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Hairdressing training recently completed? What next.


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Over the new year driving back from Scotland we decided to split our journey and stop over at a  B+B. The place was immaculate very well decorated everything one would look for in a B+B that is until meeting the people running it. It was so apparent that they were not happy or comfortable in the service industry. Boring sterile none creative a real put off. They really did not like people or serving them it was a effort  Don’t be like this!

I write this to point our that we choose our profession but much more we have to love it for it plays and takes up such a huge part of our lives. Trust me when i say if you are just doing hairdressing because it’s a job it will reflect in your attitude and the standard of the work you produce.Ultimately your lack of success. Always be true and honest about wants and expectations!

Time for Action:

Now you have completed your training been through college or an academy done an apprenticeship. Maybe you are in your early years of working in a salon starting to get experience in being part of a team working with the public getting an understanding of the service industry. What does and can the future hold for you?

Most importantly learning about people and understanding giving honest advise. How to listen to them learn the art of consultation. communication. That realisation that you we are the product! How we dress, What we project, our image all the part of the package that says this is me i’m here ready to help and advise! What can i do for you.

Face up to challenges embrace them think of the salon as a stage your a key player maybe the star attraction though i would rather be a key player!!!

You have trained for this new chosen profession worked hard don’t get disillusioned in those early days of understanding the dynamic’s of. How a salon runs and works. Why do so many new young stylist leave become disillusioned or stay with it but with resentment and anger. Because of high expectation in those early years as a junior stylists, when trying to be excepted and get established in a salon.

What next is the world really your Oyster ? Can you really make it big can all your dreams come true happiness wealth success? or what ever else you dream of attaining! what is the key. Is it possible? I think with hard work commitment and realistic vision everything is possible.

Hard work this involves continued updating of skills and technical ability. Staying focused and motivated. Being a team player. maybe working with a mentor or  stylist you look up to.

Raise that hand ask that question seek out the answers you need Offer that hand as support be a team player. Extend that hand it say’s follow me you can trust me!

The one and only answer is you and you alone can either put in the work be honest with your self about your ability your passion. What you are prepared to do to succeed possibly excel above others to have that edge.

So you can either blame others for. Poor training blame your self for not pay attention or be really honest with your self and enter into a program of self discovery and skill improvement.

A journey to improve your hands on skills lean how to understand what true service is. Are you ready to put ego aside invest in your self and your future. Become fully booked successful and enjoy your career get the rewards that hard work commitment attention to detail can afford you.

The biggest change of career for young stylist comes in the first three years after training graduation this is a sad waste of talent skill training time and money.

Be positive and up beat face and embrace challenges don’t let your career go down the toilet!

below model use din a photo shoot whilst working with JON PAUL HOLT  Avantgarde Vancouver Canada.

It does not have to be this way with professional help and guidance you can succeed establish your self as a highly qualified expert in the hairdressing industry.

As a stylist maybe you are struggling, making a living but bored, uninspired feel like each day is just a repeat of the previous one. If this is you then you need help need to have a inspiration goals target a formulation to turn things around and succeed.

If this is you we should talk work together come up with a workable realistic plan to get you on a road to success.

With over 35 years of experience what ever you needs and requirements what ever skills you need to improve on a program to work from and with can be designed, call it personal hands on help a sharing of experience

Are you Interested. I would very much like an opportunity to work with individuals small groups or salon’s. In so many cases stylist fail salon’s fail through fear of asking for help and guidance don’t let this be you. mentoring is sharing of experience and knowledge brain storming of idea’s.

Fear and Ego are not your friend fear is only a fear until faced then it falls away lifted and can move forward face new challenges.

The real keys to your success are you the choices you make .

Service .Consultation .Communication. skill .Knowledge. Education up dates staying current.

http://www.doubleyoursalonsales.com/

Often we forget the the little things those simple things that make a difference. We lose or forget why we entered in to the world of Hairdressing, fashion style. We forget how to talk, to communicate all fundamental but how easy to forget. It’s time for a refresher !

