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Hairstylists our career our vision our journey or?

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

How did we get into hairdressing? What drew you to it as a career? Was it a calling your true vocation? Are some of us really doing what we have known we always would do. Is it our destiny!

How often as stylist do we take the time to look in the mirror?  Do a personal inventory on ourselves. This is the time to honestly reflect on where we are at. Where we want to get to. Are we reaching our full potential? Are we challenging ourselves are we growing? Are we offering the best service possible? Do we need a refresher a little update maybe learn or improve on a skill or technique, maybe a course in management and or staff relations. Maybe your involved in education and training. How current are your skills? Are you in touch with the industry and all the changes that happen at grass roots level? In the salon on the high street?

Hairdressing has changed so much over the years and i would say for the most part these changes have been good and very warranted. From training to health and safety issues. The way a salon or spa is run and the  services it offers. The hours of business. the certification the qualification all changed. We no longer have those seasonal high, That pre Christmas frenzy,Of course it’s still busy but not the way it might have been in the 80’s or 90’s.

Products available to us have changed we have so much more choice. With these choices comes the need for. Education and vigilance and knowledge. We have to ask questions to get the answers.The only silly question is the one that is never asked!

Tools techniques constantly change and so must we. Staying in the safety of zone of what we know never pushing the envelope can and will lead to stagnation boredom! we need to communicate with our work and team mates share visions with owners and managers, be innovative have and share creative thoughts we all benefit from this type of thinking and collaboration.

 We all need to remind our selves from time to time of our dreams our goals. What was it we really wanted to do?  What were the heights we wanted to reach? All easy to forget pushed to the side as other things come into our lives and take president. As we settle for easy street. we stop questioning we stop challenging our selves an those around us.The skills we have to have for success in our industry are many and constantly need up dating to maintain our profession integrity and image.

We are in the service industry first and foremost make no mistake about this one. Service. our communication skills. Our listening skills. Our attention to detail. How we project and represent our selves. Honesty. with humility. Style all key assets to success.

Skills: Product knowledge. Hands on techniques .Creative vision. Innovative Thinking.

All of these skills and talents are a part of who we are! What we do! From time to time we forget, that to stay at the top of our game we need to invest in our selves. To have closer look at what we want an then decide on what we need to do to make change happen. We are in the business of solving problems are we not?

A little self maintenance:

*Are we offering the highest standard of service possible?

*Are we getting a little complacent? {it takes a big person to say yes!}

*Are our skills up to date?

*How is our product knowledge!

*Is it time to seek a little professional help.

We are all stronger together. We all benefit from sharing. From taking the same journey!

Maybe a colour refresher class. Maybe learn a new razor cutting technique. Want to improve on those up do looks. Maybe just talk about ways to improve the salon day to day running the client experience sales!

How can you find help?  Reach out and ask? Days can be structured to suit what ever you want to cover. A fresh set of eyes and new perspective on things can open up a whole new exciting era of change. If reading this you think hey this is me then send that e-mail pick up the phone lets chat let take a journey together. If i cannot help you i will point you in the right direction resources are at hand always.

My web site has all my contact information and full bio on me anything is possible all you have to be is willing to work towards making change happen. ours is such an exciting positive industry full of so many amazing motivated passionated professionals. All working to try and raise standards.Innovate and share a wealth of experience. All any of us has to do is raise a hand and ask for help and guidance.

Mike B2MR


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Training. College. Academy.Apprenticeship


A place to share thoughts post comments and idea’s on matters relating to hair colouring skill and techniques . Anything industry related created as a source of advise education knowledge skill experience.

What is an apprenticeship? 
Apprenticeships enable you to learn your trade practically as well as studying to gain the theory and enable you to receive your qualification. They are aimed at young people aged 16 and over to enable them to earn money whilst gaining experience in a hairdressing environment. An apprenticeship in hairdressing will normally involve you working in the salon every day bar one or two when you will be attending college to work towards you NVQ qualification.

