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New year, new you, new do! The first project of 2015 is coming around, and my focus for this study will be on learning the ways of hairdressing. In four months from now, the In-depth night will come when I reflect upon my entire learning experience and display the skills I will have developed and the knowledge I will have gained. But for now, all I can do is hope that my expectations are achievable and look forward to the start of learning the basics of hairdressing.

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So why did I decide to focus on hairdressing for In-Depth? Well I’ve always admired pretty hair. Whether it was a fancy braided updo with curls waterfalling down, or simply the “perfect messy bun”(if you know what I mean)— I’ve always loved the look of hair that had effort put into it. I wanted to learn how to create those works of art with my own two hands, so off of Youtube tutorials, I began teaching myself the basics in middle school. I would use myself as a model, then try to re-create looks, sometimes ending with success and other times resulting in a tangled disaster. Lately I’ve lazily just thrown up a good ol’ ponytail, but when In-Depth came rolling around and my sister suggested hairdressing as a possibility, my old love for styling hair returned and I decided to pursuit this skill at a higher level.

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So when I say the word “hairdressing,” what do I intend on learning? Well firstly, I would like to expand on my capabilities when it comes to using tools such as straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers. Knowing how to use these appliances can add a new level to any look you create since you have the ability to calm down puffy hair or give bouncing curls to normally straight hair. Secondly, I’d like to learn to style short hair as well so I will be able to work with a variety of different hair types. If there is time to get into it, I’d like to learn a bit about trimming hair and perhaps get tips on cutting bangs or layering. I am sure that there are some other hairdressing-related things my mentor will be able to share, so I am excited to find out what I will be able to learn.

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Speaking of a mentor, this brings me to the question of who will be assisting me on this learning adventure. Recently, I was able to confirm a mentor to guide me through this project. I was fortunate enough to get in contact with a grade 12 student currently in the ACE-it Hairdressing program. I have never spoke with her in person, let alone met her, but she seems to be a very kind person to have agreed to volunteer her time to her friend’s little sister for the next four months. In addition to a mentor that I will speak to in person, our day and age has been fortunate enough to have a wonderful thing called the internet. I intend on watching some more Youtube tutorials in my spare time just to get inspired.

The In-Depth study requires a plan and schedule to follow, so I had a brief outline of ideas that I wrote down. However, I believe that my schedule will not be as detailed as I want it to be until I have had my first get-together with my mentor.

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This is because I would like to get a quick explanation about what she thinks she will be able to teach me within the time that we have, and I am also sure that she would have a better sense of how much time each skill would take to learn. So far, my very basic outline is that I hope to start off with simple braiding techniques that do not require more tools than simply hair ties, bobby pins, and my own two hands. Next, I would like to start working with heated tools, then learning to style short hair. Finally, if there is time I would like to learn the basics of trimming, layering and cutting hair.

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Luckily, my mom has some hair cutting tools since she has cut my hair since I was little, and I’m sure that she would be more than happy to let me borrow them. I may need to go out and find some extra hair care products such as split end protector or heat protector, and if I feel the need to, I may invest in a nice hair curler or curling wand. Other than that, I have the basic tools I need to create hairstyles (a hair brush, comb, hair ties, bobby pins, and bonus accessories such as ribbons and decorative pins).

In-depth is sure to be a memorable experience, and I hope that the skills I learn will stick with me for years to come. So here’s to the start of a new adventure!

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