What Is a Master Stylist?

By Caroline Douglas, Master Stylist/Owner, Aspen Grove Salon, Castle Rock, Colorado.

Having a hair cur from a “master stylist” as opposed to a hair stylist really comes down to experience and expertise. For an hour of your time and certainly no less than forty-five minutes you should definitely be able to tell the difference, primarily with regards to accuracy.

Famed stylists Vidal Sassoon and Kris Sorby teach precision and accuracy as their primary concept. In order to achieve that level of accuracy, certain systems and techniques must be in place, for example, accurate sectioning, positioning, stance and good hand and arm control. A master stylist is working systematically around the client, adjusting and controlling hair placement and natural fall, checking and cross-checking on wet hair.

The blow dry follows, which generally can take ten to twenty minutes, depending on the density and length of hair. Blow-drying itself is a skill many stylists still have yet to master. Once dry, the master stylist can see exactly how the hair falls, how movement and hair growth patterns affect the desired shape and flow. Approximately thirty percent of the cutting is done when the hair is styled. This includes adding texture to the cut, personalizing the shape, blending and softening, which can only be done accurately during the final moments on dry, styled hair. Perimeters can be made precise (if that is the requirement for the style). One example of this is the A-line “bob” haircut. This classic style is the most challenging haircut to execute well. It should show blunt lines and blended graduated layers through the interior of the haircut.

Talent can come from natural ability, but often it is also taught. Only ten percent of stylists maintain and continue their education, a statistic of grave concern to anyone who values a current hairstyle and precision haircuts. A master stylist continues their education, which is key to growth and development, improving techniques and skill levels, which can further enhance the stylist’s overall value in the marketplace. Additionally, continuing education is also essential for keeping up with industry and fashion standards. Stylists who works for companies that offer inexpensive haircuts generally have not invested thousands of dollars on their continued education.

To receive a haircut from a master stylist, you can expect to pay for the numerous years of education and hands-on experience, (hopefully) receiving a product that is more than worthy of the time and financial investment offered by you, the client.

If you’ve ever endured a bad haircuts, you know it can be a horrifying experience that takes months, even years to correct. Who wants to have 250 bad hair days, all because of trying to cut costs in an area where actually more money should be invested? Receiving an amazing cut that is versatile, easy to manage and looks stunning is the perfect result that any woman would want.

Find a true master stylist and prepare to adore your hair. Join us today at Aspen Grove Salon.

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