Are You Stealing From Your Salon?

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Who Owns Your Color Formulas?

You’ve decided that it’s time to move your career to a different salon. Before you go, make sure you know what’s “yours” to take with you. No matter what your reasons are for leaving, moving on can be tough—often with a lot of “gray area” issues to tackle.Can the combs and tools that you’ve been using for years now be considered your own property? Is the client information on the salon computer “theirs”? In this kind of beauty break-up, who gets what? 

Fellow BTC Member Sarah Davis has decided to split from her salon but was struggling with how to divvy up her coveted color formulas. She reached out to the widespread BTC community for advice on how she should handle this delicate situation: “Help! I’ve worked at my current salon for 12 years and it’s time to leave. Do I have a right to take my color formulas that I created for my clients while I was here? The salon is commission-based and a co-stylist friend of mine told me that what I created while I was employed by the salon is their property. I even read that a salon in NYC was suing a stylist that left with “their” formulas. My concern is the fact that I created the formulas myself…so I feel like they belong to me. Does anyone have any advice/been in this situation?”

You can read the rest of the article I wrote on BTC’s website. 

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