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The hair salon Control or collaboration.


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Management leadership and control Or Collaboration. In the Salon and training facilities:

Certainly not a normal topic for hair related blog but one worthy of discussion and one that may well be of interest to you and your team.

Why a topic an leadership management and collaboration ? Well i think that it’s a very relevant topic to look at. One that can and does get ignored.One that can play a role to successful team building encouraging  creative and innovative thinking and sharing of idea’s in the salon.

At this time I might suggest that the ‘Collaborative thinking’ suggested in this topic could so easily be employed by. Colleges. Academy’s and the Salon’s. To better the. Student. Apprentice and trainee experience of our industry. Creative innovative thinking!

The hair salon it’s our theatre:

What is the salon but a stage what are we but player’s in a play.The play being the unscripted play called ‘The salon today’. This scenario played out daily staring the staff and clients. These unscripted scene’s play out daily evolving as the interaction between client and stylist take place. Entertaining, challenging, rewarding, sometimes thought provoking. What ever the case always different. As the day progresses so does the play some of the cast change be that stylist or clients but the play must go on.

On occasion this this rhythm this natural flow can break down or be interrupted. By an out side force or influence. This can be very disturbing normally caused when some one is trying to hard to be the director and producer. In this instance maybe an over zealous manager maybe an owner who likes to have tight control over the salon and how it runs.

Leadership and management: I believe very important and do contribute to making a salon or spa run more efficiently but this power in the wrong hands can and will cause issue or problems. Good management and indeed leadership occurs when support is given to others providing them with the tools and or environment to do and indeed deliver great service. This becomes hindered when the motivation is not selfless.

Team or group meetings:

How often do you have team meetings? Idea’s are kicked around plans put in place for change and or improvement. How often is the right praise or recognition given to the right person? Appreciation, thanks, reward, incentive.

Some times as managers and owners we forget that it takes many small parts to make the big part work. Some times as manager and or department heads we can fail! How? Because we cannot let go we have to have control we have to be seen as the one holding everything together. We want and need constant approval and recognition for all that is achieved. This does not lend to a good working environment. It’s to ‘controlling’

Control or collaboration:

It takes a much braver person with a bigger vision to encourage collaboration for this means letting go of the rein’s! Collaboration creates ’empowerment’ improves problem solving increases creativity encourages innovation. Why are so many business’s afraid of it? The short answer is that collaborations dangerous! Collaboration relives one’s immediate control. scary ha! This may well sound quite threatening to some owners and managers. Maybe we can look at some reason as to why!

Collaboration to me is: 

A sharing of thoughts visions idea’s. It’s encourages us to step out side of our comfort zone look beyond our own expertise. For this to really work a certain level of ambiguity has to be accepted by all.

The letting go of ‘control’ comes in to play, because for collaboration to work hierarchy has to put to the side. An approach of ‘tribe of doing things’ needs to move in and ‘chief of all answers’ needs to step down ! This should open the doors for ‘thinking together’ problem solving taking action.Talk is not enough!!

Collaboration really only works. When there has to be a flow of all information dialogue and so progress between the group or team. This might be hard for some but it’s key to the team and so to the ‘collaborative thinking process’. Some times conflict can happen this has to be addressed it cannot be ignored. Avoiding it indicates that you don’t know how to fight or stand up effectively. Trade off and compromise skills to learn and employ.

Collaboration: Happens on top of or out side of normal work. It takes commitment it can at times seam  overwhelming and stressful. Sometimes we here the term ‘Oh things would be so much better if we could just collaborate a little more’  But really it’s not that easy. how often is it put into practice?

Collaboration is about friction debate forging of new idea’s and ways to work better together.Owners and managers need to do more than just tell others what to do they have to listen, team members have to have a voice and use it!  You cannot just point out. ‘hey that’s broken’ and walk away! It has to be fixed. The fear is by many. That an opinion will be asked for! When given this opinion must be listened to.

This thinking may well not be right for all. ‘Leadership’ Is to bring this change about. One of direction and focus supported by and with ‘Followership’. The supporting team.’Collaborating together to bring about change and innovation. These efforts should be judged on out come. They offer no reward for’ Individual merit for effort! letting go of preconceived idea’s. All working together for the common good.

