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Back to school in style

August 29, 2011
By Cindy Votruba ( , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - She's been in the salon business for 13 years, but Savvy Salon and Spa owner Kristy Brusven was noticing a startling trend - not in hairstyles, but in getting stylists to fill spots in local salons.

Salons have been doing booth rentals, where stylists rent a space in a salon and they're their own boss, Brusven said.

But it's been hard to find renters for the salon booths, she said. Brusven has talked with other salon owners in Marshall and found the same dilemma.

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Kristy Brusven, owner of Savvy Salon and Spa, is starting Salon 101, which helps cosmetologists who graduated from college with their license to receive continuing education in salon management and advanced techniques training.

"They said it was also hard to find renters," Brusven said.

That's how Brusven decided to start Salon 101, which offers recent cosmetology graduates a place to receive continuing education in salon management and training in advanced techniques. Salon 101, which is set to open in September, is located in a separate area of Savvy Salon.

Brusven worked with the Small Business Development Center in working out a plan for Salon 101.

"They helped me do some research," Brusven said.

Brusven also contacted area colleges that have a cosmetology program and learned the same thing, graduates can't find employment because of booth rental. They need to have 2,700 hours of training before becoming a renter and receiving their salon manager's license.

"So this is their next step right after college," Brusven said of Salon 101. She said it's like getting a "master's degree" in earning a manager's license.

For the classes, Brusven said she pieced together information on what she's looking for as an owner and what stylists are looking for in employment.

"They'll work in the Salon 101 until their 2,700 hours are reached," she said. That equals a year and a half, she said. "They will be well-trained to take their manager's test."

Then stylists will have knowledge to either own their own salon in a smaller town or rent at a larger one, she said.

Classes in Salon 101 are in technique and salon business management. Stylists will learn new techniques in coloring, body wraps, texturing, nails and other salon services. In the salon business management class, stylists will be prepared to own their own business, which includes resources in marketing, bookkeeping, inventory, financial planning and creating budgets.

"It will have weekly classes for the stylists to teach them salon management and also teach them the upcoming trends and techniques that we provide," Brusven said.

Salon 101 will be a full service salon, offering everything from haircuts, coloring and perms to facials, waxing and nail services.

Brusven is also bringing in others to teach the salon business classes who are in a particular field, such as a financial adviser for the financial planning portion.

Brusven said the other local salon owners she's been in touch with like the idea of Salon 101.

"They all seem to be very supportive of it because it will fill their chairs," Brusven said.

The colleges she's contacted, Brusven said, are also supportive of the Salon 101 program.

"They're 100 percent on board and excited," Brusven.

Brusven said she's also looking at doing speciality packages with Salon 101.



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