LaunchPad - February 2012 - (Page 52)

FIRST PERSON Making the Grade Paul Mitchell editorial director Lucie Doughty chats about the satisfaction of teaching others. When I was a little girl, my mother owned a salon that I’d help clean by sorting the rollers, sweeping the floors…nothing glamorous. Still, I knew then that I wanted to be a hairdresser; the salon was always a very happy place for me. After two years of schooling and three years working at a salon, I jumped at an opportunity to work for Vidal Sassoon as a colorist. This involved nine months of training and a move to Germany. While there, one of my favorite parts of the job was instructing the up-and-coming colorists—this was the beginning of my passion for teaching. I love seeing people’s excitement and the joy they feel when they get something right; this gives me a tremendous amount of satisfaction. When a technique clicks for someone after they’ve been struggling, it’s an incredible feeling to know that you’ve helped them through that battle. After three-and-a-half years of teaching in Germany, I moved to Santa Monica, California, where I taught at the Sassoon Academy before joining Paul Mitchell in 2000. I went to work with Winn Claybaugh at the first Paul Mitchell The School in Costa Mesa, where I was given the opportunity to develop the color curriculum. I had a blast being with the students on a daily basis. As a winner of Paul Mitchell’s Photo Shoot Competition, Laura Barsotti was mentored by artistic director Lucie Doughty. “I think a lot of stylists don’t expect the long hours and intense travel involved with a shoot,” Doughty relates. “It looks glamorous from the outside, but it takes dedication and focus.” “I think the most challenging part about guiding new talent when conducting first-time photo shoots is managing the different expectations of the people involved, and staying true to your vision,” says Doughty (right). 52 2.12 Images: courtesy of Paul Mitchell; model: Hair: Laura Barsotti, Paul Mitchell national educator; photography: Ron Derhacopian; makeup: Anthony Merante; wardrobe: Leilani Lacson they can take something away from my stories, and apply it to their own journeys, well—that’s pretty cool. I’ve recently partnered in a new venture called The Mastery (, which is an academy for professional hairdressers and/or aspiring salon owners who want to advance their skill level in a 360° learning environment that takes place in the classroom and in a five-star salon. We’re running two programs: one for beauty and one for business. We have a 14- week creative program that’s designed to expand the individual stylist’s skill set in cut, color, texture, style and photo shoots. There’s also a 12- week salon business program designed for aspiring owners and managers. It’s all very thrilling! Seeing stylists grow is so rewarding. When people exceed their own expectations and go beyond what they thought they were capable of—that’s one of Launchpad invited Doughty, along with future professionals Craig Russell and Caitlin Spear, to style the things that makes me happiest. a bridal shoot for us. —Alyson Osterman-Kerr Teaching is so exciting! It’s something I feel passionately about, and honestly, I never realized how much I was going to love it. I feel so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given, and want to share my experiences with others so that hopefully they can learn and grow from them. This industry is wide open with different paths you can take, and some future professionals just need a little direction. If

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LaunchPad - February 2012

LaunchPad - February 2012
Editor's Notebook
In Touch
Runway Report
Star Struck
First Look
First Person
Inside Story
Brand New
Color Lab
Tool Talk
20 Questions
Salon of the Month
Beauty 911
Saving Face
Quick Tips
Only Hue
Free Launch
Dry Spell
The Devil's in the Details
Advertiser Index
Look of the Month

LaunchPad - February 2012