The above link is just that an easy read that could very well change your life change. How you do things. How you look at things the very essence of what drives and motivates you ! now that could be worth a read. a challenge worth taking.

As step by step guide to increased success increased sales that easy! no quite you have to do the work!

Mike B2MR

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

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Collaboration sharing communication in hairdressing


 Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR 

Regular postings of fresh new topic’s.  A place to share. Thoughts post comments, idea’s. On matters relating to hair colouring, skill and techniques and anything industry related.

                          Any thing is possible you just need vision

It’s is my hope my goal that. Through this web site, blog postings and working on networking with other like minded industry professional we can work together to make a difference. Connecting through Linked-In sharing thoughts comments and topic’s with the two groups those being.

                               The Professional hairdresser knowledge net work.

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By using. A variety of social outlets and media groups my goal is to make connection enabling me to share my experience and knowledge.

To be given a platform to help improve the quality of service and raise the standards for both individuals and businesses alike.

To work with a companies who see education as a tool to promote sales, increase business and awareness. Whilst raising the standards and skills of all professional stylist’s 

There are many tools available to us all. Mentoring books designed to offer constructive help and advise. We all of us have a journey and life experience to share with a very varied back ground in our industry I am fortunate enough to have experienced many different aspect of the hairdressing industry. I continue to search for ways to share. to work with others on educational, mentoring and support material. That can be made available to both salons, stylists and trainee’s.

It is my firm belief that the keys to success for the individuals are. Education. Knowledge. Skill. 

These attributes include service skills, communication skills, consultation skills. 

A great sites for information and to net work.

                                 http://thesalonsuccessclub.ning.com/

                                                   http://www.doubleyoursalonsales.com/

                       Really interesting support material mentoring and support.

Quote /review

In writing Double Your Salon Succes, Karen Lynch shows she has a true understanding of the hairdressing world. She reveals the very essence of what makes for success by identifying the combination of service, consultation and sales that are needed to grow and be current. This book encapsulates so much of what we as stylists forget or take for granted. As Karen shares with us Pamela and Skye’s journey, she takes us on a roller coaster ride from start to finish. She reveals their struggle to make their dream a reality which is at times frustrating and emotionally upsetting and at other times exhilarating. As we read, we think “hey, that could be me; that is so right; what a great idea.” From start to finish, this book is a thought provoking and entertaining read that will leave you wanting to take the challenge to walk a new path to success.

Mike Vallance:

 


It is also being honest with your self, about who you are, what you want. How prepared you are to work to be the very best that you can be are you up for the challenge.

For a salon and business owner it is all of the above with the added challenges of handling managing staff, working with the general public, being fully focused and committed to building and maintaining a business all the challenges that will arise.

 The highs the lows the daily unexpected that will happen it’s how you deal with them that will define you reflect on you and your business.
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My hope is to find a number of stylist salon owners who are looking to move forward looking for advise some guidance life experience that will assist them to reach their goals and full potential.

to take a journey together that we will all learn from in ways untold from hands on skill to colour theory to service and sales staff training!  through collaboration and sharing

so many ways to communicate and be connected..

                                 sharing knowledge and information

Discover what the keys are to your success. How can i help you? can you help me? many ways to communicate connect share information. I look forward to hearing from you.sharing and growing together.

Mike B2MR


 

 

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New year, new challenges in the salon for the industry


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Salon service. Client retention. Technical skills.

What better way to start the new year than with a little reflection and honesty.Honesty about where we are. How we can change and improve things. How we can make change and embrace it. Turn this negative economy into a positive out look for the coming year.

We all have the power to make and embrace change and challenges sometime s it can and will seem very daunting.

I have decided to share with you some of my thoughts on the hair industry for it has played such a huge part in my journey. I hope you find it interesting and that evokes both thought and questions.

It is my firm belief that in this day and age and in such competitive times the only way to increase and expand your client base is through referral and recommendation it is so important to retain both new and existing clients. This is achieved through excellence in. Service, communication and technical ability, Knowledge. with a degree of humility and honesty.

