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Team-Based Pay: What It Is — Why It Works

My Hair Trip Salon is changing the game and once again finding a better way with Team-based Pay!

The pay method a salon chooses is one of the most important decisions made for a business, as it has a HUGE impact on everyone’s financial well-being, culture and more.

In this blog post, we’re going to breakdown one of the powerful (yet occasionally misunderstood) salon/spa compensation systems: Team-Based Pay!

And who better to explain it to you than the person who literally invented Team-Based Pay for the beauty industry, Strategies Founder & CEO, Neil Ducoff.

Let’s dig in!

Team-Based Pay (TBP) is not just a pay method

To understand the true power of Team-Based Pay, it’s important to understand that it is much more than just a pay method. It’s a comprehensive business model based on proven systems, best business practices and applied leadership. The Team-Based Pay method creates the foundation that supports all the systems that make Team-Based Pay such an effective business model.

The Team-Based Pay Business Model is designed to create a profitable, sustainable business for the owner(s), while providing career growth opportunities for employees, and delivering consistent quality service experiences for its customers.

What is Team-Based Pay??

In its simplest form,Team-Based Pay is an Hourly Rate + Team Bonus compensation method. It is pay based on an employee’s overall performance that extends far beyond “individual revenue” to include skill level, behaviors and strengths.

What truly differentiates Team-Based Pay from any other compensation method, especially commission and piece work, are the systems, culture and leadership that drive it. For this reason, we call it the Team-Based Pay Business Model.

What Team-Based Pay is not

Just paying an hourly rate does not equate to being on Team-Based Pay. Without the Team-Based Pay systems, hourly rate pay is simply being on “not commission.”

There are four key areas that drive Team-Based Pay

Team-Based Culture
Financial Disciplines
Operational Systems
Employee Growth Paths
Let’s dive into each in a little more detail…

1. The Cultural Shift to Team-Based Pay is dramatic

Where the majority of salons and spas focus on growing “columns of the appointment” (individual request rates), The Team-Based Pay Business Model is about all team members driving the company’s productivity rate — not just their own.

This is a major shift from the inefficiency of growing columns on the appointment. It is the ultimate culture shift away from column vision and I/me/mine.

The inherent challenge of commission is that its primary focus is for individuals to build their own clientele. Once a service provider has a “full book” of requests, the salon/spa is vulnerable to significant lost revenue should one or more busy service providers leave.

In stark contrast to the dangers of individual clientele building (lost revenue from turnover and walkouts), Strategies Team-Based Pay Business Model creates an impressive team-based culture. The following statements are embedded into the performance and culture of every Team-Based Pay salon/spa:

Everyone is responsible for every hour available for sale, in every column, on the company’s appointment book.
The skills of the entire company are available to each and every client.
At first glance, these two statements may not appear profound, but think what your salon/spa business would look like if every one of your employees took ownership in filling the hours that are still available on your appointment book. Think about smaller or no waiting lists because clients are excited to experience other service providers.

KEY: The Team-Based Pay Business Model objective is fewer, busier, service providers functioning at an ideal productivity rate of +/- 80%.

