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More of a hair fashion great link


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This is just a good place as a reference for looks colours style fashion.

 

http://www.squidoo.com/topics/fashion-and-beauty/hair-care-and-style

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2012 in Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, elegant evening /party looks, Make over, up do'd

 

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Squidoo fashion link


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

Well so many linked the link yesterday why not share the sight that is after all what we do share good information and links.
http://www.squidoo.com/topics/fashion-and-beauty

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2012 in Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, Hair and style, HAIR DRESSING INDUSTRY, TIPS TRICKS, THOUGHTS,

 

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In the Hair salon. Dress code or self expression?


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

As a follow on to team building education up dates and product knowledge classes. I though I would touch on what can be quite a contentious subject. As a salon owner should you weld the big stick and dictate uniform or dress code. What are it’s advantages. What does it do for morale? Does it suggest a more professional approach? Does it create salon image and identity. We are all different in how we work and so will settle or comply with different rules and regulations.

Many stylist will say they think that dress code are a good thing. Many salon owners insist on it with an attitude of. ‘My sand box my rules’ Rather draconian I think!  It could be seen as controlling. For uniforms to work it has to have the consent of all staff ! A collaboration. Who pay’s for or supplies the uniform, what happens when they get stained and worn? Maybe not uniform  but an instance of a stipulated dress code. How does that work for you? Having owned a couple of salons and having tried both uniforms for trainee’s and suggested dress code for stylist’s it is my view that it’s quite restrictive and rather out dated to dictate dress but guide lines are quite acceptable.

Here are some thoughts:

Are we not in the fashion business? Creative, innovative, free thinking professionals? Some times temperamental. But is that not part of being artistic and creative.  Is not how we dress a projection of who we are and what we do what we represent ? I also think that every salon owner has the right as we all do to a vision, but if that vision impacts on others they either have to be willing to accept this or as an owner you have to be willing to bend. Compromise. Can some sort of code be in place for example’ No jeans’ Sets a tone but leaves room for artistic license and dress sense. Or for example ‘No flesh’

As professionals.

As mature responsible people should we not know that we are, what we project. How we look Say’s. Who we are. What we do. It says. This is me. How can i help you? Trainee’s in college or apprentice’s often get to wear a uniform. It’s thought that it teaches self respect and the importance of professional image. If this is the case completion of training should be the coming of age and taking back of the responsibility of appearance and self expression and marketing the product that is you that is us!! For me when training as an apprentice being given the Leonard’s T-shirt with the big brown L logo on the front was an honour you were part of an elite few being taken on as an apprentice at what was one of London’s best salon’s and places ot train!

Should dress code not be.

The standard suggested might be. Dress professionally. Dress to impress. After all we are the product. Represent your self.  Take control of your appearance remember we are the product! I think that salon owners should encourage stylists to take responsibility for themselves in all aspects of their life. Appearance, attitude, commitment. If they don’t want to comply. Then of course like  everything in life make a decision live with the consequences. Or if you cannot be bothered stay home! most importantly. Salon harmony professional and welcoming.

Where does this thinking come from.

Experience yes, just an opinion yes. But I beleive that as salon owner we  provide an environment for creativity to flourish . In life we can lead by example. We provide the tools the backing and support for out stylists to  flourish and succeed. Looking unprofessional. Being unprofessional. Taking short cuts leads to losing clients. This will all follow why because all these flaws suggest lack of self-respect and lack of respect for both the salon and ones work mates.I don’t think a return to the shot below is called for !!!!!

Choice consequences choices made or inaction will cause reaction for that is the way the universe works. The re action will be failure to succeed. The salon is the theatre we are the players we should aim to be the star’s of the play that is a day in the salon.

Mike B2MR




 

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Hair cuts style creative techniques


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

 

Following in the steps of our make over article some food for thought

 

A place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

When asked how many different hair cuts are their? my first thought was thousands but then if one really thinks about it well it’s quite an interesting thought process.

We need to break it down thinks i !

Long.            lets say anything past shoulder blades

Medium.       shoulder blades up to nape or chin length

Short.            anything above this.