This can only be done through High standards of Service, communication and consultation skills. education, team work and effective leadership by those who are training new stylists. I know that many who follow or read my postings might find that i keep to many specific topics . But they are all so relevant it’s so easy for us to forget get complacent. From young trainee to senior stylist we have to stay focused on the job and tasks at hand.Our clients and the service we offer!

                                       Service and Communication

                                     So let’s take a look into a salon!

One of the main reason for client loss from a salon is dissatisfaction from either the service or the final result. It is a fact that 50% of clients visiting a salon for the first time do not return! Why? That’s a huge loss of client’s and repeat business

Taking short cuts and compromising one’s standards and professional ethics leads to client dissatisfaction.

When a client leaves a salon unhappy! How much damage can they do to your reputation?

When a client leaves happy they will recommend you to others.They will get stopped in the street. Potentially a happy client will recommend you to 5 friends who in turn have 5 friends.

You are building your business on your communication skills. creativity. knowledge.The best way to build a loyal clientele is by being. Sympathetic to a clients needs, listening, professional consultation and by giving honest advise. Making the experience exceptional from start to the finish of your time together.

Did you know that the experience is as important as the than the service performed! clients remember. The service. The attention paid to them. they are paying to me made to feel wanted and special. [ Sound advise shared by a fellow professional and friend ]

Guess what an unhappy client can and will do? You got it – 5 friends will leave with them.

We have to be on top of products new techniques. We cannot only trust in what the sales rep or Manufacturer tells us.

These days we have to know and understand more than ever. The chemistry of our products the effects that they can have, how they will interact with other products.The client who wants to switch from home colour to professional. The Client. Who has put henna on her hair buts wants to switch to professional permanent colour! Could she? Should she? or He! what would be your advise? would it be drive by the sale of a corrective service or honest advise?

                                  Having that edge offering that bit more! 

After building up a strong client base with strong client retention. Do you ever wonder why? Every five to six weeks you have a somewhat quiet week with not a lot booked? You start to ask yourself the question? What am I doing wrong? Am I losing my touch? Well let’s see.

We have all had one of these. That crazy Saturday could be any day you fitted all those extra clients in. You were on a role and had a huge money day.

You call your boss and say. Guess what I did today. You leave work on cloud nine thinking that’s it. Every day could be like this. I really feel I have made it.

Now let’s just think about this and break it down. Was it really a success?

You took short cuts. You compromised your clients who had services booked. You kept clients waiting. You rushed through things. Guess what – you lost clients. Instead of running the show you created chaos and did not give your regular clients your full attention and service. They go else where – and yes. They go with their 5 friends. By having a crazy busy day it cost you. Short term gain meant long term loss. The key is service, attention to detail, and making that client feel special.

                                                       That 6 week Lull!

You will never get beyond having a 5 to 6 week lull until you look beyond the quick hit money-making day.Take care of the clients offering the highest standard of Service.Your takings your wages will follow. Sitting around does not look good for business nor does it inspire clients. If your not busy then get busy! as some young trainee’s pointed out to me yesterday.There is always something to do. to look and be busy!!!!!!

                                               Consultation key time:

You need time for the consultation. This is your time to shine. The time that reassures your client that they are special That you are considerate and that you understand their needs and wants. Your client sees you are prepared to take that extra time to use your knowledge to make them feel comfortable and safe in a professional’s hands. It is this service that gets you talked about and recommended. It is this standard of exemplary service that leads to both client retention and recommendation . Those communication and consultation skills.

A great tool to help you improve those skills take an honest look at the way you treat your clients is this little Gem of a book soon to be available through both web site and blog site. Are you ready to take the challenge!

http://www.doubleyoursalonsales.com/

Good luck strive to be the best you can. Mike B2MR

 

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The Hair salon service and communication


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

 

It is my firm that belief that in this day and age and in such competitive times the only way to increase and expand your client base is through excellence in service, communication and technical ability. This can only be done through. Education. Team work and effective leadership by those who are training new stylists and apprentices .