Collaboration. Innovation. Creative thinking.All growing together  create solution get past the problem ask the question ‘How’ the rest follows.

It has been intentional to use the same pictures in some case twice it an example of how we can repeat. How easy it is to have the same discussion and little or no action.

If you as an owner and your team are ready for a challenge one that takes commitment and hard work but offers full support to you  and your team to grow your business and deal with the many issues that arise you might be ready to take a look at the passionate team at ‘Salon success’ and all the experience they can offer you. The  many way’s they can show and help you to get the very best from your business.

Mike B2MR

 

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Creative business idea’s for creative people


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR:

Regular postings of fresh new topic’s

As Salon owner’s and Manager Stylist’s.

We all have one major things in Common. Do you know what that is ? We all work in the service Industry. It is our job to offer the highest standards of. Service and Consultation.

This is a team effort an experience that starts as the client walks through the door and is greeted by receptionist and salon assistance. As stylists to offer the best advise supported by knowledge and skill.

On going training product knowledge updates are all key factors to staying current and on the cutting edge of our industry.

We are in the business of making clients feel and look good,making them happier!

It is a know fact. That 50% of clients that visit a salon for the first time do not return! Why is this? What is going wrong? We all spend so much time money and energy trying to get new business. We forget about the existing business. We forget to live in the now! Striving and Trying to build up a strong clientele. But constantly driven to look for new clients new ways to attract clients. We use mediums such as Groupon It attracts new business potentially new clients.But can you keep them? There is no magic bullet.

We need to take an honest look at what is going wrong. This has to be done both as. A Salon as a team and as an individual.

 

Clients leave for many reason’s. Poor service. Bad job. Personality issues. Pricing. Oh and a friend telling them about the new wonder salon down the road. That being everything yours is not!

In all of the above instances the only one person who cannot be blamed is. The client. It is our job to cherish care and build up a trusting honest relationship. One that comes for giving the ultimate service.

Change improvements. Salon service. Image. Increased business all possible but it does take. Hard work, Humility, Honesty and caring.

 

Here is a little personal reflection. But it get’s a point home.

earlier this year my dear life friend my dog Zip very sad he is still much missed. He was almost 10 years old. 3 years ago we moved to the Uk from Canada leaving my clients and hair business behind. There is a reason a lesson in this tale

I have stayed in touch with many of my clients will still chat stay connected. It’s easy! How? With so many Media tools available to us. Well I learned a huge lesson in Zip’s passing sad as it was. How loved and how many clients remembered him. The salon. The service. So many postings with messages from people who’s hair I have not done for three years. But they still care they still remember the time we spent together.  They left message s reflecting on this time spent. Why? Because they wanted to. Because they cared. Because we had built up relationships still strong today.

Service Consultation the key.

We get so wrapped up in booking. Being busy. Fitting in as many clients as possible. That we forget that the person that client in the chair is the most important thing. Think less about the money more about the service for one takes care of the other.

Look after that client give the most attentive service make them feel special she will tell friend and so it builds.

Easy just repeat the same system over and over treat every client the same every time as if it were a first visit and they are really special. Fool proof!

Service .Consultation. Communication. Professional product advise. note not sales advise educate the product it will sell it self.

Trust,Respect,Honesty,Relationships,Commitment.Advise,Service,Consultation,

Communication,The keys.

Do you take the time to really listen and give honest advise?

Would you suggest a different look ? If what was being requested would not look good?

Would you suggest not doing a chemical process if you thought condition to poor?

Would you stay late working with a client until happy?

Have boundaries a 15 min rule for lateness no exception ! why it’s easy the knock on effect over the day creates you running late others being effected.

You see both clients and us as stylist have to be accountable for our actions. Make a decision live with the consequences. Mutual respect. Open lines of communication.

Give sound solid honest advise even if it’s not what the clients wants to hear. Do not take on work that is not represent your own high standards and explain why?

More to follow on this topic but enough to digest for now.

