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Valid Or Not Valid: The Truth about Contracts

So many professionals have invested in our beauty industry in becoming a Paul Mitchel salon. And have been let down by the huge conglomerate by not policing their end of the contract that they make you sign when purchasing the hair care line in your salon. That is why there is a huge class action lawsuit brought on to them by no one but themselves.  Contracts in this profession do not hold up in court.  This false advertising lawsuit was filed in New York Federal Court on July 1, 2010, against the following: L’Oreal USA, Inc., the owners of Matrix, Redken, Pureology, Kerastase and others; The Procter and Gamble Company, the owners of Wella, Sebastian, Nioxin, and Graham Webb; Conair Corporation, the owners of Rusk; Farouk Systems, Inc., the owners of Chi and Biosilk; Sexy Hair Concepts, LLC; Tigi Linea, LP; and John Paul Mitchell Systems. This is what corporate greed gets you. 
The purpose of a contract is to ensure the completion of actions based on specific guidelines or stipulations for the parties involved. Incidentally, most people think that in order for a contract to be valid it has to be written, but that isn’t always the case.

 

A valid contract does however need to contain certain elements. First of all, it needs to identify all the parties involved. Secondly, it needs a mutual consent between the parties. Typically, there is an offer and acceptance that takes place between the parties that is communicated in the contract.

 

Thirdly, a valid contract needs to have an object, which is the portion of the contract that is actually being agreed upon. For this part, it is best to be specific on dates, deadlines, payments, breach of contract requirements, and termination conditions.

 

The fourth element is the consideration factor. The consideration shows what each party will gain as a result of the agreement. Paul Mitchel Systems offers “A EXCLUSIVE” to the product in your salon. Do you see the product anywhere else? I see it all over the commercial sector of the beauty industry.  Is that what you signed for.

 

The next time you see a contract, make sure it includes all the above elements. If it doesn’t, or if there is a portion that you question, you should probably contact a lawyer before you take any action. When considering buying Paul Mitchell products be assured that there end of the bargain will be in the commercial sector of retailing and not your salon. When considering of having a retail line in your salon, go with independent manufacturers within the beauty industry. AND DONT SIGN A CONTRACT. It is a waste of ink.


Education of the Beauty School Student

Many of us in the beauty industry have seen the disastrous effects of inadequate beauty school training. A student graduates beauty school with high hopes of doing a job that they love, only to become quickly frustrated by their inability to make a good living. The exception to this is the student who is lucky enough to have a mentor in the industry that provides them with the real education that they need to succeed. So why, after years of paid education, does a student require more on-the-job training to be a success? The answer is usually an inadequate and flawed beauty school system.
If we look at beauty schools as producers of a product then we can understand that beauty school graduates are a product that is thrown into the marketplace unfinished. The reasons for this start at the very foundation of beauty school: curriculum, requirements, intentions and corruption. First, beauty school curriculum is typically outdated and obsolete. One may assume that doing hair could not have drastically changed over the last decade or two. But with new tools and products coming out every year it becomes imperative for beauty schools to keep up with the times. The use of old textbooks and out-dated styling techniques cripples the student coming into the industry. Veteran hairstylists constantly pursue new education while beauty school students are taught the same old thing. Shouldn’t beauty schools be required to update their curriculum so that the product they produce, the new stylist, will enter the marketplace with the most up-to-date information? The answer would be yes if it were required of the schools to produce a good product.
Unfortunately, beauty schools are based on quantity instead of quality. A good quality school would be interested in producing students that have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the industry. Requirements should be based on teaching the student to run a business, be a salesperson, market their services as well as be a great stylist. Requirements based on hours alone do not come close to achieving this basic standard. Therefore, students graduate with deficiencies and become frustrated when they learn that just doing hair is not enough to build a business.
Perhaps the most flawed part of the beauty education system is the corruption of the schools. Manufacturer Schools, those that are named and based around a major name-brand product, not only have the intention of producing as many students as possible in order to gain profit from tuition, they also intend to brainwash students into being loyal to their hair products. What could be more genius than to produce students that will go out into the world selling your products for you? It is exceptionally good for the manufacturer but not so good for the stylists or the salon owner who hires them. Diversion of hair products from salon-only status to readily available anywhere has ruined the stylist’s ability to make income from sales.
We have all noticed the massive wave of diversion from products sold “at salons only” to available at all major drugstores, super markets and warehouse stores. Major manufacturers have betrayed the trust of the stylists and salon owners who have spent years supporting their products, only to be left with products sitting on the shelves. And yet these products have a huge influence on beauty school education. Not only do Manufacturer schools push the diverted products, most beauty schools become favorable to certain products based on
marketing designed to gain loyalty from the students. Little do the students know that they are being brainwashed to support a product that WILL NOT support them.
“Product Diversion” should be a required subject at all beauty schools. Students need to learn the effects of diversion on their business. For example, a good stylist/salesperson could sell around $7000 of product a month from behind the chair, which would be about half that in profit for the salon owner and 10% profit for the stylist. After the wave of diversion these numbers have drastically reduced. Consumers buy products from the grocery store. The salon owner and the stylist are losing income because of faulty training that starts in beauty school. The most tragic part of this debacle is that new students and those graduating will not even know what they have missed: an industry that supports its stylists. Until beauty schools are required to truly educate the stylist on the business of beauty, then stylist and salon owners will continue to struggle.

Joseph Kellner – The REAL Hair Truth Documentary

Martin Rodriguez

The Real side of your Beauty Industry!

This is a true personal story and also can be used as a model within our industry on the help we get from the so-called UPPER CRUST!

For our second Documentary of the REAL HAIR TRUTH we will be featuring ENTREPENAURS in a section of the film. Beauty industry professionals who have taken the time to create their own Haircare Products, Educational Dvd’s, Haircolor, Books, Videos, etc. It is important to really feel the pulse of the industry from within, and to see and advertise the true BLUE COLLARS of our industry. So many times we go to the wayside within our industry, only to be bought out, and watch as the manufacturers will control the industry and not give you the time of the day.  And not let any new idea’s flourish within our industry!!! In the next coming months the REAL HAIR TRUTH will be launching a website for all industry ENTREPENAURS to advertise, and present there Products, Dvd’s. Class’s. Haircolor, and most of all their passion to create a change in our profession. And to be with like-minded professionals in our craft to network!  Breaking away from MANUFACTURER DIVERSION is the best choice you can make now in the industry.  And if the industry will not help you the REAL HAIR TRUTH WILL!

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