Hey, friends!

In case you haven’t heard the latest update, Peabody’s Parlor has officially transitioned from a commission salon to a hair collective. 

The last few years have caused me to reflect on a lot about the life of my business. I’m sure I’m not the only one. It has made for a rough couple of years as I’ve been forced to change parts of my business that I loved so dearly.

I tried as hard as I could to breathe new life into the apprentice program after all of the madness of the pandemic. After all, the apprentice program was the original concept that I built my business on – it was always the highest priority for me to invest in new stylists and help them grow into hair care badasses. And while I still believe in this concept wholeheartedly, it has become more and more clear that this model isn’t working anymore. The program has served us for as long as it could, and now it’s time to pivot to a new focus in order to grow as a business. 

The truth is, nothing is static in this life, and it would be silly to think the needs of the community would be the same as they were six years ago. In order to keep serving the industry in the most effective way possible, I’ve decided it’s time to shift our focus to investing in independent artists who want to grow their businesses.

Commission vs. Collective

“That’s great, Steff. But what the hell is a hair collective?” It’s a totally fair question, so let me explain a bit further. 

A commission salon is the traditional model: several stylists representing one brand, and all team members are just that. Part of a team that feeds into a singular stream of clients, income, etc. There’s hiring, payroll, and all the things that make up a traditional employment structure. 

Up to this point, all of our stylists have been employees of Peabody’s. But now, they’re employees of themselves only. With Peabody’s operating as a collective, each stylist under our roof will be an independent business owner who has control of every aspect of their personal brand – booking, pricing, marketing, etc. There will obviously be requirements in order to be a member of the collective, but these stylists have no boss to answer to. Just themselves.

It was a hard decision to make, I’m not 

gonna lie. I had to grieve the loss of my beloved apprentice program, which I worked so hard on for so many years. But the industry looks vastly different than it did pre-pandemic (don’t they all?), and ultimately I needed to make the change to serve how the community looks today. 

So, I audibled. Again. 

Don’t worry, you’ll still see me plenty! Instead of managing employees of the salon, I now serve as the business owner for Peabody’s Hair Collective. Micah, my fabulous right hand lady, will be managing day-to-day dealings with our collective members. My role will include business consulting for our members, but most of my focus will now be on the Emporium. I’m really excited about what we’re doing on the retail side of our brand, and I am psyched to continue sharing these incredible, intentional, sustainable products with the community. I can’t wait for you all to see what we’re up to just in time for the holidays!

So, Where Does This Leave Us?

We’re already at work building an amazing hair collective, starting with our three stylists current members! MK and Darlene are already taking appointments and ready to build amazing independent careers with us. 

I am so psyched that Brandon is returning from his medical leave and will also be taking clients as an independent stylist next month! It has not been the same without my OG stylist on site and it’s so exciting to have him back. Beyond our three current collective members, we’ll be adding new members to the gang as we continue to get the word out to more independent stylists. 

So, what do y’all need to know as clients? That ultimately, your experience is not changing a whole hell of a lot. The main difference is that previously, we considered everyone to be clients of Peabody’s as a whole. Now, you’ll be a client of your specific collective member. You will now schedule and pay for your appointments with your stylist, rather than with the Peabody’s team, but other than that, we all wield our scissors the same way we did before. You can pre schedule with your stylist before you leave the chair, and you can call or text your stylist to book future appointments at your convenience. 

It looks a little bit different, but at its core, the focus is still on your relationship with your stylist. Peabody’s Hair Collective is still a place for kickass humans to do kickass work. Because at the end of the day, what I want most is for you to feel seen and feel as gorgeous as I know you are.