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Season greeting: Merry Christmas:


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

                       Happy Christmas   

                                            thank you

Economically a challenging year for many It’s from times like this we can grow learn challenge our selves with creative thinking.

I would like to thank everyone who as read any topic’s all those who have shared and contributed to either blogs or the groups shared discussions net worked.

A very big thanks to all those committed professionals that i have met in the cyber world talked with exchanged views with you have helped me grow and learn.

You have encouraged and showed me that what i do is all worth while so many thanks. A special  thanks to Karen and David all members of salon groove and all those over 400 in our ever growing international Linked in professional hairdresser net working group. All at HABIA for you do a great job.

Finally all those who follow on twitter face book and that have connected via linked in the world gets smaller as we get bigger. to all those who have commented o Photo’s re blogged and posted http://back2myroots.tumblr.com/ as we have shared photos of places and events Thank you.

Lots to look forward to in the new year some new challenges a new source for topic’s and sharing.

Have very wonderful Christmas with family and friends be safe be i will be back in the new year 2012. with new articles and topic’s.

 Season greetings happy new year 2012! Mike B2MR

 Happy Christmas

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                2012

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Training/ education: Teachers


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR

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

Below I have cut and pasted a blog it’s colour correction posting by a student i would like to review in sections with you, It highlights some issues relating to teaching and advise.

A lady came in today with some seriously lightened hair. She had about an inch of regrowth, and her hair was about a natural 6 (on a 1-10 scale). Her lightened hair was this color Straw off the charts yellow tinged. She wanted lowlights to ease the transition while she grows her hair out (as she’s not going to continue to lighten her regrowth). I started from ear level and weaved horizontal highlights all the way up her head, right up to the top, and it looked great when it was done – but boy oh boy was I off in my original color formula!

Of course, the instructors look over your formulas on paper before you do anything, so it worked out in the end. Here’s what I thought would be best:

1/2 8N (8 natural, in our color line) + 1/2 8.01 (8 Soft Ash in our line) 10 volume developer.

The instructors saw that and said that it would turn her hair green! I thought ash was what you use to counteract yellow, but apparently it’s more for reddish colours. I need to learn my color wheel better.

So my first question is why is someone with no clear understanding of  a colour wheel having consultation coming up with a half cocked formula?  the first formula 8n lies in  a blue violet camp so to add ash is adding more blue !

So what the instructors decided on was:

3/4 5N (5 natural) + 1/4 5.3 (5 Gold) 10 volume.

Which is totally not what I would have thought of. Especially since the client didn’t like how yellow her hair was, I would have thought putting any kind of gold color in would be aweful! And a 5? Surely they’re mad!

But of course I kept my mouth shut and trusted they knew what they were doing. (And I do trust them, they’re quite good)

So the instructor formulation adding that amount of 5G to 5N is fear factor it does nothing to the formulation. when hair is totally over processed why would you lift it more 10 Volume peroxide?

making it more porous damaging it more? this is why the standards being taught are so poor no care attention to detail they should be working with the student through consultation into formulation giving sound advise!

So after all the weaving, which took forever because I am so slow, we went to wash out the foils and I started freaking out a bit. (On the inside! The outside is always all smiles and “Hmm, everything is exactly how I expected. No surprises here! La-dee-da”)

It looked like halloween colours! Dark streaks of level 5 brown, light yellow streaks of her original hair! Oh no! Where my weaves too chunky? Where the instructors wrong about the color formula?

I hoped it just looked halloween-y because it was wet and brought her back to my station, and started drying her hair. As it dried the worries faded, because it looked surprisingly good. The low lights weren’t actually big thick streaks, they were fairly natural looking, mild low lights. It turned out Ok! I was so surprised by the result, I would not have put a level 5 on her, or used anything yellow-based. But if I had put a level 8 on her it would have been invisible, judging by how light the level 5 looked. Just goes to show that the porosity and condition of the hair plays a huge role in coloring it.

Students should be taught  and have a full understanding of the colour wheel basic laws of colour prior to doing consultations others wise how can they possible come up with  a correct formulation?

they also need to fully understand lift and deposit the effects of different levels of peroxide and the difference between permanent semi permanent Demi permanent and colour balancing all very basic stuff but key to understanding colour.

In so many cases a little basic knowledge is given prior to being let loose into the practical application of our trade our skill. This can be very dangerous it makes for stylist who muddle through thinking they are skilled and even convince them selves they know everything this is  dangerous this is ‘ Ego’

We as educators owe it to student to deliver the highest standard to education as is possible students have the obligation to look listen learn and strive to reach the highest standard of training.

