As salons and stylists alike are cutting costs, funds put aside for advanced education are shrinking. Yet education is the key to keeping hairdressers inspired and successful. Michael Baker and his team hit on a solution with “The Real Unplugged Tour” taking place across the country now through June 15.
Baker, a 30-year hairdressing industry veteran and visionary creative director for Neill Corporation, launched the tour in an effort to bring education to hairdressers. “The Real Unplugged Tour" is exactly that—it’s a straight-up, no frills approach to learning,” says Baker. “Instead of focusing on the glitz and glamour of a regular stage show, we’ve paired it down to simply focusing on bringing the best talent to our service providers.”
The tour will bring talent from around the world including Erminio Fiocca and Ian Michael Black from the Aveda Academy London, and Tristin Morrison from the Aveda Academy Toronto, to small venues in 13 cities across the U.S. Baker and his creative team travel to each location in an RV which has been custom-fitted with “The Real Unplugged” artwork. Local artists from each location will also be involved in teaching.
The tour will be making the following stops:
March 1: Atlanta, Ga.—with Erminio Fiocca and Ian Michael Black
March 2: Birmingham, Ala.—with Erminio Fiocca and Ian Michael Black
March 15: Dallas, TX—with Tristin Morrison and Michael Pavlick
March 16: Tulsa, Okla.—with Tristin Morrison and Michael Pavlick
March 23: New Orleans, La.—with Brandon Darragh and Natalie Gurley
May 3: Houston, TX—with Brandon Darragh and David Munn
May 4: Austin, TX—with Brandon Darrah and David Munn
May 17: Charleston, S.C.—with Daniel Holzberger and David Munn
May 18: Charlotte, N.C.—with Daniel Holzberger and David Munn
May 31: Nashville, Tenn.—with Tristin Morrison and Michael Pavlick
June 1: Knoxville, Tenn.—with Tristin Morrison and Michael Pavlick
June 8: Memphis, Tenn.—with Daniel Holzberger and David Munn
June 15: El Paso, TX—with Daniel Holzberger and David Munn
Visit www.neill.net for more information and to purchase tickets. Cost is $50 for general session and $100 for the hands-on workshop with featured guest artists.