So! I had a really great weekend everybody! I spent Sunday and Monday at the super awesome Jenn Jackson's hairstyling for makeup artists class. Jenn Jackson is an ultra fab hair and makeup artist who has worked in nearly every genre of the industry. She is the perfect person to teach this type of class. I first met her while doing makeup for a live tv event this past fall. I loved watching her work. And I found out we were birthday twins so that made me like her even more. She told me about her class and I made a mental note to attend it. Six months later here I am!
The class was taught at Restoration Salon in Andersonville on the north side of Chicago. The salon was so posh and chill with enclosed brick, dark hardwood floors and lovely but simple decorations. It made you want to hang out in there!
Jenn wasted no time and immediately got down to business. She gave us a crash course in the absolute basics that we would need in order to quickly assess someone's hair and help them. She showed us how hairstylists think when they began working so that we can be more prepared and efficient with clients/talent we are working on.
She also spent a lot of time helping us understand different textures and lengths so that we can be prepared for all different types of hair. So the class wasn't focused exclusively on one specific type of hair which I really appreciated!
Once we got that squared away we were immediately put to work learning proper techniques for the very basics: flat ironing and curling. Let me tell you I have been styling my own hair for a very long time and I never realized there is such a specific technique to doing it right. If I would have met Jenn several years ago I might possibly still be wearing my hair straight today! I really appreciated her sharing this with us. Sometimes you can think you have so much to learn but there really is just a fundamental concept that you don't grasp that is making your life hard! So learning the very basics from a true professional was a great big help!
There was an optional hair kit that could be purchased along with the class. And let me tell you Jenn didn't play. We were given the tools of the trade used by industry movers and shakers so that we could hit the ground running with the best. Can't you tell I'm too excited? Actually I was so excited when she busted out the CHI flat irons that I completely forgot that I DID NOT pay for the hair kit. I just started posing with Mr. CHI like he was all mine. Oh well, I did have a few moments of joy as you can see lol!
On the second day we were busting our butts styling our practice heads and actually working on real live models! We had a head with ethnic hair and also one with european hair so there was lots of variety to play around with. Let me tell you I learned that hairstylists work their butts off standing in the salon all day. I gained a newfound respect for all of them. Because my hand was HURTING when I left! It was just weird trying to relearn how to hold the styling tools that I am so used to but weren't using to their maximum. I was pooped at the end of everything. See my updo on Trina? Not bad huh?
Jenn made sure to give each attendee lots and lots of one on one attention. It was great for me because I ask lots of annoying questions when I'm trying to master a new skill or even perfect an old one :)
I was working so hard that I broke the comb! And I didn't break it in the ethnic head's tresses, I broke it in the European head's tresses! I always thought that us natural heads had the worst tangles and I was so wrong! My hair is very textured but I have a very defined coil pattern, so my hair doesn't tangle that much or that badly. This practice doll, her straight strands formed a windsor knot and it would NOT come out! That was a great lessen learned for me!
Overall, I feel that I was given a really great crash course in hairstyling and some skills to really build on. Once you understand basics properly you can always move on to grasp something more advanced. And you become more comfortable and better at what you do so it is a win win.
Shout out to my fellow artist friend Tamarra who flew all the way from Maryland to attend the two-day workshop. She is always so much fun to work with and be around. It was great to share a work station with her for a few days :)