completed a 1500 Square foot expansion in April 20116!
2 New Treatment Rooms, a larger Manicure and Pedicure room featuring 2 Pedicure
Chairs and 2 Nail Tables to accommodate you, your friends, and family, a New
Facial Waxing Room, and a New Lounge Area to spend your time while processing.
DeGraw, Owner and Stylist at Simple Splendor Salon, recently became the
area's 1st member of the American Board of Certified Haircolorists. The American
Board of Certified Haircolorists is an organization dedicated to the development
of standardized criteria in certification, promoting credibility and consistent
quality in the professional haircolorists. The standards set a precedent in
customer service and well being of the consumer.
There are three phases of the examination required to become board
certified--written, performance, and interactive. The written exam consists of
250 questions and must be completed within a limited time frame. There is an
interactive assessment portion to the written exam that deals with real life
haircolor challenges. Each scripted scenario measures the candidates ability to
make decisions and their sensitivity toward the client. In advance of the exam,
the candidate must prepare a specially designed mannequin and make a hair swatch
chart, both of which are evaluated on workmanship and ability to follow
instructions. Within a limited time frame, the candidate must be prepared to
perform four prescribed haircoloring techniques on the mannequin. The candidate
is asked random questions regarding the tasks performed. The team of evaluators
score each candidate on their professionalism, organizational skills,
confidence, color formulations, consistency of mixture, color contrast, method
of application, balance, neatness of work, and expeditiousness.
Out of the 42 candidates that took the exam on October 13 in Alexandria, VA,
only 15 passed including Brandy DeGraw. Brandy said she took the exam 7 years
ago as a way to examine where she was weak and perfect her knowledge of
haircolor, but failed. "Even though I failed, I learned so much preparing for
the examination. I've been wanting to retake the exam again. I wanted to pass.
Any advanced training and recognition you can get is for the betterment of the
industry. I am a firm believer in continuing education whether it's refreshing
what we learned in beauty school or learning a new technique. I love what I do
and I want to learn as much as I can so I can give the best possible service to
Mabe Tuck, nail technician at Simple Splendor Salon, had her nail art
published in the October edition of the beauty professionals magazine NAILPRO.
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