I started my training in London in 1984 with Roger Thompson's friend and master hair cutting teacher Donald McIntosh, I had a year to be be in London & to train with Donald. I wanted to learn as much as I could. I wanted to come back and have Roger hire me, so I had to be great.
Donald used to say to me, "get a model, Raynier, and I"ll teach you". It didn't matter how busy he was doing clients, he would take the time and train me. My goal each day was to go out on the streets, of London, and get models to practice on. I went into boutiques, stores, schools, anywhere there were young women who wanted a free haircut. I got great models, at least two a day, and Donald trained me. When i came back to NYC Roger hired me as his assistant ( i was so happy ) and i trained with him for another year. I still continued to get models every week, that i did with him. Both Roger and Donald were always amazed at how many models i got, but to me, i had to get models if i wanted to learn and practice, how else was i supposed to learn ??
Fast forward to now, 2014 and I see all over the Internet training done on "mannequin heads"!
Are they kidding ? it is not real hair, or skin, they have no growth patterns, you can't give them a consultation. How can you learn how to be with a client if you can't speak to them? The consultation is one of the most important parts of the haircut, how can you talk to a dummy ? How can you decide what will suit them if they don't have A FACE? In my 30 year career, I've never cut a dummy head, i wouldn't want to when i can cut hair on real people !
My priority is THE FACE AND THE PERSON, the consultation, the growth patterns, the hair texture, etc. I only use REAL people in my workshops and private classes, I get all the models for all the stylists that come to me, I teach them how to consult with clients. How to use the mirror when deciding on a shape & what will suit their face and their lifestyle..... how can you do any of this on a dummy?
When you sign up for a workshop or private class at Mastercutter Academy you get the real thing, real people, real hair, real consultations, real growth patterns, REAL TRAINING.
Here are before and after photo's from a recent private class :