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New year new look ready for blonde


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New year perfect time to think Blonde

With the start of the new year, why not consider stepping things up a colour change or just re vamp to brighten than colour !

The perfect time to consider going blonde, having that sun kissed look whilst wishing for those long hot summer days.That natural looking bright holiday hair colour we long for to match that fun summer tan for that feel good look.

If you feel the need have the desire to brighten up your hair style with a fun new blonde look? Some blondes can be subtle honey or golden others well just full on blonde.

What works for you? what shade do you like?

It doesn’t matter how dark or light your natural hair color is or if you have dark or pale skin tone, there is always a shade of blonde hair to suit you.

Blonde is still the most popular hair color choice for most women! Of course if you have already coloured your hair then you will have to take this into consideration when thinking about a shade or discuss with your stylist whats possible.

Here are some fun ideas if you want to let that inner blonde out to play for a while. How about from red head to honey blonde!

If you have shoulder length hair in a brunette tone. Skip going for over-all blonde color. Instead apply some rich caramel highlights throughout your style, focusing on the crown and where the part lands. Your textured waves combined with the rich highlights will reflect the sunlight and create an eye-catching look. This will start you on the road to blonde with out over processing.

Long hair

If your long hair is damaged or dull, purchase a good color protecting shampoo and conditioner to use before, during and after you color your hair. Treating your damaged hair from roots to ends is an important factor in maintaining colored styles. For very long hair highlights are a better form of colour than an all over application and help prevent root-re growth issues,

Finding the right shade

Before you decide on a shade of blonde. Take into consideration your skin tone and eye color. Also consider your current hair color for it certainly plays a part in choices and possible out come of the new colour you are working towards

If you currently have bleached blonde hair, you may want to opt for a deeper, richer shade of blonde.This might require putting some pigment back into your hair if bleached very light. If your skin tone is very pale, you may want to keep your blonde shade a bit lighter.

Dark brunettes. A deep honey highlight throughout your style might be best, you are then working with your hairs natural pigment rather than fighting it, try to avoid bleaching as this just damages your hair.

Choose your colour carefully consider all your options. You may need to seek professional advise. Remember combining a fun new blonde hair color with a new cut can completely change the way you look and feel about yourself and the way others look and see you!

Layering colors

Applying a variety of blonde hair colors throughout your hair on various areas of layering creates a very striking and unique look. If you have a light brown base then highlights to lighten the top sections keeping your layers underneath dark this gives dimension and a great two tones look . This type of coloring looks particularly good on straight, medium-length hair with short or long fringe or bangs!

Formal up do with lots of colour and tone to create dimension and texture .

A few Examples of Blonde looks:

These are just a few thoughts and ideas for those interested in creating a new blonde hair color try to do something different and new with your blonde hair this season.Blonde hair in small or large doses is a good way to update your appearance and help lift your mood!

In the fall, autumn with a demi application we can go darker with out any ill effects or possibility of damage.

Mike B2MR

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Mentoring support salon challenges.


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With the start of the new year and the challenges that can face us all in these challenging economic times.We all have to able to adapt.The challenges facing both owners and mangers is one of how to steer a salon and business through these unchatered waters. We have to as managers be like the conductor of a large orchestra are team our staff well rehearsed in the role they play but we have to be open and ready for change. like that well practiced orchestra ready to step things up change the temp.switch from that orchestral tempo to jazz ! All businesses and organisation must stay flexible ready to take advantage of new opportunity and challenges.

 Education. Mentoring. Support.

The tools are all available to us but in so many cases we don’t access them. Why is this?Are we really that perfect or is it that we don’t want to expose our weaknesses? Our worst enemy is our self. Admitting that help is needed. Raising a hand saying I don’t know! How do we protect our selves from exposing our weaknesses. Ego and Fear are our worst enemy we must put them aside seek out help, skill training, Education. So many program’s and tools are available to us. Not free but not expensive it’s investing in one’s self it will give you the edge! Those tools and skills you need for success. What form does this help assistance come in? Well hands on teaching, sharing, techniques and skills. Support can come in the form of personal help from qualified skilled consultants and educators both key to spending time with listening to and learning from building up a relationship with.