< SEE ALL POSTS Team-Based Pay: What It Is — Why It Works May 13, 2019 | By Neil Ducoff | 1 Comment 0 0 0 Total Shares The pay method you choose for your salon, spa, medspa or barbershop is one of the most important decisions you can make for your business, as it has a HUGE impact on everyone’s financial well-being, your culture and more. In this blog post, we’re going to breakdown one of the powerful (yet occasionally misunderstood) salon/spa compensation systems: Team-Based Pay. And who better to explain it to you than the person who literally invented Team-Based Pay for the beauty industry, Strategies Founder & CEO, Neil Ducoff. Let’s dig in! Team-Based Pay (TBP) is not just a pay method To understand the true power of Team-Based Pay, it’s important to understand that it is much more than just a pay method. It’s a comprehensive business model based on proven systems, best business practices and applied leadership. The Team-Based Pay method creates the foundation that supports all the systems that make Team-Based Pay such an effective business model. The Team-Based Pay Business Model is designed to create a profitable, sustainable business for the owner(s), while providing career growth opportunities for employees, and delivering consistent quality service experiences for its customers. What is Team-Based Pay?? In its simplest form,Team-Based Pay is an Hourly Rate + Team Bonus compensation method. It is pay based on an employee’s overall performance that extends far beyond “individual revenue” to include skill level, behaviors and strengths. What truly differentiates Team-Based Pay from any other compensation method, especially commission and piece work, are the systems, culture and leadership that drive it. For this reason, we call it the Team-Based Pay Business Model. What Team-Based Pay is not Just paying an hourly rate does not equate to being on Team-Based Pay. Without the Team-Based Pay systems, hourly rate pay is simply being on “not commission.” There are four key areas that drive Team-Based Pay Team-Based Culture Financial Disciplines Operational Systems Employee Growth Paths Let’s dive into each in a little more detail… 1. The Cultural Shift to Team-Based Pay is dramatic Where the majority of salons and spas focus on growing “columns of the appointment” (individual request rates), The Team-Based Pay Business Model is about all team members driving the company’s productivity rate — not just their own. This is a major shift from the inefficiency of growing columns on the appointment. It is the ultimate culture shift away from column vision and I/me/mine. The inherent challenge of commission is that its primary focus is for individuals to build their own clientele. Once a service provider has a “full book” of requests, the salon/spa is vulnerable to significant lost revenue should one or more busy service providers leave. In stark contrast to the dangers of individual clientele building (lost revenue from turnover and walkouts), Strategies Team-Based Pay Business Model creates an impressive team-based culture. The following statements are embedded into the performance and culture of every Team-Based Pay salon/spa: Everyone is responsible for every hour available for sale, in every column, on the company’s appointment book. The skills of the entire company are available to each and every client. At first glance, these two statements may not appear profound, but think what your salon/spa business would look like if every one of your employees took ownership in filling the hours that are still available on your appointment book. Think about smaller or no waiting lists because clients are excited to experience other service providers. KEY: The Team-Based Pay Business Model objective is fewer, busier, service providers functioning at an ideal productivity rate of +/- 80%. 2. FINANCIAL Disciplines and Control Over Payroll If you pay commission, straight or sliding scale, you are committing a fixed percentage of service to your service payroll. Increases in revenue automatically increase service payroll. Once commission rates are set, it is massively difficult to adjust for increases in operating expenses. If you increase prices to cover increased operating costs — all commission employees get an immediate raise. That’s the reality of commission pay. NOTE: Product cost deductions from service revenue before commission is nothing more than a “smoke and mirrors” tactic to lower commission a few points. In reality, implementing a product cost deduction is a form of a pay conversion. On Team-Based Pay, service payroll costs are fixed and do not increase in tandem with increases in revenue. This factor alone gives salon/spa owners and leaders significant control over payroll costs. Payroll costs will not change without leadership approval. This also allows for adjustments to increases in operating costs. KEY: Rather than the automatic payroll increases on commission, pay raises and new hires are planned and budgeted. Building and living a Cash-Flow Plan and financial oversight is are part of the Team-Based Pay Business Model. On Team-Based Pay, profit and cash reserves are planned outcomes. 3. Operational Systems It is the operational systems that drive Team-Based Pay that truly sets it apart from other pay methods. For example, at first exposure to the Team-Based Pay Business Model, many owners assume that service providers being paid an hourly rate will be unmotivated to produce at the same level as on commission. The thinking is, “I’m getting paid whether I produce or not.” For that to occur on Team-Based Pay, systems would have to be ignored and leadership not paying attention. Team-Based Pay is systems driven. Critical numbers including, productivity rate, new and existing client retention rates, prebook rates, frequency of visit and others are constantly monitored. Daily huddles, monthly company service + retail goals and scoreboards are dialed in. KEY: Team-Based Pay pays for individual and team performance — not hanging out in the back room. When monthly goals are achieved, all employees, including front desk/guest services, earn a fair share of a budgeted team bonus. Unlike the “I/me/mine” commission culture, on Team-Based Pay, the entire team pushes in the same direction. Commission is based solely on an individual