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Back to school!

September means a new wave of apprentices and young talent enter your salon, all eager to learn and be inspired (we hope). Teaching them the ropes is essential, but you also want to nurture their budding talent and bring out the best in them

“Completing the course has made me more confident in the salon with clients, especially at the consultation stage when I’m discussing and recommending potential colour options. I find myself using things I learnt on a weekly basis in the salon, but most of all, it started me on my path to becoming a L’Oréal Colour Specialist”
–Hannah Farquhar, Saks Aberdeen
Sending them on a couple of key courses is a good start and below are our picks of the best, but every day is a school day so think about other ways of inspiring your rising stars in and out of the salon. L’Oréal Professionnel recognises the need to invest in the younger generation and offers a multitude of opportunities that are guaranteed to inspire and excite them.

The courses to send them on:

Certified Colourist by L’Oréal Professionnel

This teaches students all aspects of colouring to help them understand the business of colour to become more successful in the salon. From gaining knowledge on the colour products to how to ensure great colour results on natural and already coloured hair, this programme covers it all. To become a L’Oréal Professionnel Certified Colourist, they need to attend all the six courses, including Classic Highlighting Techniques, Balayage, Ombre & Freehand Techniques and Starter Keys (more on this below).

Starter Keys by L’Oréal Professionnel

Perfect for hairdressers new to colour, they’ll learn how to gain maximum product success when using L’Oréal Professionnel essential colour products, including INOA, Majirel, DIA and prelighteners. They will learn how they would use each range, how to choose a reflect, application methods, mixing guidelines, processing time and removal techniques.

Foundation Cutting Course by L’Oréal Professionnel

This three-day course is ideal for trainee hairdressers who haven’t progressed to cutting yet. They will build a solid foundation in the skills of cutting women’s hair and gain an understanding of the methods behind the principles. Stylists will develop a good understanding of the tools, face shapes and growth patterns, before moving on to classic cuts, all broken down into step-by-step processes.

Foundation Hair-up by L’Oréal Professionnel

More and more clients are coming into the salon for a quick updo so nailing this key skill is essential for newbies. This course will teach the foundation steps to correct preparation of the hair. By mastering the essential skills, stylists will be able to go back to the salon and feel confident in utilising and building on these classic techniques.

But learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom – you need to inspire your team with a range of opportunities that go beyond what they’d expect. How about a stint working backstage at London Fashion Week? Or entering one of the most sought-after awards in the industry? Or maybe going on photoshoots and meeting like-minded people? L’Oréal offers all this and more.

Harriet Stokes, from Not Another Salon, won the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award this year and considers it a highlight of her career so far. Here, she tells us her journey:

“I entered hairdressing as a young 14-year-old, super excited about learning and committed to constantly improving my skill and knowledge through seeking out every opportunity to learn, whether it was a course or offering to assist other stylists.

“My growth as a stylist has been largely due to continuously making time and financial investing into improving my skill. Attending regular courses and programmes that steer me toward my goals have contributed to my achievements so far. One of my biggest accomplishments this year was completing the L’Oréal Colour Specialist course. It was challenging but rewarding. This experience has allowed me to grow in confidence as a member of the L’Oréal ID Artist programme and especially in my teaching opportunities alongside my boss/mentor, Sophia Hilton.

“But one of the highlights of my career to date must be winning the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Star Award this year. The win was significant for me personally, as I first entered this category five years ago and the win represents my personal growth from a young colourist who had very little knowledge to now.”

Learn more about Harriet’s career journey and others later this month on CH Education when we explore the opportunities becoming a L’Oréal ID Artist provides…