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Master Class Supplement 2018

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24 | MASTER CLASS | AUGUST 2018 craft their lives, and fi nd ways to let go of old behaviors that don't serve them," she says. "I help give them a fresh perspective by not only learning techniques, but coming out to join me in my work with the community." In mentorship, the teacher often learns a lesson, too. Most pros report that patience is the guiding principle in successful mentoring, and they've all had to learn patience in spades. "Mentoring is all about the Ps: patience, perfection, perseverance, precision, programming, passion, processing, persuasion, and yes, pain," French laughs. "Realize that mentoring involves being uncomfortable—and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Being uncomfortable is a signal that you're learning something new, even as a mentor." "I've learned it's all in the delivery," says Wella Professionals global ambassador Sonya Dove. How you communicate ideas to your mentees can make or break the relationship. "When conversations are taken the wrong way, feelings can be hurt. That's why I've learned to always leave the person feeling empowered," she says. For Ramirez, learning that some students simply aren't open to new ideas and change is a lesson with which he's had to come to terms. "What I'm still learning is that I will always be committed to helping others, but without expectations," he says. Being humble and setting aside ego also benefi ts the mentor as much as the mentee. "Not every person you mentor will have the same personality as you, which can make the process challenging because when personalities clash, it hinders the learning process," explains Ramirez. "I've learned that it's okay to not have the same vision." Reyes has watched his own skill set continuously improve through being a mentor. "The more I share with others, the better my skills get," he says. "Plus, mentoring helps my mind stay in a creative state." Mentees can even hold the title of teacher, according to Arrojo Techni-Color director and brand strategist Patrick McIvor. "As new techniques like hair painting or products like Olaplex have entered our industry, it's the new stylists—my mentees—who understand how these work in new ways, and they teach me too," he says. Certainly it pays to seek a mentor early in your career, but even established stylists benefi t from the insights of a teacher. How mentors approach these two groups—the newbies and the veterans—can make a difference. "At the beginning of a stylist's career, you're very hungry, but as years go by, sometimes that hunger fades— in order to thrive you need that same enthusiasm as you had to begin," says Jason Reyes, John Paul Mitchell Systems international trainer. Addressing both groups' needs takes fi nesse. "With new talent, it's important to understand the frustrations at the beginning of a stylist's career and teach her patience and perseverance," adds Reyes. Veterans, however, may be more rigid due to years spent doing hair a certain way, and Reyes has found that encouraging change boils down to the mentor truly understanding where the veteran is at in her career and working together on how best to guide her to the next step. In some ways, green stylists can be easier mentees because they're open to new ideas and more malleable, according to Johnny Ramirez, co-owner of Ramirez Tran Salon in Los Angeles. "They're motivated, inspired, and willing to learn new techniques to help them enhance their career as a hairstylist," he says. Plus, they're plugged into one of the biggest hurdles for veteran stylists: social media. "Many established hairstylists express frustration and are hesitant to fully expose their work on this new platform," Ramirez points out. Part of the mentor's job becomes more than demystifying cut, color and customer service, but also teaching social media prowess, like taking the right photographs and involving the target audience. Yet don't discount mentoring veteran stylists; while Beardsley notes that teaching newbies humility and ownership of their position is beyond rewarding, working with established talent pays you back tenfold. "It's more like helping them LEADING ON ALL LEVELS A TWO-WAY STREET Nicholas French leads mentees at Skyfall learning center in Palm Springs, California. Rebecca Beardsley (L) with mentees for her Haircuts With Heart community outreach program. COURTESY OF INDIVIDUALS

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