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Hair stylists asking for help seeking advise!


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What is it that holds salon owners back from asking for hep and advise!  What makes salon owners wary of accepting offers of help and guidance?

Why are many salon owners stylist’s so hesitant to consider alternatives. possible new ways of looking at situation old repeating issues and problems.

These might be operational business improvement salon training. What holds us back from facing up to personal assessment and growth?

We can hide behind a mask!

What is it that holds so many of us back?  

After many visits to many salons talking with some owners who have been kind enough to allow me a little time I have concluded it’s.

Three issues:

Trust, Fear, Money!

We can face up to things ask for help!

Not always in this order but one or all of the above. I see so many salon’s struggling to find an identity. So many al trying the same approach to find an endless stream of new clients. As one new salon open’s  one just down the road fails. Constant signs in windows experienced stylists required.

Yet in these same salons. The staff are standing around or maybe seated on the nice garden set out front of the salon smoking.

Is it not time to take a step back and really look at what you have and the direction you are going in ? If that direction is backward or stationary then you need help.

We all need help from time to time. 

It is so easy to wonder off the path we have chosen or the course we have laid in. It’s time like these that an out side set of eyes a fresh approach can help.

Will it does it cost? Yes of course but it should be that you pay by result! Or that the results are such that it was a good investment.

We talk so much about training continued skill up dates .Why not business maintenance and check up

from goals to vision to staffing and training?

I see many salons now also calling them selves an academy. These same salons are not very busy are posting adds constantly for staff . Why would any stylist pay to do a one day or one week course at an establishment like this ?

Training of young creative trainee’s is the same deal. It’s not just cheap labor! Be they employed or on some government scheme they still should get the highest standard of training possible.

If you are running a salon teaching training skills at any level are you team qualified to do this?

Maybe you should be concentrate on the salon and not have the school /academy leave that to the colleges and certified establishments!

Reach out for that hand of help!

Taking on an apprentice is a huge commitment when you really consider the journey. A young and impressionable trainee fresh out of school . Over a given period lest say 3 years you teach them every aspect of our industry not just practical and theory. Also communication service and consultation skills,

You also become a mentor to young person who you will influencing as they move from young adult into a fully qualified free thinking fully trained adult and hopefully a professional stylist.

Can you are you equipped for this ?  Is you salon do you have the right team in place? Time to be honest!

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.

” 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.

Its relating to your clients addressing their issues, listening to them . Being honest open and genuine. remembering little things about them  their life that last visit or conversation. health issues worries confidences should be kept ‘Never discussed’!!  Rather than talking about your self the coming week end the holiday the normal hip pocket who cares conversations so often associated with the hair salon and stylists.

Remember it is possible to have a long term last relationship with your client care for them and they will care for and about you they will help you build a successful business.

Loyalty. Respect. The attributes we earn through our actions. The service we offer.the care we take.

Mike B2MR

 
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Hairdressing a career and journey


Welcome to BACK2MYROOTS B2MR:

Regular postings of fresh new topic’s .

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.

                                                  Service and Communication

So 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 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.

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, and making that client feel special.

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.

So 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
  • ·

So 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.

Conclusion

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

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2011 in Ammonia free natural hair colour, Avantgarde hair, Avantgarde/ creative hair, Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, Blonde, Blonde highlights, Bridal hair, Bridal updo looks, brunette to Blonde, chemical reactions, Classic Chinion. The laws of colour, Colour correction, colour wheel laws of colour, colouring Grey hair, corrective colour chart, corrective hair colour charts, Creative Hair cuts, Foaming hair colour, freelance Mobile hair stylists, French Pleat, Full head hair bleach and tone, grey hair issues, Hair and style, hair chemistry, Hair Colour, hair colour education, Hair colour techniques, hair colour trends, hair colouring lift deposit, Hair Cuts, Hair cutting, hair cutting style, Hair cutting technique, hair cutting techniques, HAIR DRESSING INDUSTRY, TIPS TRICKS, THOUGHTS,, hair dressing training, Hair dressing training mentoring, Hair lift and deposit, Hair salon chair rental, Hair salon consultation, Hair salon service sales., Hair salon service's, Hair smoothers relaxers, Hair structure and Ph chart, Hair style, Hair style crative colour techniques, Hair stylist consultation, Hair Stylist standards, hair up/do formal, Hairdressing, hairdressing business, Hairdressing colour style trends, hairdressing education, hairstyle, Hiar colouring Methods skills, home hair colour, Keratin hair relaxer, Level 6 to 9 natural blonde hair, Lifting Dark hair with High lift colour, Lifting natural dark and warm hair shades, Metallic salts, Multi tonal low lights, Natural Blonde. want it!, natural level 7 to 9 blonde, Ombre hair colour, Qualification., Razor cut is cutting edge, REDS HOT AND COLD, Solid hair colour going lighter, Stylist's Certification, That special Day make it so!, The colour wheel, The Hair Salon, up do'd, Wedding day hair

