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Young talent training in hairdressing

05 Jan

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The future of our industry is new young talent they deserve the very best opportunities help advice and guidance. Yesterday I thought i was sharing  part of my experience with some young level 1 NVQ students  but no the exact opposite i was learning from them they were without knowing it giving to me. Opening my eyes to wants fears and aspirations. Giving in a look into the world and the challenges of these young people and the career they have chosen. I thank them all.

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The hair Salon and stylists. We all know that the hair industry has many different bodies watching over it supervising it. It has a standard of training that dictate reaching certain levels of the prescribed government training standards these we know here in the UK as NVQ in other countries this differs. We have academies. We have trained teaching professionals, we have colleges and apprenticeship schemes. We have teams of dedicated professional training and supporting these young stylists. We have professional bodies such a HABIA and many dedicated professional educators and consultants.

We have a wealth of young people attracted to our industry. Today I had the pleasure and the opportunity to spend some time with a class of these young training stylists. They have high expectation. They are lead to believe that they can be very successful in some cases reach celebrity status. Sadly this is not always realistic so many young people have expectations but don’t always realise just how committed they have to be to reach the top or how long that journey may take.

Training and sharing with these youngsters is a reminder of how hard it is starting out having left school facing the world and the idea of training for a new career. Tuff we have to be supportive and honest ready to help and offer advice. we asked if they would volunteer for experience in a salon they were all committed and would swap time for opportunity. This raises the question salon owners why don’t you work with your local college give these young stylists a chance! who knows you might just have the next big talent to discover and it would be so rewarding.

This being said my question and one i hope to explore in the coming weeks is. Why do standards vary so much from salon to salon? Why is the skill level so varied? Why does so much badly done hair wonder the streets?

My goal is to go into some salons discuss and report on this. Share a true and real version of how stylist see their industry. what their expectations are.

When wondering around my local area. I often take time to look into the salon’s I pass. It’s a habit caused from many years in our industry and a natural inquisitiveness. The questions i always ask my self are as follows:

Is it inviting? Does it say hey worth a look? Does it have kerb appeal?  You see it’s all about image and first impression you only get to make that once. be that the salon appearance to the first impression we as stylist make.

For me the big no no’s are. Staff standing in and around reception, chatting amongst themselves. Standing out side the front door smoking !!! A window so full of products you cannot see in. In many cases if you have a window work station make sure. The person using the chair is projecting everything that says who you are,what you can do.It’s a stage.

Decor,Street appeal. Image to be totally honest, so many places look a little sad and little neglected. Sadly the staff look the same, Yes they go to work they do their job, But it’s just that a job. Staff all looking professional well dressed and up beat.this does not have to be a uniform. But a keen sense of style and professionalism should be expected and presented. We after all in the fashion business. We are what we present we are the product that is us!!

It should be so much more it’s time for some honest reflection it’s time to make some changes are you ready?

These changes can be in Image. Appearance both salon and staff. Attitude. Service. Consultation. Clients get excited by change and improvements. This leadership from owners managers will lead to staff becoming more involved and committed it can and should be a exciting time.

Staff be they trainee’s or long standing staff members should challenge them selves to look and be professional at all times. Remember that we are in the service industry. Challenge our selves stay current with products, both retail and for salon use.

                              It’s all about style Image

We work in fashion we create image. Project that when you get ready for work, You don’t go out partying on Friday night looking anything but your best, So why would you not apply the same attention to presentation of ones self when going to work?

It’s all about. Image that first impression.Be it salon or self. think as the work place as stage you are the star act that way!!! My spending a afternoon with level one students hungry to learn frustrated that the process can seem slow wanting to know everything be hands on. This creative minds to to be stimulated and yet given structure and order a firm foundation of skill and knowledge delivered in an honest manner.

I write this with thanks to the students for being patient attentive and yet opening my eyes to how daunting and challenging the journey they are on must seem.

More to be followed up on in the coming weeks! Mike B2MR

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2 responses to “Young talent training in hairdressing

  1. Helene Mearing

    January 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

    What a brilliant post… this needs to be shared around. Thank you, after 30+ years in the industry to read a post like this finally some one is telling it as it is…
    My belief is hairdressers have a huge advantage in this changing world however some past patterns need to be broken and if they look at the bigger picture with this online off line world there is massive opportuniNatty.
    Small Business has the answer to this global challenge, the solution is not in the multi nationals.
    Helene
    http://www.hairdressingbusinessblueprint.com

     
  2. mikeb2mr

    January 8, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you Helene your comments make what i do and post or the more worth while Mike B2MR

     
 
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