As one of the most respected colorists in the industry, the former Color Director for Nick Arrojo and Rodney Culter in NYC, is a cultural junkie inspired by international cosmopolitan influences from fashion and global trends to technology. He specializes in social media and salonable haircolor, and creates new experiential educational formats highlighting technology, technique and culture. The ideas he shares with stylists build business and connects them with community so they can “Take Back The Social Network.”
As many of you know I love TED Talks. I learn from them, share them in my classes, with my friends, my family (sharing them with our daughters, my wife and I share talks we love with each other) I even share some on social media.
It’s funny to think that as many of us sit here in the midst of a heat wave or “heat dome” as they are now calling it, it's less than 160 days until New Year's Eve. And, for the next five months, it will be prime time for most salon professionals.
Summer for most salons can mean our numbers can be a bit off. But it’s not because our businesses are going in the wrong direction, it's just simply the fact that between our guests and our team it seems like someone is always taking some vacation time. When it comes to our guests, that could mean as much as 20 percent of our guests away on any given week! And if we live in an area where school doesn’t let out until late June, leaving only July and August for families to take their vacation time the percentage could be even higher.
It’s amazing to me the evolution of what people picture when you ask someone, “what does a Dad look like?”
Years ago that was a much easier answer.
When you look back through history, men especially, had major periods of trends, and not like trends for women that come and go, trends for men would last for decades or more. Some male trends even lasted many decades or even a generation or more before the idea eventually literally died with those who wore the same look to their graves.
I've had a lot of great things happening lately and I've also been speaking at many beauty schools plus working with a lot of new stylists. One question that often comes up is, "How do you become successful?"
Aside from the obvious answers like, “Be early to work,” “Look Great,” “Do Great Work,” “Keep Educating Yourself” and “Work Hard,” I am often surprised when I ask questions to new stylists such as, “What are you booking now? Or how many guests do you have a week currently?”
For many artists and educators the question of “how can I get the opportunity to travel, teach and share my work” seems like a question without answers. But now, I am sharing my Secrets to Success in our two-day class “So, You Want To Be An Artist” with tips, ideas and formulas that many artists you know have already learned and use in classes that I have taught in the past.
2015 was a big year for me…and I think for our industry in a lot of ways, and it seems for 2016 thinking outside of the box is the best way to stay in the black. Have you seen the video with the guy burning the hair? You probably have, and like me you have probably had someone else tell you about it too. Heck, my mom even told me she saw a segment on a morning news shows talking about it.