 

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Skill Motivation Inspiration. In the hair salon


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                      Inspire your client get there attention gain their trust and confidence.

 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.

All to often 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.

We think that years in the industry equates to level reached ability gained . This then relates to status and price charged. Artistic director senior stylist and so on. Does this not create to a certain degree a sort of in house class system. One that dictates that senior stylist having more experience must be more qualified sadly not always the case.

challenge your self on the right not easy to produce but it was a challenge for me!

It is very hard to improve without admitting that you have any weaknesses or a lack of knowledge in the first place. what ever you level of skill how ever long you have been doing the same thing! 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.


                                                      Challenge your self if putting hair up is an issue for you learn

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.

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

Technical Skills – Colouring  [ lets take a brief look at some examples]

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     [a firm foundation of knowledge and skill is key to progressing on]

Razor cutting and free style techniques

Blow drying

Finished looks and up do’s     [ putting hair up can create fear! Once faced the fear has now power]

Avant-garde looks                  [ to create these looks is a journey of discovery in so many ways]

Full knowledge of products for salon and retail use

So 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 and is sometimes criticised. For lacking vision in some areas. However there is an ever growing body of professionals. That have a firm commitment to our industry, they 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 be more creative. Leadership and management help create an amazing work environment for all concerned. So key for success for all concerned.

Conclusion

This journey. This career, is wonderful – Challenging. Inspiring and yes can and will be hard work. but the rewards are worth all the effort.

Thank you all for letting me share some thoughts with you today.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in Ammonia free natural hair colour, Avantgarde hair, Avantgarde/ creative hair, Beauty hair salon, Beauty hair style, Beauty tips, Blonde, Blonde highlights, Bridal hair, Bridal updo looks, brunette to Blonde, chemical reactions, Classic Chinion. The laws of colour, Colour correction, colour wheel laws of colour, colouring Grey hair, corrective colour chart, corrective hair colour charts, Creative Hair cuts, Foaming hair colour, freelance Mobile hair stylists, French Pleat, Full head hair bleach and tone, grey hair issues, Hair and style, hair chemistry, Hair Colour, hair colour education, Hair colour techniques, hair colour trends, hair colouring lift deposit, Hair Cuts, Hair cutting, hair cutting style, Hair cutting technique, hair cutting techniques, HAIR DRESSING INDUSTRY, TIPS TRICKS, THOUGHTS,, hair dressing training, Hair dressing training mentoring, Hair lift and deposit, Hair salon chair rental, Hair salon consultation, Hair salon service sales., Hair salon service's, Hair smoothers relaxers, Hair structure and Ph chart, Hair style, Hair style crative colour techniques, Hair stylist consultation, Hair Stylist standards, hair up/do formal, Hairdressing, hairdressing business, Hairdressing colour style trends, hairdressing education, hairstyle, Hiar colouring Methods skills, home hair colour, Keratin hair relaxer, Level 6 to 9 natural blonde hair, Lifting Dark hair with High lift colour, Lifting natural dark and warm hair shades, Metallic salts, Multi tonal low lights, Natural Blonde. want it!, natural level 7 to 9 blonde, Ombre hair colour, Qualification., Razor cut is cutting edge, REDS HOT AND COLD, Solid hair colour going lighter, Stylist's Certification, That special Day make it so!, The colour wheel, The Hair Salon, up do'd, Wedding day hair

 

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Hair colour: Hair Colouring techniques.


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Over the years hair coloring techniques. 

