Everybody put your hands together as we officially welcome Reece Britt to the floor!
In Reece’s own words…. “Yaaaaasssss!!!”
So, what exactly does this mean? Well, if you’ve followed Garnish for more than about five minutes you know that we have an Academy here where our owner, Candice, trains new cosmetologists to become extension and color specialists. It’s an 18-24 month program that can pretty much be considered “grad school” for hair stylists. This means that by the time these stylists “hit the floor” to start accepting guests of their own they have spent at least one year training hands-on every day with an extension expert who has been behind the chair for over 15 years.
In order to graduate from the “Assistant Phase” of the Academy Program into the “New Talent” phase, the stylist has to perform a number of hands-on “test-outs” of various color and extension work, along with passing a written test as well. They have been rigorously trained on formulating color, extension placement, and all the millions of details in between that make up the Garnish Experience. Once they pass the tests and become “New Talent” as Reece has just done, they are able to start accepting guests a few days a week as they continue to learn and grow.
In celebration of his new promotion, we sat down with Reece to talk about his experience in the Academy, why he chose this career path, and what he’s most looking forward to about this next step.
What has your experience been inside of the Academy?
Reece: “My experience in the Garnish Academy has been nothing short of amazing! I have learned more than I would have ever even thought! Everything from verbiage and color theroy to techniques and even confidence in myself as an artist! Every day in the salon is a new day for learning experiences and laughs with my amazing team! My mentor has devoted two days every week to have pretty intensive hands on trainings with me. She is pouring all her knowledge into me and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time and patience she invests in me, even on her days off. I dub her as my Hair Mom because she is always there for me with her words of wisdom and advice in life and in our specialty.”
Why did you choose Garnish’s Academy Program?
Reece: “I chose the academy because even while I was in school, I was thirsty for knowledge. I didn’t want to start out my career with only the knowledge I learned in cosmetology school; I needed more! Hair is ever changing and knowledge and technique are your tools to success and consistently beautiful work! I wouldn’t be able to slay hair as well as I’m able to now with only the information I got in school. Continuing your education is so important to me and Garnish is such an education driven environment! It’s motivating to be around like-minded, goal-oriented people all the time, and ALWAYS great vibes.”
What does graduating into the New Talent portion of the Academy mean to you?
Reece: “Transitioning into my new position as New Talent Stylist is so exciting I don’t even know how else to describe it! I’ve been through intensive training for over 14 months, basically stepping all over Candice’s heels on the way. I’ve been itching to create some beautiful transformations of my own with my completely renovated skill set! I’m so excited for my journey as New Talent!”
What are you most looking forward to about starting your career at Garnish?
Reece: “The part I’m looking forward to the most is being the person who redefined the confidence of the person smiling back in the mirror. I’m excited to put my training and hard work to the test! I really enjoy what I have chosen to spend the rest of my life doing! Transforming lives and making people smile is my passion and Garnish is the perfect place to make this magic happen!”
Join us in congratulating Reece on his new promotion!
We are so thankful to have such an energetic and passionate person as part of the Garnish Tribe, and we could not be more proud of the work that he does inside of the studio each day. We look forward to continuing to be a part of his undoubtedly incredible career.