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Welcome to Cutting Hair – The Precise Way. There are numerous books, videos and audio guides dedicated to teaching hairdressing students about the subjects covered in the curriculum for national qualifications.
This book is not intended to diminish their importance or for that matter the importance of the people teaching in learning institutions around the world. In fact, use the information contained in this book to enhance and develop the knowledge gained from your training.
This book is however, intended to assist the student by revealing how understanding the way that haircuts work with bone structure and how using the right methods, they can identify how to marry the right haircut with the customer.
There are hairdressers who do haircuts and there are hairdressers who cut hair, the difference is huge. This book is for those who wish to join the smaller but more progressive group of hairdressers who are dedicated and passionate about cutting hair.
There is no easy way of mastering the techniques required to cut hair at the highest level, it takes commitment and perseverance.
Use this book to help you to analyse issues and take the decisions that will make you into the best hairdresser you can be. The first thing you will learn is that the most important characteristic of any hairdresser is attitude. I will explain what attitude means in hairdressing terms and how having the right attitude can help us to succeed in today’s crowded and competitive workplace.
It is for you to decide what kind of hairdresser you want to be, this book is intended to help you to develop your own skills and make yourself stand out from the crowd.
It should be stressed that working to a very high standard in hairdressing, is a complex thing for the inexperienced stylist. Only with knowledge, experience and attention to detail is it possible to rise to the top of the profession. In this book we will examine the importance of developing your own techniques, the environment that we work in, the tools we use, how the condition of the hair can affect the outcome and the other numerous aspects of working with short hair, curly hair, long hair, balancing the cut to the bone structure and how to achieve the best results.
Here is the contents page along with Chapter 8 Visualisation.
The Salon Environment
Elasticity and Cutting Hair
Matching the Cut to the Customer
How Unique Thinking Created a Classic
Cutting Curly Hair
Minor Details Matter
Figuring It Out
Identifying, Reporting and Eradicating Mistakes
If you’ve ever fantasised that you’re a Hollywood Superstar walking up to the stage to collect your 10th Oscar or sung to a hairbrush in the privacy of your bedroom, then you are already using the tool that can help you get there in real life. It’s called Mental imagery.
Mental imagery involves imagining yourself in a successful situation and has long been employed by Hollywood Superstars to create the characters that win those prizes.
Professional athletes also use it to boost their strength, confidence, and results. The technique is good for more than just acting and sports, everyone can use mental imagery to plan and organise their lives.
Research has shown that surgeons, musicians, and business executives have used mental imagery to focus and to improve their performance.
Hairdressers can use mental imagery to visualise how a look will work on a particular client or what a completely new look will be like in reality. It is in effect a goal that you can use to create a roadmap to help you to achieve the design you are planning.
It’s very important to make sure that the customer’s head shape, bone structure, physical build, style and hair is fully analysed before a plan is started. This information is required to help us reach the right decisions about the design.
How It Works
Our bodies are controlled by our brains, so when we remember walking along a beach at sunset, even though we are just imagining it, we activate the parts of our brain that experience the actual event.
For example, imagining yourself doing movements can help you get better at them.
Concert pianists imagine how they are going to strike the keys to get the required note and professional sports people always practice each shot in their mind before taking it.
Footballers will always imagine exactly how they will approach and where they will direct the ball for a penalty, before they consider taking the kick.
Hairdressers can do the same thing, I do it by imagining the finished look on the person in front of me, I try to cover every possible angle, seeing the finished look in my mind’s eye and then decide the best methods I can use to create the look. This is giving myself an end point.
Once I have the end point for my idea, I can then visualise, working backwards to the beginning. This gives me a start point. Now I have my start point, I can work out the steps required to bring me back to my finished look.
Mental imagery is not wishful thinking, you can’t become a better hairdresser simply by reading this article. The only way we get better at mental imagery is by practicing it. The imagery you visualise should be as closely detailed in your mind as it would be in real life.
When you repeatedly imagine performing a task, you may also train your brain so that the action feels familiar when you perform it.
Finally, visualising success can boost motivation and confidence.