Long recognized as two of the industry’s leading hairdressers, Christopher and Sonya Dove, known simply as ‘The Doves,” are two of the most sought-after hair experts in the professional beauty industry. So its no surprise excitement was abound when they paid our school an inspirational visit.
This dynamic duo of hairdressing have been partners for 27 years, and have steadily built an astonishing career. Their creative artistry and technical knowledge, combined with their unique flair for designing diverse fashion looks is constantly in demand at U.S. and international hair shows, giving them a reputation as two of the most progressive, trendsetting stylists in the business.
So when they were in New York, and asked to use our space for an editorial shoot, our only condition was that they give an inspirational talk to our students.
They’re motivational presentation centered on how to be happy and successful in the industry.
As young, want-to-be stylists in school The Doves never thought they’d be where they are today, but cited the following as key to success:
– Enter yourself in competitions, even from a young age. This gives you the chance to push the creative envelope and test yourself against your peers. It’s something everybody can learn from.
– No matter how good you think you are, never stop your education. Cutting and coloring and styling, they say, needs practice, practice, practice. And as trends change, styles do too, so being prepared for, and skilled in, new looks, styles, tools, trends, and techniques is the best way to stay at the top of your craft.
– Give back. There was a great story from Christopher Dove of how, as a student, his mom would pay for him to take extra-curricular classes. Christopher would then go back to school and stand up and share those techniques with his peers. He gave this as the main reason he is now so comfortable standing on stage at shows and seminars–give back and it will come back to you threefold.
The Doves signed off by talking up hairdressing as one of the most rewarding, individualistic careers one could have; the importance of being your own man or woman; and to always retain integrity for the discipline of the craft. Hold true to these values and the quality of your work will always shine through–and lead to continued success.
A great day for one and for all.