My interview with Studio Owner John Barnes about opening his salon StevenJohn Studio "A Paul Mitchell Focus" Salon at Studios West Salon Suites
Studios West: How did you get intio hair in the first place?
John Barnes: I was interested in hair from an early age. Though I did have a very different career and getting my college degree before starting beauty school. After My Job ended I was torn what to do with my career, I still had that ambition to be a hair stylist, so I went to the Paul Mitchell Hair Academy.
I love working for myself and have an entrepreneurial spirit, Studios West was a great fit because salon ownership offers total freedom. All of my clients came with me, and I’m actually busier now being in Studios West and clients LOVE the relaxing experience in a private salon setting so I can give them a salon experience that focuses just on them.
Studios West: Speaking of focus, we understand your boutique salon has a very special one.
StevenJohn Studio is a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, which means I solely sell and use Paul Mitchell Products.
Studios West: Was it hard to get registered as a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon?
John Barnes: The process was easy! I contacted the distributor in town, and he set me up with a fantastic introduction to Paul Mitchell. Then, I applied to become a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon online and became registered as a Focus Salon.
Studios West: Why Paul Mitchell?
John Barnes: Branding is powerful stuff! Clients tend to be more receptive to product purchases when you recommend a brand they recognize. Another perk is that the company provides free education – Seriously, free; there’s no catch! – to stylists who sell the product line. I can schedule one-on-one sessions anytime, just by calling. Knowing the product line inside-and-out is what will help you move your products. The company also tracks my purchases and offers points for every dollar I spend; these can be exchanged for items in Paul Mitchell’s online mall, or used toward attending a huge educational event in Las Vegas called The Gathering.
Studios West: Ever been to the Gathering?
John Barnes: I’m going this August! The weekend is a two-day event, and I am looking forward to four advanced, hands-on classes in color, cutting, styling, and business. There will also be a fabulous hair show where you can see creative artist’s depictions of hair up-close. It’s important for serious hair stylists to consider events like this because it helps you stay on the cutting-edge in an industry where trends are always changing!