Service and Communication let’s take a look into a salon.

The main reason for client loss from a salon is dissatisfaction from either the service or the final result. Taking short cuts. Compromising one’s standards and professional ethics. Leading to client dissatisfaction. When a client leaves a salon unhappy how much damage can they do to your reputation?

When a client leaves happy they will recommend you to others, they will get stopped in the street. Potentially a happy client will recommend you to 5 friends who in turn have 5 friends.

Guess what an unhappy client can and will do? You got it – 5 friends will leave with them.

Having that edge!

But after building up a strong client base with strong client retention do you ever wonder why every five to six weeks you have a somewhat quiet week with not a lot booked? You start to ask yourself the question, what am I doing wrong? Am I losing my touch? Well, let’s see.

We have all had one of these. That crazy Saturday could be any day you fitted all those extra clients in. You were on a role and had a huge money day.

You call your boss and say guess what I did today. You leave work on cloud nine thinking that’s it. Every day could be like this. I really feel I have made it.

Now let’s just think about this and break it down. Was it really a success?

You took short cuts, you compromised your clients who had services booked, you kept clients waiting, you rushed through things. Guess what – you lost clients. Instead of running the show you created chaos and did not give your regular clients your full attention and service. They go else where – and yes, they go with their 5 friends. So by having a crazy busy day it cost you. Short term gain meant long term loss. The key is service. Attention to detail. Making that client feel special. Creating that special time .A memory an experience that your client will talk about and share with others.

You will never get beyond having a 5 to 6 week lull until you look beyond the quick hit money – making day. You need time for the consultation. This is your time to shine, the time that reassures your client that they are special, that you are considerate and that you understand their needs and wants. Your client sees you are prepared to take that extra time to use your knowledge to make them feel comfortable and safe in a professional’s hands. It is this service that gets you talked about and recommended.

Learning the Basics and Building on Them

We assume that if a stylist is working in a salon they have satisfied the examination board and reached a professional NVQ standard of qualification.

In so many cases students leave college with a good solid basic knowledge of the industry and newly qualified – the world is their oyster. But after a couple of years they become disillusioned. They blame the industry, the products, the salon owner or other staff but never take a look in the mirror to see the real problem.

In so many cases we like to stay with the safe option, never step outside the box or push the envelope. A certain level ability is attained and then we sit back thinking we know it all [ego takes over]. You might think – the salon has education updates and product reviews. But you think you were at the last one two years ago so why go again since you have heard it all before.

 

It is very hard to improve without admitting that you have any weaknesses or a lack of knowledge in the first place. It’s like being at school and afraid to raise your hand  because you don’t understand. You worry that your question might be seen as silly but the only foolish question is the one you don’t ask.

To truly succeed in our industry we have to learn so many different skills related  to our job. These are not always in a manual. There are some life skills and some that are taught. The key is be honest with yourself. Education and knowledge is power. Know your limits and be honest about your ability and then keep learning.

A good example of this would be to do colour correction one has to have a solid knowledge of colour – both practical and theory.

 

Ask these questions. Can it be done? Should it be done? Can I do it? 9 times out of ten correction is colour that has been messed up at home or by another semi professional stylist.

 

So the question should be will the salon benefit from this being done? Will you as the stylist benefit from doing this? If the answer is yes then question, question question! Look, touch, consult other stylist team members and then decide how to proceed.

Whilst researching information on Wella colour, I came across this review of Koloston Colour on the website. The stylist said “I used the same colour on four different clients and never got the same colour twice. You cannot trust the swatch or the colour!”

For me this highlights perfectly all the issues raised. This stylist needs to look in that mirror to understand that the starting canvas was different in each case so the same results couldn’t be expected.

what exactly is needed? Let’s look at some technical skills.

