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Successful Busy hairdresser

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What does it take to be a busy successful stylist?


Lets assume you have finished your training and are now fully qualified depending on where in the world you live some form of testing examination will have taken place. Here in the Uk that would be either having done an apprenticeship with day release to college. Or may be you went to College then worked in a salon to gain work experience. finally maybe you paid and went to private academy.

What ever your chosen career path you should in the Uk walk away with a NVQ qualification level, 2 or 3.  This basically means you have reached a standard of ability to satisfy the examination board.

Here is the reality your hairdressing career is now about to start. put everything you have learned to one side and open your mind  to the real world. Be prepared to offer assistance in the salon to any one and every one watch listen learn. Become a team member make your self invaluable to the salon and your work mates.

Use this time to hone your people skills. your communication skills, Consultation skills, the art of service. applying your talent to the clients your will be working with and serving them.

Over time as a junior stylist you will start to do clients and hopefully build up a follow a loyal clientele

one that request your services and recommends you to others. This is how you establish your self in the salon it’s up to you. No one else is responsible for your success. Non  one else is responsible if you fail! The hairdressing world is very competitive so be prepared for some knocks some good days some stressful days.

Once established what next think about your clientele the type of people they attract. Maybe you get a lot of recommendation because you are good with curly hair [maybe you have curly hair so you understand it] maybe you are getting recommendation for your colouring or highlighting skills.

Every one has one aspect that they excel at, either because you really enjoy it or just get it.What ever that thing is capitalise on it.

One day recently I was having Lunch with my dear friend a very talented man MR Jon Paul Hold owner of the Avantgarde artistic center Vancouver Canada. He was her in the Uk for a short visit he is very well know in North America a huge talent check out his web site see his work.


Whilst having lunch taking about past shows we had done together member’s of staff what they are now doing.We got onto to the topic of specialisation and the key to building and staying busy. That is finding that thing that defines you. Even if your an all rounder one thing will stand out.

For me although most of what i write a great deal of my knowledge is on hair colouring both application and technical knowledge.This is what i like to educate and share with others, if I am  really honest my skill and passion is  free style razor cutting. understanding how to create shape and form without cutting straight lines allowing hair to move and fall the way it grows and flows.

Once you have polished up those skill started building up your client base.Take time to think about the clientele your are building the clients your are attracting you will find a common skill that binds these clients to you.What is that skill what is it that you do that attracts your clients. work it out and use it capitalise on it.

Decide that you are going to Specialise in this  chosen skill and service within your salon. Maybe it’s putting hair up. Do some extra course invest in your self.

Some stylist hate putting hair up so if it’s your skill you can gain from it whilst offering a service and helping out a work mate.

As this chosen skill grows and the word gets out you will attract more and more. keep updating all your skills but always go that bit extra to stay on top of what it is that defines you.

The more in demand you become the more specialised you become the more valuable you become the rewards for this will naturally follow. cool ha .

As a specialist in your field doors can open for you. Maybe education others or working for a product company. Maybe photographic work or competitions.

What ever door opens consider you options and choices before making a decision.Once a decision is made you have to go with it live with the consequences. Don’t always just be driven by money the quick reward!! just let that naturally follow as it will.

Creativity. Passion . Drive . Motivation these are the things to focus on. never get to big for your boots leg EGO take charge remember who you are where you started out share and give back to others as success comes. Mike B2MR

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Review London salon international:


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Salon international:

Set with a back drop on the heart of London and sitting dock lands salon international kicked off over the past week end.



I went along on Saturday having been absent from it for a number of years as i was living in Canada and as a an artistic team member for both Vancouver based Avantgarde and for L’anza Canada  i had the good fortune to be involved in many stage show and doing platform work.

So i was quite excited to revisit Salon international to my surprise the big stands seemed to be for the promotion of the the new Keratin products all making different claims about their product the results one could obtain and it’s safety, The guys on the Brazilian system informed that Formaldehyde was at a safe level for the uk market but they would be removing it by December so safe but not so safe.


I think Habia and the HJ had great representation looked really professional did a great job I was a little surprised how little information or demonstrations there were on hair colour techniques or products, not even much on all the new ammonia free colours.

So much choice when it came to Scissors shears razors it seemed like every stand was trying to sell the latest greatest!

I think that more focus should have been given to the show Hair fashion music the look the a real hair -fashion show visually exciting showing techniques look trends.

As always at these events Vidal Sassoon project exude professionalism vision excitement Toni and guy always manage to push the bar higher with there edgy looks and attitude.

It’s not about trying to create a new look because in so many cases the looks have been done created before but sharing how to create them maybe develop them this is what excite and gets stylist talking wanting to try, maybe mastering some up do techniques.

Selling scissors razors why not have more cut demonstrations? all just thoughts overall a great show but slightly lacking in content, top much sales.


I have written over the past weeks a number of warning and concerns on the topic of the Keratin products relaxing De-frizzing qualities and how safe they are when heated to high temperatures with hot styling irons and the issues around the fumes.

I came across one person at the show happy to talk about the safety aspects of her product and not trying to market it as a hair straightening product. Lorraine Rose took the time to explain the source of her product and how they worked with a genuine professional knowledge of the hair market. the source of her Keratin being derived from an animal source the other main ingredient being amino acids, proteins.

I’m not sure if the web site is up yet but  if your considering one of the keratin products then this may well be worth further investigation L’ KERABELLE  having not tried it myself i cannot nor would i endorse it. as i always say the key is to investigate ask many questions before committing. know all the facts ask for a demonstration. and talk with salons already using any product.

For past reviews and indeed health warnings go to past blogs and links via my web site:


All in all a fun week end that i found quiet reflective but i hope everyone enjoyed it.

I know how hard everyone works at these events so well done to you all the stylist the presenters all those hard working assistants and of course models with out a model you don’t have a show

Mike B2MR


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