Finding quality hairdressers and barbers is near on impossible at the minute and getting them to stay is even harder. In these uncertain times, it’s never been more critical to develop teams, culture, and a salon or barbershop that are profitable, can stand out and make an impact.

Our method for training teams and working with apprentices has four steps or four key principles. Firstly, design. So creating efficient systems so that you have the space to build and grow your team.

Secondly, professionalism. Setting and living the standards that matter to attract quality team members.

Thirdly, having technical skills that are really on point and a knowledge of hairdressing and the barber industry. That’s second to none.

Finally, communication. A clear identity of the business but also that of sharing ideas in a cohesive team.

Drilling into the principle of professionalism is one area where we really try and focus on when building teams and working with salons. Not only if you’re a professional in your environment, you attract a great clientele, but you also attract other hairdressers and barbers who want to live the standards you demonstrate and the way you carry yourself in industry. One key aspect of that professionalism when we start to deliver that training to teams and to apprentices is embracing sustainability.

At MIG we work with teams to educate and focus on being part of the solution. So showcasing best practice in sustainability, not only to their salons, but also to the broader industry and in the wider community at large.

We challenge apprentices to firstly identify resource use in their salon or barbershop to secondly seek opportunities to improve efficiencies in the way the salon does business. And then thirdly, we challenge teams to implement best practice in sustainability.

Awareness is key, and at MIG we also have leading partners we work with to showcase this best practice. We work very closely with sustainable Salons Australia. Sustainable Salons Australia has a network of collectors, recyclers, manufacturers and distributors to make sure that up to 95% of material from salons is diverted from landfill.

This is a wonderful story and a great way to showcase professionalism in the industry. Showcasing this best practice model helps to plant the seeds in the mind of the next generation of salon and barber shop owners as they move through their apprenticeship, with the view to make your industry one of the most professional and sustainable in the country.

If you’d like to understand more about our method, and how we develop professional barbers and hairdressers, it would be great to connect and talk to you about our principles.