Discernment: How To Choose Education

Hello Friends, Fellow Hairstylists, and members of Hairdesignertv,

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I received an email recently from a very special student of mine who shared a recent experience in a cutting class. She wrote that she noticed everything the educator was doing inappropriately because of the education she had received in my workshops. She left the class feeling concerned because her salon owner was impressed with the class

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.This left an impression on my heart because I know hairstylists are spending a lot of money on receiving education from unqualified educators. It is a growing concern in the industry today as we are seeing so much “Insta” success. So, I wanted to share common scenarios of times you should look further into credentials so you’re not leaving a class feeling like you’ve wasted time and money.

  •  “Too good to be true.”  We are not an industry of watching. We are an industry of doing. If anyone claims that you can watch anything once and learn all you need to be successful, do more homework! For example, Hairdesignertv and my workshops go hand in hand. What you learn in my workshops you can find on Hairdesignertv and build success off of practice when you return home.
  • “Stardom isn’t a profession, it’s an accident.” Just because someone has a million followers and owns next season’s fashion trends does not make them a reliable source of education. Do your homework! Stardom will fall away. Consistency, longevity, and integrity are signs of a reliable educator!
  • “Success is measured by discipline.” Does your educator display a high level of discipline in their work? Do they display a sincere passion for their industry or do they display a love for the above mentioned stardom? The right educator will submerge themselves in their work. They have signed up for a life of learning so they can bless others with the same gift.

Before I go, I want to share a story of my own. I was recently watching an educator cut fringe. He, first, cut the guideline. Then, layered with the point cutting technique. Next, he used a slide cutting technique. The whole time I thought, “Each of these techniques are amazing. However, one should never have to use 5 or 6 techniques to achieve a result that could be achieved with one.” Each technique has their specific purpose and are all incredibly useful. However, at the end of the video, the client’s fringe had been over cut. When we own this type of education, it can cost us time and money. If you use 5 or 6 techniques to achieve one result, how will you ever achieve the same result on that client for her next appointment? Should fringe take 10 to 15 minutes to cut? The answer to both questions is “No.”

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So, please use your best judgment when you are shopping for the right education. Do your homework so you never have to leave a class feeling like you’ve wasted time and money!


Vivienne Mackinder 
Founder of HairDesignerTV.com


4 thoughts on “Discernment: How To Choose Education

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  1. This was so well written and said Vivian! You have always been an amazing talent and teacher and communicator. Thank you so very much. Lisa Shriver Brooks.


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