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claudia - west palm beach salon - perfect consultation perfect color part 2

Ok, for those who read the first part of this blog I discussed how important it is to first develop skills of basic communication for dealing with people. These skills are not just for our industry but skills that make people like you and allow others to accept your input, all based on trust. This second blog will introduce you to a company I feel has excellent technical information on developing great rapport and giving a second to none color consultation.

I was very fortunate to find this great group from one of the American Board of Certified Haircolorists seminars I attended in Los Angels about three years ago. They’re called the “Fashion Academy” and they specialize in teaching a very specific color consultation. It is by far the best manual consultation system I have seen. I know there are some computer analyzing systems for color evaluation out there but to me they take away the personal touch I’m trying to build with my client. Always remember when it comes down to the absolute basic of what we do it this; we are attempting to visually please the clients eye and those who SEE them with color. So to me, if I can’t mirror what they want and what is pleasing to their eye with my trained eye I shouldn’t be in this industry.

Here is a little on the company. The Fashion Academy recognizes and bases its principles on “Munsell’s Color Theory”
Albert Munsell, a great American colorist, developed this theory in 1915. His theory came from the information from Sir Isaac Newton and this theory is considered the most logical in existence. Because the “Munsell” process is so accurate, it is accepted by the US Department of Agriculture, Encyclopedia Britannica and is a standard used by paint manufactures.

Because the eye has the most accuracy and description for color, the Munsell System is based on “Visual Order” not on pigment mixtures. Munsell saw too many inaccuracies in pigment mixtures and vagueness in color disruptions that lead to faulty color mixing and matching.

He believed that just as every solid object has length, depth and width, color has Hue, Value and Chroma (intensity) Hue is the definition of a color, Value is the quality of lightness or darkness in a color and Chroma is the strength or weakness of a color.
It’s from this understanding that everything else stems.

The course is only one day of training and runs about $450 but trust me; it takes practice to apply the information. The information gets very deep and then goes into charts that deal with the color of the eyes, skin, and hair. Then by the use of these different charts it help a client find the right color for their hair, clothes, makeup and even accessories. They are not hard fast rules but it logical shows people what works for them and what doesn’t. I don’t know about you but I don’t like telling a client that they have terrible skills when it comes to dressing themselves and their choices of makeup. Now with this system you can give a great consultaion as an artist but do so scientifically and this will allow you to guide your clients to their own conclusion.

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To see what people are saying about Claudia click Merchant Circle or to find out more about Claudia click StylesbyClaudia

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