Maybe it is something about the florist screwing up my Valentine’s Day by not delivering my damn roses and then trying to charge the hubby for them or maybe it is having to pay for a $1000 car repair but it got me in a pissy mood. The pissy mood got me sounding off with Laynie Link about little pet peeves that I have had since starting this blog. I came up with a list of things I wish that all designers did. This is not to say that all designers do these things and, in fact, I don’t think this list applies to all shops either but call it my Fat Tuesday Wish List for Hair Designers.
1. Have demos for all styles in the shop. There is nothing more annoying them seeing a style you like, having no idea how it will look on you, and there is no demo to try.
2. Put an identifier in hair demos. People do not always have the money at the time they try on the demo and want to come back to that style when they can afford it. If the demo is only called “braids” then the potential buyer has no clue what shop that demo came from. Good idea would be to include a landmark in the demo box. I cannot tell you how many styles at the Hair Affair had no landmarks in them.
3. Please put your shop in your profile picks. If you have no identifier with your demo and the buyer has to search for the creator’s name it would be nice if the shop was listed in the picks for a quick teleport.
4. Put landmarks in all things: demos, hair, freebies, specials, everything.
5. Any “catches” or “special conditions” need to be revealed in a notecard with the demo like “this style really has fans attached to it but the demo doesn’t show that”, “you need to resize your head if you cannot adjust hair properly”, or “you will quack like a duck if you wear the yellow texture”.
6. If you say you have a freebie, then it should cost L$0 aka free. If it costs L$1 then this is no longer free and should be called something else like dollarbie.
7. And most important, for God’s sake, if you make a dollarbie or freebie hairstyle make sure that the quality reflects what you sell in your shop. This is how newbies will be judging if they are going to be repeat customers when they have real money so do not blow this opportunity to make a first impression.
From here on all L$1 styles will be called dollarbies. :)
This post was written by Teagan Blackthorne
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