Then there is the written Books, Education material. Be it new product information, maybe a new colour chart with an education section often not read and studied by stylists. They use the excuse! oh I’m hands on i like to use and feel the product! Back to those faithful friends fear and Ego. A mentor someone with an open mind with many years of experience who can share vision with you listen to you guide and advise help you to reach your goals. This can and will only work with an open mind honesty and willingness to listen do the work! Oh yes I forgot to mention none of this works unless you are committed to the tasking. Parting with some hard earned cash this show commitment. Being prepared to listen, take up the challenges. Do the work reap the rewards.

None of this is an instant fix. it a journey and an adventure built on honesty and trust the skill the experience that can be gained can be beyond your wildest dreams . The doors that can open. The opportunities that can arise. The direction your career can take are immense. The hairdressing Industry. Our chosen profession has so many career paths to choose from as a start sit down list how many different avenues could be open to you .

Such as:

Salon stylist.

Colour technician specialist in colour correction.

Educator for a colour company.

Stage work artistic team. Photographic work.

Cruise liner work.

College lecturing levels of NVQ. Salon sales,

Working for major hair colour company.

Consultant.

How much of a list can you write? Think about what your goals are? Now consider this with all the different mediums available to us Phone, Skype, Video, Internet. Help and advise it at your finger tips all you have to do is ask. Support is at hand weekly monthly updates, communication. Over the coming weeks it is my hope to be able to offer access to these types of tools, support, consultation,and mentoring assistance. All these are things that you can sign up for and get involved with. It has been my goal since I started this online work posting topic’s writing blogs. To be able to offer support provide the tools to inspire and raise the professional bar standards and image of our industry and profession.

I would like feed back comments thoughts on this topic. Mike B2MR

I can offer assistance and help with education technical skills information available via my web site http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

The two links below. Offer access to both written material and online mentoring coaching support program.

http://www.doubleyoursalonsales.com/   http://thesalonsuccessclub.ning.com/

 

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Cutting and electric clippers.


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When we think about the electric clipper what comes to mind? man’s hair cut tidy up the neck line ?

We have to think beyond that another tool in our box ! another skill in our skills box!

When we think Electric clippers most of us think head shave to some degree and numbered guards. Who make the best clippers.well many different brands but Wahl and Oyster make the  best without a doubt.  I have to say i do like the clippers that are air cooled.

The shot below with the huge Blonde main was cut on stage just using clippers. In-fact the Oyster ones above. Having taken the model on stage with one length hair that was added as extensions prior to going on stage so anything is possible just open your mind.

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We don’t have to think head shaving although that can have artistic merit’s one can use clipper’s to do freestyle hair cutting anything from a blunt Bob to scissor over comb work. Yes if you. Understand  weight distribution, form and shape anything is possible. You just need to be creative and challenge your self. Put those scissors down and experiment.

Once we understand angles and weight distribution and so creating shape then the tool we use to do this open up so many possibilities. I truly think that more stylist should use clippers razor’s become professional and skilled using all tools available to us. Part of this is understanding weight as stated . I hope the above diagrams will help.

when we think about cutting with a razor they take over from the scissors or traditional razor is the effect the finished result that different to look at no but the challenge is and was achieving that with out traditional tools so a new skill another fear faced very worth it for both your and your client!maybe not for very curly hair but your in charge!

Explore using electric Clipper’s have some fun start off with willing models but push and challenge your self. Become an comfortable and skilled with all your tool’s.

Again invest in a good set of clippers and if you need them guards. I don’t get paid in any way to provide this material  hence providing both links! Mike B2MR

http://www.wahlglobal.com/united-kingdom/wahl/professional-hairdressing.html

http://www.osterpro.com/Category.aspx?id=groomer

 

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Elegant evening and cocktail hair!


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We like nothing more than a reason to celebrate and party  for women dressing up is a full package make up clothes style and of course hair. Some times down and styled

but for evening party and theatre or just to feel special putting hair up is very special

Working with our clients to find and create that perfect hair Up-do that special look  for an evening out or event and of course that very special day the wedding day making her feel princess for a day.

becoming good and indeed comfortable with putting hair up does not come easy to all stylists in-fact some never master the art or feel comfortable doing it. Sad it is such a creative part of what we do and is a service we should be able to offer our clients.

It’s a fear we should face and get over. A skill we should like all others master.

