Tips & Advice
What is silkscreen printing?
Silkscreen printing is a stenciling technique in which a design is blocked onto a woven mesh fabric that’s placed above a substrata, and ink is rolled (squeegeed) onto the screen so that it comes through the uncovered design areas to print the substrata.
Offset printing is a printing method that puts images made of oil-based ink and water onto an etched metal printing plate, then transfers that ink imagery from printing plate to a rubber blanket set on another cylinder, and from there transferred to the page. It is better for high volume print runs.
Do print shops offer design services?
Yes, print shops almost always offer some design services, although they usually tend to be basic.
What type of printing services do print shops offer?
Print shops offer on-demand and short-run (small volume) printing services, which means they specialize in small to medium-sized simple jobs on a very quick (often same-day) turnaround. Usually those jobs require some level of customization (i.e. letterhead with a specific typeface and logo) or graphic design, but nothing too complex. Print shops specialize in producing logo/branded materials for small businesses, including basic sales and promotional handouts (sell sheets, posters, door hangers).
Types of printing processes
The types of modern printing processes commonly available are digital, offset lithography, flexography and gravure. The digital printing category encompasses inkjet and xerography.
Do beauty salons offer gift certificates?
Yes, many beauty salons offer gift certificates, which allow the holder to purchase goods and services. Beauty salon gift certificates typically have a cash value that indicates the amount of the goods and services that the certificate can purchase. For example, a $50 gift certificate can be used to purchase $50 of goods and services at a salon. The certificate can also be purchased for something specific, like a hairstyle or manicure.
What is the proper amount to tip at a beauty salon?
The proper amount to tip at a beauty salon is 20 percent. This holds true for all services provided at a salon, whether it's a manicure or a haircut. If you've been assisted by more than one professional, you can break the tip down so that everyone you've worked with is compensated. In cases like this, you'll need to specify how much cash goes to each person, or you can simply put the cash in separate envelopes. A tip of $2 to $5 is appropriate for assistants who shampoo and/or prepare your hair for coloring.
How often should hair be cut?
If you want to keep your hair at a set length, it's best to get a cut every four to six weeks. If you're growing your hair out, you can space your haircuts at four- or six-month intervals. Haircuts can help address unsightly split ends, so if your strands have this kind of damage, scheduling a cut may help improve your hair's appearance.
Should customers wash their hair before arriving for a haircut appointment?
Washing your hair before arriving for a haircut appointment might be a good idea if you want the salon to provide a cut and not a wash. In this situation, washing your hair beforehand will eliminate tangles, and this will make it easier for the stylist to work with your hair and give you the cut you desire. Many salons include a wash with the haircut, and, in cases like this, washing your hair before arriving for a haircut appointment might not be necessary. If getting hair colored, it is best to not wash it before the appointment, the color clings better to slightly dirty hair and the dye or bleach might burn your scalp since it won't have the natural oils to protect it.
How far in advance should a beauty salon appointment be booked?
If you want to guarantee a spot on the schedule, it's safest to book your beauty salon appointment days or weeks in advance. This is especially important if you're working with a stylist who has a busy schedule. However, many salons offer same-day appointments. If you're making a same-day appointment, it's best to call first thing in the morning.