It changed my life…
I left school with two GCSEs – one in art and one in maths. So you can imagine my delight at being told I was going to sit a 15-day course with two exams.
Now, I love a hair colour geek session as much as the next salon technician, but when I started being handed files, writing pads, pencils and pen and sheet dividers, the panic set in.
But I needn’t have worried. L’Oréal’s Colour Specialist course turned out to be the best thing I have ever done. I really believe you can’t properly colour hair without the information this course provides you with. It completely changed my game!
The course gives a really deep insight into all aspects of hair colouring, provides you with the L’Oréal rules and introduces you to the world of D.O.P (those who know will know…).
I completed my dates handed in my homework and passed my exams. “My name is Paul Dennison and I am a L’Oréal Colour Specialist “
A great analogy I was told, is that being a L’Oréal Colour Specialist is like becoming a professional footballer in a world of amateurs. It’s also great to know that clients can search for a L’Oréal Colour Specialist in their area through L’Oréal’s website, which is great marketing for attracting new business in your local area.
Now, I mentioned the rules earlier and believe me, I’m all for breaking the rules – but before you do, you need to know what you are breaking and why.
Hairdressers are renowned for taking a styling product designed for A and using it for B, and why not? We can, because we are creatives. It’s a different story when it comes to colour; you have to be safe.
After graduating the Colour Specialist course, you go into a select club – the L’Oréal Colour SpeciA-List. This provides you access to new product releases before everyone else and ongoing updates on new technology within the L’Oréal Professionnel range.
They also do an A-List tour, and this year I was asked to present as the guest artist.
Five dates were provided and sold out quickly. I had to be on my A-Game.
Working closely with Adam Stockton from L’Oréal Professionnel (a fashion whizz-kid) we looked at how hair colour changes round the world, broke this down into three countries and presented a live demonstration influenced by each country linked to AW17 colour trends as well as having an open forum for colour discussion
For those looking to up their colour game and setting themselves apart form the rest would do well to invest in this course. It’s daunting at first but totally worth it
All they need to do now is develop a secret A-List handshake 🙂