Another 2 weeks have flown by, and now it’s time for the fourth blog post.
At the beginning of our session, Sarah decided to do a short pop quiz with me and my partner to check on how well we listened during the last class and how much we remembered. Coincidentally, the topic to focus on this week was De Bono’s advice on “how to listen”, and explained about the importance of listening: to learn new information, to get clarification, and to explore different points of view.
Our session began with a quick review of the basics of hair anatomy, and then Sarah answered some questions we had brought up since the last time we met. I had asked her about whether straightening your hair twice a week or getting a perm would be more damaging for interest’s sake.
To my surprise, she had answered that perming would be. I had asked this question to various people (who had no experience with hairdressing) before, and although their answers sometimes differed, the majority guessed that straightening would be more damaging. I asked Sarah to explain why, and listened as she mentioned the chemicals used in perming and how they would be quite harmful since it keeps your hair styled permanently for a long period of time. This opened my eyes to the idea of harsh chemicals being used on your hair, and how damaging it must be for it.
Afterwards, my partner asked Sarah what type of shampoo she uses, and she had said that she uses special shampoo that she buys online off of a site called Melaleuca. She then added that it was important to check the ingredients on the labels of shampoos since certain brands, such as Pantene, use ingredients that are wax-based to create a shinier appearance, and are unhealthy for your hair.
Next, we moved on to learning how to curl using a curling wand. Sarah demonstrated the process on my partner, and explained each step carefully so I would be able to understand. First, she took a small chunk of hair and combed it out until it was knot-free. The second step was to hold the curling wand in her right hand, then to wrap the hair around the wand using her left hand in a relatively even layer so that the heat would be equally distributed. Next, she held it for about 10 seconds, and then gently slid the curl off the wand and into her hair. The last two steps were to bounce the curl in her hand to cool it down and set it’s style in place, then finally, to let it go and twirl it to her liking so that it sat nicely.
When it was my turn to attempt to curl my partner’s hair, my mentor would offer tips as I was working and I asked any questions that I had in order to clarify that I was doing the right thing. At the very start, before I even started curling, Sarah told me that there were different barrel sizes for the curling wands depending on what type of curl you desired.
For instance, if you wanted very tight and small curls, you would use a smaller barrel, whereas if you wanted looser or bigger curls, you would use a larger barrel. We stuck with a 1.5 inch barrel to create “bouncy and loose curls”. As I began wrapping the hair, Sarah told me that depending on which way I chose to curl it, there would be a different result. For example, most hairstylists choose to curl the hair away from the face so that the hair will not block your face or fall towards it. On the other hand, if you curled the other way, it would give the illusion of a smaller face since the sides would fall towards the face.
I agreed with what she said since the beauty gurus I had watched on Youtube had given the same tip, and she continued with explaining that there was also a way to give the illusion of more volume. If you changed the directions you curled the hair towards the hair on the back of the head so the curls would point different ways, it would look like the hair was fuller and thicker.
After I wrapped the hair and held the curl in place, I asked her whether different people’s hair would require more or less than 10 seconds of heat, or if it was always the same amount of time. She replied by saying that since my partner had straight hair that had a hard time with keeping styles in place without slipping out, it would take 10 seconds or more. Sarah also explained that when my partner practiced on my hair, she would probably hold it for 10 seconds or shorter since my hair was already slightly curly and was the type that could hold styles well.
After I had finished curling my partner’s hair, we reversed roles and she curled my hair as well. In no time, 1 ½ hours had passed by and it was the end of the class. Overall, both my partner and I learned a lot of new things and listened so that we could ask questions to gather more knowledge. Although we haven’t set a date yet, during our next session we will be finishing up with learning to use heat tools by learning to curl using a straightener step by step. I think that both my partner and I are very excited for our next session, and will look forward to setting it up soon. Evener sooner than that, I will be getting a haircut from my mentor during the “Client day” event for her ACE-it program at Gleneagle. I can’t wait to freshen up my hair, and I will post pictures when it is done!