For further places to research on going help and advise some very useful links below online support program for you your salon and team. This is a great little read it reminds us what we know and forgot or what we need to know to move forward.

Some useful tools.

As always  hope this is useful and is useful food for thought and personal growth.Mike B2MR

 

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The Hair salon service and communication


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It is my firm that belief that in this day and age and in such competitive times the only way to increase and expand your client base is through excellence in service, communication and technical ability. This can only be done through. Education. Team work and effective leadership by those who are training new stylists and apprentices .

Service and Communication let’s take a look into a salon.

The main reason for client loss from a salon is dissatisfaction from either the service or the final result. Taking short cuts. Compromising one’s standards and professional ethics. Leading to client dissatisfaction. When a client leaves a salon unhappy how much damage can they do to your reputation?

When a client leaves happy they will recommend you to others, they will get stopped in the street. Potentially a happy client will recommend you to 5 friends who in turn have 5 friends.

Guess what an unhappy client can and will do? You got it – 5 friends will leave with them.

Having that edge!

But after building up a strong client base with strong client retention do you ever wonder why every five to six weeks you have a somewhat quiet week with not a lot booked? You start to ask yourself the question, what am I doing wrong? Am I losing my touch? Well, let’s see.

We have all had one of these. That crazy Saturday could be any day you fitted all those extra clients in. You were on a role and had a huge money day.

You call your boss and say guess what I did today. You leave work on cloud nine thinking that’s it. Every day could be like this. I really feel I have made it.

Now let’s just think about this and break it down. Was it really a success?

You took short cuts, you compromised your clients who had services booked, you kept clients waiting, you rushed through things. Guess what – you lost clients. Instead of running the show you created chaos and did not give your regular clients your full attention and service. They go else where – and yes, they go with their 5 friends. So by having a crazy busy day it cost you. Short term gain meant long term loss. The key is service. Attention to detail. Making that client feel special. Creating that special time .A memory an experience that your client will talk about and share with others.

You will never get beyond having a 5 to 6 week lull until you look beyond the quick hit money – making day. You need time for the consultation. This is your time to shine, the time that reassures your client that they are special, that you are considerate and that you understand their needs and wants. Your client sees you are prepared to take that extra time to use your knowledge to make them feel comfortable and safe in a professional’s hands. It is this service that gets you talked about and recommended.

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.

In so many cases students leave college with a good solid basic knowledge of the industry and newly qualified – the world is their oyster. But after a couple of years they 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.

what exactly is needed? Let’s look at some technical skills.

Technical Skills – Colouring

  • Fully understanding of the colour wheel and laws of colour
  • Full understanding of specific colour line in salon and full knowledge of the colour manual
  • Basic colour application, re-growth application, balancing colour and refreshing colour
  • Re-growth application on grey hair and colour balancing
  • Colouring virgin hair
  • Full head bleach application
  • Toning
  • Highlighting techniques including foil, paper, cap, freehand
  • Sectioning, formulation, mixing, timing
  • All other chemical processes including perming and straightening hair

Technical Skills – Styling

  • Understanding hair types to attain the best results
  • Cutting and advanced cutting
  • Razor cutting and free style techniques
  • Blow drying
  • Finished looks and up dos
  • Avant-garde looks
  • Full knowledge of products for salon and retail use
  • ·

For any of us to improve, like that stylist who sent in the review, we have to know honestly where are, where our strengths and weakness lie and then build on this knowledge.

Leadership

Our industry is in constant change but is sometimes criticised for lacking vision in some areas. However, there is an ever growing body of professionals that has a firm commitment to our industry, that have a passion for change to raise standards through education and sharing.

Leadership, education, and team incentives will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to create an amazing work environment for all concerned.

Just like having certain skills or specialising in any given field be it Colouring. Cutting. Up/do wedding and event hair. Training is a skill to be learned. Maybe many of us should decide what we really want! Maybe owning and managing your salon should be enough for you if so make it the best it can be surround your self with the right people. 
Never forget that our business is built on what I call

The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.

Conclusion

This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Mike B2MR

 

 

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Stylist specialist or hairdresser?


