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What next in the hair industry:


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR. Regular postings of fresh new topic’s

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A little self indulgent. As I write these blogs and post articles. I pause I take time to reflect on what next.

I constantly search for new places to connect with other professionals and groups to stay current to stay in touch with all that is new and topical.

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. Sharing what you know the experience you have is also key

What do I miss being behind a chair? What would I like to do next ? A hard one to answer being honest with one’s self! I think we have to constantly move forward grow and face new challenges.  My career to date has afforded me so many opportunities. Many of 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.

At present I am really enjoying and learning so much about both the internet and connecting up all the various media applications available to us.

My passions being. Working with others. To share the experience I have gained over the years.

From.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 individual successes vary for us all .We are all different  we all have different challenges and motivation.We all have different standards this is dependent on the Individual and their situation.

 

These situation and standards vary so much.

 

If in a salon.

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

 

For the individual stylist. Service first and foremost!

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.

Salon.

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 in my career I’m beginning to feel that I having a full understanding of all the different products sold over the counter. Having said that they still keep changing tweaking re packaging. We have to stay on top of. How they work.What’s in them.and why.It’s essential to stay current and keep up with these ever changing products and the technology they bring.

We have to be able to. Explain and give reason to clients.What these products do show why. The services 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 that 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.To recommend. To inform. This is not selling. this is doing our job and the consultation correctly. Being totally professional.

 

Back to me. My next path. My Journey. Will it be. Education. consultation and sharing Promoting Education training and work ethic’s an opportunity doing any of these are my goal.  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.

What ever you read and see on the internet offering help and advise always do lots of re search ! Some of that advise is polluted tainted just bad. Be warned get informed.

 

 

Growing and developing our Business:

How do we do this without investment ? what do we invest in? what do we expect to see as our return on investment? How do we decide?

 

So many thoughts and questions :

Are you like so many your salon is a good steady business but you feel it could be more. It has so much potential if only.

We had a higher profile!

If i could attract another really good stylist!

if we had more client retention?

If overall sales were higher.

Stylist demand so much. Commission Chair rental. issues!

 

 

How do you reach these goals these targets? How do you decide on a path to reach your goals is it possible?

The answer is a very big yes! But sometimes you are so much part of the salon and so part of the issues you cannot step back a look at things in a new and different way.

 

With over 35 years in this industry my goal is to help advise and get you to that next level is it a journey you want to take?  then lets connect. lets see if we can work together for like a client stylist relationship it has to work are you up for a challenge.

If so all my contact details are and brief bio on my web site:

                                     http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

Lets get you on a new road lets take a journey together.

Mike B2MR

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Hairdressing views thoughts on 2010


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR. regular postings of fresh new topic’s http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

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Hair colour and the hair Industry.

I thought it might be fun to post some thoughts on. The hair industry and training in the hope of getting some feed back.

To start a conversation on how people feel about their salon experience, also views on store brought over the counter home hair colours and relaxers, a wealth of new products hits the stores foam hair colour, keratin relaxers, but are they safe? Do they do the job you want? Are you well informed?if not why not?

It amazes me just how much bad over processed hair wanders the streets. Questions  that come to mind. Did that person pay for that? Did they request it? Did the stylist think that’s acceptable? What was going through the mind of the person, giving that service, creating that look.

In some cases home colour that is so bad, dull colour or hot red roots, muddy brown ends. Grey hair  that has been coloured but is either mauve, bright orange, no depth, no natural base shade.

It goes on. Blondes who try and go dark, but the colour fades out over night. Dark shades trying to go blonde ending up orange! a never ending list that goes on and on.

Hair that you cannot get a comb through, when wet it feels rough and caustic until you apply handfuls of conditioner.Could this be you? Have you got good and bad stories to share. It might be time to bring this whole colour business out in the open. Together we can all explore the good, the bad and the ugly side of the hair colour business. Those products that promise the earth but never come up to expectation.

Some of the questions that come up oh so often with hair colour are:

The market for hair colour is huge. Ask yourself this question.

Why would the formula for your roots or new growth. Be the same as hair that has been colouered before?  Or a Grey formula being used on none Grey hair?  it happens all the time.

What good does avocado oil, fruit of the loom, leang leang oil do for your hair? Does it really help with colour retention? The answer is No.

You are just being sold the idea of natural and healthy. Why is herbal natural colour so much better than one with Ammonia?  One being sold with all natural MEA  but do you know what MEA is? what it does? How it works? Your thoughts.

Questions to think about. Why does my hair fade to a dull orange brown colour? The mid length and ends don’t hold the colour? Why can’t you get the shade of blonde you want. It’s always to yellow sometimes Orange just never right.

Again I post these as questions looking for feed back. I would be happy to share. Thoughts and views on these issues, or any other hair related topic’s.

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One has to wonder these days. How many salon’s and schools are cashing in on young peoples hopes of making it big in the hair industry.

Consider the standard of what is being taught. The amount of real education being given both hands on practical and theory. The length of time the training period is for and the standard achieved the qualification gained.

