Photography: Getty Images

Photography: Getty Images

You snooze, you lose. It’s especially relevant for hairstylists. If you don’t keep current on trends―and the skills you need to create them―you’ll lose clients because they’ll move on. Education is the answer, so embrace the importance of continued learning. Here are three smart ideas for your personal education plan.

Go Online

Many pros enjoy viewing online tutorials by their favorite educators and beauty influencers. Here are some sites that offer comprehensive online education:

  • ProBeauty Central is SalonCentric’s new site for the beauty community featuring expert content from the hottest artists and educators, along with how-tos, formulas, career building tips, inspiration and more.
  • Sam Villa is a pioneer in online education, and you’ll find hundreds of cutting, styling and professional development videos on his site.
  • Kenra Professional. If you have a little bit of free time between clients, hop on this site for quickie color and styling videos. You can find gems like celebrity stylist David Lopez demoing his go-to beach wave technique in under four minutes.
  • Pravana on SalonCentric. Among the educational videos here, you can watch Vivids contest winner Kristin Forbes re-create her Butterfly Ink hair color design.

Get Your Hands in Hair

Video training is great, but nothing surpasses the value of getting your hands in hair. Many brands offer a diverse selection of hands-on classes—here are just a few:

Check in with Your SalonCentric Partners

Many manufacturers offer rewards programs that allow you to earn points towards educational classes. They may be held at the company’s educational studio, or the company might send an educator to your salon. If your manufacturer partner is part of the L’Oréal Professional group (Matrix, Redken, Pureology, L’Oréal Professionnel, Kerastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair), the LEVEL Loyalty program lets you earn and redeem points across brands—just visit the pro site of your favorite brand for more information. Or check out the Saloncentric loyalty program to take advantage unique educational opportunities. 

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