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Specialisation:

Lets assume you have finished your training and are now fully qualified depending on where in the world you live some form of testing examination will have taken place to prove a level of skill and qualification. whats next?

Here in the Uk that would be either having done an apprenticeship with day release to college. Or may be you went to College then worked in a salon to gain work experience. finally maybe you paid and went to private academy.

What ever your chosen career path you should in the Uk walk away with a NVQ qualification level, 2 or 3.  This basically means you have reached a standard of ability to satisfy the examination board. You have the skills but do you have the salon experience? If not then get some hours under your belt Salon day to day experience is essential to your future success in the hair industry. 

Here is the reality. Your hairdressing career is now about to start put everything you have learned to one side and open your mind to the real world of commercial hairdressing if you want to make a living and be successful. Be prepared to offer assistance in the salon to any one and every one watch listen learn. Become a team member make your self invaluable to the salon and your work mates.

Ask questions a!

Recent quotes comes to mind.

That it’s not for everyone….If you have the talent, don’t give it up because there is no other job out there remotely close to this industry. Stay on top of Education! there is always fresh new people coming into the industry to keep up with 🙂 be dependable, listen well and never be afraid to ask questions. If you put your ALL into your work and keep patience and persistence, it will pay off in the long run. Never sell yourself short, there is too much opportunity out there :)) thanks Elizabeth.

2nd Quote: 

I would say don’t be afraid to make mistakes – make as many as possible while your are training , Ask ,ask and ask again all the dumb question you think you have and watch -shadow a senior- question why on everything . Put yourself out there confidence comes from doing and dont beat yourself up too much, enjoy and have fun with it .
this is all such good stuff might have to do a blog using all these comments to inspire trainee’s . Thanks Jacqueline Norman

Use this time to hone your people skills. your communication skills, Consultation skills, the art of service. applying your talent to the clients your will be working with and serving them.

Over time as a junior stylist you will start to do clients and hopefully build up a following a loyal clientele one that request your services and recommends you to others.

This is how you establish your self in the salon it’s up to you. No one else is responsible for your success. Non  one else is responsible if you fail! The hairdressing world is very competitive so be prepared for some knocks some good days some stressful days.

Once established what next? Think about your clientele the type of people they attract. Maybe you get a lot of recommendation because you are good with curly hair [maybe you have curly hair so you understand it] maybe you are getting recommendation for your colouring or highlighting skills.

Every one has one aspect that they excel at, either because you really enjoy it or just get it.What ever that thing is capitalise on it. specialise be the one that people ask for because you are knowledgeable and passionate about it ,The skill you have the service you offer!

Recently whilst having Lunch with my dear friend a very talented man MR Jon Paul Holt owner of the Avantgarde artistic center Vancouver Canada. He was her in the Uk for a short visit he is very well know in North America a huge talent check out his web site see his work.

                                      http://www.avantgardehair.com/


Whilst having lunch taking about past shows we had done together member’s of staff what they are now doing.We got onto to the topic of specialisation and the key to building and staying busy. That is finding that thing that defines you. Even if your an all rounder one thing will stand out.

For me although most of what i write a great deal of my knowledge is on hair colouring both application and technical knowledge.This is what i like to educate and share with others, if I am  really honest my skill and passion is free style razor cutting. understanding how to create shape and form without cutting straight lines allowing hair to move and fall the way it grows and flows.

Once you have polished up those skill started building up your client base.Take time to think about the clientele your are building the clients your are attracting you will find a common skill that binds these clients to you.What is that skill what is it that you do that attracts your clients. work it out and use it capitalise on it.

Decide that you are going to Specialise in this  chosen skill and service within your salon. Maybe it’s putting hair up. Do some extra course invest in your self.

Some stylist hate putting hair up so if it’s your skill you can gain from it whilst offering a service and helping out a work mate.

As this chosen skill grows and the word gets out you will attract more and more. keep updating all your skills but always go that bit extra to stay on top of what it is that defines you.

The more in demand you become the more specialised you become the more valuable you become the rewards for this will naturally follow. cool ha .

