Junior Men's British Champion.......(1986-1989). 4
Junior men's World Champion......(Rotterdam 1990). 2
Senior men's World Championships........(Tokyo
1992). Silver & Bronze
Senior men's World Champion.......(London 1994). 2
Gold & 1 Bronze medals
Before the British Hairdressing
Championships in Blackpool some time ago Estetica / The Cutting
Edge, invited Michael Constantinou to give his advice on
Getting started with
Why bother in
the first place? You need to find a suitable model, work out which
styles you wish to perform, then practice like crazy. Then you have
other things to consider how are you going to dress the model what
if the model lets you down at the last minute. These problems
temporarily take priority over your life causing restless nights
and frustration. Are you sure you want to enter this competition?
may be you don't need to give it your best shot, but you will feel
disappointed that you could have done better.
How we look at these points is important,
are they problems or
challenges? Do we lose energy by
completing a task or does it motivate and propel us forward to the
next. The process should be an enjoyable one regardless of the
result. I would compete because I enjoyed it which included the
late nights and practising at weekends. Every competition was
successful regardless of whether or not I won. Winning is an added
bonus not everyone can take first, second or third prizes. People
hear of my success winning the British juniors 4 times and the
World Championships 3 times what they don't hear is that I lost
International & European competitions in Amsterdam, Nueronburg,
Zurich and Paris. I also remember coming last in Swindon. Its all
swings and roundabouts, persistence is important but also not being
afraid of failing.
Competition helps us develop our skills to
a greater level which reflects positively on our clients which can
only benefit the salon. At the moment there is a great opportunity
to become a member of the British
Team. The training is free and you get
to compete Internationally, all subsidised by sponsors, so if you
are serious contact the National
Hairdressing Federation to find out
details. Remember Vidal Sassoon started in competitions and the
more recent Mark Hill competed Internationally for many
Finding a Model can be a stressful task. Do you contact an agency, use one of
your clients or pick someone up off the street or a club. I don't
believe in paying large amounts of money for models as it can work
out very expensive. Looks are important but there are other things
to consider ie. hair type &
texture that you can work with,
head shape to show
your style to the maximum , hair growth
patterns that may cause problems and
most important is the model cooperative. Will they allow you to
fiddle with their follicles, cut their curls and repeatedly blow
dry their bonnet. Its a tough job for a model they need to be
almost as keen as you are.
How do you know what styles to perform?can your
style be judged? does it have shape, movement and finish? We can
all learn from the past. Seek out pictures, speak to competitors
and try to work with some of the best competition workers around,
they will be very willing to share their skills with you.
Get yourself trained. This will shortcut the learning time
The amount of practise that you do before a
competition is up to you. If it was a local event I would focus on
2 weeks before to work seriously. For the World Championships 6
months before with extra focus on the last 2 weeks. This meant you
would give up the Salon, not do any clients but work solely on your
model. If the style involved cutting at the competition within a
short time limit, then other models were arranged each one cut
& finished to the time allocated as if it were the real thing.
In the last 4 days you would polish up your colouring, pluck any
unwanted hairs from the hairline and check your cutting
preparation. You are allowed to prepare your cut before so at the
competition you take off only the amount required in the
gives you confidence. The more confident
you are the better your work will be. The worlds greatest sports
persons, actors and entrepreneurs would spend many hours
practising. The difference between first and third in a hundred
metre sprint may be as little as hundredths of a second. Its what
happens in training that makes the difference. When your model is
not available use your subconscious by continuously going over your
work mentally. Create the competition in your mind and see it
running smooth, feel the atmosphere and see your success.
What the mind can see you can make
That's enough philosophy, here are some
1. Get organised.
Send your entry forms in
Collect together all the tools and products
you require well in advance.
Do not lend
your tools out to anyone as you might be reaching for something at
the competition that is not there.
2. As you sow you shall
Practice as hard as you can, the rewards
will come if not this year then the next.
3. Help !
Show your work to other prospering hair
artists to get their opinion. Do not leave this too late because in
the last few days you need to set your mind on what you are doing
and stick to it.
4. Get noticed
Colour needs to be stronger and bolder than
in the salon. This will make your model stand out amongst the
others. Use a dark colour with lighter areas to show off your
movement. Don't be afraid to really go for it.
5. First impression
A judge walking on to a competition floor
with anything between 10 and 100 models will have a difficult task
finding the winners. Your model needs to visually jump up and smack
the judge in the face. This is achieved by strong attention to
detail in the hair work & the complete look i.e. clothes,
makeup and props if necessary to create the theme.
I wish you the best of
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