In these out takes session or practice sessions we can work towards the look we are trying to create Practice is not a right or wrong .Its taking time to get used to the hair the way it feels how it sit and likes to fall. You might as i did decided  a look such as this to busy and disjointed and no braids! moving on:

We decided both these looks we liked the swirl but not big enough and just a little to much going on again we agreed on this whilst look at digital shots on the comp of each look. takes time but well worth it

The look below we dismissed as being a little to much like a french pleat! as classic but not in this case the look or feel we are trying for discuss with your client how they feel about any look you create this is how you can establish that your working together .

As you can see quite a few looks can be explored. Patients on both sides is key to this process and so very key to the crating and finding the final look. A look that show off colour texture. Some looks I like  but others just missed a little something  until one just pooed out! It is my opinion that some of these up do looks area mess but i had to post them to show the journey one take sand how this evolves it does not just happen. even top stylist practice a look so it looks easy and it works!

these last two were the end of day one and i think show quite the journey of how things evolve shapes form ideas come to life

These last two shots show off a look but they also show texture and show off the highlights oh and the beauty of the bride to be. Whilst doing this exercise we had i deal i would not see the dress but would find a look that would do it justice.

We discovered on the day the the pleat and the texture created  worked the same way as the fabric of the back of the dress

Master the art be creative have confidence enjoy creating remember it’s not always about money the rewards can be so much greater!!

Be inspired don’t be put off with or by client request master your art always be confident remember practice makes perfect But also relives the unwanted stress of the up /do request.

Mike B2MR

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The up/do. Creative, stylish ,elegant, fun.


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The up/do creative fun and can be a challenge for many.

My hope over the next couple of days is to share with you one look start to finish. Then post a few different looks.

The key to getting the look you want is three fold. Firstly consultation with your client.What type of look she is hoping for what is the event ?What is she wearing? Secondly confidence in your ability to deliver said or requested look. Lastly. Vision and technical ability to create something that will not only look good but will last the evening what ever might transpire!!

Just like all other services we offer. We have to work with order and structure. creating shape and final look is still about structure and foundation building and creating a look that will last look elegant and stylish.

Length of hair type of hair should not be an issue if you know what your doing and work with confidence this comes with practice .

As I post shots of this models hair going up you will see even though it’s really long it’s quite easy to manipulate. Being good at back combing really helps and working neatly be organised.

The look we are creating will be very polished and elegant with height at the crown to achieve this i have started with a high partial pong tail and pulled it through a doughnut to give me a solid base and extra height on the crown. Before starting to wrap the hair around the base i back comb it to give volume smoothing it out with a Mason pearson brush.

With so much hair to work with leaving the brush in the fringe area keep it out of the clients face and will create extra bend or wave for me down the road. When working with such long hair work with it don’t fight it.It tells you were it wants to lie just go with it work with it. play with it to see what looks best

This shot show’s how the shape is coming together the height is forming on the crown we are in control of each section as we place it. It’s starting to be fun! Remembering that we are looking to create a shape with height width and texture.but smooth and elegant.Everything in this look revolves around the central pony tail and doughnut.

Here we are the look is staring to come together we have now incorporated the sides  in the look it shows of both the highlights and movement of the look we have set out to create. We still have some work to do on the crown area and some long hair still to hide and work with.

Almost done now as your can see all that long hair has been used to create a pleated look giving the look lots of dimension and texture .showing off the multi tonal colours. this type of up do will stay up all day and night!

One strand left to play with. We have also added a little with a little blue hair extension just for a little variety.

The last step is to work to put the finishing touches to the look lose any unwanted stray hair’s make sure it tight feels safe and that the client feels confident with the look and how it feels. Does it feel safe and secure and is it comfortable ! Yes no pins sticking in her head!

 Final look soft elegant  and yet think very sophisticated.  total time to do this about 45mins start to finish

not pre curling not hot rollers just blow dried the day before. Back combing and hair spray

I hope that it will encourage you  as a stylist to have some fun and enjoy putting hair up.I hope it helps show you a method and encourages you to play. As a client if you looking for idea’s work with your stylist. Take in pictures of looks like like but be prepared to listen to advise.On how it might look and if your hair is suitable. will it stand the test of time !!! more looks tomorrow

 

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It’s almost party hair season!


