NHF to ramp up support for beauty salon owners

The National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF) has outlined plans to more effectively represent the beauty industry amid a “perfect storm” of employment-related cost pressures that are affecting small businesses.

The organisation said it would take measures this year to provide clear support to beauty salon owners where resources of this nature aren’t currently available.

Hilary Hall, chief executive of the NHF, said, “When we talk to beauty salon owners a lot of the issues are the same [as for hairdressers] – wage and pension costs are going up fast, and there are big changes coming up in terms of apprenticeships, for example.”

The NHF offers employment law support via a 24/7 helpline, treatment room licences and other resources including guides and factsheets on topics such as recruitment and data protection. Hall acknowledged that the NHF’s name could prevent beauty salon owners from joining.

“Although we’ve always represented beauty salon owners and self-employed therapists working in a salon, it’s easy to forget with a name that just talks about hairdressing,” she said. She said the NHF plans to change either its logo or strapline this year to reflect the fact the organisation is also open to the beauty industry.

This story first appeared in the May issue of Professional Beauty magazine. Be the first to read the news by subscribing online