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Anchorage Hair Stylist Heather Harvey is the State’s Only American Board Certified Master Colorist

Heather Harvey, 36, hairstylist at Salon Lago, Anchorage, AK recently completed an intensive two day standardized accreditation process to be recognized as a Certified Master Colorist by the American Board of Certified Master Haircolorists. At this time, Ms. Harvey shares this title with less than 1,500 other stylists nationwide. "I am proud to be the only American Board Certified Master Colorist in Alaska," said Ms. Harvey. "Although there are many talented stylists that offer hair coloring services in Anchorage, my certification assures my clients that I have the knowledge and understand the techniques needed to perform at the highest level. I constantly see clients who come to me needing hair color repair because their hair has been damaged at the hands of a ‘trained professional’ stylist. Other times their color simply doesn’t fit with their skin tone or just hasn’t been applied properly. My clients can be assured that I understand what styles and colors are suitable for them and have the skills to work with their unique features." The ABCMH's goal is to standardize the training & accreditation of haircolorists throughout the country. Though most states require beautician or cosmetologist licensing, there is no further regulation of those performing haircoloring. Far from a mere aesthetic nuisance, improper use of the haircoloring formulas can cause severe damage to the hair itself. As the sophistication of the product and formulation increases, so does, in many cases, the cost of having the services performed. Corrective work represents an even greater cost to the consumer who is more often than not forced to pay for at least two processes. There are three phases of the examination-written, performance and interactive. The written exam consists of 200 chemistry and physiological related questions and must be completed within a limited time frame. There is also an interactive assessment portion to the written exam that deals with real life haircolor challenges with each scripted scenario measuring the candidate's ability to make decisions and their sensitivity toward the client. The performance segment begins before the actual exam. 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 the ability to follow instructions. During the actual performance portion the candidate, within a limited time frame, must be prepared to perform four prescribed haircoloring techniques on the mannequin. Finally the interactive assessment requires the candidate to answer random questions regarding the tasks being 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. "I think it is important for stylists to continue their education though out their career and accreditation is one part of that. I can imagine the disappointment and embarrassment of someone who has received a bad color, but having to pay someone else to fix what you have already been charged for just makes it that much worse. Now there is a way for the public to identify a properly trained colorist. I hope that with this accreditation I can inspire other stylists to become certified by the American Board and help set a standard in customer service and well being of the consumer." says Harvey. Heather Harvey has been providing fresh and fashion-forward styling in Anchorage for over a decade and is currently a part of the savvy, master team of Salon Lago. Personally trained by famed style gurus such as Nick Arrojo, Martin Parsons and Kim Vo, well versed in the philosophy of industry leaders including Schwarzkopf, Redken, Pureology, and OPI, Heather offers a unique fusion that provides her clients with the ultimate tailor-made experience…perfectly suited for each individual. Specialties include: razor cutting and texture, color correction, and extensive blonding techniques. In addition she is a former OPI educator using axxium gel to achieve the most natural looking artificial nails possible

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