Learning the Basics and Building on Them
We assume that if a stylist is working in a salon they have satisfied the examination board and reached a professional NVQ standard of qualification or another recognised qualification depending the country you trained in if differs greatly.
In so many cases students leave college with a good solid basic knowledge of the industry and newly qualified – The world is their oyster. Challenges creative excited!
But after a couple of years they can become disillusioned. They blame the industry. The products.
The salon owner or other staff but never take a look in the mirror to see the real problem.
In so many cases we like to stay with the safe option, never step outside the box or push the envelope. A certain level ability is attained and then we sit back thinking we know it all [ego takes over]. You might think – The salon has education updates and product reviews. But you think you were at the last one two years ago so why go again since you have heard it all before.
It is very hard to improve without admitting that you have any weaknesses or a lack of knowledge in the first place. It’s like being at school and afraid to raise your hand because you don’t understand. You worry that your question might be seen as silly but the only foolish question is the one you don’t ask.
To truly succeed in our industry we have to learn so many different skills related to our job. These are not always in a manual. There are some life skills and some that are taught. The key is be honest with yourself. Education and knowledge is power. Know your limits and be honest about your ability and then keep learning.
A good example of this would be to do colour correction one has to have a solid knowledge of colour – both practical and theory.
Ask these questions. Can it be done? Should it be done? Can I do it? 9 times out of ten correction is colour that has been messed up at home or by another semi professional stylist.
So the question should be will the salon benefit from this being done? Will you as the stylist benefit from doing this? If the answer is yes then question, question question! Look, touch, consult other stylist team members and then decide how to proceed.
Whilst researching information on Wella colour, I came across this review of Koloston Colour on the website. The stylist said “I used the same colour on four different clients and never got the same colour twice. You cannot trust the swatch or the colour!”
For me this highlights perfectly all the issues raised. This stylist needs to look in that mirror to understand that the starting canvas was different in each case so the same results couldn’t be expected.
From time to time we all need to reflect on where we are at and maybe make some changes.Nothing is ever set in stone ad we have to be equipped to make changes as situation change position open up opportunities arise .Choices consequences making a decision living with it. Become empowered by staying current taking update courses being a team player get involved don’t get involved in the negative stay and be positive. challenge your self and those around you.
much more to follow on this topic but for now i hope it pushes some buttons!
As Salon owners, managers ,mentors we owe it to new and aspiring stylist to encourage be positive create team spirt. Support with education updates competition work any and all aspects of training including have technical day sin the salon regular staff discussion and communication events!