Garnish Hair Extension Education

If you know anything about Garnish, you probably know that education is one of the most important facets of our salon. We pour a huge amount of time and energy into all kinds of different trainings and education, and we thought we’d take a moment to share with you all the amount of effort and work it takes to be a stylist inside of Garnish.

Garnish Hair Extension Education

First, we want to brag on two very special stylists—Reece and Amani.

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Reece has just hit his two and a half year mark, and Amani is at one year and some change. Over this time, they have both been put to the test and stretched, and have learned so much in the process. We have truly been blown away by the amount of dedication that these two have had to learning their craft on a deeper level and becoming Garnish stylists. (In case you missed the announcement, Reece was recently promoted to Level One Stylist and Amani was recently promoted to New Talent Stylist!)

Which brings us to our two new hires, Vanessa and April. To work inside Garnish, the standard is very high. Each person who joins our team has to be equally committed to delving deep into their education. The expectation is set for them to focus on not just what they’re learning technically, but also to be able to create the type of experience for our guests that Garnish has become known for.

Garnish Hair Extension Education

Apart from the day to day training inside the space, there are two main types of education at Garnish. There’s “behind the chair” training, which is learning a skillset, practicing technically advanced skills and other aspects related to the actual craft. Then there’s “in front of the chair” training, which is focused on business skills like verbiage, role playing, content creation, etc.

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We have a scheduled monthly education which alternates between these two types. If you work at Garnish, you’re required to attend this monthly training and take your education seriously. In addition to this once a month training, we also have one educational studio trip each year. We’ve been to Canada, NYC, New Orleans, and this year we’re hoping to go to California!

Finally, there’s also smaller, but no less important, aspects to our training regimen. One of these is our “weekly recap form.” This form goes over the biggest aha moments from the previous week.

Reece and Amani have been filling these out from their very first week at Garnish, which means now they have a whole assortment of aha moments and things they have learned hands on that they can look back on. Not just to remember what happened, but to read their notes and know why they chose that as their takeaway.

Everything inside of Garnish is set up to encourage growth and to encourage our stylists to continue to level up. We want them to feel amazing inside of the service that they’re delivering, but also within creating that signature Garnish Experience for each of our guests.


Recently, Candice had the opportunity to go out to the Paul Mitchell School in Raleigh alongside her apprentice team to speak to the students there. We interviewed her about the experience and why it was so important to her.

K: Tell us about why you were at the Paul Mitchell School.

Candice: I’ve been in the industry for 17 years and last year I created the Garnish Academy, my apprenticeship program. Through that program I’ve been able to invest back into the industry and help guide two new stylists through their first year (plus) out of school. I’ve seen what a difference a strong academy program can make and I wanted to be able to share that perspective with soon-to-be graduates to help them choose their path after graduation.

K: What are some of the pros and cons that you shared with them about choosing an Academy vs going straight behind the chair?

Candice: In terms of going straight into a salon… the pros are instantly starting their career, there’s a temptation of starting to build a clientele and make potentially more money in the short term. The learning curve is by hands-on experience, which can be both a pro and a con. Other cons would be having minimal experience with some of the advanced techniques required to achieve some of the current trends. We see a lot of corrective color these days along with beautifully blended, melted colors, which just require additional training than the traditional school offers. Being able to replicate inspiration photos really requires some hands-on training from an experienced mentor.

K: So the pros of an Academy is the advanced training… what else?

Candice: In addition to being in a learning environment with a mentor who can educate and guide in a very hands-on way, the Academy focuses on sustainability.

K: What does sustainability mean in terms of a career in the beauty industry?

Candice: The 3 Ps. During my talk at the school, I discussed the importance of this concept. Passion, which for most artists in the industry is the easy one because our passion is why we started this career to begin with. Profit, which is about more than just “making money” but truly being able to live a sustainable lifestyle. It’s direct, but true, that the artist “dies” when you can’t pay your bills. And the final P, Purpose. Purpose is about fulfillment—how you make someone feel, the confidence you can help them achieve, etc. Having a balance of all 3 Ps is important to create sustainability within a career.

K: Why was it so important to you to bring Kari and Reece with you to speak to the students?

Candice: They both graduated from that school and I met them both through previously speaking at the school. Most recently when I spoke about creating a program that’s a little different—more in depth, but truly career-changing in terms of the focus on not just hands on, but all aspects of being a successful stylist, Kari was still a student at the school. She told me that what I said really resonated with her and drew her to Garnish. I wanted them to be able to explain first-hand why they chose the Garnish Academy to begin their career.

K: What’s the biggest takeaway for you in terms of being able to share your experience with the next generation of stylists?

Candice: If I can take my 17 years of experience and help just one new stylist find the right path for their career, then I know I’ve made a difference. I love being able to take everything I’ve learned and pour into other people. It’s part of my current 3 Ps.. having a passion for education, and a purpose of growing new stylists in their craft contributes to the sustainability of my own career.


The Garnish Education Series

Niko Takes the West Coast

A few weeks ago we introduced our Education Series, detailing why education is so important to us, and how it benefits both our stylists and our guests. If you missed that post, you can read all the deets here (link to education post). We wanted to give you the behind-the-scenes as each of our stylists adventured to different cities for their classes. First up, Niko Jones takes the West Coast…

Name of Class: Color Correction Foilayage
Class Location: San Diego, CA
Educator: Ashley Norman (@ashleenormanhair)

We asked Niko a couple of questions about her trip…

Why did you choose this particular class to attend?
Candice had gone to Ashlee Norman’s class when she was in Raleigh and really loved the class. She sent me some videos from the class and they were so dope. I love foiling, and really wanted to learn a more modern technique that still used foils.

What are the top three things you learned from your class?
1. How to take someone from brunette to blonde in one appointment

2. A completely new way to formulate color

3. A new mindset on the way to place color

Now that you’ve been back in the studio for a little while, how have you implemented what you learned into your services?
This class completely changed my color game. I love the results every time. I’ve switched most of my clients to this new method and they love the results, too!

To check out Niko’s foilyage results, visit @longlivethecurlies or scroll through Garnish’s insta, too. Stay tuned for Christine’s Winter Adventure to Connecticut!


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