Business & Regulation

Freelancers gain a new organisation to represent their interests

The old Freelance Hair and Beauty Association (FHBA) went into liquidation last year. This left freelance professionals without a voice in the wider industry. Now the new Freelance Hairdressers’ Association (FHA) has been launched to fill the gap. The objectives of the FHA will be to maintain standards within the industry, promote training and personal […]

Do hair care professionals need to be ventilation engineers, chemists and lawyers as well?

New products, new research and new legislation all mean new headaches for professionals trying to run their businesses and offer creative services to clients. Two recent stories reinforce the challenges for the professional. The first concerns the increasing popularity of hair straightening and smoothing processes, for example the much-publicised Brazilian Blowout products. First an American […]

Beware selling hydrogen peroxide!

The Hairdressing and Beauty Suppliers Association (HBSA) has been reminding its members that the law on sales of certain chemicals has recently changed. As of 1st September 2014, products containing high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, nitromethane, nitric acid, sodium or potassium perchlorate and sodium or potassium chlorate are now restricted from sale to the general […]

Six lessons for running a successful salon

Here are our secrets for succeeding in business FOLLOW your dream – if it’s what you really want, you WILL succeed KEEP focused on what you enjoy – making people feeling and looking good You WILL go through tough times – you have to stay determined to succeed You WILL have troubles with staff – […]

Hilary Hall, Secretary-General of the National Hairdressers’ Federation, on apprenticeships, the high street and pensions

Hilary Hall is the Chief Executive of the National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF), the largest employer-led organisation representing hairdressing, barbering and beauty salon owners in the industry. Her own hair is short, wavy and neatly coiffed. Soon after taking over at the NHF she went on a mystery shopping expedition to several hairdressing salons to see […]