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Motivation work with a Mentor.

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                                       Training Skill Motivation:

Mentor and the mentored: 

From time to time  words and phases get revitalised re born one such word and term associated with this at the moment is ‘Mentor’.

Innovator,creative thinker,entrepreneur.

What does it mean to you? What feelings and thoughts does it evoke? Does it inspire you or fill you with dread? Maybe such thoughts as? Oh someone else going to tell me what i’m doing wrong. all that self help Crap! Right?
 No ! Verywrong.
What can mentoring offer? How can it help you? The real questions is can you take honest advise are you willing to act on recommendation? or at least honestly consider it? Can you take constructive criticism? Hard for us all.
Firstly consider a mentor as some one skilled and experienced in their field. Someone who may well have experienced the highs and lows of success. Someone who is offering help advise guidance.
One would hope that it’s not totally unconditional. The expectation should be on your, our part commitment to do the work make and embrace both change and challenges.
Certainly not for every one. A journey that may well be an emotional roller coaster.
A journey of self discovery.
I think we could all do and indeed benefit from a mentor/life coach from time to time that someone to trust and confide in. That person who can push buttons create positive thought.That person who is not on an ego trip who’s motives are not self motivated or driven.
Many industry professional are committed to offering such help to others. Asking for or seeking out help is hard for some of us.
It’s like being back at school in that class room and not having the courage to raise that hand and ask that question. Why is it so hard ? yes i know from personal experience how hard this can be !
{ enough on mentoring for now but a subject i think i will investigate more into}
Can any of us honestly say we know everything? We are on top of your game? fully motivated on a daily bases giving your all? keeping up to date and current?

Or like most of us you have off days or are you having more off days than on? Is going to work hard work? Is being at work real work maybe even to the point of resentment?

If you missing that excitement that creative buzz, passion, drive, motivation, then something is missing what could that be? Time to take a look in the one on one with who you see time!

Well now it’s time to be honest. What ever you work situation environment this might be the Salon.  Maybe your self employed. In the case of the salon sometimes its so easy to get wrapped up in the moment to busy, that training product updates fall the way side.

If you self employed taking the time to invest in your self also gets put to the side normally because of time and money issues. If this is the case then we convince our selves that we are doing Ok. We are up date it’s so easy for us to make excuses.The only problem with this is at the end of the day we are hurting our selves and our business we are also and most importantly letting our clients down standards of service drop.

With so many new products constantly coming onto the market it’s so important to be informed and knowledgeable both for your own sake and that of your clients.

Keratin hair relaxing products, new Ammonia free colour lines. This would be classed as product knowledge. Then  our skills techniques from colouring to cutting then we have the technical side of the equation the how and why’s sometimes gets neglected finding time just to reconnect with others share idea’s stay informed.


Final we have informal seminar’s that are structured to help with salon management, team and staff motivation, Service Consultation and sales.

It is my Opinion that all of the above should be reviewed and although not possible to address all  topic’s at once a plan should be drawn up to keep your business you staff  healthy and strong call it business and personal inventory or attitude adjustment.

Bad habits form slowly over time but fear not, habits can be broken just takes a willingness change a recognition of habit and indeed skill level finally a little work.

It can take as little as three weeks to break habits and start a journey onto a new path of self discovery talent and skill building sharing.

Stay at the top of you professional be a real master of your craft. Offer the highest standard of Service. Become a specialist in your field take control of your future your career your life.

If you need help[ with any of this I would be happy to work with you or your team.

Mike B2MR


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Colour correction a journey and adventure

Colour Correction:

A challenge a journey an adventure:

Cause client has Indulged in a cocktail of home colour trying to get that salon look on the cheap!

Sadly a poorly done colour service done by an unskilled hairdresser.

A mixture of both of the above some salon visits some home colour therapy!

What must we consider when taking on a Corrective colour  challenge?

The key to successful colour correction are as follows:  Consultation. This must be a honest conversation both parties must decide on goal and what is realistically be achieved! {it is worth noting that correction can take more than one visit}

Commitment to work together for how ever long this journey might take.

During the consultation a stylist must use all tools available to them. Ask as many questions as possible thus getting  a full history of events running up to this point!

Touch feel the hair visual look study.{ look for banding. fading. build up. breakage.porosity.}

Do a strand test  healthy hair floats over processed hair sinks: hair that sinks will not hold colour! step one is to re build that moisture level

How ever challenging the correction is and how ever good you are and we all like a challenge and to show off! { oh yes it’s correction so big earner!}

If at the end of the day you don’t get a good feeling about the client commitment or if it’s not going to be a good advert for your skill why take it on? EGO!

Think about it really damaged over processed hair fading falling apart as soon as you agree to attempt to correct this you are saying i take on responsibility for this and all that has been done in the past!

A huge risk remember if it’s not going to be a good advert for you then it can cause damage to your reputation. Hard as it is their is nothing wrong with saying I’m sorry this is just to damaged to work with at this time recommend products see if their is commitment to work with you!

If the motivator is driven by the fee you should not be doing it!

You should be thinking long term this could be a long term relationship with a client who will trust you for ever so be honest look at it as an investment! educate them.

The Next Step:

So we have decided that we can and want to proceed:

Corrective Colour will usually be one or a combination of the following:

*Wrong level: the hair is to dark or too light.

*Wrong Tone: the hair is to warm {Orange} to cool {ash}

*Uneven colour: Dark ends. lines of demarcation. light { hot} regrowth.

* Insufficient or poor Grey coverage.

* Colour that wont holds on ends, and or fades very quickly.

The key to understanding  corrective colour is the understanding of what pigment is missing from the hair what needs to be replaced or removed?

Hair colour is about balance harmony ask your self do i want utilize or neutralize the shade exposed? the chart below shows the relationship of tone and corrective tone: remember that perfect balance of our primary colours Red, yellow, blue.

So as an example lets look on the chart at undertone orange {orange as we know is made up of red and yellow} So to bring balance to a natural level 7 we would add a corrective Blue Tone! cool ha.

You must learn to trust these charts to get the correct results:

It would not be possible to give an example of a corrective case they are all different and way to many

possibilities things to watch out for.


Colour may not be removed evenly over the entire head due mainly to varying porosity and build up always work from dark to light! repeat on dark areas before moving on to lighter area. be patient always protect virgin hair – regrowth.

Lifting the cuticle causes damage to the hair shaft rule as little chemistry as possible: condition get that hair Ph back to 5.5!

Test the hair:

Do not remove if:

* hair is extremely porous.

*Skin is broken and or sensitive.

*do a stand test do a skin test be safe.

Repeat performance:

In a perfect world we could say this is a one off service! but be prepared for follow up fine tuning to get the perfect results.

Decolourizer or Bleach  one of the key tools needed for corrective service when mixed with the correct volume of Hydroperoxide


Follow-up this involves recommending the correct products to maintain the colour and hair condition it’s your prescription for success!

Book a follow up appointment within two weeks so colour retention can be checked and adjusted if necessary!

Remember it’s a journey an adventure with the right tools knowledge and education correction can be fun!    { if you don’t have the skills and confidence seek help get the knowledge}

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