Remember this is my thought process into the question asked not a definitive way of assessing or going about cutting, back to the plot!

So next my thought went to layers why layers well at the end of the day if not all one length then layers to some degree or another make form the shape.

It could be argued that layers are required for a perfect on length look for that wonderful swing and movement!

Yes we must not forget techniques, slide cutting, castle thinning shear, razor Cutting, and the many other tools we have at out disposal but these are techniques if you like artistic license, freestyle cutting.

But the basic’s don’t change the length and degree of layering.

All hair cuts are length and shape created by degree’s of layering this sounds very simplistic but it’s not because with this description we have to consider the real part creative talent, skill training,

 

Any hair cut however basic or however complicated is a mixture and bend of above techniques.

A hair cut is weight distribution it is having understanding of when cutting hair off where it will fall and lie how it will contribute to the final shape. It is being able to see and imagine shape. someone once said a great hairdresser should see a shape in 3D know how it will look, I think this a perfect analogy.

A great hair cut is a blend of the degree of laying but having a full understanding of weight distribution and a vision to see shape.

The key is that consultation on length and shape but also first and foremost to understand that if you put a weight line in with your fist cut it will dictate the whole cut it can make the difference between good bad average or just not good.

What ever we are doing creating has to start with a foundation if you do this a weight line can be moved as a shape forms if you commit to it off the bat you have know room  for change maybe maybe that odd growth pattern double crown all things that can cause issue!

It can also be said that one length really is only when cut to 1/8th of an inch all over and left to grow but this would only be true as it grows out if you turned the person up side down. but then we are back into weight distribution why because you cannot cut a straight line on a curved surface and given the shape of the head we have thousands of curves and angles to play with hence understanding weight distribution.

I think that angles on the head could be by think about a fan placing on the crown open it up  many angles now place on crown different direction again many angles how to they the work together?

As an exercise try this.

Stand behind your client take a section across the crown about 3inches wide comb it straight up

now look below your fingers at the section the distance from the crown to your fingers is less in the middle than the distance on the out side of section, why because of the curve of the scalp so it follows that it will be be straight when it falls. Now take that same section and lean it to the left as you do this the hair from the right and into  middle of the section will fall away carry on with the hair traveling to the left of the section the further you go the more will fall away. This is weight distribution!

I would so happily discuss this with anyone it’s so complicated to put into words and yet such an interesting topic. Mike B2MR

 
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Hair the Art of the Up/do French pleat plus:




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sharing up/do's

When I first started in the hair industry the thought of putting hair up. Being asked to do some hair for a graduation or wedding totally freaked me out.

The reason for this was fear! fear of screwing up fear of not knowing what i was doing fear of looking an idiot.

I muddled my way through doing wedding hair but never feeling very confident it was not fun!

That was the way until I met and worked with a wonderful man and now dear friend.

Mr Jon Paul Holt owner of Avant-Garde artistic Studio Vancouver Canada winner of so many awards and accolades. I was fortunate enough to be a member of his Artistic team and learned so much from him. As he challenged me to work with him on photo shoots and stage shows.

talented friends

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Jon paul taught me to enjoy playing with hair learn from handling it trying to create a look.

As a medium you can create so many styles and shapes.

My dear friends from Vancouver  fab hair stylists Jon paul Holt,

Ted Mc Kinnon outside Avant-garde Yale town Vancouver Canada.

Ted a master of the up/do and wedding hair.

Consultation with a client to establish the look, does it need to be a conventional look for a wedding or graduation. One must have a clear idea of what the client wants, but it’s also so important to have a vision in your mind practice is key.

classic evening look

up/do with texture

This series to the left and right were for a graduation a classic look pre coloured low lighted hair using a high lift Blonde on a natural level 4 base.

The low lights compliment the look by giving it texture and showing off the shape.

Building a shape likes this takes a little practice and patients but it’s well worth it.

note: Using a high lift Blonde on dark hair will always give a very natural low light as it will only lift max of 4 levels depending on developer used. One should consider the pigment base of the Highlift shade ie ash beige violet ect!

fun with a little edge

up/do with a little edge

A Slightly more Avantgarde look using

a few coloured hair  pieces.