brings in with his or her two hands. Because it’s not based on overall performance, essential performance behaviors, such as lateness, low productivity, low client retention, low retail sales and more, have no bearing commission earned. Simply put, commission often pays for the wrong performance and behaviors —Team-Based Pay does not. 4. Employee Growth Paths Team-Based Pay is designed to create growth opportunities for employees. To communicate these growth paths, Team-Based Pay utilizes a Strategies’ tool called a Broadband to communicated expectations by pay rate. Broadbands do not focus on how much a service provider should be bringing in to earn more pay. That’s commission thinking. Broadbands focus on and communicate the Skill Requirements, Team Behaviors and Individual Strengths and Behaviors to advance their earning potential and responsibilities. Broadbands are about maintaining transparency and trust. Broadbands show the starting and top end pay in both hourly rate and annual value. Broadband includes the specific company performance and growth targets that all team members strive to achieve. KEY: Broadbands are an essential tool used in Performance Reviews. Conversion to Team-Based Pay Facts: The conversion process to Team-Based Pay does not, in any way, cut a service provider’s pay. In fact, the new hourly rate, depending on the individual and financial reality of the company, is typically slightly better than the “hourly rate on commission” it was based on. On Team-Based Pay, service providers are not all paid the same hourly rate. It can take four to six months to prepare for a Team-Based Pay conversion. Systems must be implemented and functioning prior to conversion. Changing pay methods is a process that cannot be rushed. If all that changes is “the pay,” you didn’t convert to Team-Based Pay, the “I/me/mine” commission mentality will persist, and the financial condition of the company will not improve. The higher the trust factor and the more structured the company is at the time of the Team-Based Pay Conversion, the smoother the conversion. Each service provider’s new hourly rate on Team-Based Pay is based on the average gross pay earned over the previous six months, then divided by schedule hours per pay period. A minor increase (based on a number of factors) is added to arrive at the new Team-Based Pay hourly rate. That rate is then multiplied by that employee’s scheduled hours to arrive at a projected new paycheck. Retail commissions are not typically part of the Team-Based Pay Business Model. Retail commissions earned are included in the calculation of the employee’s new hourly rate. If the employee did well selling retail, it gave them a higher hourly rate. If the employee avoided retail sales, their new hourly rate will reflect it. Consistent retail recommendations become an expectation on Team-Based Pay. Monthly Team Bonus is budgeted into the Cash-Flow Plan based on service and retail revenue goals. When goal is achieved, Team Bonus is paid. Strategies provides a Team-Bonus Calculator to determine what full- and part-time employee share of the bonus pool. Higher Productivity Rates have a profound impact on controlling Service Payroll percentage of Total Revenues. Higher Productivity Rates mean efficient use of service time and payroll dollars. Depending on the company’s commission rates and service payroll percent at the time of conversion, it is possible to achieve a 10% or more reduction in total service payroll percent in one to six months. This reduction is based on increasing revenues and controlling payroll costs. It does not represent a reduction in actual service payroll dollars. Converting to Team-Based Pay will not trigger a walkout. It is possible that one or more employees may decide to leave. These are typically employees that were not onboard prior to the conversion. KEY: Departures typically increase the company’s productivity rate while reducing service payroll dollars and payroll percent. As revenues increase, raises can be budgeted and rewarded based on the employee’s overall performance. For example: For every $100,000 gain in revenues, there will be approximately $30,000 to $35,000 available for pay increases and possible new hires. Top producing, fully booked, service providers gain most. When fully booked, commission service providers can hit a pay ceiling. (Yes, individual price increases can help, but ceiling still exists.) KEY: On Team-Based Pay, the increased income potential of fully booked service providers is in the hours available for sale on other columns on the appointment book. CONCLUSION Today, growing an employee-based service business is more complex than ever. Suites, booth rental and the “independent” factor feed on employee-based salons. To succeed, employee-based service businesses must become everything that booth rental and suites are not, and by design, cannot be. The industry needs to recognize that commission is what drives individual clientele building, because it rewards “I/me/mine” thinking and behavior. The brand and reputation of the company is what attracts and retains clients, not the popularity of specific individuals. This in no way means paying hard working employees less. It means paying for the right overall performance and to stop paying for the wrong performance and behaviors commission automatically rewards. It’s about building a company and brand. It’s about growing a company that grows in value. It’s about creating that “team-based” culture all owners dream about. It’s about building careers. It’s about creating profit and reinvesting in your business and employees. It’s about creating income security for your and your employees. It’s about “Our client” replacing “my client” thinking. Our industry is rapidly changing. Employee-based salons and spas must be leading change — not reacting to it. What you just read is an ultra-condensed overview of Team-Based Pay. Want to learn more about Team-Based Pay? We highly encourage you to attend the Team-Based Pay Conference, the Strategies Incubator Seminar, or download our FREE Team-Based Pay White Paper. Want hands-on help implementing Team-Based Pay in your salon, spa or medspa? There’s no better way than working one-on-one with a Certified Strategies Coach as part of a Strategies Membership.