Remember this students. Look into the fee being charged, against the qualification being given. Many of these schools not only charge you the trainee. They also charge the model a fee to cover the cost of product. In so many cases they are more driven by making money, than standards of excellence.

How qualified and current are the teachers!! Many are very out of date old school, especially in many of the collages. Very little flare, very un-creative.They teach from a manual without passion.

I think with so many young people looking into the exciting world of the hair industry. Honesty about the industry, future earning potential, success should be discussed.

Targets should be made, commitment to on going education should be considered.

Many salon’s and schools spend so little time considering. The whole topic of. Building up a solid client base. Client retention. Service and consultation skills.

This is a huge topic and one that really needs to be addressed. Many salon’s and indeed salon owners never take the time to be honest about. There policy’s regarding all aspects of caring for clients.

It goes far beyond just doing hair. At the end of the day. Hairdressing is a service industry and if you don’t like people, giving service. Then you might want to consider if hairdressing is for you.

Consider this.

Knowledge is power, honesty is power, great service is power, all these are key to success.

Hair cutting and Styling.

We teach young stylist to make, clean sections, lift these section up and cut a clean line, re check make sure it’s clean an even. In many cases we teach them. To start by taking a clean section from the crown! What ever happened to build up a shape having a foundation? Understand weight distribution, angles of sections. How will the hair fall. What weigh and shape might it create.

We see so many short cut with. Clean straight lines along the hair line, it’s been cut or shaved to look clean and tidy. In reality the hair line is not straight, so it will not lye in a straight line, lye flat. In some cases within a short space of time a man’s hair cut can look loop sided why?

Because the growth of the hair line is not considered.

The understanding of. Shape, weight distribution.The shape of the head, growth of the hair and finally the real kicker.

YOU CANNOT CUT A STRAIGHT LINE ON A CURVED SURFACE !!

So why teach the way we do?  The head has so many different angles, all these must be considered. It is not just picking up a section and snipping it off. Making the section clean and straight.

The same can be said with thinning shears. Understanding when removing bulk to create less volume thin the hair. Understand the effect that it will have on the desired shape. Consider the type of hair. If you remove bulk. Will it create unwanted volume? Because of less weight? will it control curly hair and volume issues ? So much to consider

My passion is razor cutting and using my claws. Freestyle cutting. Allowing the hair to form a shape and working with it.

Working in this fashion. One has to have a a vision, understand shape, hair growth, patterns, weight distribution.

So much to learn and a life time to learn it in. One does not have to know everything. We just need a willingness to learn. To improve, to share and gain knowledge. To constantly look to improve and challenge your self. To step out side of the box that safe area your own personal comfort zone.

Fear is what holds so many of us back. Fear of failure. Fear of exposing ourselves, being out of our depth. Everyone has these fears. It’s normal but we have to face them. A fear faced is no longer a fear.

We have so much to learn, so many paths to take, embrace this as a challenge to exceed you own personal expectations, what ever they may be.

The Hairdressing industry. Needs to be much more transparent. Open to sharing, from salon staff, to salon owners, to colour companies, schools, colleges. Be it education, knowledge or formulation and techniques.

We have to be aware of new products as they come to to the market and the salon, The formulation. The chemistry.The results one can expect. The indeed health safety issues if any.

To share is to grow!    To strive to be better to make a real difference!

Mike B2MR:

Make 2011 a year to make change challenge your self be informed.

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That next opportunity


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR regular postings of fresh new topic’s http://www.back2myroots.co.uk/

sharing techniques
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 leading to work in conjunction with an artistic team, education, or just working with individual salons, hairdressers, to improve skill and knowledge. I really think that the keys to success are different depending on the situation.

 

If in a salon.

Relationships between owner, management, staff team, Image Service, Consultation , sales skills, product knowledge, sharing a vision.

 

For the individual stylist.

Education, knowledge, technical skills, goals, motivation ,inspiration, creative, communication skill. consultation skills.

 

Opportunities career direction,

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

 

Salon.

Competition work, photo shoots, in house model nights training,product knowledge,

 

All these above are aspects of our industry, the things that all salons at some point need to look at address stay current with.

With so many distributors offering products on line, having face book pages, being interactive with clients, those 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 ,experience, whilst promoting products through education, service, consultation skills,

This i did very successfully both whilst working with a major distributor, and as being platform artist  artistic team member, doing education for a major colour company. It is my belief that education and sales go hand in hand sales funds education, education stimulates sales through knowledge.

 

At this point, i also feel that having a full understanding, of all the different products sold over the counter,what they do, how they work, is essential,

We have to be able to explain, 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 of using these unprofessional store purchased products, be they colour or home hair relaxer’s.

From a clients point view, they 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 the consultation fully, being professional.

So back to me, my next path, my direction, Education, consultation, sharing, promoting, net working. This is the way forward for the new year, using all the experience i gained, along with my belief in raising both the bar, and indeed 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 changes to grow and succeed.

Share your thoughts vision idea’s , thanks Mike B2MR

 

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