September 2011

Lisa Kind - Editor

The Mane Objective | by Marco Pelusi


Getting Involved -- Becoming Evolved

Sarah Caldwell said, "Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did."

As a life-long learner, I am always looking for original ways to do things, always adding to my own education, and always ready to share anything new with anyone, anywhere.

I am excited to be constantly learning -- involving myself in education in order to evolve as a person, artist and teacher.

I am very happy to be teaching more often these days. I absolutely cannot live without working behind the chair, but being a teacher of quality education and a learner of quality education is a constant and necessary adjunct for me. I have been enthusiastically spreading the Aloxxi International Colour message across the country all year, and more recently, I did my own Main Stage Show at the International Beauty Show in Las Vegas. IBS Las Vegas was fantastic and I realized a revived and heartfelt love for education within our industry -- as both instructor and student.

At IBS Vegas, I led a hands-on, interactive classroom in which attendees were involved by executing my new, off the scalp, highlighting-color trend -- Celebrity Highlights.

The sharing of ideas and knowledge were wonderful. It is this exchange of new thoughts that I love the most about education. The best class experience is when I actually learn something new from a student.

Even the smallest, new piece of information may cause the class to roll out in a very different way than was originally planned. This process is called, "accelerated learning." A principal behind accelerated learning is, "The one who talks the most, learns the most." Therefore, if we all share our ideas together, teacher and student alike, we will all learn.

I have become habitually energized to "practice what I preach" at each show and with each client who sits in my chair. For example, I demonstrated techniques at the IBS show for off-the-scalp highlighting color. I then come back to my salon and offered clients a hair color service. Highlighting can be seasonal, i.e., we are in summer, so why not add more blonde?

Seasonal analysis still plays a big part in our consultation with each client when highlighting the hair. Is the client's facial skin tone cool or warm? What is the eye color and tone? The face is everything. It really does not matter what is going on in the back of the head or the nape of the neck. Address the face first and you will always win.

Offer a hair color or highlighting technique solely for the areas surrounding the face or offer a highlighting service for an in between "touch-up" visit at the bangs or temples. This concept is especially helpful for clients who have gray hair. Our graying clients may need a customized highlight service, sometimes a slightly different one at every visit. The gray may start to come in more often or in different ways, and the color must be adjusted to suit the face as it changes. This holds true for both the male and female clients.

You would be surprised how eager men are for a very specific haircolor service, and how they specifically request color from you, as the expert. Now more than ever, men's hair coloring is becoming extremely lucrative, as men start to take better care of their appearance to look youthful and professional, and to gain respect.

In the end, it is crucial for all hairdressers and owners to get involved in all aspects of learning, whether as an attendee or an educator, so that you can evolve your own skills and future. It is imperative for all of us to maintain a clear, open mind -- a mind open to embracing new haircolor services, as well as learning them, sharing them and teaching them.

Marco Pelusi is globally recognized as a haircolor trainer and platform artist. Marco Pelusi Hair Studio, Inc. was named Best Hair Color in Los Angeles 2009 by KTTV Fox11’s “myfoxla Hot List” competition. Pelusi created the Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare System, the collagen system developed for color and chemically treated hair. For more information, visit



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