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    Introducing Cindee Hanna!

    It is our honor and privilege to introduce the newest member of the My Hair Trip Family: Cindee Hanna!!! Cindee has been a passionate stylist & colorist for the last 10 years and she has perfected her talents by learning how to give clients a hair-style that reflects their personality and how they want to look. “When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves” “I love being a part of a salon that uses organic coloring, products and services and also is environmentally conscious in how we dispose of our waste and materials.” Cindee, just like all of our stylists, is ready to get you looking your best, so then you can feel your best and that way you can be your best!!! Cindee and the rest of our team is here to serve you, so call or book your next appointment online at Denver’s Organic Salon today!

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      Denver’s #1 rated eco-friendly hair salon! Thanks Denver!

      We are so proud and grateful at My Hair Trip Salon Denver to have more 5-star ratings and reviews than any other eco-friendly salon in Colorado! We pride ourselves on putting the health and wellness of our clients and staff above all else. Each company we partner with is 100% within our ethos as well.

      Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. This is our motto, and it is the key to our clients’ happiness. When you look good, then you can feel good. When you feel good, then you can be good. We focus on listening to our clients. What do they want for their look? Why do they want that? What direction are they wanting to go in the future? Through our focus on the needs of the client and the utilization of the best eco-friendly and natural products today and into the future, we are able to provide a greater value than the prices we charge, and it is our promise that we always will.

      Our clients come to us from Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Colorado Springs, Vail, Summit County, Morrison, Golden, Steamboat, Castle Rock, Florida, California, Texas, and its because we offer products, services, and an experience that you can only get one place, My Hair Trip Salon Denver.

      No nasty, harmful chemicals here! We promise we will never use anything with ammonia, sulfates, parabens, or that has been tested on animals. We can get you the look that you want, guaranteed, but that’s not all that we do. We are an organic beauty shop that can help our clients’ fulfill and supplement all aspects of their lives, body, mind, and spirit.

      We also are faithful and walk with Jesus Christ, but our doors and arms are open to all who come. Please come as you are. We are a place of peace and of purpose to enrich the lives of our clients and staff.

      So come check us out and let us serve you.

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        Brazilian Blowouts: Toxic Risk?

        “(NBC) – Could the pursuit of perfectly straight hair be hazardous to your health, and your stylist’s?

        Women across the country have been thrilled with their keratin treatments that promise sleek hair even on days with the worst humidity, but now the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a hazard alert to hair salon owners saying some of these products release high levels of formaldehyde.

        OSHA tests detected the gas in the air even when stylists used products labeled formaldehyde-free.

        The alert specifically mentions the Brazilian Blowout, which does not technically contain formaldehyde.

        But brazilian blowout products have an ingredient called “methylene glycol” which the company’s ceo tells us does release trace amounts of formaldehyde during the heating and straightening process.

        That’s why salon owner Michael Randazzo opted not to use them in his Charlotte, North Carolina salon.

        “There was controversy over the Brazilian Blowout. Does it have formaldehyde, does it not? I’m not going to do a service here that’s not good for us,” he says.

        The potential problem is not limited to the Brazilian Blowout.

        OSHA points out other similar treatments may also release formaldehyde.

        Some New York salons now require their stylists and customers wear gas masks when using the products.

        Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and cause allergic reactions.

        It’s also linked to lung cancer.

        It’s a potentially hefty price to pay to avoid a few bad hair days.

        The company that sells Brazilian Blowout products also sells “Brazilian Blowout Zero” which does not contain methylene glycol.”

        Not to worry, My Hair Trip Salon, Denver’s eco-friendly, organic hair salon has chemical-free services that can get the same results as the Brazilian blowout without causing harm to clients or stylists. Hooray!

        We found this super informative article at:
        http://www.kvoa.com/news/brazilian-blowouts-toxic-risk-/

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          According to the F.D.A., Brazilian Blowouts are extremely hazardous to your health!

          The Brazilian Blowout is very effective for smoothing hair, but it’s nowhere near worth the harmful health effects it has on stylists and clients, but don’t worry, at My Hair Trip Salon we have an organic healthy alternative that will give you the same silky smooth hair as a Brazilian blowout, without causing the severe harm associated with the traditional Brazilian blowout.

