I recently had the incredible opportunity to attend a training by renowned Oribe Hair Care Brand Ambassador and Global Educator Stacey Ciceron. Stacey is a name synonymous with beauty, innovation, passion, and determination in our industry. She’s a powerhouse, particularly in educating stylists like me on how to enhance our skills working with textured hair.
But first: How did this New York City-based international icon land in Minnesota? My colleague Liz first ‘met’ Stacey in the early days of the pandemic when she hosted a virtual training (before it was the norm!). Liz became an immediate fan but bringing Stacey to Cole’s Salon took three years almost to the day!
Here are a few takeaways from the amazing five-hour training opportunity:
Know the Basics.
During the training, we explored five techniques that are ideal for supporting guests with textured hair, including the flat twist, rod twists, two-strand twist, finger-combing, and a stretching technique.
The most significant takeaway for me was the importance of “pre-poo” (“pre-shampooing”) when working with textured hair. This process involves prepping the hair and scalp with a protective moisturizing treatment before shampooing and washing. The goal is to more easily detangle curls and coils, retain moisture, and obtain the best end style.
Respect the Curl. Trust the Product.
We also learned that guests with type 4C hair should never air dry their hair. Instead, some sort of set needs to be completed to help manage the texture, coil, or curl pattern. The Oribe products we use and love were designed to support each technique, and Stacey’s expertise provided us a deeper understanding to better support our guests with textured hair.
In fact, one of my new favorites is the Moisture and Control Conditioner, which is great for “pre-pooing” the hair, followed by the Moisture and Control Masque to condition and lock in moisture. And, Invisible Defense is a great option to protect and prime the hair for styling.
Overall, the Stacey Ciceron training has equipped me with valuable insights and techniques for supporting guests with textured hair. I am excited to implement these techniques into my practice!
P.S. Stacey is on Instagram @staceyciceron!
Natalia W. is an advanced designer at our Burnsville location.
The Cole’s Salon Texture Team is always improving their skills to best serve the needs and wants of our guests. Most recently that was a training with Renée Gadar.
If you’re interested in having access to quality training opportunities like this one, consider joining the Cole’s team!