It is a relationship you enter into with a salon owner or Chain to give you time and service in return for training,

It is key to chose a place committed to making sure you get the training you will need, expect to do many of the support jobs until you gain some experience, but make sure you are not taken advantage as  just cheap labor!

It can take up to 5 years to qualify as a hairdresser so if you have the patience and the commitment to keep at it then an apprenticeship would be for you. 

Why do an apprenticeship? 
An apprenticeship enables you to earn money but do not expect high wages,whilst working and gaining qualifications. You can use an apprenticeship to gain NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) levels which is what you need to become a qualified hairdresser.

Given the right salon apprentice mix this is the best way to be part of a salon team coming up through the ranks you become a respected member of staff  with on floor experience so it’s a natural progression from trainee to stylist the college route does not afford this! practical experience is not really gained when doing a college course,  the college environment sets you up with knowledge but not the skills to work and understand the salon it’s staff and the way it works ,studying just the theory at college will mean you have to get in salon training and experience.

Employers like to see that their future employees are keen to learn and because of this salon owners are usually very keen to take on apprentices. 

Will I enjoy an apprenticeship? 
When thinking about undertaking a hairdressing apprenticeship, you should be certain that this is the career path you wish to take.

You need to be really focused to be successful and know that you will need to put in the work and organise your time really well. You must be prepared to be responsible for balancing your time at work with studying in order to get the most out of it; you can’t just work in the salon and not go to college because this doesn’t meet the requirements of partaking in an apprenticeship scheme. You should also be prepared to be able to work as part of a team and as an individual. 

How long does an apprenticeship take? 
This can vary from 1 year to 5; it is dependent on the contract you have drawn up with your employer and on your own ability also. 


You can also get in touch with employers directly and ask them if they take on apprentices or would be interested in doing so. If they do, then they will probably arrange to meet you as they would a proper employee and interview you to ensure you would be a good investment for them to make. 

Use the internet as a tool to help you find where takes on apprentices in your area. Additionally, look in your local newspaper and visit your nearest job centre. You have to make sure you choose the right apprentice scheme to embark upon as well so look upon it as finding a job. Make sure you do your research before applying to ensure that you would be happy working there if you got offered the apprentice.

Jobs in hairdressing:

Hairdressing is a fantastic career choice and your job in hairdressing will certainly be filled with a dynamic range of clients, styles and fashions. You can develop a vast career through hairdressing training (both academic and vocational). There are many options open to a new hairdresser, you could work for a well known salon or even go on to own your own hairdressers business in a local town.

Ideally you should be a creative type of person, enjoy working in a team and having direct contact with your clients. An ambitious nature is highly regarded and valuable for a job in hairdressing, as you will be working in a £2.6 billion industry.

A very few reach the highest levels of the profession a Successful hairdressers can enjoy top jobs around the globe, traveling to style supermodels on photo shoots, TV and movie stars on set, magazine models and much more.

What training will you need to become a hairdresser?

Starting out with a career in hairdressing you will require some formal training such as NVQs. You could start as an apprentice and train while you’re on the job which allows you to earn money, train and gain valued vocational skills. To start with you would be doing day-to-day tasks such as:

1.    Booking appointments

2.    Welcoming customers

3.    Shampooing hair

4.    Changing towel supplies

5.    Cleaning away cut hair and keeping the salon tidy

Once qualified and employed as a full time hairdresser your job in hairdressing would include tasks such as:

1.    Client consultation on hair styles and fashion

2.    Shampooing and conditioning

3.    Cutting, colouring and styling

4.    Perming, straightening and blow drying

5.    Product advice

6.    Health and safety of chemical treatments

7.    Ordering stock

8.    Handling payments, refunds and complaints

What can you expect the pay and working hours to be like as a hairdresser?

As a trainee hairdresser you would earn the national minimum wage for your age range, after training you can expect to earn between £11,000 and £20,000 a year depending on your location, training level, experience, etc – with many London employers paying over £30,000 for top hairdressers.

