Now I am just a student with a degree background in Fashion Buying and Merchandising as well as Direct Marketting.
I have been pondering the same exact situation. Especially how the tools work. Some of us have learning abilities and disabilities that create conflict in putting all the pieces together. That is my case and YES it causing anxiety. I suspect you might be a perfectionist as am I. For now, I am working on manequins starting with the one length cut (trouble with straight lines) and got that down and moved onto techniqes (great with other basic cuts so...) from on line learning of Redken, Matrix, and this site! Wow, how neat is it to follow directions, feel it and keep working other cuts after completion! I also now understand how important a solon's marketting tools is. Most product cmpanies use a dollar for dollar program that wants the salon to use their educators to improve the stylists in the salon. The kind of salon I want to be with does buy Crew, Matrix, Bumble and Bumble and such and have the company provide training seminars on their new cuts and products otherwise all I am learning is someonelse's habits and limited knowledge they allow me to learn. I also now have Monday off to take classes either hands on or watching and educator and learn. I can't tell you how much this has imporved my understanding, confidence, and use of tools (especially my mind). It's not just what we know but how much of a sponge do we want to be or do we want to so too hard, my way is good enough. For the latter why would Aquage hold seminars in up do and finishing, it doesn't make sense to do it your way. The best stylists and the educated continuously and put their money in themselves and their homework.
What I have learned about todays world is almost anything goes. Clients have different personalities and many want to impress their personality through their appearance.
I have a client.... he is a crazy wild man whom I love dearly... he has a mullet. His job prevents him from letting all his hair grow, and he's not ready to chop off that bit of rebellion. He can be polished on the job, and biker man off the job. If he wants a mullet I will give him one. He is paying me to provide a service. I can tell him it's out of style. He doesn't care. I would never refuse to do it for him, and to be quite frank I would miss his company, and can't imagine him any other way. It suits him.
I have another client, total metal head.. her hair was long , thick and obnoxious. She didn't care much about make-up or ultra feminine clothing but felt her long hair kept her feminine. It hid her face, made her miserable with maintenance, and she was sick of it. I gave her an a-line nape with a long layered, heavily textured chin length pointed blunt. I textured about 3 inches deep. OMG!!! did we turn heads. She didn't feel manly, she looked very professional, and still looked hip and happening. We then spliced eggplant into her natural lvl 4 color. Sharpened her up. She loves it, I impressed myself, her family loves it, clients talk about it to me, how they saw it and OMG she looks awesome.
I have another client, very posh woman, her etiquette would call for a polished professional look. This lady wanted heavy spliced blonde streaks in her short bob. I wouldn't assume she would want this very unnatural look due to her position in life, but she does, and it looks good, and she likes it.
I have PTA moms, fashion enthusiasts, maintenance men, realtors, bankers, restaurant owners, high school girls and guys, musicians, artists, a wide variety of clients. What is in, now, does not necessarily suit their life style. In todays world I find a variety of styles that date back to the 20's. And some styles that take a bit from this era, a bit from that era, and a bit of the future.
We definitely have license to be creative in todays world. Keeping up on what is in, and sharing with our clients is wise, but no one is locked into a specific series of seasonal cuts. Observing them, and learning them will benefit all, but don't stifle your creativity by putting Lindsey Lohans locks on everyone, we will have a bunch of clones running around.
Read this the other day and noted it.........
Anyone can play with finger paints, it's making it beautiful that counts.
Hello -- I know just exactly how you feel TWStylist. I did hair for 16yrs, then I have stayed home when I had my children now for the last 7yrs. I am going back to work now that my children are older, but due to my license expiring the 5th yr that I wasn't working, I went this month and took my written test and practical exam for state board and PASSED. Talk about needing to get back into the groove and need to know the basics again, I haven't been in beauty school since I graduated in 1984! I think that my biggest problem isn't that I can't do it, it is just self confidence and building that back up. I can't say that I am not scared to death to go back to work in the salon next week, I will be working with people that I have known for a long time, but the I still feel intimidated since they have never been out of the loop, and I am sure it is going to take me a little while to get my speed back, like them. My future co-workers have let me know they will be there to help me in anyway, and never be afraid to ask. Do you have anyone in the salon that can help you take the intimidation away? To help me get back to the basics, and to pass the state board exam, I ordered the Milady's textbook (I don't really think you need that) and the most helpful item I ordered from Milady's is their DVD, it is very basic, it will definately help you with the most basic cuts, as well as other services and from there you should be more confident enough to use that info in any hair cut. As far as cuts for men, fades, etc. it didn't really have alot on it, but on this website I noticed there are DVD's for these cuts. As Nice Anon, I agree, that is exactly what I did, I have several mannequins I purchased and I practice updo's on one, cuts & color, getting back into practice for foiling, and I turn on the DVD and hit play and stop alot! The Milady's DVD is very basic and should help you.
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