I’ve worked in this industry long enough to know that our bread and butter is reliant on coloring and cutting hair. There is not a single human in this world that doesn’t need one or the other. I think there is a misunderstanding when students apply for beauty school, that all they think they’ll learn are simple haircuts and basic color and maybe how to braid and curl hair. I’m sorry to burst your bubble but like our director Tara says ” Hair school is one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do in your life.”
Let’s talk about dress work or up dos or what ever people like to call it these days.There are only a few stylists who can truly master the art of dress work. It takes a true artist to transform hair into fantasy. Its not always all technical but visual too.
Our up do skills are not only used on the salon floor but for special events like fashion shows, weddings, big stage productions, and even for film and editorial fashion shoots.
Learning to dress hair is just as important as cutting or coloring . What would a cut be without a proper blow dry? What would a set be without a proper comb out, and how can we get ridiculous volume without backcombing? These are just simple examples of why we teach what we teach .
In order to become a successful stylist you have to learn how to manipulate hair in ways that it wouldn’t naturally fall and in ways that it will compliment your clients features.
Farron Maclean is an extremely talented young woman dedicated to her career. She is a graduate from our November class of 2014 and she is this month’s featured alumni. Although I’ve only had the privilege of teaching her the art of cutting, I have watched Farron grow into a very strong stylist in all areas of hairdressing. I can even say this girl can corn row better that I can.
But what really caught my attention is the time she puts in after work hours.
Farron works for Jami Symons, a very successful salon located in the heart of 17th ave. She says she loves working for Jami because he is the most accomplished stylist she has met by far with zero ego. Jami is a well known stylist with training and experience from all over the world that truly inspires her and is truly supportive of everything she wants to be as a stylist.
When choosing this salon Farron mentions that it is important to feel the vibe of the salon and owner. It was very important to have ongoing education. She feels lucky to have access to in-salon training in lines such as Oribe, Wella and Joico. All lines that I love working with myself. Editorial fashion styling was another subject on her checklist when searching for a salon. Jami is known for doing shoots all over the world, and for working New York fashion week. She says that Jami embodies the stylist she eventually would like to become. Passionate, Professional and humble. All traits every stylist should carry. His motto when sending Farron out for photo shoots or to do big shows is “Make it look Effortless and Expensive” I think that is a quote I live by myself.
In our program we teach such procedures such as the 50 50 roller set, fingerwaves and a curvature iron set. Does it benefit a stylist to learn all these methods? Farron claims that these skills are very beneficial. “Bottom line everything you learn that you think is boring and unnecessary are the basics. If you don’t know the basics you don’t know nothing. Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.”
Of course it’s my job to ask every student what their experience was like attending Delmar and she states:
“I LOVE Delmar. Its such a great learning experience. I got to learn from so many great stylists!! I was very confident (but not confident lol) in my skills when I graduated. Such a supportive school!! Even after graduation I still talk to my teachers regularly, and get their support, ask questions, and get feedback. I’m so glad I took the plunge into this industry. Thank you so much Delmar and staff for helping to mold me into the hair designer I aspire to be.”
Her advice to current and future students is, “Pay attention. It’s only 9 months. The minute you think you know everything you have stopped learning. You will never know everything there is to know about hair. You can always learn something new.”
These are her memories from the Delmar Hair department staff: “I’m Soniya’s first favorite student !!! If you make it past 2nd semester with Lauren, you’re in the clear. Maricel’s real name is Mosette. Tara is the biggest softie EVER deep down under the scary part. Don’t sit close to Drew during cutting classes, he’s known for snipping at your hair when he can. And when in dispensary, you best be folding towels and washing and drying those shampoo cups correctly for Lana. Karen is mostly upstairs in her office but talk to her because she’s hilarious. Crystal has the best taste in music but DO NOT try and change the song without permission. And I never really got to know Brittany that well but her competition skills look on point.”
I’m sure if she could list all the staff’s quirks she would, but she concludes with this:
“Last but not least, be memorable.”
Thank you again Farron for being an amazing student, your work shows your dedication and passion for your career. We know you will go far in this industry and we can’t wait to see your work in the next Vogue issue 😉
no gimmicks. just great education