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Chignon’s Independent's Collective Program
Despite it’s popularity, the standard practice of renting booths to stylists has created more animosity than independence. The tenant-landlord arrangement prohibits the salon from growth and thus thwarts its ability to foster talent and be a space in which creatives can thrive. Worse yet, young talent found themselves in the dark, without the tools and skills they need to run themselves as a business. It was through that dark that Chignon salon founder Alicia Dubois realized an opportunity to illuminate the hair care industry. With an innovative new business model, the stylist’s need for professional freedom could be balanced with support and non-intrusive mentorship, allowing the salon to become a collective work space that fostered growth, education and expression.
Bridging the gap between traditional rental relationships and commission employment, Chignon salon’s Independent Collective program gives stylists the best of both words. The Chignon business model allows for self sufficiency on behalf of the stylist: creating their own schedule, managing their personal finances and clientele, all without separating them from the energy and support of a team. The salon, then, is able to better serve the stylists by eliminating the headaches most renters face including sourcing their own color and products, encouraging new client walk-ins, and offering educational resources.
The result is a new frontier for the business of hair care. No longer left to struggle on their own, stylists are able to focus on their work and their clients, while excelling through their independence. And the salon is able to cultivate exceptional talent through the founding principles of inclusiveness and guidance.
The Collective is right for you if:
You crave the freedom to run your craft like a personal business, yet excel in team environments
Are ready to take your career to the next level by surrounding yourself with equally driven, passionate artists
Are disappointed by the typical booth rental agreement or commission-based salons
Want to take advantage of regular education, mentorship, yet the independence to control your own schedule, clients and finances
You're right for the Collective if:
You work hard, and give your all to your clients
You have a client base that's ready to watch you soar
You're ready to champion your fellow stylists, collaborate, and change the industry
How does it work?
Salons typically house stylists in one of two ways: the stylist pays a rental fee for their booth, then operates all their personal finances, taxes, and product use alone. From there sprang the trend of ‘suite’ salons, in which stylists rent a private suite, but are then deprived of everyday essentials including walk-in customers, support staff, exposure, and much more. Managing these issues while trying to balance a full book of clients and continue to improve as a stylist is nearly impossible, except for truly established professionals with a long-standing base of loyal clients.
On the opposite spectrum is the boss-employee arrangement in which stylists are paid an hourly rate and split a commission of their services with the salon. In both cases, stylists and salon owners found themselves in disagreement, not able to connect through what brought them together in the first place, which is helping each other offer their best to customers.
Chignon’s Individual Collective program resolves that disparity.
The Independent Collective is a business relationship that gives the best of both worlds to the stylists: the freedom to run their own business without the traditional hassles of renting a suite or station.
Rather than pay a rental fee upfront (which many stylists aren’t able to do when the business of the following month has not yet come to fruition), their ‘rent’ is paid incrementally to the salon as they work. Stylists pay either a percentage of their revenue to the salon as rent each week, or a flat monthly fee, whichever is lower. That way, stylists can concentrate on growing their client list and expertise without worrying about rent and fees.
Additionally, stylists have exclusive access to the best products from world-renowned brands Oribe, R+Co and V76.
What advantages does the stylist experience?
Personal and professional freedom; the ability to manage their time, clients and business with the resources to ensure success
No more worrying about inventory; the salon takes care of and manages color, products, towels and utilities, and more
Structured support; stylist have ample access to seasoned professionals and resources to help them manage their personal business
Exclusive access to education; stylist are continually offered opportunities to learn and grow, including trips to Miami to train under master stylists and industry tastemakers, as well as in-salon classes monthly
Being part of a team; working alongside other independent stylists that encourage and inspire each other every day
What advantages does the salon experience?
Less drama; by honoring each stylist as an individual and a business of their own, the salon work environment can be more than just a typical ‘landlord’ relationship. The salon is able to be a place of education, mentorship, and positive energy.
A happy, fulfilled team; when stylists are able to do their best work, everyone wins, from the client to the creative to the location owner
Restored purpose; the salon is able to be what it was always meant to be, a stable place where creativity is able to play
Ready to join the Independent's Collective?
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