Take the complaints seriously and try to improve on what you think the problem is. If I were you, I would seriously consider assisting a successful stylist to watch and learn so that you can do the same!
Are you working in a chain salon? (ok nothing against chain salons ahem). Is there someone in your salon that is really good... booked up and gets no complaints? Ask to watch them while they cut... maybe you can see what they are doing that you are not, or vise versa...
Disiplined? Are you 4 now??? Your boss is an idiot....
Well let's go back now. How long was your "training"? How many days did you actually do hair services on people or mani's? Was this a hands on trainer who can actually "teach" or some schmo barking orders- so to speak? Was there a certain number of services that you had you complete "correctly" before your training was complete? Was it one-on-one or out on the floor? Were you taught 'why' this and that has to be done in a certain way to make the finish?
....Sorry for all of the questions, I'm just trying to figure out how you were trained. Men's cut are one of the easiest "IF" you are properly taught how to do them. Everybody has flops or clients that "don't like this" for whatever reason. SH!T HAPPENS! Tis' no body perfect.... except RC of course but that's a whole different world of thread. (LOL vallygrrl). Skill comes in due time and perfection is in the eye of the beholder, of course now it's a lumpy road sometimes. You can have the perfect cut style or what not and Sally hates it and b!tches up a storm about nothing. These 3 cuts...were you shown what the problem was and had it explained how to correct it? Or just.. "i no longer can do mens work because of this, and they took away one of my days"?
the training within the salon for mens work was like 6 months long. no maniquin work, all live models.
one of the 3 haircuts which were complaints its was a short military style crewcut, high and tight. this was the first time i ever did this haircut, or attempted this haircut. i was so nervous the client requested someone else complete his haircut, which i guess was probally a good thing, this probally would have been a bad haircut if i finished it, but i never was taught a mens haircut that was this short. what do you all think.
how would you all go about leaving the salon, i was just going to tell them its time for me to move on, and the salon is not meeting my needs. i wasnt going to mention the haircuts. what do you think.
Wait until you have the other job...unless money isn't an issue for you. DON'T count your chickens before they hatch. If it looks promising go for it. It's Friday, one day isn't going to kill you.
If you are having problems with crew cuts, find some kids in the neighborhood with that cut and talk to their parents. If these boys are anything like my son they won't care, they'll just buzz it anyways if somethings off a little. It's hot out and the buzz will be back soon enough.
If you can try to take some classes in your area. Matrix has a great porgram called CRAFT and you can download the CRAFT Manual on their web site Matrix.com, log into the pro side, go to the home page and click on Discover Matrix Education and at the bottom of the page is the link to download the CRAFT Cutting & Coloring manuals.
I would also recommend that you go to a barber and ask if you can watch them and ask questions, they can give you a lot of tips on mens cuts.
You can get mannequins on e-bay for a cheap price and practice, but go to your local distributor store and get their class list and take some and then start practicing. Good Luck!
- Masg Kavanaugh
If I were you, I would definitely look into another job with a high-end salon that requires you tech first. Salons such as these generally have excellent educational opportunities for you as a stylist that will build upon the foundation for which you established in cosmetology school.
Someone had mentioned finding people to practice on. While this certainly has its advantages, I wouldn't practice on anyone before you've learned the proper technique(s) for doing the cuts you've problems with. Even after you've learned them, I suggest you purchase a few mannequins. Better yet, if your cosmetology school is close by, I would contact them and inform them of your dilemma. I'm sure they would be more than happy to show you how to handle the cuts you've problems with. After all, their reputation is on the line. If you don't do well, they look bad. I'm fixing to graduate from cosmetology school myself, and fortunately, my school offers continuing education even after graduation at no cost to the stylist. They believe that furthering one's knowledge is key to success in this industry. I hope the school you attended has something similar in the works.
One last thing that I just considered. If possible, contact your former school and see if they've any available mannequins you can have for free to practice on. I know our school often has mannequins that are left behind by previous students or dropouts, or they've no use for them due to procedures done to the mannequins yet they still have hair that can be cut off. If you've problems with high & tight cuts, the mannequin will not have to have much hair to work with. Once you've practiced and feel comfortable doing doing these cuts, I would then offer to do them on people for practice. Best of luck!!!
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