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Charity asks no questions!

Joseph Kellner

A few weeks ago I came across a dossier in one of my Facebook’s friends profile. And on this profile there was a comments left about other hair dressers work. I have been in this industry for over 29 years and by no means am I a judge or critic of someone else’s work or craft. Especially when I have to keep up my own style of hair coloring, hair design or makeup. There is no way to me for anyone to call themselves a master in the art of hairdressing when it is consistently changing and evolving.  Nor are we able to comment on anyone’s work when they are the artist. Do we know what is going through their minds, no we don’t. But on this profile the “Older generation had to put their two cents in”.  Which I think you need to watch out for in this industry the older generation will sell their souls for a chance to get up on a stage to live off the names of dead men. While in the mean time they will offer you a technique on “Dry Haircutting” and a bottle of “SUDS” and tell you it’s the latest and greatest. “It’s going to change the industry”. Those words were spoken by a man who told me he did all of Vidal Sassoon’s haircuts back in the 50″s. These are your old used cars salesmen of the industry. They will say anything to just catch a fleeting moment of their past, the “Glory Days”, while they have not done anything in the past 30 years. Other than open their wallets to receive a few penny’s from a manufacture for speaking their script.  And if you take a look at their work they are quick to “PAT” themselves on the back and tell you your shit sticks.  They have a group and will only pay you a tribute if you do a “VS” hair style. They will paint a picture of how crappie the new generation work is not up to “THERE PAR”.  They are quick to judge others. While their work still has not progressed since the 1980″s.  A wise tongue and a giving heart goes along way in the beauty industry

I do a lot of photo-shoots every month and all year-long. When I am hired, I am told how to style the hair, how to do the makeup.  That’s the story, and that is how I get paid. Kapish?

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The above hair style and hair design was done by a stylist, who I don’t know my friends.  The comments said from fellow hairdressers were as follows.

Ian ‘Gav’ Gavet – We are allowing mediocrity to become a legitimate norm… not good.”

Jim Rondeau  – That picture is beauty school. …… and the looser at that !

Cyrus Bulsara –  Messy hair and disheveled hair…are not hairdressing!

Cyrus Bulsara Hmmmmmm. Licenses should be withdrawn like they do for doctors!

Cyrus Bulsara There’s  a whole bunch of charlatans out there, especially in NY and LA who pat each other on the backs and promote this fugly work. If you had shown me some, of this work when I was at Redken, Clairol, Logics, or Wella, I would’ve laughed! No wonder the two top companies are losing share! And hundreds of managers are being sacked! They brought this on themselves!

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Frank Fowden Amen! These so called stylists have to produce this rubbish and call it high fashion because it is a complete lack of personal skill they have to disguise.

Tony Dorso You know what I miss about the old days?…..the haircut was the be-all, end-all of all things…..you could conceivably put color in the same category as right along side of it…..dont get me wrong, of course there has to be fantasy work, up-styling, etc., it just seems to me that we studied and went after the haircutting collections that someone turned out FIRST, (as the foundation of all things), and if they happened to do great up styling, etc. too, then it was an added bonus….I hope what I said makes sense…I’m just thinking back here to the way things used to be……….so much nonsense today….

Cyrus Bulsara – Some of this hair is a disaster and even the company marketing people and trade magazine editors, who are all young and new, don’t know good from fugly! I think this is one of the things holding back the industry! I think we have to take back the industry. And some of you Sassoon and other top trained Hairdressers need to start hitting back. We don’t need to name names or hurt feelings just point out and critique. (I guess I will Cyrus, who by the way is a salesman and not a hairdresser everyone)

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Now of course these wonderful gentlemen will say, “We didn’t mean that”. But you did mean that or you would have said it another way. Just as I write what I right I will stand behind it. But when the light is turned on in a darkened kitchen they will scatter like roach’s.  But what is said is said my friends. And one day you will pay the price for what you said. Just as I.  Have some compassion my friends. Learn to lead and to motivate my friends. Basically you just do for yourself and your friends. That’s it.  But Charity asks no questions my friends, it just does.  Real professionals would sit back and watch and offer a hint, or ideas to a stylist.  Or wait for a question from that other professional. Notice I said other professional. When you produce a marketable product and you are successful at your craft you have no problem sharing your knowledge. People who feel they need to offer unkind words are normally the ones that are insecure of their work. Know it all’s I say! Being successful is sharing your knowledge with others gladly. We are the secure people. We are seasoned professionals, the helpful. We are the Charity of the profession. We walk the walk and talk the talk! We are the kind.

