Educational Opportunites That Can Help You Break Into Niche Markets

Want to get to the next level in your career? We put together a list of educational opportunities that can help you break into niche markets, like men’s grooming or skin care. 

L’Oréal Professionnel Balayage Certification Program
The income generated from learning how to do balayage is limitless, says Nancy Braun, owner of Balayage by Nancy Braun in Beverly Hills, CA. Braun has worked with L’Oréal Professionnel in a variety of positions (she created the original balayage certification course) since 1989, so she knows a thing or two about this technique. Prices vary depending on the market, says Braun, but the average ticket can be increased by 20 to 50 percent. “Once you master this technique,” she claims, “you’ll have the skill-set for the rest of your career.” Of course, taking refresher courses is the best way to stay on top of this trend. Whether you’re new to balayage or are a seasoned veteran, L’Oréal Professionnel’s three-part certification program offers in-depth training. Balayage Method is a two-day mannequin workshop focusing on multi-point application methods, sectioning and preferred product care. Balayage Techniques addresses creative placement and color balancing, while Balayage Live allows you to practice on real models. At the end, you’ll earn your M.B.A. (Master Balayage Artist) certificate. While it might be tempting to take all three classes without a break in between, Braun recommends giving yourself nine months to a year in order to practice and integrate what you’ve learned before moving on to the next step. Buy all three classes and save $600. Call 1.866.SOHONYC for more information.
L’Oréal Professionnel Balayage Certification Program
The income generated from learning how to do balayage is limitless, says Nancy Braun, owner of Balayage by Nancy Braun in Beverly Hills, CA. Braun has worked with L’Oréal Professionnel in a variety of positions (she created the original balayage certification course) since 1989, so she knows a thing or two about this technique. Prices vary depending on the market, says Braun, but the average ticket can be increased by 20 to 50 percent. “Once you master this technique,” she claims, “you’ll have the skill-set for the rest of your career.” Of course, taking refresher courses is the best way to stay on top of this trend. Whether you’re new to balayage or are a seasoned veteran, L’Oréal Professionnel’s three-part certification program offers in-depth training. Balayage Method is a two-day mannequin workshop focusing on multi-point application methods, sectioning and preferred product care. Balayage Techniques addresses creative placement and color balancing, while Balayage Live allows you to practice on real models. At the end, you’ll earn your M.B.A. (Master Balayage Artist) certificate. While it might be tempting to take all three classes without a break in between, Braun recommends giving yourself nine months to a year in order to practice and integrate what you’ve learned before moving on to the next step. Buy all three classes and save $600. Call 1.866.SOHONYC for more information.
Sunlights Balay Box and Training from Candy Shaw
While there were other balayage lighteners on the market Candy Shaw, owner of Jaimson Shaw Haridressers in Atlanta, GA, felt compelled to create something new. Her Sunlights Professional Balayage Lightener comes with a companion educational kit, The Balay Box. After thousands of test applications at her salon, Shaw perfected her highlighting cream, which is extremely versatile and can be used with any manufacturers’ cream developer and color line. Shaw says that Sunlights is the equivalent of a woman’s LBD (little black dress). She offers weekend classes at the Jamison Shaw Academy. jamisonshaw.com/academy
Repêchage
The three biggest areas where estheticians need advanced training, says Lydia Sarfati, CEO and Founder of Repêchage, are skin diagnosis, extractions and massage. Skin diagnosis is the foundation of proper and effective facial treatments, so getting the right training is crucial. Gaining further knowledge about how to effectively do extractions as well as learning about massage techniques, especially for anti-aging treatments, is also beneficial. This year, Repêchage will offer multiple classes on specific issues like acne or rosacea that focuses on the proper ways of treating those conditions. You’ll not only learn the correct protocols and methods, but also get an in-depth overview of the condition and how to look at the problem from the whole body perspective. Customizing Clinical Facial Treatments is a two-day workshop focusing on products and skin concerns. Classes will be offered August 8-9 and November 14-15, 2016. repechage.com
Repêchage
