If you have been to Virtue salon and have met anyone on our team, it will not take long to realize that we are all complete hair nerds! How do we feed our need to learn as much as we can about cutting, coloring, and styling hair? We take an annual trip to the Sassoon Academy.
For all of us that are part of the Virtue family, our annual trip to Sassoon is one of our most anticipated events of the year. This year, Chicago was our destination for the academy. The staff at Sassoon are highly trained and are some of the best educators in the hair industry. They eat, breathe, and sleep, for hair--we can relate!
During our three-day class, we worked on applying creative techniques in hair cutting to achieve different looks. Travis Smith, our instructor, walked us through several lectures about implementing channeling, disconnection, and other techniques that can be used on anyone. He did demonstrations and also brought in models for us to work on.
Some of you might think these techniques are only for a specific type of person, someone more cutting edge. This is just not the case. These techniques are also used to problem solve.
For example, I did this bob.
My model had super thick, unmanageable hair. She wanted something she would not have to spend time on and still look professional for interviews. In her nape area, her hair was undercut to about an inch in length. That removed her bulk. The rest of her hair falls over to achieve a beautiful one length.
Claire did Teake's hair. Teake is growing hers out but wanted to remove some bulk from her nape area as well. Claire cut a graduated haircut on top of a graduation, which allows Teake to keep growing the top layers out, while still removing the bulk by her neckline. The result is beautiful!
Next time you are having a consultation with your stylist, be honest about the challenges you have when styling your hair. Maybe they know a few creative tricks that can help make your day easier.
Most of our time in Chicago was spent nerding-out about hair with Travis Smith. However, we did take a little bit of time to head over to Logan Square to visit one of our favorite vegetarian restaurants, Chicago Diner. After that, we walked down the road to Owen + Alchemy, a newer and quite amazing cold-pressed juice bar.
If all that excitement wasn't enough, we even got front row seats (from our hotel window) to watch the infamous, Nik Wallenda, tight-rope walk between skyscrapers blind-folded! We certainly enjoyed our time in Chicago and as always, brought a lot of great things back from the Sassoon Academy!
Until next time,
Post by Sarah!