As a specialist in your field doors can open for you. Maybe education others or working for a product company. Maybe photographic work or competitions.

What ever door opens consider you options and choices before making a decision.Once a decision is made you have to go with it live with the consequences. Don’t always just be driven by money the quick reward!! just let that naturally follow as it will.

Creativity. Passion . Drive . Motivation these are the things to focus on. never get to big for your boots  never let EGO take charge remember who you are! Where you started out share and give back to others as success comes. Never ask anyone to do something you are not prepared to do yourself be it shampooing  floor sweeping or stay ing late

Mike B2MR


 

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Wedding day hair consultation, service. Are you up for it?


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A place to share thoughts.

As Stylist’s having the honour  to work with a client on her wedding day should be seen as an honour.For it is such a special day in the eyes of any bride to be. But this honour should not be taken lightly or seen a away to make some extra cash!!! Are you good enough are you up for the task and all that can and will face you . Emotion stress family pressures. Creating that perfect look.

As stylist’s we all our basic skill and knowledge we then have the things we love that we excel at could be colouring cutting. How often do we think about our weaknesses? How often do we face  the fact that we need to learn new skill or up date what we have?

Wedding hair has to be of those really skilled in the art of dressing hair! Are you?

 

 

How are you at putting up hair? do you have the skill? The patients. The Creativity?

The skill re leave college and any said academy with are for the most part so basic colouring cutting and Up-do’s a safe set to get you bye but i implore you take the time to hone these skills especially if you intend on promoting your self as a wedding up-do specialist and charging accordingly.

I think that as mentioned so many times the initial honest consultation is key to success honest sharing a vision working out a time table for practice sessions colouring if needed a calender to work with.

Stress to your client that the first session is getting a feel for the hair how it moves lies bends folds, yes it does all this , I firmly believe that hair indicates where it wants to lie how the shape forms all we have to do is watch feel.

 

A wedding a day a celebration possible the one of the biggest days in any Womens life For any couple a huge day life changing a huge commitment the start of a new journey a new chapter.

All this aside for a women it’s so much more it’s the event the ceremony. The reception. It’s fancy dress it’s being the center of attention princess for a day!

Taking the social side and relationship side away for a moment to talk about wedding hair, One can not talk about wedding hair without considering the following. Dress. Makeup Headdress. Theme. Size of event,  Location. Number of guests. Budget. Brides expectations.Oh and HAIR!

Being involved in a wedding is very special it can be stressful for a stylist because of all the stress and expectation around the event, so first question can you cope? Do you like doing wedding hair?

If the answer is no! Take my advise. Don’t get involved it’s not fair , it’s about so much more than a big money day!! It’s emotional, It’s charged with stress. As stylist’s we need to be in control cool calm collected.

 

                                         It’s Wedding day:

A day to celebrate if well planned rehearsed short cuts can lead to nightmares!

This is of course written from a hair point of view but the same can follow through planning of this special day.

Planning for hair starts with knowing the date the time frame having a consultation agree some understanding of a look plan a schedule to work towards make sure that you and your stylist are on the same page you feel confident in what they suggest. [don’t feel bullied]


First of all the colour for the big day if hair colour is part of the look these days normally it is to some degree. During the consultation discuss vision goals expectation, how many times will we have to colour   from this first meeting until the day.

For me High-lights should be done to grow out as naturally as possible tones and shades that work with skin tone eye colour the hair’s natural base shade.

If we are talking colour is it all over solid are we thinking highlights?

To the look

Make sure your stylist likes putting hair up, also get a quote for the big day like all aspects of weddings the price suddenly goes £££££££! I don’t agree with this i think as a stylist it’s part of your journey with your client! hey I’ve given them the up do a wedding gift!

So many stylist resort to hot irons curls and those nasty little white flowers! work with what you have consider will it last all day last through all those pictures. weather is also an unknown!

The way the hair is arranged and done on the day of the wedding is an integral part of the perfect look  Remember that all eyes will be upon the bride from the moment she steps from the wedding car and walk to the aisle towards your groom. So it is important that she looks stunning from top to bottom.

