Gary Rom Hairdressing is renowned for their visionary approach to the industry. Many successful salon owners have come through Gary’s hands. Many of the Artistic directors in the group have also gone on to open Gary Rom franchises, and have made a huge success of their own businesses. Gary has always been willing to share his knowledge, and would like to extend an invitation to any interested parties, apprentices, stylists, managers or salon owners to spend time with him and his group to further their careers. If you are serious about reaching a level in the industry that few dream of, email Lloyd for more information. Costs involved for training will be quoted to suit individual needs.
Gary Rom also started a training concept called Technique Professionnelle Salon Systems in 2002, and together with Nico Doman, then general Manager of L’Oreal, they started to train certain salons in the industry on the business side of hairdressing. This concept evolved into the XMC program that has been in existence in South Africa for the last nine years. Apprentices that go to college are taught all of the “skills” aspects of the trade, such as cutting methodology, colour techniques, blow drying skills etc, but lack the understanding of how to work on clients in the salon environment. Gary set about developing a range of modules, and these were based on all of the aspects to hairdressing that the colleges did not teach. These include, time management, retail selling skills, consultation technique, learning to overcome objections, dream colour capes, Liquid tool sales etc.
The XMC sessions are also designed to try and uplift every single hairdresser or apprentice who attends these sessions. We have had a wide range of speakers at these sessions including psychologists, dietitians, motivational speakers and various product representatives of the brands that we use in the Gary Rom Hairdressing group.
At Gary Rom Hairdressing, we focus extensively on education and training. We have various training sessions that take place in and out of our salons:
Our Colour Training is headed up by Jacky Mckie. Jacky was head of L’Oreal technical training for many years and joined the company five years ago. Colour Training takes place from Monday to Thursday’s at our head office in Pretoria. Our staff are continually attending these training sessions on a rotational basis every few weeks, from our youngest apprentice to our most experienced stylist. At Colour Training, our staff are taught everything that there is to know about colour: mixing colour, fixing colour, applying colour, rinsing colour, using colour techniques and staying up to date with latest colour trends. Jacky teaches anything and everything that stylists need to know about every chemical application in the industry. Her extensive knowledge and practical approach to training sessions ensure that staff leave equipped with the latest tools and knowledge, enabling them to grow their chemical business in the salon.
Every Tuesday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm, we have Cutting Training in all of our salons. These training sessions are overseen by our cutting trainers who will assist our apprentices during these sessions. Each apprentice is required to bring in two models a week to practice a certain cut or colour technique that is required for that specific week. As soon as an apprentice or stylist joins the Gary Rom Hairdressing group, they will receive cutting training manuals as well as DVD’s which they will follow accordingly. They will then be graded on their cuts and colours in order to determine when they will go onto the salon floor to work as a full time stylist. Grading takes place 6 times a year, but can also be conducted individually by our head of trainers if necessary to fast track individuals.
IN SALON TRAINING
Gary Rom Hairdressing is the market leader for in salon training. Gary implemented these training touch points many years ago, realising that clients also needed to be educated. Gary insists that each and every stylist/apprentice team discusses and agrees on the style, chemical as well as product mix on every client. It is heart-warming to see this interaction taking place in our salons, as the hands on training is not only enlightening for our clients, but helps to fast track our apprentices.