In September 2016 we partnered with our mentor Sally Rogerson of SR Education and did a LIVE benefit at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, raising over $2000.00 for the Women's Transition Society and Jabin Postal Films caught some of it on video for us.
On May 1st Foundation Hair Academy co-founder and educator Courtenay Girard attended a hair colour course with top celebrity colourist Tracey Cunningham at her prestigious salon, Meche, in Beverly Hills. Tracey is responsible for some of the most beautiful, natural looking hair seen on the covers of magazines. Her clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Biel, Emma Stone, to name only a few. She is also partly responsible for bringing the ombre/balayage trend to the mainstream with clients Drew Barrymore and Lily Aldridge- she's kind of a big deal!
Over the course of a day she took seven models lighter using multiple foiling and balayage techniques and shared her signature toning formulas. What struck Courteney the most during her time in LA was how humble and authentic Tracey and the other Meche stylists were. For being at the top of the industry, they were some of the most welcoming and friendly people ever. Tracey was also very refreshingly transparent; the fact is that sometimes our job isn't easy (even for her!) and things don't always go perfectly the first time around. Some clients just require a few more highlights before the day is done to make it perfect- so she just does what needs to be done. Her work ethic and drive are unlike anyone else- she takes up to 40 clients a day, flies to Europe twice a month to do hair and does house calls for many celebrity clients. Needless to say the class was AWESOME and Courtenay can't wait to share some more tips and tricks in future Foundation workshops.
Sally is the creator of SR Education, a method designed to simplify hair cutting. Not only does it simplify the process, but it takes it to the next level. She's basically a genius! With 22 years experience at Vidal Sassoon, including a position as Creative Director at the LA location, there are few people with higher qualifications in our industry. We are so incredibly fortunate and inspired to be going through an intense teacher training certification in preparation for our future academy. The training involves 4 three day training sessions over the course of a year with both Sally and Kristen Henry, one of her top trainers. And lots of homework!
So far we have completed three of the sessions- needless to say there has been a lot of personal growth involved in this experience, with more to come. Next September, Sally will be returning to the Valley for our last session and to celebrate we will have something extra special planned for the community of stylists on Vancouver Island (a hair show maybe?)
In the mean time, please check out www.sallyrogerson.com and be sure to find her on Facebook!