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Halloween a distant memory ! now the focus is on the festive season parties looking and feeling great!
Spare a thought for you hair stylist at this time. Juggling appointments trying to fit every one in,it can on occasion get a stressful!
Cocktail parties call for elegant sophistication Glam! Other events can be a little more fun and in some case over the top.
It is always possible to change ones hair for totally new look even just for an evening.
Straight hair can be easily be made to look full and fun! yes big party hair.
All it takes is a little time and thought a little time a little creativity.
Above shots both the same model. big hair for an 80’s theme party.
More formal look can also be had and played with again depending on the client and the event!
I am not suggesting these looks are for everyone. Far from it what i am trying to suggest is playing and both stylist and client having some fun. Being creative dressing up!
Sometime sit can be fun to make a statement stand out be talked about be it good or bad who cares!
of course one can always go a little further to extreme! lets see.
below from the back same model casual up do with some fun added!
Take that curly hair and put it up into a soft romantic up do.
What ever both client and stylists decide make sure that the client is comfortable with the look of course but remember it’s party it’s fun it’s dress up!
Just don’t over do it.
Above shot thanks to Jp Avant garde Vancouver, a shoot we did together.
Embrace the time of year and play hair is a wonderful medium to shape and be get with creative with what ever you taste. I do not expect everyone to like these looks. They are just posted encourage think a little differently about party season and fun.
Manage your time don’t get stressed have fun be creative. encourage your clients to be a little daring.
MikeB2MR
 

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Salon stylist seasonal pressure.


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 Seasonal salon pressures :

As we approach this very busy season for both salon owners and stylists. we should take a moment to make some choices regarding how we are going to deal with and approach the next few weeks of increased and demanding business. Sometimes short term gain can lead to long term pain! Oh and don’t over do the decorations!!

For the client it’s a very social time parties at work, family events. For us the stylist it’s that balance of trying to fit everyone one in keep everyone happy, I say balance because it’s so easy to get caught up in the busy rush and forget the service take short cuts over book to the extent of upsetting maybe even loosing clients.

Remember its all about time management and being organised  but also remembering you only have one pair of hands. It’s about team work! it’s trusting and relying on the receptionist to do a great front of house job in both booking but also time management.

You still need to offer the best service experience that consultation that recommendation for products and maintenance. Traditionally the next few weeks mid November into Mid December is technical work time so concentrate your time on this. As Christmas and shopping frenzy kicks in so does the need for social hair !! party fun stuff. The closer we get to Christmas the more chance of missed appointments and lateness as the pressure of the shopping the gifts lack parking,so be ready and prepared.

A quote I liked on a  group I manage:

As a consumer. I would really appreciate if a lot more hair salon would prescribe products / recommend / give advice to help maintain or improve the condition / styling of hair.  

This was posted in response to a topic i posted but it goes to show that clients do want advice help guidance it’s what they come to you the professional for.

If we get so wrapped up in the seasonal over booking something must suffer normally service!

Offering advice on products and how to maintain manage a style once home is part of the support and follow up service we should offer. At this time of year great deals can be had by clients on christmas offers share this with them.

Back to the busy season making appointments and sticking to them staying on time is key to staying in control. It is the job of the receptionist to run the front desk handle clients booking, and sometimes those late arrivals that can destroy a day, for you the stylist but also all clients booked because of this one lateness the knock on effect will impact everyone.

I suggest a 15minuite rule later than that it’s rebook for this to work you have to be consistent all year round about this policy don’t implement it the weeks running up to the Christmas season.

If you want to take advantage of all the extra season business extend your hours don’t over book your day beyond what is possible work harder in December take some time in January it’s all about balance your clients will respect you much more than if you keep them waiting short change on service or make a mess through rushing.

Remember you can only do what you can. those clients demanding last minute appointments well some may feel let down so make a point now of encouraging them to book.If they don’t then you cannot feel bad they let them selves down by not being organised.

Remember you still need clients in January!! Think about your day the way your booking appointment colour technical work at the start of the day allow some time at the end for up do and styling looks many want for the party season. It’s all about balance not stress. Concentrate on the client in your chair the service the rest will take care of it’s self if the salon and team are all working together

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enjoy the season embrace it stay positive have fun

Have fun but don’t over do the celebrations

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