Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
Ladies aren’t the only clients in a given salon – guys come in as well, and at Collectiv Academy, our cosmetology school programs will keep you fully prepared for both genders. One big item that’s often unique to men? Beard care.
A beard is a growing style element for men these days, and an increasing number are willing to seek help with theirs at the salon. Here are a few tips you can give clients on growing, shaping and maintaining a beard.
The first month of growing a beard is vital, and it will take some discipline. Most good beard stylists do not recommend any heavy-duty shaving, shaping or trimming for the first month or so – obtaining a solid beard takes about this long. This gap helps clients understand how their hair naturally grows on the face, and gives an idea of what kinds of shapes will work well. It also gives a long enough period for a foundation to grow in.
Especially for men who have never grown a major beard before, determining skin type before getting started can go a long way. Dry skin, oily skin and sensitive skin may all have different requirements for growing a proper beard, and a stylist trained at Collectiv Academy will have all the expertise to advise clients in these areas.
Many stylists recommend moisturizing a beard daily, and using the proper materials. Coconut oil is a popular product that smells good and washes out easily, plus adds nutrients – once again, this is an area where you’ll be able to give numerous recommendations based on specifics once you’ve been through our programs. Moisturizing helps keep the entire face, not just the beard itself, healthy.
Clients should know that as they go down the bearded road, the skin may protest at times. Itching is one of these primary methods, but that doesn’t mean folks should take the first major itching episode as a reason to grab the razor and give up. For clients who can’t manage the itch, it will be up to you to recommend new products or strategies to keep things more comfortable.
For more information on beard trims or any of the other services we train in, or to learn about our beauty school program, speak to the experts at Collectiv Academy today.
Hair coloring is a big part of the salon experience for many people, and at Collectiv Academy, our hair school services will give you all the expertise and knowledge you need to serve customers in this area for your entire career. We’ll take you through everything from the basics to the complex details, making you a hair coloring expert in no time.
Hair highlighting has been popular for many years and remains so, one of the largest individual areas within hair coloring. Clients with highlighted hair are often very particular about caring for it and maintaining its precise looks – here are a few tips you can give to such clients about detailed highlight care.
Highlighted hair can become highly porous and lose moisture easily, making a deep conditioning once a week or so an absolute must. Advise clients to apply roughly once a week after shampooing, and then leave on for about 10 to 15 minutes, either with or without heat. This will help return moisture to the hair, and add shine and bounce that may have been naturally lost more quickly. With this and any other products used, be sure to check that they’re PH balanced to be gentle on colored hair.
Especially in a dry or sunny area, pre-soaking hair and using conditioners can go a long way, especially before days when a client will be outside for long periods. Advise them on tactics to prevent hair dehydration.
If highlighted hair gets too dry, the ends can begin to fray as they become more fragile. To avoid these kinds of split ends, advise customers to return every eight to 10 weeks for a baby hair trim. This will keep the hair healthy, and also keep their style fresh.
Keeping highlighted hair protected from excessive temperatures is very important for keeping it healthy. If clients are using any heated tools, such as a hair straightener, apply a thermal protector first to protect the structure of the hair. If possible, advise clients to reduce blow-dry time, and allow highlighted hair to air dry as often as they can.
Want to learn more about highlighted hair, or any of our other beauty school services? Speak to the educators at Collectiv Academy today.
If you’re interested in a school beauty school like Collectiv Academy, it’s because you have a passion for a career in the salon. You want to help people look and feel their best, in an atmosphere where you control your work hours and can spread your social wings.
One of the biggest elements of this job once you graduate from our cosmetology school and move into the field? Salon etiquette. Everything you do around the salon, even some of the little things, will impact the way your clients consider you, and could have an effect on your bottom line. With that in mind, here are a few etiquette items to consider, and some to avoid, within the salon.
You want to be social, but not so loud that the entire salon can hear you – this is still a business, and you don’t want to interfere with other conversations taking place. Speak at a normal level as long as there are other clients in the salon. Also avoid profanity, even if you think your individual client is okay with it – others might not be.
It’s great to wear tasteful jewelry to match your outfit and present yourself as a beauty expert, but consider the needs of the client as well. If you’re wearing loud bangle bracelets on your arms that will be right next to a client’s ears for 45 minutes, these will probably annoy them pretty quickly. Make practical decisions about jewelry and other accessories.
Never gossip about your co-workers. Drama can be a major impediment to a well-run salon, and you don’t need to be the one fueling it. In addition, whether with clients or co-workers, stay away from touchy subjects like religion, politics or sex – these are industry taboos, as they take the focus away from clients and can also cause drama.
Keep that cell phone far away from the salon floor. It’s unprofessional, and make sure you aren’t tempted by it. Feel free to check messages during your breaks.
Always keep yourself personally clean – both looking and smelling nice. You’re setting an example for beauty, after all. This includes cigarette smoke, if you’re a smoker.
Keeping your area – and the entire salon – clean will go a long way with clients. Clean up your area immediately after each client, and look to help the group and clean communal areas when you have time.
Never openly discuss tips in front of clients, whether it’s their own or someone else’s. It’s very unprofessional, and puts undue pressure on them. Don’t keep tips visible on your station, either.
Want to learn more about salon etiquette, or any of the other elements of our cosmetology program? Speak to the educators at Collectiv Academy today.