On the forefront of the hair fashion industry
The core belief of Hair Benders Internationalé is that continual education is essential to maintain an exceptional level of service. Their skills, techniques and products are ever evolving to parallel the ever changing world of fashion.
Investing a considerable amount of time, energy and resources to their education, they travel to such fashion hot spots as Paris, Milan, London, New York and Miami.
These travels allow them to enhance their knowledge by exchanging, experiencing and ultimately mastering the latest techniques and trends. Services like their Balayage Highlights, French Layers and Italian Styling are among the many techniques that are a direct result of continual education.
In addition, owners Bobby and Voula Fairbanks are both members of the prestigious Intercoiffure America, an exclusive group of the most innovative, fashion-forward salons in the United States and Canada. This membership provides invaluable opportunities for learning and sharing of ideas among the industry leaders.
HBI’s commitment to its clients is evident in the drive and determination they invest in education – a catalyst for providing skills and resources in their quest for original hair care solutions.
What it takes to be a stylist at HBI
In order to maintain the quality and consistency of the services offered by HBI, every new stylist who joins the salon staff undergoes an educationally intensive apprenticeship for a minimum of one year. Participants in the program are required to be licensed cosmetologists.
The apprenticeship allows instructions in the techniques, and procedures that are specific to HBI, while a dedicated education coordinator oversees the curriculum and training materials. Apprentices attend half day classes three times per week and one full Sunday session per month. The remainder of their time is spent on the salon floor, assisting the stylists and receiving hands-on experience in shampooing, colouring, highlighting, perms, consultation and client care. Participants are graded and evaluated on set criteria throughout the apprenticeship to insure they meet HBI standards before becoming a full time stylist.