          FDA, OSHA Act on Brazilian Blowout

          FDA has received a number of inquiries from consumers and salon professionals concerning the safety of “Brazilian Blowout” and similar “professional use only” hair smoothing products. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Hazard Alert in April 2011 to hair salon owners and workers about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with these products. On August 22, 2011, FDA issued a Warning Letter citing Brazilian Blowout for safety and labeling violations. The following information is intended to answer questions people may have on this subject.
          FDA’s Role in Regulating These Products

          FDA regulates cosmetics, including hair smoothing products, under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and, if they are marketed on a retail basis to consumers, under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. Under these laws, cosmetics do not have to be approved by FDA before going on the market. However, cosmetics must be safe and properly labeled, and companies and individuals who manufacture or market them have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products and ingredients. FDA can take action against cosmetics on the market that do not comply with the law. To learn more, see FDA Authority Over Cosmetics.

          What This Warning Letter Says About Brazilian Blowout

          FDA issues Warning Letters to notify firms or individuals that they have been found in violation of the laws FDA enforces. A Warning Letter also tells what violations need to be corrected in order to comply with the law.

          The Brazilian Blowout Warning Letter cites both safety and labeling violations. For example, the letter lists health risks associated with inhaling formaldehyde and reactions that have been reported when people used the product as directed. Among the reported reactions were eye problems, nervous system problems such as headaches and dizziness, respiratory tract problems, nausea, chest pain, vomiting, and rash. The letter also states that the labeling was misleading because it called the product “formaldehyde free,” even though people were exposed to formaldehyde when using it as intended. The labeling also failed to reveal possible consequences of using this product under the conditions prescribed in the labels or labeling.

          Regulation of Salon Safety

          FDA does not have authority over the operation of salons or the practice of cosmetology.

          Workplace safety in general, including air quality issues, is regulated by OSHA. Salons are also generally subject to state and local authorities, which may specify safety practices such as assuring proper ventilation.

          What OSHA Says About These Products

          During investigations, OSHA found formaldehyde in the air when stylists used hair smoothing products, some of which did not have formaldehyde listed on their labels or in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) as required by law. During one investigation, air tests showed formaldehyde at levels greater than OSHA’s limits, even though the product tested was labeled as formaldehyde-free. OSHA states that formaldehyde presents a health hazard if workers are exposed. It can irritate the eyes and nose; cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes, and lungs; and is linked to nose and lung cancer.

          For OSHA’s complete statement, see Hazard Alert: Hair-Smoothing Products That Could Release Formaldehyde.

          Similar Products That Use Formaldehyde-related Ingredients

          The Brazilian Blowout Warning Letter should not be interpreted as a broad evaluation of the safety of hair-smoothing products or such ingredients as formaldehyde, methylene glycol, or other formaldehyde-related ingredients. Other hair-smoothing products may vary with respect to composition, intended conditions of use, and other factors. FDA continues to evaluate these products for safety and labeling on a case-by-case basis.

          FDA’s Advice to Consumers

          Skin sensitivity can develop after repeated contact with formaldehyde-related ingredients. When formaldehyde is released into the air it can cause serious irritation of your eyes, nose and lungs. It is recommended that you limit your exposure to products that contain formaldehyde-related ingredients to reduce these health risks.

          Read the label. If you’re purchasing a product on a retail basis, whether at a store or by mail order, including on the Internet, the product is required to have a list of the ingredients. If it doesn’t, please let FDA know. The list of ingredients is required under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. Here are some ingredients to look for:

          Formaldehyde
          Formalin
          Methylene glycol
          Ask your salon professional. Products that are marketed only to salon professionals may not have a list of ingredients, because the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act doesn’t apply to them. They are required, however, to have directions for safe use, and OSHA requires them to have an MSDS. You can ask salon professionals if they know whether a product contains formaldehyde-related ingredients or other ingredients you may wish to avoid. In its Hazard Alert on formaldehyde dangers to hair salon owners and workers, OSHA addressed the information companies should provide to salon workers in an MSDS. However, as OSHA also pointed out, the MSDS for Brazilian Blowout did not contain all the required information.
          Report bad reactions. Consumers are one of FDA’s most important sources of information, especially because the law doesn’t require cosmetics to be approved by FDA before they go on the market. To report a reaction to a cosmetic product, use one of these contacts:

          1) Reporting by phone to the Consumer Complaint Coordinator at your nearest FDA district office. Phone numbers are posted on FDA’s Web page, Consumer Complaint Coordinators, and in the Blue Pages of the phone book, generally under United States Government/Health and Human Services.

