18 Nov The Garnish Hair Academy: Mentorship 101
Mentorship at Garnish Hair Studio
This ain’t your regular salon’s training, baby!
You already know I love new challenges, and am constantly striving for growth. Looking back there are particular moments that I can identify as a turning point where exponential growth occurred.
Transitioning from a commissioned stylist, to renting my own booth—transitioning from being a stylist in my own booth to becoming a salon owner and team leader, and now—my most recent transition has been from stylist and owner, to becoming a mentor to a brand new stylist. As the salon owner and team leader, becoming a mentor sort of came with the territory of creating Garnish.
I spent the past three years putting time and energy into the education and mentorship of my stylist team, but as they flourished into the incredible hard-working stylists that they are, I knew that I was ready for the next step in giving back to the next generation of stylists. Earlier this year I began looking for an apprentice: a brand new stylist fresh out of hair school that I could introduce to the Garnish mindset and with which I could really share my fifteen years of knowledge and experience.
Because you know there’s no such thing as less than 100% with a Candice Motley project, I poured a ton of energy into creating an amazing apprenticeship program. Together with my Senior Director, Christine, we created a course list, content for each course, weekly learning recaps, and more.
Spending all day behind the chair focusing just on what you are creating is one level of mental and physical energy, but doing all of the same things while teaching someone what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and how to do it is a whole new deeper level. While it requires more time and energy, and often a little bit longer days—it’s incredibly rewarding to see a new stylist’s eyes light up when a new technique finally clicks, and to have the fresh energy of just falling in love with the craft surrounding you each day.
As someone who still wakes up eager to come to work 15 years into my career, there is no question that I absolutely love what I do. I wanted to be able to share that passion with a brand new stylist, and help them become an amazing stylist while hopefully being able to avoid some of the pitfalls and challenges I encountered as a new stylist just trying to figure things out on my own.
If you can teach someone something, and they excel at it, you are now considered an expert. My goal has always been to be one of the absolute best at what I do, to provide the highest level experience to each person who sits in my chair. I love being able to take that and impart it to another stylist. Through coaching my team, and now mentoring my apprentice, Reece, I find that I am able to hone my craft on a completely different level.
Being a part of a new challenge that not only makes me think about my personal craft on a deeper level, but allows me to be a part of the next generation of stylists has been one of my favorite aspects of being a salon owner and stylist over the past few months. Now that I have experienced being a mentor to a new stylist, I don’t think I could go back to just being a stylist on my own. I look forward to continuing to be a part of the ever-changing landscape of the hair industry, and being a part of the growth of its next generation.