Aberdeenshire

Where?

Worming around…

IMG_2596Aye aye, foo’s yer doos? as they say here in Aberdeenshire.

Worried at the prospect of boring you all with tedious wormy facts every month on our blog we tried to imagine what we would like to read in a newsletter and we came up with the following;

Juicy Words of Wisdom : The process of most things in life is more important than the results.
Starting our wormery was the result of idle pondering in some spare time. In fact with no idea where we were going with the idea but seeing what happens along the way. And let’s face it, any form of composting takes time. Had we known in the begining what a rich, friable soil would be produced along with a concentrated, fertile, black liquid which trickles out of the wee (yes it is indeed kind of worm wee!) tap at the bottom of the wormery we would have started our experiments waaaay before 2008.
If you are still reading I expect you are thinking ‘nip on will you and stop your pondering’. This month we will discuss WHERE

Site : it is important to have somewhere suitable to position your wormery or else you will be looking at a worm mortuary which is completely heartbreaking. These delicate critters require a stable, ambient temperature somewhere between a cardigan in the summer and an overcoat in the winter. A garage or shed would be ideal as long as it is not too bright and in a dry, shady position.

Here, at The Hair Shop we have been blessed with a dark dingy basement in the bowels of Kemnay High Street. A mucky place full of spiders and random stored items that may come in useful at some point but in reality, of course never actually does. It is a hellish place for a cool, happening and well groomed hairdresser but perfect for a small worm. So, nestled somewhere between the Christmas decorations, curlers from the 1950’s and some weird luminous hair gel from the 1990’s (which did in fact make your hair glo under a night club ultra violet strobe but unfortunately brought the wearer out in an unpleasant, nasty rash. Not everything is as it seems in life, which, incidently happens to be another of our favourite life quotes) However, we digress. Yes, stored between these random items proudly stand our two wormeries.

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Next month we shall discover the inner workings and management of a wormery.
Sarah x

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COLORWORX TRAINING

The lovely Diane from Schwarzkopf came up to our Kemnay Salon for a training afternoon to show us all the bright new Colorworx range and the Nude Tones.

Model 1 Before :

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Model 1 After:

Ausra After

Model 2 Before:

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Haesel After

Model 3 After:

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Team Photo with Diane From Schwarzkopf

The Team 1

The Team 2

Thank you again to Diane for coming up and teaching us some new skills, we can’t wait until the next time!

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YES or No? In or Out?

These are the questions the media throws at us on a daily basis on a variety of strategic matters. It is all so perplexing we often don’t know what to think.
In our line of business there are , however, more pressing matters. To have a fringe or not to have a fringe? Should it be a heavy blunt cut or a soft asymmetric flowing fringe? And this is only one of  the burning issues we are faced with on a daily basis.
Fashion is a funny old thing really, here today and gone tomorrow but in our shops we try and suggest and act in the best interests of the individual.
IGORA ROYAL Nude Tones
The Spring/Summer 2016 edit from our guru Schwarzkopf has been launched and we are loving the soft, earthy, nude tones which is the biggest trend in hair colouring. Or perhaps you are an urban creative in which case you will love the  the new Igora Colorworx. Bright, bold and vibrant ranging from the mermaid hues of green, blue and purples to to the cupcake pastel blends. Anything that can be imagined can be created. Experiment a little or a lot!
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Ask your stylist to explain which shades will work best for you.
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In the Spotlight with Laura Duguid

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In the Spotlight with Laura Duguid

AKA “Turkey Twizzler”

 

Laura has been the star of the show since she embarked on her hairdressing career in August.  Super organised, she keeps us all in check because we can be a messy bunch when we are slicing our way through a hair cut.

Laura loves walking (on a dry day), catching up with her favourite TV series and posting her ubiquitous selfies in her spare time, thats when she is not in the shops or soaking in the bath with a fruity cider.

On holiday Laura can be found twirling her way round a wee dancefloor in a bar in Turkey like an exotic flamingo, flapping her wings and fending off the posse of waiters and market traders who have been added to her list of faceyb friends!

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My Apprenticeship at The Hair Shop with Rachel Michie

As part of Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week we decided to give you all an insight to the life of our very own apprentice Rachel Michie.

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What attracted you to a career in hairdressing?

I have always been a creative person, I love experimenting with current fashion trends and love making people look and feel good, so hairdressing was a great choice for me.

Why did you decide to go down the apprenticeship route?


I think if you are in the right salon with a variety of clients it’s possible to progress at your own pace, so I looked around to find somewhere that did a Workplace Modern Apprenticeship and that’s how my hairdressing career started at The Hair Shop.

How long have you been an apprentice?

Ive been working for Sarah Franklin at The Hair Shop for 2 years in August. I have completed my Level 2 and just started my Level 3 to complete my MA, I have achieved this by working through my SVQ course work with my workplace assessor and taking work home to complete.

What does a typical week involve for you?

In my first 2 years I have been learning basic hairdressing techniques and organising my colleagues who may require assistance. My job is to see that everyone is organised and clients are happy, so each day runs smoothly.  Now that I am studying for Level 3 I am doing more clients and gaining confidence.

What elements of the apprenticeship have you enjoyed the most?

I love doing colouring and long hair dressing because it brings out my creativity. We have recently had a day workshop in long hair dressing which allows me to experiment and push the boundaries.

What advice would you offer a young person looking to enter an apprenticeship in hairdressing?

There is a myth that hairdressing is easy, standing around and speaking, but it’s far from easy! It’s great to start at the bottom and work yourself up because that way you understand what needs to be done and the importance of doing things right. As a stylist you are selling yourself and your skills so it’s important when you are responsible for someone’s appearance to get it spot on.

What goals do you have for your career in hairdressing – and how will your apprenticeship help you achieve these?

My dream is have my own salons and expand with beauty services. I have a love with all things to do with beauty and make up, which goes hand in hand with hairdressing. I have recently began a personal blog to explore my interests in social media and how it is so useful in a business – http://www.fashionandbeautyobsessed.wordpress.com

Day 13 & 14 – A Farewell to Arms

Day 13 & 14 – A Farewell to Arms

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd November


Well things are coming to a close and last minute assessments are being finalised and ticked off. Gifts are being exchanged and  the employers are muttering about how many students they want to take on whilst the youngsters are looking forward to their end of course trip to Nicco Park. It’s an afternoon of thrills and spills and they deserve a wee treat after all the effort they have put in in the last 6 weeks. We were mighty relieved to find it was a fraction of the price of Alton Towers thank goodness. We decided this would be the perfect time to say goodbye rather than going back to the village with them and said our sad farewells at the exit before they piled onto the school bus. I had thought that I would be able to handle all the emotion knowing they have a few more life skills and have a path to follow but it was hard.

Sarah

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