Technical Skills – Colouring

  • Fully understanding of the colour wheel and laws of colour
  • Full understanding of specific colour line in salon and full knowledge of the colour manual
  • Basic colour application, re-growth application, balancing colour and refreshing colour
  • Re-growth application on grey hair and colour balancing
  • Colouring virgin hair
  • Full head bleach application
  • Toning
  • Highlighting techniques including foil, paper, cap, freehand
  • Sectioning, formulation, mixing, timing
  • All other chemical processes including perming and straightening hair

Technical Skills – Styling

  • Understanding hair types to attain the best results
  • Cutting and advanced cutting
  • Razor cutting and free style techniques
  • Blow drying
  • Finished looks and up dos
  • Avant-garde looks
  • Full knowledge of products for salon and retail use
  • ·

For any of us to improve, like that stylist who sent in the review, we have to know honestly where are, where our strengths and weakness lie and then build on this knowledge.

Leadership

Our industry is in constant change but is sometimes criticised for lacking vision in some areas. However, there is an ever growing body of professionals that has a firm commitment to our industry, that have a passion for change to raise standards through education and sharing.

Leadership, education, and team incentives will over time and with commitment give any individual that ability to do exceptional work and to create an amazing work environment for all concerned.

Just like having certain skills or specialising in any given field be it Colouring. Cutting. Up/do wedding and event hair. Training is a skill to be learned. Maybe many of us should decide what we really want! Maybe owning and managing your salon should be enough for you if so make it the best it can be surround your self with the right people. 
Never forget that our business is built on what I call

The ‘Three R’s’ 
”Reputation. Recommendation. Retention”. 
It’s not built on that constant looking for new clients it’s looking after what you have! It’s investing in your self and your business and those around you.

Conclusion

This journey, this career, is wonderful – challenging, inspiring, and yes, hard work.

Mike B2MR

 

 

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Owning a hair salon The challenges!


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

Your having a great start to your day! Then two stylists come in ask for a word!

They give you their notice they are setting up a business across town! 

You own a busy and successful salon you employ a number of good talented creative staff. You provide trainees and assistants to work and support you team. You feel that you are fair to your staff and business is good, everything is going along smoothly. Clients are loyal so retention is good.

The salon seems to have a reputation for both service and standards of work.

Then one morning everything changes! Your two busiest stylists come in and tell you that they are leaving to open a salon on their own. They offer you two weeks notice tell you it’s nothing personal but they both feel they need a new challenge and that they feel that they have done and experienced about as much as possible in this present arrangement!

Off the bat you are shocked. You are devastated quite rightly. But how do you now cope with this?

Anger fear resentment panic! Followed by how will the salon cope what about their clients! Thoughts like why did they not come to me. I don’t deserve this why me!

Has this ever happened to you? If not chances are it will. If it has then I’m touching a cord I’m sure.

Why do I choose this as a subject because it’s one not touched on best left alone.

The fact is it’s natural progression it will happen have I done it to owner /business partners yes! Has it happened to me? Yes it has! I write to share experience and open discussion.

 At the time of me leaving a business I was involved in I feel I was fully justified in getting out. I was a minority and the two guys I was in business were taking advantage of my work ethic and looking after their best interest .So I did the same. Looked after No 1.

Having been let down myself was harder and I did not see it coming. On reflection I should have I allowed business and pleasure or employment and social life to mix too much.  The out come was being let down and left in a very difficult situation.

On reflection and from experience these situations are like any break up stressful and best way to deal with it is to attribute blame. What we really need to do is look at the big picture. The build up of said events. The circumstances running up to this situation we find our selves in.

When we do this and only when we do this. Can we really understand what has transpired culminating in this business disaster, how we handle is really the key to moving on and having closure.

After the initial shock how would you handle it? What would you do? Damage control? Ask said stylist to leave immediately employment terminated? Get the receptionist on the phone to all there clients. Call emergency staff meeting to rally the troops a lecture on loyalty to follow!

 Sound familiar? I advise take the high ground. Take your time to think it through. Some times inaction is much better than rash decisions and choices made in the heat of the moment. The leaving stylist will expect you to ask them to leave. They will already have full client contact information. In most case the key clients are all ready aware of this .In some case they might be caking it and or supporting it.  I’m not saying suck it up I am suggesting it’s how you deal with it and how you move forward that will define both you and your business.