Education is a very important part of being a stylist, its one of the most consistent things as well. To be a great hairdresser requires continued education and up dating of skills and product knowledge, industry awareness is key to staying up with change  keeping you in touch and relevant. Consistently  getting education will not only keep your skills and knowledge up to date  but your clients will appreciate that you invest both time and money in you ability.  Clients do notice when we try out new techniques be it cutting or colouring . What we have to remember is that we are being watched and criticized, even if its done in silence. As stylists and trainee as hairdresser keep up to date on the latest trends, and hairstyles, colours, techniques will keep you at the top of your game.

Mike

 

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Hair up do/ embracing long Hair


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR

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

Having  wonderful Long hair can some time be a curse, what to do with it how to style it so much maintenance washing conditioning and yet it can and indeed is the envy of others.

So Embrace those  wonderful long tresses they are the ultimate expression of femininity. Women with long hair have the possibility to create unique and fabulous hair styles with practice some imagination and patients of course you can create virtually any look from sophisticated evening looks to edgy funky looks no restrictions when it comes to styling. If you are unsure about how to start  maybe get a few basic tip tricks from a stylist one who enjoys putting hair up and enjoys sharing it really takes sitting in front of a mirror and playing once you have an understand of basic looks and styles you will definitely be creating inspirational looks that are unique and your own person design looking fabulous every time.

Long hair can be used  to create your own personal look identity  it becomes part of you part of who you are as important as the right clothes and accessories and extension of both. Sexy romantic edgy soft or slightly harsh it all works it can look gentle soft feminine it can look intimidating  give you that air of authority, long hairstyles can be a tool of seduction and mystery. Due to the modern styling techniques  and the many tools and accessories  available to woman it’s easy to find and create a style that works that you own!

To be able to emphasize your natural beauty trying a variety of hairstyles is highly recommended   because in this way we will be able to discover  what styles flatter you the most,  and work with both your dress sense and makeup allowing you to feel self confident and comfortable with your appearance.

A few basic hair styling skills can literally do miracles by allowing you to completely transform your style.

Loose hairstyles can also be the perfect compliment and  alternative to a full on up do for those who don’t have time on their side and prefer hairstyles that look polished but with a natural softness without a great deal of effort. Loose wavy wavy hairstyles are a highly popular choice among women due to the wonders of modern styling tools and the simplicity of creating curls and volume that can with the right products last for hours  it’s amazing how quickly one have have both volume and texture  to enhance the natural look of the hair in a matter of seconds.

A few loose curls can instantly revive a lifeless flat hairstyle by creating the impression of movement and volume highlighting both the texture and shape of  hairstyle better than by using hair styling products extensively.

Sleek straight hairstyles can provide an incredibly professional and yet modern look slightly seductive  with a hint of mystery The particular look will help emphasize the facial features so you can really play with that eye makeup it has amazing face-framing abilities a scan a sleek pulled back up do . With the help of a good  quality flat iron, a thermal protection spray and a hairspray anyone can create perfectly straight hair in a matter of minutes. Despite the apparent simplicity of this  hairstyle, it can still be the  hairstyle that is suitable for a wide variety of events.

If you like classic beauty that Breakfast at Tiffany look then up do hair styles would probably be the best choice for you. A simple classy chignon or a more complicated up do will give you the sophistication you look for. Top knots and ballerina buns are very vogue and so easy to do a tight pony tail tern wrap the hair around the the tail creating a bun for a polished look cover with fine net!

A total classic the beehive up do is another excellent choice especially for formal events when looking polished is an essential requirement.

On the other hand, for informal occasions you might choose to emphasize your playful naughty side  by bending the rules going for a more up do messy hairstyles. Nowadays social acceptable it’s an effortless look  that is highly valued being endorsed by several celebrities who chose to make entrance on the red carpet wearing cute messy buns.

Half up/down hairstyles are a perfect  meeting of glamor and edgy softness conformity it’s an up do that affords the liberty of movement that a loose hairstyle generously offers. Suitable for all face shapes, half up/down hairstyles allow you to create a slightly Avant-garde look depending on the styling options you use.

Half/up down hairstyles are low maintenance and so practical because a little care and attention at the off set of styling, you won’t have to worry about the about needing to refresh you hair style and carrying a few essential hair products with you will ensure that your hair remains perfect for the entire day.

So take the plunge experiment have some fun create that look that is so you!

