Well, the learners are back after the Easter break and the 2nd years are working really hard to complete their qualification.
Matrix Master Cutting Course
Karen and Julie (Salon Sixty Six) went on the Master Cutting Course at Matrix with Jamie Stevens on Monday. We are looking forward to them bringing their skills into the Academy to show the tutors what they have learnt.
The learners are so excited about nearly completing their qualification and becoming qualified. They are working really hard to achieve their assessments and progressing on to some Level 3 skills.
Our 1st years have been catching up with their theory, by carrying out online tests, completing their assessment packs and going through any underpinning knowledge they are unsure of. They are doing really well. Some of the learners are completing their shampoo and blowdry assessments and are looking for models who are happy to have their hair plaited and for models who would like a one length cut.
The level 3's are working on avant garde hair up techniques using unconventional tools like coke cans and straws. We look forward to seeing some photos in the near future. If anyone wants to be a model so our learners can try out some of these techniques, please give us a ring.
Sara is really pleased with how her barber students are progressing with their skills. They have another month to refine their techniques and we are so lucky to have male models coming in for them to practice on.
The next course starts on Tuesday 6 June 2017 5.30 pm - 8.30 pm, so if you are interested, please give us a ring on 01603 886969.
What makes a great hairdresser/barber?
There are many things that can make a hairdresser or a barber great, but these are our 5:
1. You're a good listener - we have heard in the news recently that clients open up to their stylist and that they make better therapists that the real deal. But the most significant act of listening you'll undertake as a stylist is during the initial consultation with your client, before their service. It is your obligation to clarify exactly what they want from their service. Before you pick up your scissors or mix the colour, it is vital that you and your client have communicated clearly and that you are on the same page
2. You are honest - if a client wants a look that won't work for them, you must be able to tactfully let them know some other ideas that would better suit them. A great stylist understands how a look will work and wear in the long term, and can identify whether it's a good fit for the client.
3. You possess technical skill and manual dexterity - all the honesty, creativity and listening skills in the work can't make up for a bad haircut. Being a good stylist means committedly learning the ins and outs of several techniques - and staying hungry for more education and training.
4. You are adaptable - an excellent stylist is unfazed by changing trends, new tools, client visions and the millions of tiny inconveniences that some how fill everyone's lives. You never know what your day will bring, so it's imperative that you're confident that your creativity, vision and skill can all come into play to help you achieve a great result and a happy client.
5. Present yourself well - you are an image maker so be sure to develop your image. Your personal presentation impacts how you are perceived. Be clean, tidy and well groomed. Wear clothes that suit your own style - fashionable, alternative or classic. be authentically you so people can trust you.
With the general election coming up, the Government have put a 'pause' on the processes that were due to take place. This will effect things like the AGE grant and the incentive for employers, so bare with us, as we are being filtered information on a day to day basis.
Next week the new Apprenticeship funding rules come into play, so hopefully we will have some news then.
See you next week!
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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields
It was Mental Health Awareness Day on Tuesday and some of our learners dressed in yellow and staff wore yellow ribbons in their hair or on their clothes to help promote the awareness! Product training was given to the remaining learners who haven't had the training, so everyone is now aware of the Matrix products and the types of hair they should be used on.
The first year learners were given the opportunity to bring in models for an open workshop this week to practice the skills they have learnt so far. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more pictures. The above picture was from a Level 3 student, it looks amazing!
We were finalising the details on our new NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing course this week. It will start in April and will take you through to Christmas. There are 9 units - shampooing, cutting, colouring, setting, style & finish, consultation, maintain effectiveness, cutting mens hair and plait & twist. All great units to help you start your hairdressing career. If you are thinking of changing your career, this course will be ideal. We will guide you through the knowledge and practical criteria to meet your assessments and throughout your training there will be opportunities to have your own column in the training school to help you gain salon experience in a controlled environment. Call 01603 886969 to reserve your place.
The quiz this week on Facebook is a hairdressing knowledge questions. What do you remember about the hair structure?
Our Level 3's have been practicing their colour work this week, working on clients or their tuition head. Some great work all round!
Sara has been busy visiting salons, observing in house training and delivering barber training to stylists. If your team would like to extend their knowledge of barbering or hairdressing skills, our professional tutors are available to deliver the training in you salon. Please call 01603 886969 for more details.
We take pride in our training to ensure all our students go away with a deep knowledge of hairdressing and barbering techniques to ensure they can meet the challenges they will face everyday in their salon.
Our 1st years have started on their functional skills training and they will do a bit every other week until they are ready for the online test. They are now ready to start working on clients, so if you would like to have your hair set, blowdryed or even put up, our learners are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment.
Next Tuesday is Mental Health Day and we will be thinking of this day by all of us wearing yellow. We look forward to the pictures. World Mental Health Day is a day for global health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. This years theme is mental health in the workplace.