          2) Reporting online to FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting system. You also may call Medwatch at 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form by mail.

          Salon workers also can file complaints about unsafe workplaces with OSHA, as stated in OSHA’s Hazard Alert.

          Where to Learn More

          For information on workplace exposure to formaldehyde, see Formaldehyde on OSHA’s website. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has published resources on formaldehyde on its website under Formaldehyde: NIOSH Resources.

          FDA will continue to monitor safety issues regarding hair-smoothing products and will report on any new developments.

          October 8, 2010; updated October 18, 2010, May 24, 2011, and October 21, 2011

          Article found at FDA, OSHA Act on Brazilian Blowout

          FDA has received a number of inquiries from consumers and salon professionals concerning the safety of “Brazilian Blowout” and similar “professional use only” hair smoothing products. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Hazard Alert in April 2011 to hair salon owners and workers about potential formaldehyde exposure from working with these products. On August 22, 2011, FDA issued a Warning Letter citing Brazilian Blowout for safety and labeling violations. The following information is intended to answer questions people may have on this subject.
          FDA’s Role in Regulating These Products

          FDA regulates cosmetics, including hair smoothing products, under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and, if they are marketed on a retail basis to consumers, under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. Under these laws, cosmetics do not have to be approved by FDA before going on the market. However, cosmetics must be safe and properly labeled, and companies and individuals who manufacture or market them have a legal responsibility for the safety and labeling of their products and ingredients. FDA can take action against cosmetics on the market that do not comply with the law. To learn more, see FDA Authority Over Cosmetics.

          What This Warning Letter Says About Brazilian Blowout

          FDA issues Warning Letters to notify firms or individuals that they have been found in violation of the laws FDA enforces. A Warning Letter also tells what violations need to be corrected in order to comply with the law.

          The Brazilian Blowout Warning Letter cites both safety and labeling violations. For example, the letter lists health risks associated with inhaling formaldehyde and reactions that have been reported when people used the product as directed. Among the reported reactions were eye problems, nervous system problems such as headaches and dizziness, respiratory tract problems, nausea, chest pain, vomiting, and rash. The letter also states that the labeling was misleading because it called the product “formaldehyde free,” even though people were exposed to formaldehyde when using it as intended. The labeling also failed to reveal possible consequences of using this product under the conditions prescribed in the labels or labeling.

          Regulation of Salon Safety

          FDA does not have authority over the operation of salons or the practice of cosmetology.

          Workplace safety in general, including air quality issues, is regulated by OSHA. Salons are also generally subject to state and local authorities, which may specify safety practices such as assuring proper ventilation.

          What OSHA Says About These Products

          During investigations, OSHA found formaldehyde in the air when stylists used hair smoothing products, some of which did not have formaldehyde listed on their labels or in Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) as required by law. During one investigation, air tests showed formaldehyde at levels greater than OSHA’s limits, even though the product tested was labeled as formaldehyde-free. OSHA states that formaldehyde presents a health hazard if workers are exposed. It can irritate the eyes and nose; cause allergic reactions of the skin, eyes, and lungs; and is linked to nose and lung cancer.

          For OSHA’s complete statement, see Hazard Alert: Hair-Smoothing Products That Could Release Formaldehyde.

          Similar Products That Use Formaldehyde-related Ingredients

          The Brazilian Blowout Warning Letter should not be interpreted as a broad evaluation of the safety of hair-smoothing products or such ingredients as formaldehyde, methylene glycol, or other formaldehyde-related ingredients. Other hair-smoothing products may vary with respect to composition, intended conditions of use, and other factors. FDA continues to evaluate these products for safety and labeling on a case-by-case basis.

          FDA’s Advice to Consumers

          Skin sensitivity can develop after repeated contact with formaldehyde-related ingredients. When formaldehyde is released into the air it can cause serious irritation of your eyes, nose and lungs. It is recommended that you limit your exposure to products that contain formaldehyde-related ingredients to reduce these health risks.

