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Alan Austin-Smith

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Alan Austin-Smith (born 31 May 1960 in London, UK) is a British author, motivational speaker and founder of the global salon business education company The Fantastic Hairdresser . His book "Fantastic: When being good is not Enough" sold over 50,000 copies.[1]

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Alan started his career aged 16 at Vidal Sassoon's salon, Bond Street. Initially attracted by the creativity on one hand and the “beautiful women, famous faces and wild parties” on the other,[2] he quickly developed a love of hairdressing. After seven years behind the chair, Alan made the move to L’Oreal - where he quickly became the youngest departmental head L’Oreal had ever had when he became Business Development Manager[3] - leading a team dedicated to helping salons improve their business skills.

Realising that here was a niche market that no-one was taking any notice of, he then left L’Oreal and started The Fantastic Hairdresser Company - dedicated to teaching salon owners and the team how to achieve ongoing success and turn their creativity into profit.[4] In 2009, The Fantastic Hairdresser Company was very proud to be the first in Europe to open a ‘Business’ Academy for the salon industry.[5] From London to Las Vegas, Manchester to Melbourne, his expertise is called upon by salon owners and product companies including Trevor Sorbie, Charles Worthington, GHD, Sophia Hilton, HOB, Wella, Aveda etc., to help revolutionise salon businesses across the globe.[6]

Based on the 50% principle[7], Alan’s philosophy has helped thousands of hairdressers and salon owners change the way they work. Through his stimulating seminars, training programmes and books (‘The Fantastic Hairdresser’, ‘The Fantastic Boss’, ‘The Fantastic Salon’, ‘Fantastic - When Good is Not Enough’), Alan shows you how focusing on ‘the other stuff’ will lead to more success, profit and financial freedom.

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  1. "Business Self-help" Recommendation, Wiley
  2. Paul Davey "Interviews Alan Austin-Smith", Hairdresserlive.com, 13 March 2018
  3. Paul Davey "Interviews Alan Austin-Smith", Hairdresserlive.com, 13 March 2018
  4. "Guest artists: Alan Austin-Smith", Hairdresserlive.com
  5. "A Fantastic Day for Hairdressing Education", HJi, 25 March 2009
  6. "Guest artists: Alan Austin-Smith", Hairdresserlive.com
  7. Austin-Smith, Alan. (2003). The Fantastic Hairdresser. London: Fantastic Hairdresser Training Ltd.

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