I was beyond excited to receive a contract for my first program, "Photo Finish" at the Redken Exchange in New York City. New relocated to the second floor of 404 5th Avenue, the Exchange has been education salon professionals for over 20 years. In addition to be excited I was a bit nervous as facilitating at the Exchange was a new challenge for me.
Fortunately I was co facilitating with editorial hairstylist, Noah Hatton. The class is a three day program that goes through theory including history of some famed editorial photographers who set the initial standards in the industry. Hands on experience with both mannequins and live models from a top NYC agency. Learning fundamental hair setting techniques including marcel iron work, French and Italian twists and ponytails and correct hairstyling products to use.
In addition the program allowed hairstylists to hone their finishing techniques, create a broader understanding of personal branding, team building with an editorial team and learning to cope with challenges that arise on set.
Hairstylists were given real time coaching and exercises as looks were first demoed by both Noah and I then they would be responsible to create from the demos. Hairstylists were given homework to find images to create vision boards to tell a story. Inspiration could come from magazine or google/pinterest images including hairstyles, makeup and fashion.
Each hairstylist was assign a professional model on Day 2 to practice the technique and to build rapport with the model. This would give the hairstylist ample time to get to know their personalities as well as analyze their facial shapes to start visualizing what they wanted to create on Day 3.
Day 3 brought a lot of excitement as each hairstylist was free to create two solid looks on their models reflecting their style. I worked with each hairstylist and model one on one selecting wardrobe close to their vision boards. Photographer Joseph Rivera photographed each model with make up by Xinxin Wang.
Noah and I accompanied each hairstylist on set to assist them with their models in front of the camera. It was an exciting day and a victory to see everyone fully invested and working so hard to create their works of art.
To sign up for the October session of Photo Finish sign up at redkenpro.com
Noah Hatton @noahbhatton
Matthew Tyldesley @hairbymatt
Xinxin Wang @xinxinwang_xinxinwang
Joseph Rivera @byjosephrivera