Why Stylists Love Working for Fantastic Sams

Our beauty franchise offers top-notch education and a chance to upsell products and services

Working as a stylist at Fantastic Sams has its perks. Because we’re a beauty franchise that is suitable for the whole family and offers a full menu of salon services and products, stylists have an opportunity at every appointment to upsell and earn extra commission and bigger tips. And every franchise owner, thanks to our flat-fee royalty system, has an opportunity to increase their bottom line as well.

“The stylists can make a pretty good wage,” says Rick Tonet, a Pittsburgh franchisee with three salons. “We pay a guaranteed base wage plus commission, which is a percentage of product sales and other categories. The faster they go and the better they are, the more money they can make.

“Stylists have an opportunity to upsell. If a person comes in for a cut and you sell them a perm or a color, you just put $20 in your pocket. If they can follow up the perm and color with some supporting shampoo and conditioner, you have put another $5 in your pocket. Some of these stylists, it’s impressive what they can earn.”

Commissions can turn beauty shop franchise employees into sales drivers

John Prichard of Minneapolis, who owns 25  Fantastic Sams salons, sees the same thing happen over and over again: Clients become regulars when they find a stylist who can help them finesse the way they look.

“Yes, we can deliver an inexpensive haircut, and we can also deliver the upscale salon experience,” Prichard says. “When clients find a stylist who is extremely skilled and can offer suggestions and services, they love it!”

Our franchisees tend to be entrepreneurs who don’t have salon experience themselves, so they rely on a General Manager who may also be a licensed cosmetologist. The GM usually hires the stylists, with the help of Fantastic Sams’ regional support staff.

Three stylists work on three clients' hair at three separate stations.

Stylists are attracted to Fantastic Sams because they know our beauty franchise offers regular education to help them keep their skills updated.

Expert advice keeps clients coming back

Every region across the country has its own stylist educator. These experienced cosmetologists train the staff at every Fantastic Sams three times a year on the latest techniques in haircuts, styling, product use, chemical treatments and more.

While franchisees focus on the business metrics of running a beauty franchise, Fantastic Sams educators attend to the creative side of the business. They help interview new stylists to ensure that their technical skills are where they need to be. They make sure existing stylists are properly educated about the latest in hair care, offering classes on color techniques, technical haircutting skills and client etiquette protocol.

When stylists combine all of our technical education with the client-service skills we insist on, their earning capacity increases.

Helping cosmetologists up their game and their earning potential

“They are creative, sensitive people. They’re not always motivated by money, but the ones who are? They’re a godsend,” says Michael Kuryllo, a franchisee with 19 Southern California locations. “They can make a lot more money an hour by upselling services and products that help the clients look better and keep their styles looking great longer. When somebody says, ‘Hey, I want a raise,’ I pull out a chart and show them what they need to do to earn more.”

A woman in black and a man in a white shirt and blue jeans stand with their arms around each other's waists next to a Fantastic Sams reception desk imprinted with the F|S logo.

Fantastic Sams offers stylists a lot of freedom and flexibility. They don’t have to rent a chair or provide their own equipment and products. By the time they factor in their hourly wage, commission from the sales of extra services and products and tips from clients, stylists are looking at an exciting opportunity when they commit to a career at Fantastic Sams.

Our beauty franchise cultivates a desirable culture to help us attract the best stylists. We understand that treating our stylists right pays off in both client loyalty and the franchisees’ bottom line. To learn more about our franchise offering, we invite you to explore our research pages. To start a conversation with one of our franchise development representatives, you can fill out the short form on this page.

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