Last updated: July 24, 2017
What Would You Do: Confronting a Co-Worker Who Loves to “Borrow”
It’s no secret that the best tools don’t come cheap. So we can only imagine your frustration when you walk into the salon to find your tools scattered around your station when you know you didn’t leave it that way. But you know exactly who did. Every salon has one: The Borrower. How do you confront her without causing the situation to escalate into something bigger? That was the question posed by one of our BTC community members:
“I’m wondering (and I bet a lot of stylists are!) how you can get other stylists to stop stealing or “borrowing” your tools. I pay a lot of money for my tools and I come in and this one girl seems to always have my nice blow dryer sprawled across my station so it looks like a mess when I get in. Luckily I have the extra 10 minutes to clean it up but I shouldn’t have to! I don’t want to make a big deal of it…Help?”
Here’s what some of our more than 930,000 Instagram followers had to say about the all-too-common scenario!
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“I keep all my products and tools in a cart that locks! Only way to ensure my stuff stays with me.” – @aimsmith247
“We’ve had issues like this in the salon. I don’t mind if coworkers borrow my tools as long as they clean them and put them back. It did get to a point where a couple of us couldn’t find our good brushes and would find them in others’ stations. We brought it up at a meeting and it stopped since it was addressed. If it ever happens again though, I’ll be forced to take some things home with me.” – @jbunny1013
“I always took my big price items home with me each night. Clips, combs, etc. stayed. Shears, smoothing irons, blow dryer, etc. went with me.” – @thatdarnbilynn
“If you’re able to, have locks installed at your station or invest in a rollaway and pack it up every day, though I know it is a pain.” – @elsahairr
“At the end of your day, clean off your station and lock away anything that you don’t want touched. Even if you let people know that you don’t want them to use your things, you have no control over them (or their clients!), so remove the temptation and be responsible for what you’ve spent your hard-earned money on.” – @smsrodela