Discover the SNIPT hair education app, an innovative new tool that puts unparalleled cutting education and practice resources literally at your fingertips. We spoke to founders Kylie and Michael Dwyer of Elite Hair Education about the app and what it offers the professional hair industry, from apprentices who want to add to their education and elevate their career, to salons who can benefit from there ever-growing skills.
What’s the concept behind SNIPT?
For less than the cost of a cup of coffee per week, learn to cut hair, anywhere and anytime, using a phone or tablet via an app with hundreds of short step by step tutorials. After 18 years of teaching apprentices in haircutting workshops, it became clear to us that the formal training hairdressers receive has a lot of gaps. The most glaringly obvious thing was that after students had attended their education provider, they returned to the salon without an effective way to practice the skills they had been shown. The student had either forgotten the content, misunderstood the lesson, or were shown a different method of doing things by other salon staff. The result of this is confusion and lack of confidence.
An individual’s ability to master any learned skill is directly relative to the number of hours they practice, so we developed SNIPT as a training resource to assist educators and students to review and practice their lessons.
Another important aspect of the concept is interaction with our community. The SNIPT Facebook, Instagram and website blog encourage everyone to have their say on new content development and different ways to improve education for all. We are hoping this will become revolution in the way hairdressers are taught.
How will this help the professional hairdressing industry?
SNIPT is not only for apprentices, The industry has a few key problems that SNIPT will definitely solve.
SNIPT will help Apprentices clear any confusion and build their confidence quickly. Also, salon owners can use SNIPT as their cutting lesson program because they are able to monitor the progress of their stylists’ skills. The owner can then progress their apprentices onto the floor in a shorter time frame.
Salon Managers will have a more flexible roster when they are affected by skill shortages with qualified hairdressers. SNIPT helps emerging stylists improve their skills earlier. SNIPT has tutorials all under six minutes which is attractive for the age demographic entering the industry and makes revision and learning easier. Lastly, SNIPT offers a planned education format for developing haircutting skills, rather than the time wasting chaos, and conflicting demonstrations found on YouTube and other platforms that hairdressers browse.
How does the app work?
SNIPT is a streaming on demand app, with hundreds of tutorials teaching how to cut hair with new lessons and styles added monthly. It has two sections – Basics and Premium.
Basics is free to download and use, it contains approximately 35 lessons that start from how to hold your scissors and advancing to the core cutting skills like Solid Form, Graduation and basic men’s cutting.
Premium is for all levels of stylist, it is subscription based at only $3 per week and contains hundreds of lessons on current commercial styles, techniques and theory.
How do you use the app?
Using the SNIPT App is so simple. First, download the APP for free from The App Store or Google Play, then get started for free with the Basics. You can subscribe to Premium for more advanced hairstyles for only $3 per week. From there, watch tutorials and learn the skills step by step you can also track your progress. You will be notified when new content is updated monthly.
How will this elevate professional hair education?
Many employers don’t have the time or money to effectively train their team of stylists, and apprentices are often neglected, leaving TAFE or College to provide all of the students’ education. SNIPT will help to increase the depth of knowledge in each stylist’s education. It also provides an in sequence training plan, mimicking the lesson flow of many colleges. This allows students to maintain a steady education flow and provides salon managers and educators a choice of hairstyles for training. SNIPT also provides a way to monitor skills and assist in the learning plan of their apprentices and qualified stylists.
With hairdressers being able to practice their cutting training on their device anywhere and anytime, their skills will be elevated quicker with more precision in step-by-step training, making it a much less stressful transition to the cutting floor for the apprentice and the salon owner. Apprentices will have the confidence to build their own clientele quicker and return an investment to the salon faster. We also hope this succession planning will encourage salon owners to employ more apprentices.
Why is this something hairdressers need?
There is nothing like it! Young hairdressers want to be good at what they do in a much quicker time frame than they’re traditionally taught. The app’s short, easy-to-understand videos get to the point in step by step fashion. All you need is a tripod and model or mannequin. Stylists will be able to find every commercial skill they need to become an excellent professional hairstylist, for a very affordable subscription with regular and relevant updates. Through SNIPT social media and blogs every person who has downloaded the app can suggest additional content and styles they would like to see added to the ever increasing library of hairstyles.
For more information visit www.snipt.com.au
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