Have changed with the times with the demands. From. Fashion trends. The constant demands for new looks for individual looks requiring new techniques and skills, that allow us to create new looks to correct and possible camouflage poorly or badly done hair colour.

In some cases colour that is so badly done or damaged. That the last resort calls for radical action maybe a perky cut or as a last resort a wig. Yes this can and does happen.

Formerly lightening/lifting jet-black hair would mean hours of bleaching.This would leave hair in. Poor condition. Unhealthy and over processed. Often with orange red mid-lengths and ends. With yellow roots more straw like than anything close to blonde. In some cases those looking for strawberry blond commonly end up with some shade of red or copper.

We now have some colour removing products on the market. These are worth considering when wanting to go from light to dark but always do a strand test. Get professional advise or a consultation.

For those wanting to try a darker shade. Without care thought and attention to the process a Gothic look caused from going to dark can happen. Bad hair Bad High lights is quite common place!

Modern hair coloring techniques and liberation of colour and appearance have made fire-engine red a fashion trend for some. Instead of a hair coloring catastrophe this can be a acceptable life saver now days when the removal of dark hair fails and a red hue takes over.

Hair coloring techniques can when done correctly add true dimension and tone working with the natural movement and swing of your hair cut and style.

Highlights and low lights are just a few of the choices that enhance both your hair your face style and appearance.  In addition hair coloring techniques include paneling and chunks, semi permanent and Demi permanent colour to refresh and brighten colour as it fades.

Types of Hair Coloring Techniques


Highlights:

Probably one of the first innovations in hair coloring, highlights brighten and add shine. Highlights work best on blonde to warm shades of gold, honey, amber, and reds and can be applied with permanent hair color, but after time should be carried out colour balancing by addressing root issues and refreshing the previous colour with a gentle formulation

Problems can and will arise when continued permanent colour is continuously laid over previously coloured hair.

Low lights:

A hair coloring technique that adds real depth to hair color.  low lights add darker tones and soften the look of over-lightened hair or add dimension to hair color that looks flat. A skilled stylist can weave up to three different colors into your hair by pulling a few strands here and there through a weave cap for a subtle look or foiling chunks of your hair for a dramatic, trendy look. this process can be applied with various shades can also be very effective when wanting to add darker shades of colour

putting darker low lights can add as much dimension and tone as introducing lighter shade.

It is worth noting. That when going tone on tone and darker that a Demi formulation is sufficient when going darker we do not have to lift hair as part of the process. a common mistake made! if you go darker with a permanent colour you will introduce warmth to the chosen shade!

Refreshing: 

Brightens and enhances old flat hair color by applying a semi-permanent glaze in a richer tone over a permanent shade.

 Paneling /Chunks: 

Takes large, random sections of hair and infuses them with new color. or dramatic Blonde it is a hair coloring technique that gives dramatic impact to your hairstyle, often by adding vibrant shades and bright trendy colors to natural hair color.

Hair Coloring Technique Processes
 that are used most often are highlighting and low lights. Many different methods are used to achieve this effect. It’s my opinion the one that needs the least skill, is when your stylist pulls small strands through holes in the weave cap. The effect is usually a subtle change that enhances your basic hair color the cap tends to not get as close to the root as other techniques and the holes dictate where the highlight goes with a cap only one shade can be applied at a time.

Foiling: 

Your stylist places sections of hair onto rectangular sheets of foil and applies color or lightener, folding the foil to keep the color in place and away from other sections. Of all highlighting techniques, foiling can be applied closest to the root. many different techniques and products for this method papers foil

it is favored by professionals and colour technicians.

freehand painting:

A great application for textured, natural curls, or wavy hair. Your stylist selects specific areas and hand paints them with color. working with the wave and the way the hair naturally falls this  technique creates a dramatic implementation of a hair coloring technique leaves you with a very “personal” appearance!

It’s important to note that although kits are available for most all hair coloring techniques. Professional stylists have the skill that comes with experience. Especially for hard to color shades like Grey, platinum, and black hair. It would be recommended to consult a professional if you intend to try a new hair color technique at home!  products designed for home use do not perform in the same manner as professional colour and techniques and application come with training and experience.

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Training/ education: Teachers


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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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