One of the best things about being a stylist is the constant opportunity to learn. Because it’s part of our job to stay current, it requires us to change and seek new experiences and skills.
December 13th and 14th are two unforgettable days during which we were challenged and inspired. We were lucky enough to take part in an educational seminar at a well-respected salon in Los Angeles called Spoke & Weal. Jon Reyman was the educator, not only was he amazing but the team working under him was incredible! When we walked into the salon, we got the sense that we were walking into its world — we felt a sense of style, fashion, and inspiration. The class we were about to take required full attention, creativity, and a willingness to really open up our minds in the world of cutting.
For the first day, we re-examined the basics. Looking and discussing what hair cuts were, what was most trendy, and looking way back on layers that we no longer use today. We learned that hair cutting is something visual, a craft in the eye of the beholder. Jon presented an interesting perspective on how we live today in the world of cutting. He said, “Knowing the difference between length and density is key, how to create movement in the hair but also balancing everything by feeling the hair.” As the day went on we followed him step by step using a mannequin head and cutting three different hair cuts using three new techniques. One technique was thinning shears, another was back cutting and the other was different strokes using shears.
On day two, he performed three haircuts on three live models in preparation for us to perform on our very own model. Not only did we learn to do a hair cut in a whole new way but we were able to perfect the posture, placement and tension. Not only were we proud of our new styles of cutting but our clients loved their hair!
Most importantly, we gained a renewed excitement for my career by learning something new and gaining a different approach.
And we must share this quote that Jon referenced: “It’s not the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change” -Charles Darwin
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