Hairdressers Are Now Being Trained Using VR Technologies
VR, or virtual reality, is still a relatively new concept – especially when it comes to hairdressing. In the past, the only way to train a student hairdresser was by exposing them to extensive education at college or university. Once qualified, most would then go on to apply to salons for apprenticeships – where they can learn a little more about the trade.
But recently, one of the largest hair styling brands in the world decided to change the pace of education and what better way to do so than by using virtual reality technology? L’Oreal recently introduced a brand new training program whereby students and aspiring hair stylists could learn how to style hair with minimal interaction – and whilst watching a professional in action.
How does the VR training work?
To start, the class will be gathered together and seated comfortably. They will then be asked to wear a headset and eye-piece that works in much the same way as YouTube’s 3D Cardboard technology. On their screen, a 360 image of a professional hairdresser and their client will appear. The originating camera will be placed above the client’s head, with other cameras being located in other relevant locations.
Using this technology, the students can then manually flick between angles to see how the stylist is preparing, cutting and finalising the style that they are creating for their client. This can make it much easier to understand exactly how to approach a particular style, or how an expert would go about taking care of it.
How is this different to real life?
In typical educational institutes, most students will be expected to make space for one another as they watch a professional in action. The most beneficial aspect of using virtual reality is that large numbers of students can be comfortably seated within a room, or even outdoors, where space is more readily available.
They can then all watch the same process take place without missing out on particular key activities. This can help to ensure that a consistent level of education is experienced by all present, whilst allowing the students to pick and choose the specific elements to watch. This can provide a more extensive method of training – and with a well-known brand relying on it to train its own students, the technology must be offering something worth-while.
You might even find that your own therapist has undergone VR training as a part of their education. The best way to find out is to ask them directly and what better time to do so than whilst enjoying your very own hair treatment at your local salon?