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Back2myroots : A place to share thoughts and grow idea’s. B2MR
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Back2myroots : A place to share thoughts and grow idea’s. B2MR
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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 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.
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When we think of red hair colours tones and shades there are just so many shades to choose from. Hot reds, Warm controlled reds. Copper shades all the way through to cool blue mauve reds.
The red shades are the hardest to get to last the hardest to keep that rich true colour. why? because of the size of the colour molecule. Either we have to open the cuticle to much or the colour acts like a stain on the outer surface of the hair and it washes out. Finally the hair is over processed before we start. wrong formulation. many issues.
The rule is hardest to get into the hair last to come out!
Choosing the correct shade the right volume of Peroxide the correct formulation are all so key to good results using the natural pigment in the clients hair to give depth and longevity to colour. If we use to higher volume of peroxide we can lift the hair to much lifting out any red or orange and giving us a yellow orange pigment base. Always consider target colour and what will be exposed in the lifting process.
|Faded dull with Grey root issue|
All food for thought? We also need to consider the formulation for root application the formulation to colour balance on mid lengths and ends. Hot or bright roots seems to be a huge problem. Then we also have to consider a formulation for Grey coverage how much of our N series might be required.
Hot roots are normally caused by lack of N natural series or formulation incorrect the volume of peroxide and lift required high the volume the more lift, so more warmth exposed. Whats required? A controlling green or blue base if to bright.With these examples of red I have tried to show that it is possible to change shade in this case red without damaging or causing stress on the hair. As you can see the different shades chosen are all in the same family red, red copper, red brown they all work with skin and eye colour of the model. oh and no hot roots! even colour rot to tip balanced.
|Rich vibrant even colour root to end|
The Key to switching colour and shade is to do it in stages. Work up and down the shades slowly going from lighter to darker is easy tone on tone. To go Darker to lighter the key is to use the pigment you are lifting don’t try for to many levels at once, remember it’s an ever changing journey not a race. Using this method you can constantly suggest new change with compromise.
A colour client will stay with you as long as your doing a great job so take your time explain what’s possible both short term and long ! have fun.
Consider the environment you are working in the history of of previous colour application. consider and plan colour goals for coming months so change is possible with out over processing and or a poor job!
Take into account any issues during the consultation Grey issues can be resolved so you don’t have a thin deposit or hot roots . Remember Grey issues will require some amount of the N natural series in the root formulation the level of peroxide you choose is the other deciding factor.
The model above to the right has a Grey issue but as you can see a rich vibrant even colour is possible
As you can see from these last shots. all new same model new deeper richer red almost brunette shade. Why? Well as we are dealing with a little more Grey a to vibrant copper could cause it to look thin and with a possible bright roots issue. A razor cut to create texture and movement no scissors used also added more texture with my claw finger razor’s.
It is possible over time to take reds and indeed solid brunette lighter it’s best done with patient and a clear vision and understanding of process and final look or goal. above is on the way to the shade we are trying to reach.
Goal a light copper honey shade that will enable us to highlight and get away from a solid colour and the issue of roots because of the amount of grey hair.
The final look and colour we worked together for it’s a journey but well worth while I hope that this has been helpful and instructive as always comments views thoughts