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Cosmetologists continue learning to stay sharp

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- If you had a hard time getting an appointment at the hairdresser's on Monday, it might have been because they were all hard at work -- in school.

Organizers brought in a keynote speaker all the way from Europe to remind hair stylists and cosmetologists about getting back to the basics...plus a little more.

"It's not how much hair you cut off," said world-renowned hair designer, Nicholas French. "It's what you leave and where you leave it that's really important."

Members of the Department of Regulation and Licensing, or DRL, sandwiched his presentation between an early morning legal workshop and some smaller afternoon sessions, all put together to remind cosmetologists of things they should already be doing on a daily basis.

"Those are some of the things that people know but having a refresher for them really will make a big difference," said DRL Secretary Celia Jackson.

Seven months ago, the DRL decided every cosmetologist in the state needed to attend six hours of continuing education before renewing their licenses in 2011. This announcement came after visiting salons across the state and finding almost 60% of the ones they inspected had some sort of code violations.

"It's still new for people so anytime you've got change. It's always this kind of curve you've gotta go through before people are willingly accepting what it is that they have to do," said Jackson.

The DRL scheduled Monday's summit on the least busiest day for hair stylists in hopes that more would be able to attend. So for the crowd of nearly 700, they received a lesson in safety, sanitation and some new techniques.

"You've really got to hone your skills," said French. "It's not something where you have a license, now I'm a licensed cosmetologist, that's the end of my learning curve. It's not. It's the beginning."

French emphasized patience, perfection and passion to the hairdressers, and reminded them to keep the clients' needs in mind.

"You can't break the rules until you know the rules," French said.

And now that they know the rules, they can keep on clipping.

This was the third summit put on by the DRL. Cosmetologists who missed it can still get their hours in by taking an online course. Organizers said all of this work and preparation will help create a better experience for each of their clients.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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