          Read the label. If you’re purchasing a product on a retail basis, whether at a store or by mail order, including on the Internet, the product is required to have a list of the ingredients. If it doesn’t, please let FDA know. The list of ingredients is required under the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. Here are some ingredients to look for:

          Formaldehyde
          Formalin
          Methylene glycol
          Ask your salon professional. Products that are marketed only to salon professionals may not have a list of ingredients, because the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act doesn’t apply to them. They are required, however, to have directions for safe use, and OSHA requires them to have an MSDS. You can ask salon professionals if they know whether a product contains formaldehyde-related ingredients or other ingredients you may wish to avoid. In its Hazard Alert on formaldehyde dangers to hair salon owners and workers, OSHA addressed the information companies should provide to salon workers in an MSDS. However, as OSHA also pointed out, the MSDS for Brazilian Blowout did not contain all the required information.
          Report bad reactions. Consumers are one of FDA’s most important sources of information, especially because the law doesn’t require cosmetics to be approved by FDA before they go on the market. To report a reaction to a cosmetic product, use one of these contacts:

          1) Reporting by phone to the Consumer Complaint Coordinator at your nearest FDA district office. Phone numbers are posted on FDA’s Web page, Consumer Complaint Coordinators, and in the Blue Pages of the phone book, generally under United States Government/Health and Human Services.

          2) Reporting online to FDA’s MedWatch adverse event reporting system. You also may call Medwatch at 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form by mail.

          Salon workers also can file complaints about unsafe workplaces with OSHA, as stated in OSHA’s Hazard Alert.

          Where to Learn More

          For information on workplace exposure to formaldehyde, see Formaldehyde on OSHA’s website. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has published resources on formaldehyde on its website under Formaldehyde: NIOSH Resources.

          FDA will continue to monitor safety issues regarding hair-smoothing products and will report on any new developments.

          article found at http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/products/ucm228898.htm

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            My Hair Trip Salon is Officially a Certified Green Business

            GREEN MISSION
            Certifiably Green Salon

            My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only “Green” salon, barbershop, art gallery and jewelry and apparel boutique.

            We have wanted to work in phases from our first day of building, throughout the buildout process, into opening, into our everyday practices as a business and a team, towards the goal of being a certified, green business.

            When My Hair Trip Salon Denver teamed up with the City of Denver and the Department of Environmental Health this year, the vision of how to actually become a sustainable, green business started to become a reality.

            Working with a Sustainability Advisor in the Certifiably Green Denver program, we were able to analyze, and update, sustainable practices in energy, waste, water, and transportation.

            We did it! Today our dream of being a certified green business is a reality! We are officially recognized as certified green salon, and we are proud to be.

            My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only organic hair salon, barbershop, art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique. Located in the heart of the Denver Art District on Santa Fe, This Denver salon is at 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, 80204. The salon’s focus in on customer service and customer satisfaction, specializing in chemical free products and services.

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              More than a top salon Denver

              My Hair Trip Salon Denver continues to grown and evolve. It’s a ton of fun watching the process and seeing the end results. We are, of course, a top hair salon in the city of Denver. We are Denver’s newest eco-friendly hair salon specializing in chemical-free products and services. My Hair Trip Denver is your one stop shop for all of your organic health and beauty needs.

              My Hair Trip, along with being one of the top salons in Denver, is a boutique as well. We carry hats, sunglasses, shirts, scarves, ties, wallets, purses, necklaces, earrings, pendants, pins, Colorado state flags, and tons of eco-friendly health and beauty products. We are always adding more and more local designers to our shop and it is so great to be able to sell their stuff for them. We love making people happy.

              We are also now carrying all natural, vegan, hemp ice cream sandwiches. We got Mocha Mint, Unbleached Vanilla, Double Dutch Chocolate, Mango Love, Jasmine Flowers, all organic sugar free, gluten free, all delicious. If you’ve ever been to Red Rocks for a show then you’ve likely crossed paths with a mythical character named Aqua Das or just “Das” for short, he has been slanging these delicious natural ice cream treats at shows since the 70’s. Now My Hair Trip Salon Denver and Das have joined forces and it is awesome!

              So we are Denver’s newest hair salon and boutique with apparel and accessories, we are also a barbershop. We do full men’s services including straight razor shaves. We keep it old school at our salon and barbershop. We are a Salon Denver. Salon Denver we are. If you are looking for a quality haircut and/or shave we got you covered. We want to be the best salon Denver.