Mike B2MR

 

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Hair Consultation Hair advise:


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR

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

The Consultation your time to shine:

I’ve been a fully trained stylist for over 20 years have been fortunate enough to have experienced many aspects of the hairdressing Industry.

In  the many years working with clients i like to think that nothing shocks or surprises me any have shared every issue that a client can bring to the chair.

I’ve seen young women come in with orange roots and white ends.  I’ve seen red roots and black ends.  I’ve seen hair looking like a traffic light &  from violet to blue, colors that usually are reserved for flowers.When I see these mistakes colour failures in some case hair nightmares one cannot help but feel oh so sorry  for the client to which these hair are attached.

Normally when the color mistakes are so apparent the truth is impossible to ignore the poor client is so embarrassed upset and apologetic that one  really wants to help and fix this problem if at all possible.

The client usually admits that it was a money issue a crazy moment or a few drinks with that got out of hand with a friend it seemed like a good idea at the time! found an old box under the vanity and thought it would be a great time at 3 in the morning to “streak” their hair. I don’t have any issues helping these clients for me the challenge is correcting it the reward is success a happy client she made an honest mistake at home and now seeks professional help a humbling experience in it’s self.

Usually they have learned from the mistake  after all we all make mistakes first time one feels sorry for them repeat offenders well they are on their own, most however are more than willing to go through the steps to fix the situation.

Then there are the liars.  I know this is harsh, but usually when you ask someone a direct question and they knowingly misinform you, that’s a lie.  As a stylist how can we make an informed decision to fix something when blatantly given the wrong information, in most cases they have been deceived by marketing adverts and promotion that suggest an easy to use instant make over in a box trouble is these kits cannot cover and address every hair situation or scenario it can be complicated! from a stylist point of view we need to know the truth in order to perform the right service.

Here is an example of a normal client consultation:

A client is looking for some sort of chemical service, not always a major change; let’s say going lighter.  We will take a close look at the hair during the consultation and figure out what we need to do to get as close to the desired result without damaging the hair.  It is at this time when we’ll ask the client their past history.  whilst at the same time looking and feeling for indications of damage, If we see any sort of banding, we know some sort chemical affected the hair.  It’s a pretty simple fact, hair grows approximately 1/2 inch a month.  If there is a any sort of line of demarcation, we know there was something “done” to the hair,  and we can tell when it happened by how far it is away from the scalp.  When we ask the client why this band exists, they can’t give a reason.  When we’d tell them that something had to be put in their hair to create this band they will not admit to anything.  To be fair with so many over the counter products these days misleading the consumer it is possible that they were unaware the product used would cause this issue.  In some cases one would repeatedly ask the question and they’ll repeatedly plead their innocence/ignorance.  stale mate helps no one!

So here’s some information everyone needs to know.

Anything from a box color to a highlighting shampoo that causes any visible difference in your hair color has permanently altered the hair structure. Sun-In or anything like that, especially highlighting shampoos and conditioners have any variety of alkaline chemicals that diffuse your natural pigment.  Beware of these products since they may contain sodium hydroxide which is relaxer.

Any color from a box that is made from 2 or more components that are mixed together have some sort of peroxide component.  Peroxide oxidizes your natural pigment, so if there is any alkaline in the formula, you will get lift.

Many box colors say that they last 24 shampoos simply put if your color is changed by a box and if you grow out roots, it is not temporary the hair structure has been permanently affected.

When hair is colored or receives any chemical service it is permanently affected till it is is cut off.

You may have correction to re colour blonde hair with brown pigment, it may be a perfect colour match  but the hair still has any inherent damage caused by the initial service in this case going blonde.

So as a client try and be as open as possible the more history the better  their is no advantage in trying to hide any chemical service that you have introduced into their hair.   there is no reason to hide any details no matter what the box says informed decisions are easier to make with all the information at  hand and every thing must be taken into consideration.  When we ask you questions about what has happened to your hair for the past year or so, we need to know everything so we can make the right decisions for your services.

So next time you come in to get any chemical service done be completely honest with your colorist.  or  as a stylist you are doing a consultation make sure you ask all the right question.

We can read the history of your hair and there is no need for deception.  After all, we have your best interests in mind.  As they say; the truth will set you free. a lie may break your hair!

Our goal is to work with clients to deal with the issue at hand offering the best service possible supported with education knowledge and an honest understanding of what is possible given any situation and history

Mike B2MR

For consultation advise feel free to contact me via my web site :

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

 

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