WELCOME TO THE MOST CYNICAL AND RUTHLESSLY HONEST BEAUTY BUSINESS BLOG ON THE INTERNET.

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Allow me to introduce myself...

My name is Tina Alberino. I’m not an attorney, but I am a licensed cosmetologist with fifteen (plus) years of beauty industry experience, primarily in salon management. My weird fascination with tax and employment law and exceptional talent for creative profanity are directly responsible for this website, where I do my best to break complex business management and professional development concepts into terms anyone in the beauty industry can easily understand. Now, I work as a salon management consultant, an educator, and a beauty industry advocate.

However, before all this I was like you—whether you’re a passionate student, an enthusiastic new professional, a battered and weary veteran professional, a frazzled booth renter, a perpetually busy salon manager, or an overwhelmed salon owner—I’ve been in your shoes and I learned a whole lot of lessons the hard way.

Brutal truths about this business came as COMPLETE SURPRISES, often at the LEAST CONVENIENT times.

Over the years, I came to the following realizations:

  • Too many professionals in general—employees, solo operators, and salon owners–will perpetually struggle to succeed because the schools they attended didn’t teach them how to excel.
  • Too many jaded, ignorant industry veterans will continue to circulate damaging professional philosophies and bad, outdated advice, causing newer professionals to feel inadequate and unworthy, and making it more difficult for them to achieve their professional goals.
  • Too many beauty professionals give up and turn away from this business. Many more choose to stay and are punished for it because they don’t know their rights or how to defend themselves from the labor abuses so common in this industry.
  • Too many salon owners invest their time and money into businesses that are destined to fail due to their lack of business education and legal knowledge. These owners will unintentionally commit tax fraud and wage theft and will suffer the consequences for it. These owners will lose everything they’ve worked for.

You deserve to succeed in this business in the least traumatic way possible. This site will ensure you’re educated, confident, prepared, and motivated to make this industry your industry for life. You’ll learn all about your rights and responsibilities, what is and isn’t acceptable at work, how to make intelligent career decisions, how to manage your business, and how to be awesome every day.

I write because—although I've walked in your shoes—you shouldn't have to walk in mine.

Here, you’ll learn everything you need to know to become a confident, successful professional in the hyper-competitive beauty industry.

The Book

“Beauty school prepares you to take a test. This book prepares you for every damn thing that follows.”
-Lisa Lozlosa Chakan, LOZLOSA.COM

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU?

Are you confused about how the industry works?
Are you frustrated by employment practices that don’t seem fair or legal?
Are you doing your best to build a thriving career, but worried that you aren’t doing everything you could or should be doing?
Are you asking for help and receiving hundreds of conflicting answers, all from people who lack credentials and fail to cite their sources?

If so, you’re in the right place.

Shop for Downloadables

Our Downloads Store is a new feature, but we have a huge collection of premium downloadable content in our pipeline for 2017.
For now, it’s a baby store. Soon, it’ll be packed with useful goodies to inform you and make your life easier.

NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

This site is compulsively organized. Articles are indexed by audience, by subject, and by series. Check it out!

Read a series.

Contracts 101: All about contracts.
Ask A Salon Manager: An advice column, rife with sarcasm, snark, and facts.
Ugly Business Practices: Professionals beware!
Know Your Rights: Legal information and recent developments that may affect you or your salon.

Listen to our podcast.

Not a book learnin’ type of professional? No problem. This Ugly Beauty Business is available as a podcast also! Our episodes are basically a more awesome version of our written posts, with commentary, the occasional guest, and some pretty wicked music, too!

The Podcast airs on the first and third Fridays of every month, so subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts, or download straight from our Podcast archive and listen to us on your drive to work on Saturday morning.

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