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Are we already halfway through the In-Depth project? According to the calendar we are, although it feels like we’ve only just gotten started!

De Bono discussed the relation between concepts and practical ideas, so for our 6th blog post, we were asked to list examples of the different concepts in our sessions.

My partner and I have already learnt a lot since our first class with our mentor. The first concept we learned about was hair anatomy. The practical ideas included the parts of a strand of hair, and what each part’s purpose was. Another concept we learned in our session was how to use heat tools, and the practical ideas included the steps of curling with a curling wand, and both straightening and curling with a flat iron. One other concept that came up during our session was braiding, and the practical ideas were the steps to create cornrows.

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The other challenge for this week’s post was to think of all the alternatives that have been offered by my mentor. Having a mentor, like Sarah, that is so open to suggestions allows many different alternatives to come up throughout the sessions. For instance, starting with the very first  session, Sarah gave my partner and I the choice of working with hair dye, but the drawback was that we’d have to take a test since we’d be working with chemicals. We agreed that it would be best not to learn how to dye hair since it would lead the focus away from other skills that my partner and I wanted to learn. As an alternative, Sarah offered to teach us the use of hair tools, and we happily agreed. If I had been with another mentor, they may not have had the tools available, (a curling wand for instance) so we may have had to find a different alternative.

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During the project, Sarah had asked if we wanted her to teach us how to do basic, intricate or any other type of braids. Considering the fact that we only had a limited amount of time during our sessions and we had lots of other things to learn, my partner and I came up with the alternative of learning to braid during our own time. After telling Sarah about our decision, she encouraged us to do what we would like to do, and also added that we could bring in screenshots of any hairstyles that we needed help learning, and she would try to teach it to us. This allowed us to broaden the possibilities of hairstyles we could tackle, since there was no longer the risk of a hairstyle being too difficult to create.

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A few sessions ago, Sarah had noticed that both my partner and I were only able to use half the class each to work since we were using each other as hair models, and that meant that only one of us could work at a time. Sarah said that an alternative would be to each work on one of her mannequins so that we could both use the entire class’s time. This option allowed both my partner and I to benefit since we could practice for longer while watching the progress of the other, and helping each other along the way.

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The alternatives aren’t just limited to being In-Depth related. Our mentor has also been speaking with us out of our sessions, and has been offering us different opportunities as well. For instance, I was mentioning how I needed a haircut, and my mentor had asked where I intended on getting one. I told her that I was thinking of getting it at Great Clips, and she had offered the alternative of doing it herself during one of her ACE-it course’s Client Days. I was pleased to be able to have my own mentor cut my hair, and was very impressed on how well the end product was.

During the In-Depth project so far, there were many different concepts and alternatives that came up. I am sure that there will be plenty more to come in the future as well. As of now, there is slightly less than 2 months left to fit in as much learning as possible, and I can’t wait to see how many more skills I can develop before this project comes to an end.

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Here is a short update on what my partner and I learned last session!

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In my second blog post, I had posted some pictures of my mentor curling a model’s hair using a straightener. During the last class, my partner and I had attempted to try it on our own. Since we each had our own mannequin, we worked side by side and were able to help each other out while learning things such as curl direction and parting the hair. If you would like to learn the step by step instructions, feel free to check out my previous post explaining it by clicking here. I also learned how to do cornrows. Both of those took up entire classes to learn, so there is not much more to update on. Until next time!

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