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What I’ve Learned – Jon Reyman

Jon Reyman, session stylist and owner of Spoke and Weal salons in the US, will be busy styling for Aveda at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week this A/W17 season. Here, he shares three key lessons he’s learned from all the backstage commotion…

Don’t panic pin

“I always like to move forwards when backstage and support what is working. What do I mean by that?  Well, when you are working on a look, never try to fix what is already broken by panic pinning, just adding pin after pin!

“I like to think of hair pins like dating and bob pins like marriage; bob pins are much more secure but also require more commitment. You need to be sure where you’re placing them, as once they are in, they could unravel the whole look if you need to take them out!  Whereas hair pins are a lot more flexible and easier to put in and take out.

“The same goes for product – if something isn’t ‘staying’ or isn’t ‘working’, then don’t try and fix it by overloading the hair with hairspray. In the end, it will just be even harder to fix.”

Teamwork makes the dream work

“It doesn’t matter if you’re amazing as an individual, as ultimately if you can’t come together as a team backstage then it will never be an efficient job. Every individual needs to realise that they are part of something bigger: the designer’s show, and to support a great show it is about getting all the models done as a team, not completing a model as an individual and feeling like you have contributed what is required. I like to use the analogy of being like a flock of birds, all flapping together with one leading at the front… and as the one at the front tires, they retire to the back and a new bird takes over, but the work and speed never changes or falters.”

Eliminate ego – self-assessment is key

“Know what you are good at something and be great at it, don’t be passive. If you aren’t good at it, be clear and admit it.  Assess yourself well and know your own abilities – this is much more supportive than trying to be great at everything, because ultimately this is hardly ever the case.  I mean, if you’re driving on the wrong side of the road, what would you do?  You should slow down, indicate, pull over and then move to the right side. Never just plough on and hope for the best – that’s a car crash waiting to happen!”

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