And, it begins! Red 7 Salon Cutting Program.
I have officially begun the cutting program at Red 7 Salon as of last Tuesday!! As you begin your initial assistant program with Red 7 Salon you have to choose whether you want to go into the Color Program or the Cutting Program. At this point you are an assistant on the floor five days a week and you have class once a week on Tuesday evenings with one of the Senior Stylists or Colorists. The program is 16 months minimum, you bring in models weekly and test out section by section and you complete a final presentation as a part of your graduation process, once you graduate the program you are given a chair on the salon floor and immediately begin accepting clients. Going into the program, you are aware that after you have been on the floor for two years you are able to ask to go through the other program. As I was entering into the assistant program I thought a lot about which program I wanted to go into, Cutting or Color, I asked myself which of the two I couldn't imagine not doing in the salon for several years and finally decided on Color. With that decision, I did immediately know that I would have the desire to go back through the program for Cutting to eventually add that on the floor.
As a professional on the floor, not much about the actual program is different for you. The main difference is that instead of assisting the remainder of the work week you are taking your clients for the remainder of the work week. So, every Tuesday night at 5:00PM I will be taking a cutting model with one of the Senior Stylists teaching, and then Wednesday-Saturday I will be taking all of my regular color clients. It's a game changer for your mindset as you are going through a program to be taking regular clients throughout the rest of the work week. I think one of the hardest things about going through the Color Program while assisting was constantly reminding myself that what I was doing five days a week (shampooing, cleaning, assisting stylist, feeding clients car meters, sweeping) was not the end goal, that I would be doing what I was doing every Tuesday night, for the entire work week after I graduated the program. So, I am grateful to be able to be doing what I love, the career I'm passionate about, while learning and perfecting all of the sections of the Cutting Program.
I am so looking forward to this process. I am constantly amazed by my fellow coworkers who are cutting hair on the floor. I learned the basics of cutting in Cosmetology School, and I learned so much from my very talented mom, but I am not nearly at the ability or educational level of the Stylists on the floor at Red 7 Salon. I have so much to learn!!! And that excites me. I am ready to learn and ask so many questions, and I'm thrilled I will be learning on all live models with the Senior Stylists watching over me and teaching me what I need to know to be ready to be on the floor as a professional Stylist, in addition to a professional Colorist.
One of the main reasons I wanted to go into the Cutting Program is the desire to be able to create the entire look that a client is wanting. Don't get me wrong, I love collaborating with my coworkers who are Cutting Specialists, there's something special about a Color Specialist and a Cutting Specialist communicating and creating an overall look together. But it truly will be a treat to be able to create a complete look on the floor, in addition to collaborating with my coworkers.
I cannot wait to see where this next step in my career takes me. It will be really amazing to be able to look back on this process a little over a year from now and see how much I have learned and changed as a stylist. I look forward to documenting the process as I move through all of the different sections here on my blog. First step, find all of the Bob models I need and perfect a classic bob!