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    How to find a board certified hair colorist

    Hair Colorist

    How do you assure the hair colorist you choose is knowledgeable, competent or . . . qualified?

    Any licensed barber or beautician can legally color your hair. Cosmetologists and Barbers are tested on basic aspects of hair coloring in board exams. But, I can tell you first hand, there is much more to learn in becoming an accomplished board certified hair colorist than just becoming licensed to use hair color on the public.

    Additional education is needed to become a board certified hair colorist. Unfortunately, to the demise of our profession, some learn by trial and error, or strictly by experience. Has your hair colorist chosen to extend education in the profession of hair coloring?

    If you have been unable to find a good hair colorist by referral, here is one way you can assure yourself the hair colorist you chose has reached a higher level of competency and knows this complex subject matter.

    The American Board of Certified Hair Colorists, has created a program with a stringent test mechanism, created by a committee of fellow licensed hair colorists professionals. The test has been developed and refined over the past 5 years to establish in the profession, a greater level of ability.

    Adjustments have been made to balance the degree of difficulty of the exam, as the first year, 50% of the students failed the examination. (Only licensed barbers and beauticians can take this course. That may tell you how much the average licensed professional, is lacking, in the way of hair coloring knowledge.)

    Clearly, there are various levels of ability in hair colorists. There is always more to learn about this subject. A recognized “Board Certified Hair Colorist” is an easy way for the consumer to recognize a hair colorist that has achieved a higher level of capability in hair coloring.

    So how do you find these Board Certified Hair Colorists?

    Currently, you can find board certified hair colorists listed in ads that run in hairstyle magazines. You can call 888-425-6578 or just go to their trade association website and follow the link for finding a hair colorist in your area.

    I know there are good, competent, hair colorists out there who are NOT Board Certified and that have gone the extra mile to get the training necessary to be superior hair colorists. But, I talk to a lot of consumers who have problems finding competent people. This is just an excellent resource for the consumer to be able to select those hair colorists, in their area, that have clearly reached a greater level of excellence.

    The website has a practice exam online for professionals. I suggest any of you licensed professionals, who question if you could get any benefit in taking this course, to go there and take it. Go to, FAQ’s, Review Study Material, Practice Exam.

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    1. Barb, thank you SO much for the mention! Truly appreciated. I invite anyone in the westside/beach cities areas of Los Angeles to come and visit me in the Santa Monica or Malibu salons for a free consultation.

      Comment by Daisy — March 28, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    2. Zoya,
      Check out my related hair colorists articles on the subject above.

      Comment by Barb — April 17, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

    3. Hello, recently i wanted to color my hair chocolote brown and it came out black. im going crazy what do it do? My hair colorist said it would wash out, but when she said it she wasnt to sure.

      Comment by Zoya — April 8, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

    4. I want to get certified in hair color. Where can i go to become a hair colorist?

      Comment by Eleni — January 11, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

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