Reflections on a journey:

28 Aug

Part of my Journey: my adventure. my life.

Whilst living on Vancouver Islands West Coast Of Canada i was a Colour Educator and platform artist for L’anza International based out of Calgary i contributed to the producing of both education material and programs launched for there new hair colour in Western Canada.

A truly Multifaceted colour line: exceptional quality the best i have ever used:

The Colour it self was fascinating to hence getting involved It gave one the ability to partially or fully remove the Ammonia from the product thus making it a colour line that could be Permanent, Demi permanent, semi permanent, and toner all from one tube!

Remember this was around then year 2000 it was a time when Nano Technology, Muti faceted were the new descriptive words rolling off the tongues of  sales  reps,

This colour line truly was the first company to employ Nano technology in it intense colours and additive shades,

4 levels of Hydrogen Peroxide 1x Demi Activator, the Translucent activator would fully or partially dissipate the Ammonia depending on the mixing ratio turning the product into a true semi permanent or toner a real break through.

In Canada it was known as Belavance here in Europe it’s known as Tint and Tone it comes out of Germany with Italian pigment. Paris based.

Some of the application options:

As Permanent, Demi, Semi, Toner.

4 levels of developer, 1 Demi lotion, 1 Translucent activator,

Whilst doing this education and sales job and when not on the road traveling between Vancouver Island BC and Winnipeg Manitoba:Canada.

I worked alone I had a colour correction consultation business built totally on word of mouth i spent my days correcting colour issues be they badly done professional work by stylist technicians or disasters from home colour kits,

My mandate with clients was we would take a journey together it could take up to a year it may not involve colour until such times as the hair could and would hold said colour. { if it sank in a glass of water from strand test they would have to wait until it floated}

Clients had the option always to stay and work with me or go get some more quick fix medication else where most stayed many very happy i still exchange e-mails with clients in Canada now they still ask if i’m coming back.

This business was a huge success it kept me busy it constantly challenged me and is why i have such a low opinion of the standards being taught and what is acceptable to some stylists and technicians and the service they offer clients

When thinking about some of the quick fix 10 minute colour i shudder not only at the chemistry of such products but also what is the rush! why rush I always gave the example and consider a colour formulation as being like baking a cake.

If one follows the correct recipe the cake should turn out perfect if in a rush so i turn the oven up to say 500 degrees its going to burn not work hair colour is the same assessment of the hair condition, consultation formulation timing simple!

But then in a rush heat is added it might be bleach it might be colour either way heat and colour don’t mix you put a plastic bag over colour then maybe you can use the heat loss from the head.

Put a plastic bag on then under a steamer or hood dryer the bag gets hot creates condensation the moisture forming in the bag is coming from the colour or bleach with bleach it will dry out not be able to expand go flaky cause banding uneven lift with permanent colour, heat can and will make the formulation separate so lift and deposit will be effected.

With regard to my knowledge and qualification  my career is a mixture of experience education and a seeking for knowledge I had the good fortune to spend some time once with an amazing lady called Pat Drake her knowledge was quite amazing she pushed buttons with me asked question about i needed answers.  I have had the good fortune to teach basic colour through to colour correction i have diploma in advanced colouring  and many colouring awards and certificates but still feel  when it comes to Chemistry I still have a great deal to learn as it constantly changes and one hopes improves but i feel i really do understand colour -pigment- tone lift -deposit undertone understanding the relationship between what we have what we expose and what out target is whilst considering the hair structure the environment we are working in and what is possible respect the rules the law of colour!

Working for L’anza was on the education and sales side of our industry i have tested products and given reviews but not directly with development or manufacture it might be an interesting Challenge, I’m still in limbo trying to find where i belong and what i should be doing and with whom.

I feel i have so much to offer both from experience and motivation but i don’t fit the normal mold this i accept and am quite content with! [just a well really]

Interestingly the issue about oil and silicone in all these new colours with MEA instead of Ammonia the new INOA colour is as oil driven colour! time will tell as to whether it really is the wonder product that its being marketed as like so many new or re invented products hairdresser are hungry for new things to promote to sell i wish they would take the time to ask the technical questions of these companies.

my goal in writing this my first article is to raise questions about topics i find of interest but also to hopefully inform others and in doing so make new contacts.

I do have a blog started as a place to put down thoughts ideas but as it grows in content as i research more on the internet add new topics I find that its a wonderful tool for sharing my hope is that if any one reads this they may take the time to check it out comment add thoughts and ideas net work my blogs,

I have now started a group  professional hairdresser net working with linkedIn take a look lets discuss topic’s also joined Global Hairstylist Association.

I have met and continue to meet some wonderful people all like minded all with a passion to share and inform to offer advise and help the world gets smaller as we explore avenues to meet and share, Twitter Face book we can share and indeed promote each other a growing global body of knowledge skill and passion.

Net working meeting making new friends  all key oh and having fun,

This is me ! Mike B2MR


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