              My Hair Trip Denver is also an active art gallery. Our salon is located in the heart of the Denver Art District, at 8th and Santa Fe in downtown Denver. Right now we are displaying 12 different local artists and 15 different designers. We have paintings, photography, woodworking, jewelry, crafts and all sorts of awesome stuff from some of Denver’s most creative people. So fare our clients are loving being able to be surrounded by art as we help them relax, recharge, and get the look they want.

              We are a professional eco-friendly hair salon with a focus on being green and giving our clients the look and the feel they want. We are a barbershop featuring old school straight razor shaves and barber-style cuts. We are a boutique featuring local designs and goods, and we are an active art gallery with new art constantly rotating through.

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                Let Us Serve You! A Hair Salon That Cares!

                How can we be more than a hair salon? How can we do more for our clients and guests than the other salons and shops in Denver? We have adopted eastern business philosophies. At our salon our customers, clients, and guests are gods and our employees and staff are kings and queens and we, as owners are here to serve all of the above. We truly care about our customers and our staff and we are lucky enough to be surrounded by great people everyday, it makes it easy.

                Our salon and boutique is a place that, no matter who you are, where you come from, what your style is, what you like or don’t like, you can come here to our salon and feel comfortable. This is a top salon with the highest quality salon products and services but its just a cool place to be as well. Having an art gallery in our salon in the Denver Art District totally helps in creating an space that spurs original thought and beauty and creativity. The feeling down here is of relaxation and invigoration!

                We want to give our salon clients an original experience unlike anything else available in Denver, CO. We offer all organic products and services at our top salon in Denver. We take the time to listen to our clients and make sure your experience is a pleasant one. We make sure anyone who comes into our salon leaves looking good, and feeling good. We love what we do, great haircuts, organic color services, styling, shaves, and much more.

                We are a professional hair salon , boutique offering jewelry and apparel, an active art gallery, and barbershop offering straight razor shaves! We are a brand new eco-friendly hair salon in the Denver Art District. We are Denver’s premier, green salon. We do all organic products and services and of course everything is chemical-free! In our family owned and operated hair salon in downtown Denver, all of our girls take the time to listen to our clients so that we make sure you are getting what you want and you get to look the way you want.

                Come check out our new shop and hair salon at 8th and Santa Fe! We have all local products, designs, art, apparel, and everything is organic! We are Denver’s favorite hair salon.

                My Hair Trip Salon Denver donates a portion of all of its sales to charity!

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                  How can you gain self-confidence and improve your overall well-being?

                  Where do I start if I want to gain more self-confidence? Part of what gives you confidence is your look. We don’t mean this in a superficial way, we are not saying you can only be confident if you look “good.” Every single person in this world has beauty to them and everyone perceives beauty differently and those perceptions and views often change and cycle throughout time. So you can’t say looking “good” or being “attractive” is what will give you self-confidence, not exactly. What confident people are, is comfortable with how they look and how they are perceived. When you feel like your look matches your personality and you are accurately perceived by others as to who you are as an individual. Then you start building that self-confidence. Part of this is getting the haircut or hairstyle that you want. At our organic hair salon in Denver, CO, 80204, our stylists focus on giving you the haircut and style that you want.

                  Our hairstylists can do so much more than just give you a haircut. Our stylists are focused on you, our client. We listen to you and talk with you to figure out what you want. If you want advice or overall style consultation, we can help you there too, no extra charge. Our hair stylists are highly trained and we continue education continuously with all of our stylists, but what makes our hair salon and stylists different is how we connect with our clients. Our hair stylists understand that listening to you is the most important part of getting you the haircut and hairstyle that you want.

                  Get what you want. You work hard for your money, so when you spend it on a service, whoever is giving you that service owes you, exactly what you want. Everyone has had a bad haircut or haircut experience. A time when the stylist clearly wasn’t listening to what you asked for and gave you whatever cut they felt like. The focus of the stylists at My Hair Trip Salon Denver is on the client, on listening to the client, on making a connection with our clients so we can better understand who you are and can therefor give you what you want.

                  When your confidence is up, you are riding high everything in your life, like magic, starts to improve. Even if you are feeling good you can always improve your life, you can always feel better. If you aren’t happy building up self-confidence is the first step to changing everything in your life. Imagine yourself in an ideal world, how do you look in your fantasy. When the way you look and are perceived matches who you are then you got it.

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