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 Hair salon Skill motivation inspiration.

A place to share thoughts and grow idea’s. Hair dressing skills. Learning the Basics and Building on Them.

Inspire your client get there attention gain their trust and confidence.By using your skills training sharing your knowledge. offering creative solutions and idea’s.

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 or the recognised certification standard in your state or province. In so many cases students leave college with a good solid basic knowledge of the industry and newly qualified – the world is their oyster or so they are lead to believe, however 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].  As a stylist 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. Products constantly change, techniques improve, we have to stay challenged, we have to stay current!

To often 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  see pic below! 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. 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
Comment by stylist. 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!”
My thoughts ! 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. You have to trust the products that you use, to do this you have to be educated in how they work and us them correctly! Basic colour wheel
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 shade and tone pigment
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 shades tone
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. So often as a skill taken for granted blowing drying hair take time to master creating volume movement shape. Its more than a paddle brush and a hot iron.Its the that from the dryer the tension of the hair over the brush its lifting the hair from the roots creating directional movement can you do this ? do you consider this ?
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.
Finally Computer skills. keeping great client records. communicating via social media platforms.

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. Part of this is challenging ourselves in the area we are not comfortable in to often these relate to Rebooking of clients, up selling of services and the really big one recommending retail products for home management and maintenance, these are skills you have to master and should become second nature in delivery of your consultation, if you rae not delivering a great consultation every time, then this should be the area to focus on before any other.


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.
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.These are inspirational, passionate, industry professionals.They have a vision. These are the people I want on my bus to learn from, share with, take a journey with. Get inspired. Connect with driven motivated industry professional. challenge your self. invest in ones /your self 

Are you driver or passenger !

 There are no guarantees in life and ones career and career choice is no different thing happen and its how we deal with them that defines us. Jobs change relationships come and go the one thing that remains after training is our skill both hands on creative and the ones we learn about people and communication about caring about being a team player. Constantly developing new skills staying current is so very important.

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 The Salon & the ‘S’ Word

 Written by Mike Vallance

Essential for success: commitment, focus, drive, a willingness to make change keeping an open mind. planning. taking responsibility for ones choices making and taking hard decisions. Honesty and staying creatively challenged.

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