Believe it or not this could be a huge opportunity to learn and grow and develop a whole new way forward for you your team and future employment.

So take a deep breath stay focused think the process through with an honest open mind. Reflect on your role and contribution to this for we all paly a part we all contribute to the circumstances leading up to this. Are you big enough?

I could write my thoughts on a resolution or out come but that’s; different for us all. I would love to hear some feed back on this.

Points to think about and understand.

Stylists making these choices, it’s not personal.

In building and developing a team create opportunity and incentives.

Do not play the blame game be professional when dealing with these situations.

Keep lines of communication open.

Learn and grow from the experience.

Focus on vision and goal for moving forward.

Do not create ill feeling about those stylists starting new venture. Wish them well

Keep all doors open.

[you may well gain more respect from clients who may come back] you will always be respected for being and staying professional.

Mike B2MR

 

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Hair stylist’s personal development


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

As a salon owner are you and your staff trained to a high enough level. Do you have the skills and training. The knowledge and qualification to give you that edge.

As a stylist are you challenging your self to stay current. Stay at the top of your creative game. With all the new techniques and products coming to the market we cannot afford to sit back on what we know. It’s not enough.

Succeeding in any. Cosmetology Endeavor demands quality. Professional skill. Creative talent and technical knowledge. In the hairdressing profession many individuals have good artistic skills. But fail to acquire the technical knowledge needed to make those skills truly great.

Would you like to gain more experience in other aspects of the hairdressing Industry. Maybe your goal is to own your own salon. Have your own freelance business. Maybe Become an Educator for a international hair colour company. A platform artist. Artistic team member. College Tutor. Climb that ladder to Salon Management.

A world of possibilities some not even mentioned here. What ever your goal your dream you have to stay current and up to date challenge yourself have goals.

Deciding on what path to take, where your true vocation lies is not easy, reaping the rewards from hard work and commitment . Constantly pushing your self striving to be the very best you can.

The hurdle and obstacles can seem immense one has to stay committed and focused. Be prepared to face rejection deal with the emotion of how daunting the journey the adventure can be.

Well you don’t have to do it unaided we are here to help. With so many talented drive focused stylist. Industry professional how can you get and keep that edge. Become the chosen one in your field or a business success.

The interview process.The testing. The practical skills. The live presentation in front of ones peers can all seem so daunting and yet  such a worth while challenge.

What ever your choice. To be top salon stylist. Own your own business become a Platform Artist.

There are no short cuts to success. But understanding what works and why, this can really help you over the hurdles to make the right choice to reach your career destination.

Apart from having the right up to date qualifications. Show a history of commitment through education up dates, prove creativity, show service and consultation skills. Have an interest in business management a willingness and wanting to learn.

Let me share with you my experience to help you get ahead reach your goals.

Most professional product companies and organisations. Hair salons. Training facilities have a clear and defined idea about the quality of skill knowledge and expertise they are looking for.

* How will they interview you.

*What might they ask? How will you respond?

*How can you show you have what they need and are looking for?

* How to demonstrate you have the skills. You have the Knowledge.

                                              It’s all Possible

Allow me to  offer some help and advise you share our experience our skills and knowledge. lets remove any surprises lets enlighten you and arm you with the tools needed for success.

We can supply the tools are you ready to do the work take up the challenge to take the next stage in your career journey.

So how do we get started?

  • Give you an inside look into the world of hairdressing the skills the knowledge the tools required to succeed.
  • Reveal what Salon owners, Professional hair companies are looking for are looking for
  • Show you how to improve your skills and technical ability Knowledge
  • Provide you with real life experience to draw from
  • Arm you with the tools you need to succeed

These step by step guides are a must for anyone who’s facing and wants to dramatically improve their chances of success of a career growth within the hairdressing world and all the wonderful opportunities it can offer.

