Buckle up for another rollercoaster of a year! As 2022 drew to a close, we witnessed the cost of living increase at its fastest rate in 40 years due to the war in Ukraine, increasing demand for energy and goods post-Covid and the aftermath of Brexit.
We can’t ignore the challenges salons are facing. It feels like salon owners have jumped out of the frying pan and straight into the fire as they strive to navigate the major cost of living crisis that grips the nation.
The impact on salon businesses is huge! We know how salons are reliant on high energy use – gas, electricity and water all come at significant outlay to the salon owner and are not optional or a seasonal preference. Rocketing energy bills will be hitting salons where it hurts most and we can’t yet predict the true impact of this on the industry. Here at Pro Hair, we strive to bring you all the latest business news, advice and information as it happens and we will continue to make this an essential part of what we do this year. In this issue, we have salon owners from up and down the country in ‘Crisis Talks’ on page 32 discussing ideas to face these challenges in business. Equally, if you feel like sharing your struggles, ideas and tips on running your salon, please feel free to get in touch with us – we may be able to share it and help other salon owners.
At this point I would like give two ‘sharing shout-outs’ for this issue – firstly to Andrew Barton whose thought-provoking Hair Me Out feature on page 28/29 elevates ‘sharing’ to another level; and secondly to D&J Ambrose who have shared their creative journey from ‘Concept to Camera’ in a stand-out special on page 20.
The propensity for sharing is one of the great things about the hairdressing industry and this is a positive that we should carry with us into the New Year. Good luck for 2023! ” –