The Gap In a Hairdressers Education

Like many people, especially those who have graduated from the standard educational system, when the “back to school” hits, we all tend to think of school in some way. Maybe thoughts of taking some type of class begins to seep in, or we remember our own school days as we see the children at the bus stop.

When the fall of 2014 came around, I began to consider re-establishing my teaching career on a more consistent basis. One of the first things one does when creating a business “plan” is to assess the particular industry as a whole and how it relates to what it is you want to do.

For me, that was to research all the types of classes and educational opportunities that were available, from 5th Avenue Academies to local level classes offered that didn’t involve an internet connection! As hairdressers, we learned our craft in beauty school or the salon by watching, doing, learning, and then doing it all over again!

We are by trade, kinesthetic learners, and although the internet does offer some great classes from manufacturers etc., some of our learning ability is diminished when we are not physically present for the class.

Hairdressers Tutor was born once I began to see this rather large gap, one that wasn’t necessarily there when I was traveling the country for a leading color manufacturer. , and I began to put together a four-part hair colorist development program, after all, teaching hair color brought me great joy. I began holding the development programs in a local hotel meeting rooms, that held up to 15 -2o people, and since I wasn’t really doing hair for this program, I didn’t have to worry about the floor there!

The response was positive to the program because they would able to attend it more easily so close to home, which made it affordable in time and money. They liked getting out of the salon and the small class sizes kept it intimate for better learning environment. 

From there, I began having private sessions within my salon suite, that catered to licensed salon pros who wanted a one on one approach and began offering a two-day program for salons. Private sessions are great because I have learned over my decades long career of teaching and hairdressing that we all have different needs in education and a different way to learn.

The mission at Hairdressers Tutor is bridge that educational gap by being an alternative to obtaining advanced education, and to pick up where beauty school left off by connecting all that information into one cohesive approach in hair, hair color, hair design and beyond.

Author: JFK

I've had the pleasure of working in this amazing industry for forty years, most of which was spend sharing my years of educational training and knowledge with apprentices and other beauty professionals across North America. Having won awards such as "Team Educator of the Year" and "Hair Colorist of the Year", JoAnn Frances loves sharing her passion for the industry in all of her salon services, educational events and across social media.