out of school but I can assure you that Xenon did everything they could to make sure that I had all the knowledge to do so before I graduated!
Natasha C, Grand Island Campus
How is Xenon preparing you for salon life?
Xenon is preparing me for a salon life by building a strong foundation of getting my education as a Cosmetologist. The staff and teachers at Xenon guide you from day one on how to become all you can be. We as students are always getting the one on one time in the classroom and on the clinic floor to make you feel as if you were training in a real salon. They really set a professional example for all of us. Learning from their experiences in the industry helps us to know what our future is going to look like when we get out on our own. Striving every day to get closer to our 2100 hour mark I wouldn’t have picked any other school to get my education from. Some days are long and tiring but when you’re surrounded by teachers who have an amazing passion for cosmetology it always gets you to push through the hard days and re-motivates you to be better. I will be graduating next spring and I can say as a Xenon student I’m very prepared to step out into the world as a professional licensed cosmetologist fromOmaha,Nebraska. Making people feel beautiful and at their best I’m lucky to have chosen a career that makes a difference in peoples lives.
Kasha P-Omaha Campus
My First experience on the floor
Every cosmetology and esthetic student fears the same thing. Their first client on the clinic floor. It always comes faster than expected and no matter how prepared you are with your technical skills, everyone has butterflies and the fear of forgetting what to do.
The salon is a second home to Ashley whose mom owns a salon. Ashley has spent all her life in the salon and couldn’t wait to get on the clinic floor and start doing hair.
“Finally after ten long weeks of classroom time, I was going to the floor. I was getting away from mannequin hair and into real human hair. All of the excitement and preparation could not take away all those butterflies flying around in my stomach. I was so nervous. My first client was a perm. I am sure my heart stopped for a moment. Blue and yellow rods. Yup! I thought I would never finish. Thank goodness the lady was very nice. Another student helped me wrap the perm. It took the two of us four hours, but I did it. With the help of my instructors and other students I got through it. The client loved it and it looked great. There is a lot of teamwork on the clinic floor and you are never alone. This business won’t always be easy but it will be worth it.”
Gretchen Olsen – Clinic floor supervisor – XenonAcademy,Denver
I just enjoy teaching students that men are different in the way we approach them when performing services or showing them product. Being an American Crew Partner School* is more than a program- it’s a way of life at Xenon Academy! This offers the students a course of study that will prepare them in the salon world. They have better communication with their male clients and have so much more confidence to maintain a better relationship between stylist and client. Men’s work is a great way for me to get maximum passion from the students and they are more passionate about doing male clients. This is why I just LOVE teaching Men’s Cutting & Design!
Educator Xenon Academy Grand Island Campus
*Xenon Academy is no longer an American Crew Partner School as of Dec. 2017
We Teach Client Relations
At Xenon we stress the importance of Client Relations to our students. In the cosmetology industry people skills are as important as technical skills. Understanding the importance of effective communication is essential in the outcome of the service being performed. Good listening skills help to gain the client’s trust and confidence along with ensuring that they have a complete understanding of the client’s service expectations. If a challenging situation arises client relations gives students the tools needed to handle the situation knowing how to maintain control of their emotions. Speaking and acting in a professional manner helps to ensure their success in the salon.
Grand IslandXenon Campus
We Teach Business
In our Senior Business classes we prepare you for Salon ownership. Some of the most important things you will be learning are: How to find out information about small business loans, your credit score and how that can effect if you can receive a loan or it’s interest rate and the different types of Salon ownership and the responsibilities of a salon owner.
We also discuss how to open a salon and the necessary square footage you would need. A representative comes and discusses salon furnishing pricing and estimated start-up costs for a salon, including inventory costs of a salon. You’ll also learn about rental/lease agreements, different types of insurance both personal and professional.
We also talk about money! How to make it, commission scales and what Uncle Sam will be keeping from your checks (Payroll deductions). Also 401K & Roth retirement savings and marketing/advertising strategies of how to get clients in the door and keep them is all part of the curriculum.
You’ll also be prepared to fill out job applications, complete a resume and prepare for interview questions you will be asked and questions you will want to ask your perspective employer.
At the end of class you will be ready to begin your professional career with a business strategy written for success.
Linda Pochop Educator Xenon Omaha