by NicV » 06 Nov 2007 08:40 pm
I did a Vocation Vacation where I shadowed a salon owner/stylist for 2 days. His opinion was that one really doesn\'t know hair until 3 years in to training/work/education. Then I\'ve talked to someone else in the hair biz and they say that you either have the gift or you don\'t. End of story.
I just feel that I don\'t seem to (at least now) be able to visualize what would work best on someone. I can tell when a color doesn\'t seem to look quite right.. but for haircuts? No. But, I\'m pretty much \"uneducated\" in the industry at this point, in a professional manner. I\'ve been a long time admirer of José Eber\'s work (24+ years). Familiar with terms used in the biz and understand some techniques. But that\'s about it.
So, it\'s the argument of nature versus nurture. What do the pros out there believe? If I were to go to an academy like Graham Webb, learn all there is to know, do an apprenticeship... could I become a good stylist? Or is my greatest limitation going to keep me from doing much with it?
by SophieA » 07 Nov 2007 12:48 am
Long story short, I started Cos school because I wanted to be a Make Up Artist...no interest in doing hair what so ever. In my State (MI) at the time you had to have a cosmetology license in order to charge for Make Up Services.
After I got the license and started at a salon my boss really pushed me into hair if I was going to make a living. I agree with your salon owner friend...about three years into it, and I mean three years of tenacious hard work...I started to get it..cutting especially, the rest of it came after that.
I love hair now...24 years later, and I will add that I get it.
On the other hand My Sister who started about 8 years after I did was what I would call a natural...she got cutting... sculpting from the beginning.
So I say it depends on your desire...your determination...you sound like you could be AWESOME..to me. Can you apprentice with the first Salon owner you spoke of??? I\'d apprentice you...because I think you have the desire. There\'s nothing like surprising yourself, take it from me.
GO FOR IT! Especially if you can support yourself during the training time. :D Keep us updated.
by Jeni Giles » 07 Nov 2007 10:34 pm
by presotto » 12 Nov 2007 08:44 am
by WASH.COMB » 20 Nov 2007 04:00 pm
by SYL » 20 Nov 2007 05:33 pm
I agree with Presotto, You have to be a people person and have the passion to keep learning and furthering your self. The rest will follow.
I am not what I would call a gifted hairdresser.
I would have to disagree, you are amazingly gifted. :cheer:
by Amanda » 20 Nov 2007 06:37 pm
Good luck with what ever you decide to do
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