April 2013

Lisa Kind - Editor

The Mane Objective | by Marco Pelusi


Mastering Mentoring

If you can share …. and give, you can be a mentor. So, where do I sign up for mentor classes? And, how do I get my mentor certificate? How much education do I need to become a mentor?

All questions you may ask yourself when contemplating becoming a mentor.

Exactly how do you become a mentor? You're closer than you think. Believe it or not, you're already a role model and a leader, although you may not even recognize it. As a hairdresser, you've been a role model for your clients for years.

If you're a salon owner or an educator, by now you probably have motivated, if not trained other hairdressers. So, guess what? You're a mentor! Congratulations!

Now, simply begin to identify yourself as a mentor more formally. Not only will you help clients and coworkers by doing so, but you will also help yourself grow your own business. Own up to the fact that you're talented in some way and share your talent freely with others. Work on becoming a role model to someone professionally and what do you know? You're mentoring.

It may very well be someone within your own family you choose to mentor.

I was lucky enough to have grown up in a family of beauty professionals and they all still work tirelessly to be the best they can be in their work. They are exemplary; so much so that they inspired me at a very young age to want to make a huge contribution myself in this glorious industry of ours.

If you have children or relatives in the business, perhaps consider mentoring them. Show them what you've got. Teach them. Give, give and give some more. I can't tell you how richly rewarding is this experience and it all comes back to you in the end.

It doesn't matter if you don't have family to mentor, nor to mentor you. I've had lots of other wonderful mentors in the beauty industry. If you've never had your own personal mentor, or role model, find one. It's never too late.

Who has motivated you in this industry? Who inspired you? Is it another hairdresser in your salon? Is it a platform artist whose work you admire? Discover who it is and if possible find a way to contact him/her. When you reach out to your potential role models, the best statement to make is simply "I really respect and admire your work."

A compliment, professional to professional, is the easiest way to start a conversation. Trust me, recognizing your own personal mentor will help you to step up to the plate and become one yourself. Finding your own role model and leader will help you become one.

Sometimes to be a role model can be hard, especially to maintain that status and it takes a lot of effort. Doing so requires integrity and hard work. However, becoming a mentor is extremely rewarding.

The word "mentor" refers to an experienced adviser and supporter, someone more experienced who advises and guides a less experienced person. Is there a new assistant in your salon who has less experience who can benefit from your knowledge and help?

Take some time to think about who needs guidance in your immediate vicinity. Giving to others helps us forget about our own worries and gives us the focus to be there for others. Professionally, this can be a very smart move for you because you will be rewarded and have a newfound motivation for your own craft.

If you share your time and give of your talents, you can be a mentor right now. No sign-up, no training, no certificate…. you're closer than you think.

Marco Pelusi is globally recognized as a leading haircolor authority, platform artist and educator, and celebrity haircolorist. Pelusi created the Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare System, the collagen system developed for color and chemically treated hair. Marco is available for one-on-one intensive color training at his studio. For more information, visit www.marcopelusi.com.



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