Friday, 12 December 2008

Miss Salon in action at Clothes Show Live, Birmingham

Miss Salon Associates, Mirijana, ToniLee and Gina were in full force and on top form at the Superdrug stand! Ego even managed to make an appearance! See more pictures and videos of the event on facebook and YouTube...

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Our charity pledge for 2009...

I recently caught a television advert for the NSPCC - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. I have personally regularly donated to this charity for a while now as I feel deeply driven to support this cause, however this advert made me want to do more. I find any details of child cruelty or abuse very upsetting and difficult to listen to and as such have always shied away from any involvement but realised yesterday that I don't have to be on the 'front-line' to do more.

I can volunteer my time to support those who are stronger than me and able to work directly with affected children...

I can draw further attention to the charity through my business and network of associates and friends...


I can, and we do, pledge 2% of all Miss Salon profits in 2009 to the NSPCC.

Click here to join us and make a donation to the NSPCC today.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Miss Salon Business Mentoring - a new approach!

Announcing the new Miss Salon Business Mentoring™ package - Due to popular demand we have created an affordable and effective business mentoring service. We can be your business mentors while you plan, launch and manage your salon yourself; providing on-going involvement in your project via the telephone and a limited number of site visits; steering you in the right direction and helping you get your business off the ground.

This package is ideal for entrepreneurs starting out in the salon business that just want that extra reassurance that they are moving in the right direction. This package is priced at £300 per month for as long as you need us with a minimum term of 2 months.

We will assist you with preparing your business plan and seeking finance; we will assess and comment on your location and premises choice; we will assist you with your shop-design and treatment list; we will help you find and hire the right team for your business; we will be on hand to advice you on how best to run your salon and how best to get customers through your door and coming back for more! Importantly we will save you the time and expense of trial and error and assist you to successfully start your own salon business.

Contact us today to discuss your requirements 0845 643 1619 or email

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Miss Salon launch new business shop -

We are proud to announce the launch of our new business shop website -

Make starting or running your own salon business as easy as possible with our excellent business tools.


- Salon Health & Safety Policy (template) - £19.99
- Salon Health & Safety Procedure (template) - £24.99
- Salon Staff Handbook and Contract of Employment (sample) - £9.99
- Staff Performance Review (procedure and template) - £9.99
- Open Your Own Salon (e-handbook) - £45.00
- Salon Staff Recruitment Interview Questions (sample) - £3.99

Coming Soon to the our business shop:

- Kick-Start Your Salon Into Profit booklet £11.99 (released 19 January 2009)
- Salon Treatment and Product Pricing Calculator £24.99
- Salon Profit and Loss Template £15.99
- Salon Cash Flow Template £15.99
- Salon Direct Costs Estimator £15.99
- Sample Salon Business Plan £39.99
- Sample Salon Marketing Pan £39.99

Visit us today for more information and to watch our free 'how-to' videos.
+44 (0)845 643 1619

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Miss Salon™ loves Mr Site™... Get a website in 30 minutes from just £19.99!

Miss Salon™ are so impressed with Mr Site™ Websites that we just can't recommend them enough! Every salon should have an online presence and it has never been easier than with the Mr Site™ Websites. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO... you could have a fabulous website in 30 minutes from just £19.99! Don't miss it.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Miss Salon at Professional Beauty London 2009

We are very excited to announce that we will be at the Professional Beauty Exhibition in London's EXCEL! Why not take this opportunity to meet us in person! Stand number U53.

This 3 day event will run from the 1 - 3 March 2009. They are currently running an introductory offer: book your admission tickets by 31 December 2008 and pay just £10! Tickets to Professional Beauty are £20 after 1 January 2009 and £40 on the door. Click here for tickets and more details on Professional Beauty London.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Miss Salon at Clothes Show Live, Birmingham

We are very excited, once again, to assist 2true Cosmetics and Superdrug during one of the worlds largest fashion and beauty events; The Clothes Show Live!

Our excellent Miss Salon Associates will be demonstrating, on the Central Stage, the latest makeup looks using 2true makeup. We will also be providing superb manicures at the Superdrug stand in the PINK ZONE. Come along, meet the team and enjoy one of the best fashion events of the year!

From the 5th - 10th December, at the NEC, Birmingham. For more details about the Clothes Show visit Click here for more details on how to hire Miss Salon Associates for your event.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Retail... The only way to make any real money in the salon business

This may sound drastic but it’s true. Better you understand this now, than realise it years later when you’re wondering why you’re not cash rich!

In general very few salon owners think of retail as a vital revenue stream for their business; with treatments usually providing over 90% of a salons income. I understand that you want to open a salon or a nail bar and not a shop, but I am here to tell you that sales from treatments alone are just not going to be enough in the long run. The difficulty though is that not many salon staff see themselves as sales people. However, to be successful, you are going to have to take product sales seriously and work very hard at training your team to be sales people.

Now when I say ‘take product sales seriously’ I don’t mean you need to turn yourself and your team into wild animals and mall down every customer to buy buy buy! That just doesn’t work. What I mean is that you will need to do three things:-
More in the Open Your Own Salon Handbook...

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Miss Salon In Ascot

The Clients:
2true Cosmetics and Superdrug

Our Brief:
Provide 4 Beauty Sales Professionals to promote and retail 2true cosmetics.

The Event:
Ascot Racecourse
11 October 2008

The Miss Salon Associates:

Suman, Zarra, Zahra and Damali did an excellent job providing quick makeovers to the visitors.

The Miss Salon Associates!



