As we adjust to the changes that the Coronavirus has had on our working lives, Fuse will be speaking to salons and hairdressers to understand how they are adapting.
Someone that is already familiar with the transition from behind the chair to behind a screen is colourist, Laura Picchi. Almost a year ago, Laura made the decision to change her career in hairdressing. Her move took her from working a regular column at a busy salon in East London, UK, to testing and developing colour products as part of the TIGI Technical Development Team.
“I have experienced already what a lot of hairdressers and educators will be facing in the coming weeks” says Laura, “so I want to share my experiences of the transition to help others adjust to this change. Here is a list of things that you can do if your salon has closed, and what to do as a creative individual now coping with a digital world.”
Keep to a routine every day. Wake up at the same time that you would usually for the salon so you can keep consistency.
Ensure you have time in your diary for staff meetings. It’s more important than ever to keep close to your team, so set up a regular Skype call and check in on everyone’s physical and mental health. Share ideas, inspiration and use it as a chance to review what has and hasn’t been working well.
If you’ve not already got one, set up a WhatsApp group to keep those staffroom chats alive!
Once a week, ask each member of staff to dig into their Instagram archive and select one of their favourite looks they’ve created in the past. Ask them to share their look and present the technique to the rest of the team.
Grab a head block (or anyone you’re self-isolating with!) and get those sectioning patterns right. There’s no excuse for having a bad sectioning technique once you return to the salon!
It’s time to submit those case studies to your salon team. Review them the following week during one of your team meetings.
For educators, it’s a great time to produce case studies for different levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. This would be a fantastic way to engage with your salons and teams, and keep your brain active.
More than ever, we have time to reflect, study and extend our knowledge. For all the cutters, use this as an opportunity to start or refresh your colour theory. For colourists, this is a good time to study your cutting foundations.
Once the self-isolation period is over, we all know blonde clients will want to be blonder! Get conditioner and foils, and practice your foiling as much as you can. It’s also a good stress relief!
How well do you know TIGI products? Set up an interactive product knowledge session through social media or during your staff meetings. See who knows the most! See the full TIGI range at www.tigi.com.
TIGI styling products are known for their incredible performance in the hairdressing industry, but did you know can also customise and make your own by mixing together? What’s your favourite cocktail? I love adding a few drops of TIGI Copyright Colour Lustre Oil into the Multi-Tasking Styling Cream.
Practice creative techniques on head blocks (or willing volunteers). Whether it’s blow-drying, cutting or colouring, it’s time to think outside the box and express your creativity.
As hairdressers, we are all artists so why not try experimenting with paint and texture to get inspiration outside our industry.
Prepare mood boards to inspire yourself and others. Find inspiration by researching through social media, online sites and any books or magazines you have at home. Why not use the time to clean up your digital photo albums? You can set up folders, divided by technique or style, so once we return to the salon we have our own consultation toolkit ready for our clients.
What will inspire your mood boards?
If your salon has closed, how are you adjusting to the change? Share your tips and stories with us at TIGI Fuse. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through @tigiprofessionals Instagram.