You will be working around 40 hours per week depending on the type of hairdressing job you choose. The working hours depend totally on the job role, for example in fashion you maybe working late evenings or early mornings with a film shoot, however regular work in salons is generally between 9 – 6. may be the norm but with late nights and in salon training be prepared for long hours that should hopefully be very rewarding the more willingness to show to want to learn the more you will learn!

Having done the apprenticeship route when i trained and now as an educator who has occasion to visit colleges, my personal observation are two fold when many young people go into hairdressing either not being committed or thinking it as being easy! also the college route affords you knowledge but no real in salon experience, yet when qualified with their newly attained NVQ makes them feel they are fully qualified, leaving college is just the start of your career and training.

I don’t think that College training will ever be a direct route in the salon to being a fully qualified stylist,you need to have worked on  the salon floor as anything other than a junior stylist, so be prepared to keep learning do courses gain more knowledge and education.push aside that know it all attitude and ego. Humility and a willingness to learn and be helpful goes a very long way.

Share your thoughts and comments  Mike B2MR


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Furure opportunities in hairdressing

Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR regular postings of fresh new topic’s

sharing techniques


A little self indulgent. But as i write these blogs, post articles. I pause, take time to reflect on what next. Where does the next challenge lie. What direction will my career take me in. Will any more doors open. What opportunities will arise. I trust that if one puts out positive thought, supported with positive action,only good can come from it.

What do I miss? What would I like to do? A hard one to answer to my self, my career to date has afforded me so many opportunities.These just seem to appear, come out of left field. So i have to trust, an opportunity will come out of all this Net working and Blogging.

My passions being, working with others, to share the experience i have gained over the years.This could be Platform work, in conjunction with. Artistic team work, education work or just working with, Individual salons and hairdressers, to improve skill and knowledge. I really think that the keys to successes are different depending on the. Individual, the situations.


If in a salon.

Relationships between. Owner. Management. Staff team. Image. Service. Consultation. Sales skills. Product knowledge. Jointly sharing that a vision.


For the individual stylist.

Education. knowledge. Technical skills. Communication skill. Consultation skills. people skills.  Followed by goals, motivation ,inspiration, creativity.


Opportunities career direction.

Colour technician. Educator for colour company.Platform artist.Artistic team member.



Competition work. Photo shoots. In house model nights and training, product knowledge.

All these above are aspects of our industry. The things that all salons at some point need to look at, they need to address these to stay current. To keep up with the constant changes and demands in our industry.


With so many distributors. Offering products on line, having face book pages, being interactive with clients. Those clients being us the salon owners, the stylist.  The support required is both. Practical. Technical. It’s help and advise, access to demonstrations, education events, knowledge sharing.

The perfect situation would be, to work with a distributor, to share knowledge and experience. Whilst promoting products through. Education. Service and consultation skills,

This i did very successfully. Whilst working with a major distributor, doing platform work and artist   team work, all whilst representing a major colour company. It is my belief that education and sales go hand in hand. Sales funds education, education, stimulates sales. Through knowledge and experience.


At this point. I’m beginning to feel that I having a full understanding of, all the different products sold over the counter, What they do. How they work. This is essential, but one has to stay current,with these ever changing products and the technology they bring.

We have to be able to. Explain and give reason to clients, as to why the service we offer and perform are worth while. That we are the experts. Who understand the chemistry of hair, also understands the down side and indeed pitfalls, that can be associated with, the use of some of these unprofessional store purchased products, be they colour or home hair relaxer’s.

From a clients point view. They can only know what, the adverts and media portray. They don’t know or have the product knowledge, to understand what might happen. What the ramifications could be from misuse, that’s out job. The professional. To advise, recommend, inform. This is not selling. this is doing our job and the consultation correctly. Being totally professional.


So back to me. My next path. My Journey. Will it be. Education, consultation, sharing, promoting Net working, all of these are my hope. This is the way forward for the new year. Using all the experience I  have gained, along with my belief in. Raising both the bar and indeed the awareness of issue relating to our profession.Working with and helping others to grow, to be as successful as they want to be, for it is in every ones hands. To make the changes to grow and succeed.


Share your thoughts vision idea’s, Thanks Mike B2MR




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