The three biggest areas where estheticians need advanced training, says Lydia Sarfati, CEO and Founder of Repêchage, are skin diagnosis, extractions and massage. Skin diagnosis is the foundation of proper and effective facial treatments, so getting the right training is crucial. Gaining further knowledge about how to effectively do extractions as well as learning about massage techniques, especially for anti-aging treatments, is also beneficial. This year, Repêchage will offer multiple classes on specific issues like acne or rosacea that focuses on the proper ways of treating those conditions. You’ll not only learn the correct protocols and methods, but also get an in-depth overview of the condition and how to look at the problem from the whole body perspective. Customizing Clinical Facial Treatments is a two-day workshop focusing on products and skin concerns. Classes will be offered August 8-9 and November 14-15, 2016. repechage.com
Dermalogica
With the demand for results-oriented, minimally invasive procedures like injectables and chemical peels on the rise, it's likely clients who receive these treatments will end up in your spa. The Medical Skin Care: What Therapists Need to Know workshop at the International Dermal Institute with 32 locations nationwide is a two-part class ideal for all advanced skin therapists, especially those who want to work with physicians or who are practicing in a medical environment. You’ll see a live demonstration of a chemical peel. dermalinstitute.com/classes
Arrojo American Wave
American Wave is the brainchild of Nick and Lina Arrojo, owners of Arrojo Studio in New York City. The professional in-salon service enables stylists to create a variety of permanent textures. Just don’t call it a perm. The couple’s latest collection, InterMixture, uses American Wave techniques to create a variety of tumbling textures with modern classic colors. Learn the techniques for yourself at a one-day American Wave Certification Class ($350) offered at the Goldwell NYC Academy, the Goldwell KMS Calfiornia Academy and occasionally at ARROJO Ambassador Salons around the country. For 2016 dates, visit arrojonyc.com/seminar/american-wave-certification-class.
Arrojo American Wave
American Wave is the brainchild of Nick and Lina Arrojo, owners of Arrojo Studio in New York City. The professional in-salon service enables stylists to create a variety of permanent textures. Just don’t call it a perm. The couple’s latest collection, InterMixture, uses American Wave techniques to create a variety of tumbling textures with modern classic colors. Learn the techniques for yourself at a one-day American Wave Certification Class ($350) offered at the Goldwell NYC Academy, the Goldwell KMS Calfiornia Academy and occasionally at ARROJO Ambassador Salons around the country. For 2016 dates, visit arrojonyc.com/seminar/american-wave-certification-class.
Andis
Learn the in’s and out’s of men’s grooming from Andis in their online education center (barber-and-beauty.andis.com). You can find out about the company’s team of educators or read step-by-step guides to help you create the latest styles. They also offer online videos featuring men’s grooming professionals using Andis tools, as well as how-to videos on creating looks such as the Fauxhawk, the Crop and the Pompadour. There’s even an Ask the Experts tool where you can submit your questions and get cutting and styling advice.
Andis
Learn the in’s and out’s of men’s grooming from Andis in their online education center (barber-and-beauty.andis.com). You can find out about the company’s team of educators or read step-by-step guides to help you create the latest styles. They also offer online videos featuring men’s grooming professionals using Andis tools, as well as how-to videos on creating looks such as the Fauxhawk, the Crop and the Pompadour. There’s even an Ask the Experts tool where you can submit your questions and get cutting and styling advice.
Wahl
Now offering several new advanced classes at wahlpro.com in 2016. Take a look: 1. The She Fade Learn how to master the art of short women’s cuts from blended to disconnected looks; 2. The Illusion Feeling a little stagnant? Take this class to hone your clipper skills and learn how to do design fade and placement fade styles; 3. Think Like a Barber is designed to help any stylist master barbering tools. Learn or refresh the core techniques of precision cutting.
Wahl
Now offering several new advanced classes at wahlpro.com in 2016. Take a look: 1. The She Fade Learn how to master the art of short women’s cuts from blended to disconnected looks; 2. The Illusion Feeling a little stagnant? Take this class to hone your clipper skills and learn how to do design fade and placement fade styles; 3. Think Like a Barber is designed to help any stylist master barbering tools. Learn or refresh the core techniques of precision cutting.

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