Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Hairdressing Level 2: Day 1 - Shampooing and Blow Drying Techniques

So if you don't already follow me on Twitter... why not?!  Just kidding, but you won't know that yesterday I started my hairdressing course that I've wanted to do for years.  

Probably around ten years ago one of my friends did a hairdressing course and showed me how to cut layers in my hair, from then on I was always adding them.  I then used to cut my mum's hair and my husband's and I really enjoyed it.  When it came to doing my first course it was a toss up between nails and hairdressing but although I decided that nails was the most important to me I always knew that I would want to do hairdressing at a later stage.  

Throughout this course I'm hoping to do little updates from time to time to let you know what I've learnt and any tips that may help / interest you.

So last night I was a little apprehensive as this is the first course since nail technology that I was starting without knowing anyone.  I'm relieved to say that all of the women seem really nice so far.  The tutor is also very kind and helpful (my previous two have treated our adult class like teenagers, laying down the law when after all this is a paid course and we are all there by our own free will.) 

I took the photo below purposely for the blog post as it humoured me looking at all of the mannequin heads in the corner.

After the initial ice breakers (oh how I despise them but they do work,) all the paperwork hand outs and a tour of the rooms, the tutor then got straight to work showing us the scalp massage for shampooing.  I made a lot of notes, actually I was the only one writing anything down but it helps it to sink in for me and I like to refer back to things.  Next she showed us how to blow dry and this was pretty straight forward, it just requires practise.  

After the demonstration there was just enough time for us to wet the mannequin heads and have a go at blow drying.  Now as we don't have our college kits yet we just had to use the brushes that the college have which were very limited to say the least.  I'm going to show you a photo my mannequin head that I took on the sly (people would be wondering why!) but please bear in mind that some of it was done without a nozzle on my hairdryer as I clearly picked the wrong seat!

Let me tell you doing that really worked up a sweat - not gonna lie - and the mannequin's hair was absolutely terrible, she definitely needed a trim!  The heat from the hairdryer is something I'm definitely going to have to get used to as well!!  At one point there was a comedy moment when the nozzle fell off and I picked up, realised it was hot and threw it from one hand to the other like a hot potato until I got back to my station.  

I had a lovely evening and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I suspected I would enjoy this course straight away as it's a whole new skill to learn and we've gotten straight into it but I really can't wait for the next lesson which is tomorrow.

I wanted to include things I've learnt so far, they might be random to you, they're based on a greasy hair type but they may also be useful.

If you have a greasy hair type (you can wash in the morning and it's greasy by the evening) you can help this by not washing your hair in hot water.  Hot water stimulates the sebaceous gland which secretes oils called sebum.  Over massaging of the scalp also stimulates it so it's best to make shampooing a quick process.

If you wash your hair and the shampoo doesn't lather that's because it's very greasy/has product build up.  The best thing to do is rinse away, reapply the shampoo and you should see it lather more and make sure it's thoroughly cleansed.

There was so much more but that's all I can think of off hand.  I'm hoping to update you as and when I have something to say about the course so I really hope you enjoyed reading them!


  1. Really looking forwards to hearing how you get on with your course. I wanted to do an evening course this year but have epilepsy and it is not controlled at the moment so the courses of my choice (hairdressing and makeup) have had to be put on hold. Don't fancy having a fit with a pair of scissors in my hand or an eyeliner pencil!

    Hopefully next year I might be able to.

    Really hope you enjoy it and like I said, I will be looking forwards to your posts on it.

    Fi xoxox

  2. Ahh, so glad you had a great first class. I'm picturing the "hot potato" throwing haha. Found those tips really interesting too even though I have the total opposite of greasy hair haha looking forward to reading more. Send all curly/frizzy related tips and tricks my way!

  3. Glad you enjoyed it! I'd love to do hairdressing but I'm just not sure I'd be any good if I'm honest! Haha! I'm far to clumsy, really looking forward to reading future posts about it! P.s I can so imagine the hot potato incident!


  4. How exciting for you and can't wait for more updates!


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