Sunday, 12 October 2008

Miss Salon

Meet Ego...
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Thursday, 9 October 2008

Miss Salon in action...

The Clients:
Bourjois and Superdrug

Our Brief:
Setup, staff and manage an 8-station nail bar.
Use, promote and retail Bourjois nail enamels. Highlighting Superdrug as a major retailer of the Bourjois makeup and enamel range.

The Event:
London Fashion Weekend, Natural History Museum, London
24-28 September 2008

The Miss Salon Associates:
Suman, Chloe, Sarah, Mellicia, Damali, Jade, Chanelle, Zarra, Zahra, Harmeet and Amanda were on top form; we performed over 400 manicures during the 4-day event.. always with a smile!

The busy nail studio...

Bourjois and Superdrug!

Just before the rush...


Suman and Chloe looking pretty in pink...

It was a very successful event! Congratulations to the team from Margaret and Ego xx

Friday, 3 October 2008

What does it take to own your own salon and be your own boss?

Starting your own business is like creating something from nothing… An idea comes to mind and starts to grow bigger and bigger in your thoughts. If you are passionate about it, it starts to take over your entire existence; you just can’t stop thinking about it! Then with a huge amount of energy and commitment these thoughts turn into tangible assets - chairs, tables, a shop front, a reception desk, phone lines and hopefully customers! It really is creating something from nothing more than your energy and drive.

Of course, opening and running your own salon is tough, you will experience emotional extremes; super highs and frustrating lows. You will have to deal with stress, exhaustion, rejection and many moments of just wanting to give up, but if you are brave and determined nothing will stand in your way… not money (or the lack of), not self-doubt and not even negative people around you will stop you from getting there. And when you do, the personal and financial rewards, make it all worth it!

Skills you should acquire to get you through…
So it is clear that the first set of characteristics required of an entrepreneur are drive, determination, resilience and courage. With these characteristics you will be able to acquire the skills and abilities you will need to make a success of your business, these are...

Well, I can't give everything away! Get the Open Your Own Salon Handbook for more...:-)

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Miss Salon at London Fashion Week-End

We are proud to have Superdrug and Bourjois as our clients this year!

London Fashion Week is over and now a group of chic and eclectic designers will take over the tent at the Natural History Museum to display and sell their wears to the fashionable of London!

London Fashion Week-End is open to the public and starts from the 24th - 28th September.

Miss Salon™ will setup, staff and manage the 8-station nail bar on behalf of Bourjois and Superdrug for the duration of this fabulous event.

Why don't you pop in and say hello!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Your Salon and "The Credit Crunch"!

There seem to be loads of salons all over the place... let's face it, the salon business is nothing new! But what good are all these salons if visiting them is a waste of time and money!?

Finding a great salon or beautician is like finding a great pair of shoes... fantastic. Salons are in the business of beautifying; getting an expertly executed treatment is what you are paying for and, as a customer, it is so satisfying when you get what you want... The question is, how often do we get what we want? How often do we leave a salon feeling great about the experience?

With the credit crunch upon us, how many of us know a great salon that provides a treatment worth paying for, even in hard times?

Are there enough good salons out there?
Will your salon stand-out as a great place to visit even during the credit crunch??

Friday, 8 August 2008

Making Nail Enhacements Make Profit For Your Nail Bar!

Nail extensions are very popular. If you want to start offering this service in a busy nail bar, here are a few tips to converting the treatment into profit!

Retail First!
Before you start, have a chat with your client; listen to her needs and give her a summary of the application process so she knows what to expect. Follow this by explaining the essential maintenance required to keep her gorgeous new nails up to scratch between visits… get her thinking early about the cuticle oil/cream, buffer and file she will need to purchase for home maintenance. Don’t forget to close this sale at the end!

Watch Your Costs and Create Return Business
Only offer this service if you and/or team member(s) can apply this enhancement expertly - expertly meaning, in a profitable and acceptable time frame with perfect, lasting results. In general, an acceptable application time for a full set of beautiful nail enhancements is an hour and 15 minutes.

Charge Appropriately
Your rent and the excellent experienced nail technician needed to create great nail enhancements in good time will be your highest costs so make sure you charge appropriately.

For more advice on how to create and price treatments for profitability see
Open Your Own Salon Handbook for £45
Salon Treatment and Product Pricing Calculator for £24.99

For more on nails, nails, nails read Scratch Magazine

Good Luck!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Open your own salon... You can do it!

The Open Your Own Salon Handbook is about just that... a structured and clear guide on opening your own salon or nail bar business! Having planned and launched 8 nail salons, run 15 national shows and opened 2 salon in the space of 6 years, I have been approached countless times by would-be entrepreneurs asking how I did it and what advise have I got for them. I love to help and get very excited and enthusiastic about business in general. As such I have recently written a handbook called... surprise surprise... "Open Your Own Salon... The Right Way" - The step by step guide to Planning, Launching and Managing your own nail bar or salon business!

It is without doubt the best way to get you started in the right direction! Find out more...

Please feel free to ask me any questions on starting your own business, I will be happy to help!

Miss Salon™ launch nail bar for Crabtree & Evelyn in Canary Wharf London!

We are so proud to announce the launch of Crabtree & Evelyn's first nail bar in their Canary Wharf London store. Miss Salon™ planned and worked on every aspect of this project; from drawing up the business plan, designing the shop fit, interviewing, hiring and training the staff to sourcing stock and designing the treatment list.

Miss Salon™ launches its new look website

At Miss Salon™ we are constantly looking to keep our services, products and image effective, fresh and up-to-date. So we are proud to present our new online look! Take a look and tell us what you think...