ABOUT TRACY IRVINE

 

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Tracy Irvine is a retired beauty therapist with over 25 years service and experience in the beauty world. She is founder of SalonSupremacyPro  a business consultancy for spa and salon owners and Salonsupremacy  a review and competition blog for the beauty and health industry. 

As a young girl in school she was told by career advisors not to choose an occupation in spas or salons. She was advised this was for “Women who are not very clever”  & “You will never make a decent living, choose something else.”

Undeterred she didn’t listen. She knew that being able to make someone feel confident and beautiful when they absolutely did not was not only great gift to have, but also an honourable industry to serve in.

Although salons and spas were pretty much unheard of in her country, she had an inclination there was a market just on the brink. She signed up for a 3 year beauty course at her local  college. Her class were the 2nd year of students to ever complete this training in Scotland.
It was new and unrecognised territory.

After she gained a few years experience in small and large franchise salons, at the age of 25, she opened her first beauty business in a spare bedroom.
By age 35 she still owned the same business. It had now grown massively in size, property and investments and of course reputation and recognition.
She happily retired, early.

Through these years her salons in UK had flourished during the biggest recession the world had seen in decades, proving that even in tough financial times big profits can still be made. She had started her business with only $25 in her bank account.
It was all grown through hard work, years of training and lots of trial and error.

She now passes on her knowledge to ambitious salon owners who wants to see their beauty businesses grow into substantive money makers.
Her goals are simple :

Tracy Irvine

“I stand for big dreams and exceptional salons!
The beauty industry has given me so much and it still does through the satisfaction of giving back. I love helping others achieve their goals and I truly enjoy guiding therapists to build and run their highly lucrative businesses.
There are great secrets to pass on; one of them being that the industry is still very much underdeveloped. There are massive amounts of potential to tap into, and this can be done in an organised and powerful way.
The best part for me is when I see a therapist taking her salon from barely a hobby to a phenomenal thriving and profitable business. They then have not only the salon they have always dreamt off, but gain the lifestyle they have dreamt off too.”

Tracy has worked and consulted with the biggest brands you know:- Regis UK, Steiner UK, Tao Clinics, Mary Cohr, Decleor, Elemis, Guinot, Collin and ArtDeco – to name just a few.

Further training with Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, UK saw her qualified in management, leadership and business finance and over the years she has employed and trained over 100 beauty therapists and college students.

Most recently she has completed a four year trip around the USA, Costa Rica, Guatamala and Mexico where she visited and consulted with a wide variety of spas, salons and alternative treatment practitioners.
She currently lives in Mexico, and is a successful writer for social media, devoting some of her time to spa writing for online reviews.
Answering all of her own emails, and operating all her own social media accounts you can reach her at tracy@salonsupremacypro.com – Don’t hesitate if you have any questions for her or simply want to get in touch about how to grow your salon.

“This consultancy is dedicated to all the venturesome, enterprising women I have been employed and taught by. I humbly follow in their footsteps.
Also for all the ladies who selflessly worked for me over the years. They were committed, whilst showing true devotion to the most beautiful industry in the world .”

 

Comments

  1. Hi Tracy,
    It was such a pleasure to read your “About Me” page and to hear a piece of your life story. It is inspiring and I’m delighted that you are dedicating your time to help others. My sister-in-law was a hair stylist who had to leave the industry because of health reasons but perhaps she can find inspiration from reading your posts. I’ll send her your way. Thank you!
    All the best. 🙂

    1. Many thanks! Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. I bet she has loads of fantastic memories from her career. Yes please, put her in touch. With her experience there is a lot she could do well with online.

  2. I truly believe that if somebody is really passion about something, they will achieve success. And You are the prove of it. Well done. I am looking forward to all advices how to build own business. I used to sell skin care products and it was very hard for me to get to business owners to present the products.

    1. Hi Marta, I understand. You may find this article I wrote interesting http://salonsupremacypro.com/your-product-supplier-is-your-best-bet-to-grow
      Occasionally salon owners see product suppliers as an inconvenience visiting their salon- and rightly so, as some sales reps have no appointment, or are into pressure sales tactics.
      However a properly scheduled appointment with the right rep, and the correct products, truly is the best bet to grow. It is up to the salon owner to only schedule in appointments with a rep she is almost 100% sure she is going to buy something from- because she actually wants it. Anything else is just wasting time. PM me if you are thinking of getting back into the beauty sales or if you want any other advice.

  3. Hi Tracy, I enjoyed reading your post! I thought this was a great inspirational story about not letting others influence what you believe in! I believe that if we have a strong character, that whatever we have the vision for can and will be achieved! Often times people end up being shorted because of someones perception, without really knowing who they are! Is nice to meet someone who had the strength to stand firm in what they believed! Tim

  4. This was a really interesting article.

    I never thought being a beautician was so helpful to society. My perspective totally changed now. It’s nice to know that if people commit to their deepest desires amazing things can happen. I think the more people do this, the better world this place can be.

  5. You are very inspiring woman and have accomplished a lot in your life. I have been a cosmetologist for 22 years. I have always wanted to have my own salon. But when i had my son i decided to stay home with him and raise him. So i never got the real experience that i wanted to get. I still stayed doing hair for family and friends so kept myself in practice. Some day i would to be able be a traveling stylist. How would one get into do something like that? Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thank you for the inspiration
    Heidi

    1. Heidi, A travelling practitioners life can be achieved by doing cruise line work, or taking up travelling temp jobs. I would search Craigslist for spa jobs under the correct section of the city you are in or the local FB groups and post your talents in there. Please bear in mind, you may have to stay in one city or town a minimum of 3 months for job offers, but they are available, especially in hotel groups in tourist hotspots that have high seasons. PM me if you need any other advice.

  6. Well done for not listening to the doubters who tried to divert you away from your interest in helping others feel beautiful. You have proven that you don’t necessarily need to be dimwitted to flourish within this market space.

    I hope your story inspires others with a passion for beauty to also follow their dreams.

  7. Hi Tracy, your success story is very motivating and inspiring. Being able to stick to your dream and grow your business despite the discouragement from those who were supposed to be your mentors is one point that really has an impact on me. I am encouraged to grow my business. Keep up the good work Tracy.

  8. Hey Tracy, congrats on your success and I want to say that your article was one of the most inspiring that I’ve ever read. First, thanks for the contribution you’ve made to the world, there need to be more entrepreneurs like you. Second, your article was a great read, I’ve had people tell me that trying to own my own business in my niche was complicated, overcompetitve and pointless but I’m happy that I didn’t listen to them as you didn’t to people who doubted your dream. Keep on keeping on, continue being great.

  9. Hello Tracy; nice meeting you here. I am glad that you never give heed to your career advisor, but rather follow your passion. By so doing you were able to help over one hundred people reach their goals. 

    This is a great lesson for many youngsters who are easily become carried away from their passion. I will share this article with my under twenty groups.

     Thanks much

    DorcasW

  10. Wow!! Your website just flows. It makes me really want to go on a vacation and stay in a full spa hotel. I enjoyed learning all about where you have been and I know your future will be just as lovely. There is a big salon world out there that needs your site. I wish you all the success and happiness

    All the Best

    Melissa

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