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The decision to not sell retail is a well-considered and thoroughly researched one. The consensus here overwhelmingly indicates that one of the most annoying aspects of an experience at a conventional salon is being sold products at the culmination of a service. There are numerous psychological studies which directly explain why there is specific resentment surrounding this long standing practice. It largely comes down to the following.
When we are desiring and obtaining a personal service, our needs and emotional resonance is held in the nurturing centre of the brain. It's why we have those warm, softening sensations. When we decide to shop, it shifts into the reward centre. This experience brings with it energy, excitement and a nice little dopamine hit. When an individual chooses to nurture, they are craving a specific state of mind and our brain reacts unfavourably to anyone who tries to shift that to an emotional space different than the one we seek for ourselves. Moreover, when coming out of a nurturing personal service, we are often more vulnerable and consequently, it is seen as unethical and emotionally manipulative to use that moment as a means to sell products. This is one of many reasons why clients hate that tactic.
As my entire professional approach is to support women who have a history of frustration with conventional salon services and practices the decision to not sell products is to help ensure their experience with me is 100% positive. What I offer instead is the wisdom and guidance of 30 years in the industry. This education is readily welcomed and absorbed by clients as it is not attached to a sales attempt. The number of clients I have who specifically mention this as a reason they promote my practice is enormous. As stated elsewhere in this blog, my entire career has been directly shaped by the feedback from the individuals who are responsible for its success - my clients.