I would look at this photo and say to the stylist, “What a lovely red color”.  But in my industry a kind word is far away from the present. Professionals take time in creating their own style and with that their is a lot of learning and practicing. But who is to say that if you don’t mimic a Vidal Sassoon style than that is not the way to go. You will find in my industry people will break their backs to do a style that is exactly like a “VS Haircut”. Big Deal, Big Fragging Deal. Do your own thing my friends.  All that time should be spent I feel on perfecting your own techniques. Not reproducing copyright work.  But if you don’t pay homage to the great ones especially the ones who have not done shit in over 30 years you are not going to be anointed by the senior citizens of the industry. People who live off a dead mans name, that’s what they are. Living on the bygone days.  I had a gentlemen in my first film who would charge a total of $10,000 dollars for a dry haircutting class. 10,000 I say to you, for a class. And if you look at the finished work he does it looks like he came from a dog grooming school. His work had no rhythm or reason. Horrible. Another called me and asked if I would help him with a product website, “This product will change the industry Joe”.  I had talked to his money man and he asked if I would send him some examples for a web site. “Sure I said” “But you have to pay me my fee for my time sir”. These guys wanted it all for free, the proceeds from the first film “The Real Hair Truth”  went to people who needed help. Such as websites, books, class’s, blogs and we did them free of charge. But this guy wanted all his shit for free, even after my friend made him a trailer for his website and I even gave him a website for free.  Be careful who you align yourself with in this industry! These people were scam artists. Like the used car salesman of the beauty industry.  We are in an industry that has its own PHOTOSHOP AWARD. NAHA this is a contest who can send in the best Photo shopped pictures and people will get awarded a trophy and be named, “Hairdresser of the year”. And not even be judged in a setting where they do there work in front of a group of Judges.  It’s all a scam. Who can out bullshit who. Take the road less travelled my friends. You will be better off.  Big your fellow hairdressers up, you may not know how hard they are struggling. Have you walked a mile in there shoes?

Education of the Beauty School Student

Many of us in the beauty industry have seen the disastrous effects of inadequate beauty school training. A student graduates beauty school with high hopes of doing a job that they love, only to become quickly frustrated by their inability to make a good living. The exception to this is the student who is lucky enough to have a mentor in the industry that provides them with the real education that they need to succeed. So why, after years of paid education, does a student require more on-the-job training to be a success? The answer is usually an inadequate and flawed beauty school system.
If we look at beauty schools as producers of a product then we can understand that beauty school graduates are a product that is thrown into the marketplace unfinished. The reasons for this start at the very foundation of beauty school: curriculum, requirements, intentions and corruption. First, beauty school curriculum is typically outdated and obsolete. One may assume that doing hair could not have drastically changed over the last decade or two. But with new tools and products coming out every year it becomes imperative for beauty schools to keep up with the times. The use of old textbooks and out-dated styling techniques cripples the student coming into the industry. Veteran hairstylists constantly pursue new education while beauty school students are taught the same old thing. Shouldn’t beauty schools be required to update their curriculum so that the product they produce, the new stylist, will enter the marketplace with the most up-to-date information? The answer would be yes if it were required of the schools to produce a good product.
Unfortunately, beauty schools are based on quantity instead of quality. A good quality school would be interested in producing students that have the knowledge and skills to succeed in the industry. Requirements should be based on teaching the student to run a business, be a salesperson, market their services as well as be a great stylist. Requirements based on hours alone do not come close to achieving this basic standard. Therefore, students graduate with deficiencies and become frustrated when they learn that just doing hair is not enough to build a business.
Perhaps the most flawed part of the beauty education system is the corruption of the schools. Manufacturer Schools, those that are named and based around a major name-brand product, not only have the intention of producing as many students as possible in order to gain profit from tuition, they also intend to brainwash students into being loyal to their hair products. What could be more genius than to produce students that will go out into the world selling your products for you? It is exceptionally good for the manufacturer but not so good for the stylists or the salon owner who hires them. Diversion of hair products from salon-only status to readily available anywhere has ruined the stylist’s ability to make income from sales.
We have all noticed the massive wave of diversion from products sold “at salons only” to available at all major drugstores, super markets and warehouse stores. Major manufacturers have betrayed the trust of the stylists and salon owners who have spent years supporting their products, only to be left with products sitting on the shelves. And yet these products have a huge influence on beauty school education. Not only do Manufacturer schools push the diverted products, most beauty schools become favorable to certain products based on
marketing designed to gain loyalty from the students. Little do the students know that they are being brainwashed to support a product that WILL NOT support them.
“Product Diversion” should be a required subject at all beauty schools. Students need to learn the effects of diversion on their business. For example, a good stylist/salesperson could sell around $7000 of product a month from behind the chair, which would be about half that in profit for the salon owner and 10% profit for the stylist. After the wave of diversion these numbers have drastically reduced. Consumers buy products from the grocery store. The salon owner and the stylist are losing income because of faulty training that starts in beauty school. The most tragic part of this debacle is that new students and those graduating will not even know what they have missed: an industry that supports its stylists. Until beauty schools are required to truly educate the stylist on the business of beauty, then stylist and salon owners will continue to struggle.

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