As a hairdresser consider how your clients looks! consider the dress, the neck line a look that compliments and makes her look her best!

 

As stylist we have a huge responsibility here we can make or ruin this day no pressure ha!

So much to consider to help make the bride look and feel her best consider bone structure the dress cut high collar or plunging  in some cases we might even have to advise on a look in a tactful manner if weight is an issue. The only goal is to make the bride look great feel great your the professional  honesty consultation practice all key to success.

 

Same thing applies when choosing a hairstyle for you to wear on your wedding day but with an extra factor to consider. Aside from the shape of your face, your wedding hair style and your hair accessories should also be in harmony with your wedding dress for the perfect bride’s look.   

[a great deal of expectation on you the stylist].

So for me I love putting hair up i also like classic looks that stand the test of times! but it’s not for me to do what i like what I feel comfortable with. It’s for me to listen advise maybe do a few different looks until we start to get an idea of the final look, many Brides start off with a preconceived idea born from dreams and in some cases collected from magazines we have to work through this. Practice sessions, honest communication, consultations, commitment to working together to an agreed time frame.

 


We can also advise the bride to be. On places to research looks, there are a lot of hair style pictures which they can collect and review from fashion magazines and online sites.

Online sites may be more preferable as they have special features that allow you to determine your facial  shape. You can choose from model matching your personal facial features and skin tone or you can also upload your photo and try out different hair styles. This may sound extreme but in the end it all helps!

For long hair and a dress with elaborate back details, i would normally try and advise an up do for  it last longer and stands the test of time but again we have to consider the the brides wishes the hair type as well,

The hair may be curled for a more romantic bohemian medieval  look but i would not suggest this on fine hair that takes hours to curl and may well not last the day. It may also be braided with flowers then swept off the neck to be able to move freely and look fresh up to the reception.

For short hair, tiaras would be a wonderful accessory to wear in place of a veil. Other alternative accessories to make short hair stunning for the wedding are dazzling hair pins or a flower clipped to the hair or stuck behind the ear.

So in this instance having decided on an up do, things to practice and consider

First stage build a base so it’s firm and feels comfortable at this point note how the colour works with the look if hair, having prepared the hair we now have to play at this point there is no right or wrong it’s getting a feel for the hair playing finding that look!

 

First attempt above ok but not quite the look I am hoping for a little saggy a little tight but loving the high-lights and low lights they work very well together blending really well with the un-coloured area underneath, after a third attempt you should start to get the look soft yet sleek with lots texture shows off the colour and it works with the client our Bride to be! so it’s a process your involved in it’s not just taking a booking for a wedding without being involved. it not fair to you or the Bride.

 

So finally how does our bride to be feel this is key are they HAPPY? if not take it down start again or agree to call it a day but book another session.

 

As a stylist or client if you cannot get the look you want or don’t fell comfortable find some one else or try another stylist.

As a stylist or client if the chemistry is not their pull out Wedding days are full of stress do you like that can you cope with it!

As a foot note the above has been fun to put down as an exercise but think on this.

 

 

How much more pressure can be on any stylist? Well consider being father to the bride and Stylist and my ex-wife is attending! No pressure!!!!!

We did find the final look but i will post that in the coming days as this is wedding hair week.

After all that practice take it down relax oh and your left with all that volume! and a smile .

One hopes it’s a good day all round.

Mike B2MR

 
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Hair Stylist’s are we the product? service and skill?


Back2myroots : A place to share thoughts and grow idea’s. B2MR

 

 

I find the more I write and think about topic’s to keep my little blog up to date and interesting. The more I reflect on. What it means to me! what I can offer! What can I share to keep them current and interesting:

In working through this thought process it brings me back to the key point of what we all do and offer service.

Yes it’s skill it’s knowledge it’s communication but none of this matters if we don’t offer. Good service and good value for money service. Value for money does not mean discount or cheap just value.

What is the product we market?

It’s our skill, creativity, knowledge. ability to listen to communicate, honesty,

Oh yes and that all important consultation.

We are in the business of offering advise we are also specialist in solving problems!

