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BEAUTY CHANGES LIVES 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. Celeb Mentorships Get Underway "Johnny told me to trust the process and not be worried about challenges or setbacks because everything that is amazing always comes with turmoil." -Mykela Hallums, student at Kenneth Shuler Schools of Cosmetology in Rockhill, S.C. BY SUSAN MILLER 24 (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 Pushing Boundaries "An amazing, unforgettable experience," is how Gene Juarez Academy student Marilynn Tran described her mentorship with celebrity hairstylist and founder of Vivienne Mackinder. 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 and proportion. From the mentor's perspective, Vivienne Mackinder noted that the workshop provided an opportunity for Marilynn and other participants to | B E A U T Y L I NK | PRE P-A-R A-T ION | 2014 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 touch history." 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 for information on BCL scholarship opportunities. Susan Miller is editorial director for BeautyLink magazine.

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
Superstar Graduate
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

BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 1