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LEFT. Vivienne Mackinder and Gene Juarez Academy student Marilynn Tran. CENTER. Mackinder and Tran working on a look together in the
studio. RIGHT. Johnny Wright, First Lady Michelle Obama's hairst ylist, and Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology student Mykela Hallums.
"Johnny told me to
trust the process
and not be worried
about challenges or
everything that is
student at Kenneth
Shuler Schools of
(BCL) Celeb Mentor
experience might be described as, "learning with a
legend." In October, two BCL mentorships provided
unforgettable learning opportunities.
THE BEAUTY CHANGES LIVES
take risks with the creative process. "Pushing the
boundaries is part of a hairstylist's job. Sometimes
you will win and sometimes you will learn" she said.
Literally Touching History
"An amazing, unforgettable experience," is how
Gene Juarez Academy student Marilynn Tran
described her mentorship with celebrity hairstylist and founder of HairdesignerTV.com Vivienne
Marilynn traveled from Everett, Washington, to
Vivienne's New York studio, where she rubbed elbows
with leading salon owners during a three-day workshop. Following are highlights of the mentorship that
Marilynn shared with BeautyLink.
Day One: Vivienne discussed how she finds
sources of inspiration. For example, a girl whose
hair was cascading out of a ribbed, knit hat inspired
my workshop assignment. I disassembled a wig,
steamed it and integrated pieces into another wig.
It was amazing to see what goes into constructing
a vision and how a hairstylist determines whether
an idea should be further interpreted.
Day Two: Vivienne reviewed the steps that must
take place before a photo shoot occurs, including
model casting, story line and mood board development and defining the roles of photographers,
makeup artists, and wardrobe stylists. Vivienne
also explained why hairstylists have to be marketers. We learned how to promote photos of our work
using social media and how to submit a collection
to hair competitions.
Day Three: We talked about the connection
between fashion and beauty. Fashion editorial teams
walked us through the steps involved in creating an
award-winning collection. What looks easy from an
outsider's point of view, requires teamwork, long
hours of recreating the look to get it just right and
plenty of patience. We also created a photo journal
and learned how the camera "sees" shape, balance
From the mentor's perspective, Vivienne
Mackinder noted that the workshop provided an
opportunity for Marilynn and other participants to
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Mykela Hallums, a student at Kenneth Shuler Schools
of Cosmetology in Rockhill, S.C., spent a day working
with Johnny Wright in Washington D.C.'s Immortal
Beloved Salon. As First Lady Michelle Obama's
hairstylist, Johnny says his job, "literally lets me
Watching Johnny cut and style his clientele, Mykela
was particularly impressed with his techniques for
straightening textured hair via blowdrying so that
minimal flat iron work is required. But Mykela said
that customer service was where Johnny really stood
out. "He remembered all of the little details about a
client's life and he treated everyone who sat in his
chair like she was his best friend," she said.
She also enjoyed the artistry and creativity of the
Immortal Beloved Salon staff. "It was like stepping into
an art gallery where each stylist had his or own type of
art," she said, noting that some stylists were covered in
tattoos and others sported vibrant hair colors.
Johnny offered Mykela some valuable advice as
she begins her career. "Johnny told me to trust the
process and not be worried about challenges or setbacks because everything that is amazing always
comes with turmoil," she said.
Johnny's grandmother was a hairstylist and his
earliest mentor, although he also looks up to Oscar
James and Andre Walker. "I've always tried to pattern my career after those I admire and think that
everyone can benefit from the guidance of a mentor," he said.
What advice would he give to beauty school students? "I tell people to think beyond the chair. Your
work can take you into product line development,
entertainment, or fashion," he said. And possibly
even lead to the White House.
Visit www.beautychangeslives.org for information
on BCL scholarship opportunities.
Susan Miller is editorial director for BeautyLink
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 1
Message from the AACS President and CEA Chair
An Audit-Ready Mentality
Launching a Career in Beauty
Your Fire: Your Purpose
Beauty Changes Lives
Good for Them and Good for Your School
Stopping the Taboo Mentality
Skin Care Council
Planning Your Financial Future in 2014
A Student’s Perspective
What They Want
2013 AACS Annual Convention In Review
People & Places
Associate Member Profiles: Accountants
Upcoming 2014 Events
New School Members
Index to Advertisers
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