So we are in a very unique business.

We have a wonderful opportunity to use the many skills gained, utilise the tools at our disposal to do our job to apply our trade. We have the ability to turn a bad day into a good day from disaster into success powerful stuff.

We have to think of ourselves as being totally unique in the service we offer and the skill we have for we are all different we all react in different ways this does not mean we are not part of a team and as such should not share thoughts idea’s we just all have something different to offer a different way of doing things.

The way we present our selves the appearance we project are all part of the personal image package that  is ‘I’ or ‘You’ this initial presentation is very important for it say this is me this is who i am!!!

 

                                       So what are we selling what are we promoting:

This is easy we sell. Ourselves our skill and talent. Creativity. We are expert in the business of creating image a look experts in finding solutions to problems having answers to question.

Because we are all so very different and as such offer our trade in our own unique way none of us will suite everyone personality issues conflict will always exist so when it happens don’t take it to heart it only becomes personal if you let it! [ so be the bigger person ] a little humility is ok this does not make you a door mat.

Something we as stylist also need to at least be aware of  as gain success get busy get a reputation is Ego just keep it in check a little ego is healthy but to much…………..! not so good.

So to be a good communicator a problem solver what tools do we need? Knowledge is the key here!

Knowledge is power.

With so many different products on the market especially with hair colour both professional and home kits and now an onslaught of new Nano technology [ this new hip term} prior to this every thing was multifaceted, What ever the wording the lingo we have be on top of it we have to be up to date with new products new formulations. How and why they work. How do we do this ?

Education, training up dates, sharing, and by asking questions?? Thing some of us are not so good at!

Remember this the only stupid question is the one we don’t ask!

Be informed have knowledge be a problem solver not a problem maker!

As always thoughts comments idea’s please,

Mike

To this ends we are given the challenge some time to correct badly coloured hair this could be from either a poor professional job or a hope colour gone wrong.

Colour correction is a skill knowing how to re-balance a pigment mantle as a stylist only embark on this if you have the skill and knowledge to take on the responsibility. As a client work with choose some one you trust for this journey. Also get an estimate of both cost and timing for said correction. have a consultation be informed.

As a follow on from yesterdays posting after correction care:

 

Post Home Haircoloring Tips:    [Above pretty bad almost green hair! ]    

                                                            before shot                 

Recommendations post-colour tips: 

It is recommended to wait 48 hours before washing your hair again after the initial color treatment is completed.  This gives new hues time to settle.

Always shampoo with lukewarm water.  Hot water will speed up color fading.

Use hair products specifically designed to protect coloured hair get professional advise.  Remember that some shampoo products designed to add volume will actually “blow up” the cuticle and thus cause hues to fade much faster.  Use products that are specifically labeled as “colour safe”

Shampoo less often.  Even permanent colors will fade faster with frequent washings.

Avoid the use of hot styling tools as much as possible.  Heat from either appliances or the sun will speed up color loss. When possible, air dry coloured strands.

When out in the sun or when swimming in a pool hats! Sun, surf, sand all the S things and pool chemicals may leach out precious tones or in some cases, cause color to fade or even worse, turn brassy or odd shades of green or orange.

Treat colored hair with care and respect invest in good quality products that work within your budget   and remember to deep condition on a regular basis to counteract dryness.

 Resist the urge to recolor again before at least 2 weeks has passed.  Remember, less is more.

 Avoid any other chemical processes for at least one month.  Keep in mind that perms or chemical straightening procedures may cause hair colors to be altered.

I would always recommend doing a skin test prior to any application it’s always best to be safe.

 

                                                {Above make over from above shot}

With some though sight and thinking it is possible to go from a muddy sludge to vibrant colour just takes time and patients:

In Closing:

If you plan on becoming a home hair colour jockey, consider starting a special journal or notebook so you can write down a record of each treatment.  Note the products that you used and the results.Over time you may discover little tricks that make your colouring techniques more streamlined or successful.

I hope this guide is helpful and saves some of the pit falls that can happen when entering the world of home hair colour and correction if required.

Mike B2MR

 
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