August 2012

Lisa Kind - Editor

The Mane Objective | by Marco Pelusi


The Beauty of Connecting Through Education

Whether it's at the head of the classroom, the back seat in a huge audience or at an in-salon seminar -- education is still where it's "at" in the beauty industry.

You will enhance your leadership qualities if you treat yourself or your staff members to any type of industry education at any given time -- cutting, coloring, styling, business or networking -- the list goes on and on.

Connecting with industry professionals through education is truly a thing of beauty. As hairdressers, managers, and salon owners, we all have skills we know we need to brush up on these days.

It's important to honestly assess your hairdressing capabilities and business strengths and weaknesses and to be keenly aware of them, so you can get moving on a good education program for yourself and your staff.

Once you are grounded in self-knowledge, then you can enhance your strengths and work on areas that need improvement. Education is a golden opportunity to improve yourself. I'm pretty honest with myself about what areas I thrive in behind the chair. And, it's all about haircolor in my world.

For you, it may be updos. Or, it may be a multitude of many things. The possibilities could be endless however, by making connections through education. I always work to remain open to new ideas. If you feel you wish to get better at a certain hairdressing skill, or even if you're seeking to learn something new, then by all means seek out a class and go for it.

I love both teaching and learning. Having just completed the vigorous run of the International Beauty Shows in New York and Las Vegas where I featured my latest collection, "The Forgotten Brunette" I was able to connect with other industry professionals while mentoring, giving and sharing my knowledge. I find that I learn a lot while I'm teaching.

Perhaps becoming an educator may even be in your forecast? Have you ever given any thought to becoming a mentor yourself? Mentoring can really take place for you at any level -- as a hairstylist, as a salon owner, or as an educator. Becoming an educator can be a challenging process.

Maybe education is one of your passions? Connect with a manufacturer or a sales representative who visits your salon and ask about how to become an educator; that's how I got started.

Aside from all of the learning you will accomplish by attending courses, the bottom line is the connections you make by doing so. Life and career is all about relationships. I've made a practice of putting out good energy at every educational event. And, I've connected with so many wonderful people through education that enhance my career and you can too.

It's all about connecting and building relationships when possible within the beauty industry. You may feel inspired by a particular educator or company. Get out there and start connecting through education immediately. It's extremely gratifying to meet new people, learn new skills, teach new skills, and share ideas. You will find where the payoff is for you -- both immediately and long-term.

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 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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