Websters defines the word skill as” the ability to use one’s skills effectively’ Today’s Hairdressers must have a strong working knowledge of hair, chemistry, hair structure before you can effectively show your artistic skill through colouring. Sadly there are no short-cuts to knowledge–the more you understand how hair colour works and reacts on human hair fibers, the better prepared you will be to face the challenges that can will and do arise.

Put aside preconceived idea’s and lets explore a world of hair colour possibilities together!

So lets get down to business are you ready to get on the colour bus take a journey with us? You can get on and off at your will but the final destination is Correction control!

Investing in oneself!

What does investing in oneself really mean?  Is it costly?  Is it worth while?  Let me tell you, investing in oneself does not have to be financial –  it could simply be time well spent!  We must all look in the mirror and be honest about what needs attention or adjusting, but the real key is knowing, from the bottom of your heart, what you truly want and where you want to go.  Your vision. your dream,your quest.

This of course does not mean that financial expense is not part of this. Sometimes parting with hard earned cash is the driver and the motivator. to seek help, do the work, reap the rewards.

This help comes in many forms. It could be helpful books, seminars, courses, presentations, demonstrations. The key is to have a vision of what you want, where you want your career to go.

Think of your career as a bus journey. Lots of people on board with you, but hey, you’re the driver, take your eyes off the road and oops.

We are all in charge of our own destiny we have to make choices live with the consequences challenge ourselves. Share. net work. use professional training bodies her in the Uk HABIA are such  a key part of our industry ,But they too need the support of stylists and professionals.

so be active have and share your voice.Mike B2MR

 

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Hairdressing learning the basic! Then what?


Learning the Basics and Building on Them

We assume that if a stylist is working in a salon they have satisfied the examination board and reached a professional NVQ standard of qualification or another recognised qualification depending the country you trained in if differs greatly.

In so many cases students leave college with a good solid basic knowledge of the industry and newly qualified – The world is their oyster. Challenges creative excited!

But after a couple of years they can become disillusioned. They blame the industry. The products.

The salon owner or other staff but never take a look in the mirror to see the real problem.

In so many cases we like to stay with the safe option, never step outside the box or push the envelope. A certain level ability is attained and then we sit back thinking we know it all [ego takes over]. You might think – The salon has education updates and product reviews. But you think you were at the last one two years ago so why go again since you have heard it all before.

It is very hard to improve without admitting that you have any weaknesses or a lack of knowledge in the first place. It’s like being at school and afraid to raise your hand  because you don’t understand. You worry that your question might be seen as silly but the only foolish question is the one you don’t ask.

To truly succeed in our industry we have to learn so many different skills related  to our job. These are not always in a manual. There are some life skills and some that are taught. The key is be honest with yourself. Education and knowledge is power. Know your limits and be honest about your ability and then keep learning.

A good example of this would be to do colour correction one has to have a solid knowledge of colour – both practical and theory.

Ask these questions. Can it be done? Should it be done? Can I do it? 9 times out of ten correction is colour that has been messed up at home or by another semi professional stylist.

So the question should be will the salon benefit from this being done? Will you as the stylist benefit from doing this? If the answer is yes then question, question question! Look, touch, consult other stylist team members and then decide how to proceed.

Whilst researching information on Wella colour, I came across this review of Koloston Colour on the website. The stylist said “I used the same colour on four different clients and never got the same colour twice. You cannot trust the swatch or the colour!”

For me this highlights perfectly all the issues raised. This stylist needs to look in that mirror to understand that the starting canvas was different in each case so the same results couldn’t be expected.

From time to time we all need to reflect on where we are at and maybe make some changes.Nothing is ever set in stone ad we have to be equipped to make changes as situation change  position open up opportunities arise .Choices consequences making a decision living with it. Become empowered by staying current taking update courses being a team player get involved don’t get involved in the negative stay and be positive. challenge your self and those around you.

much more to follow on this topic but for now i hope it pushes some buttons!

As Salon owners, managers ,mentors we owe it to new and aspiring stylist to encourage be positive create team spirt. Support with education updates competition work any and all aspects of training including have technical day sin the salon regular staff discussion and communication events!

Mike B2MR

 

 
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