Also using a medium to Sculpture a look to Create a hat look.

Slightly edgy but would work well for wedding or Graduation on some one with the confidence to carry it off.

Never force someone to wear a look that they are not comfortable with!

The key is practice and communication knowing that one has to play and get a feel for the hair the way it moves the shapes it wants to form . Always consider the clients needs and expectations if it’s for a wedding or social event in-fact anything you are being paid for.  If it’s a model for your own design collect, be it. A shoot. A show or competition then, they should be made fully aware of what they are getting into what is expected from them. some times a model waiver is a good idea.

When playing their is no such thing as failure it’s more a case of taking a journey of discovery a firm foundation to build from.

As stated hair colour can also play a key roll to show off a look give it texture and dimension.

foundation to build from

playing to get a look

By playing and practice you can find the look that works with the hair and suites your client soft and low high with softness so much choice.

Have the confidence to step out side your comfort zone but don’t be made to feel uncomfortable when working with a client for a big event or occasion if their is a difference of opinion of a personality clash my advise would be suggest that you part agreeing to differ if is to short and weddings and big formal events expectation run high who needs that stress!

classic evening look

classic elegance

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casual up/do

natural and loose

Unless they are modeling for you for a show or photo Shoot then well it’s your call. enjoy have fun challenge your self.

wedding day so special

formal wedding

 

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Hair colour cut shape form


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It is my goal to create a platform that over time will become a place to share thoughts review hair colour and products.

The hair Cut, a hair creation, a style, a look, a fashion setting trend, a statement of individuality.

So if all of these are the case why as stylist do we in so many cases stick in so many cases to cutting the same look on everyone with any thought to some very basic points, or stick to the safe options on the styles we can create!

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Will is suite this person do they have the right hair type features can they carry it off?

As stylists we owe it to both ourselves and our customers Clients to advise in an honest way on what might work be suitable look good, If we don’t do this are we really doing our job to it’s fullest are we being real professional are we being honest?

I ask these questions of my self constantly do you? we live in a society that for the most part is very accepting and tolerant of most things, People come in all shapes sizes have different needs desires aspirations all good but we as hair stylist have to take a lead and advise honestly what looks good what will not work.

When thinking about shape texture a look should we not consider the type of hair fine, thick, curly, growth patters at the nape of the neck to the hair line will that fringe {Bang }work for this client and her life style? If i cut this harsh blunt line at the nape will the hair lie the way i want it to? or will it always look lop sided? will that fringe work can i over layer ? yes you can should i add texture? questions to ask your self!

Should i cut a harsh line maybe it should be softer! why do you see so many men with lop sided cuts?

answer no account was taken for the way the hair grows! just because you combed it flat against his neck cut a perfect strait line does not mean it will lie this way!

At this juncture you may be laughing or thinking this is not me maybe not if so great you are one of the few,.

I think the fault with these issues lies in training or lack their of! to little time spent on the basic points key to understanding how to build and create a great cut!

Shape  for Example:

when will we stop re vamping the Bob with the chewed up wings the spaniel look! every look has it day but this one is done and oh so dusted, half the women wearing it should not be! In some cases the lines created are just wrong a heavy women with a thick set does not need a strong blunt line emphasising no neck round shoulders. Think about this really fine hair textured within an inch of its life for that shattered edgy look around the chin will it does it work?

The same can be said for cutting this shape into wavy curly hair the line will not hold in the nape area and the length left again around the chin line will curl up looking like to Brillo pads, yes it looks great when she leaves the salon you have hot ironed it with an inch of it’s life, guess what it’s raining it’s Grey it’s damp what it’s going to look like?

We need to consider these things as professional is a bad look a good representation of out skill and ability will it get us recommendation will it get us client retention?

It’s all about honest it’s all about that consultation it’s all about your standard your skill your passion your ability.

So my question is Can you be honest does any of this apply to you!

We are none of us perfect but we have to question our choices, we have to raise the bar we have to have skill, passion and a real desire to make a difference!

DO YOU!

To share, to seek new knowledge, skills and techniques to share experience is to grow!

Mike B2MR

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