How Learning Styles Stacking Speeds Up Hairdressing Training by Steve Turner

MHD - February 22, 2018 Hairdressing Education, Salon Business Ideas and Advice

How Learning Styles Stacking Speeds Up Hairdressing Training by Steve Turner


Everybody learns differently and it’s been established that there are seven main learning styles – visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary – and these are all used by different areas of the brain.

Furthermore, most people respond to combinations of learning styles, and are attracted to certain careers that suit their learning patterns. For example, computer programmers may be more logical and solitary learners, while artists and hairdressers may be more visual and physical.

How MHDPro works for different learning style combinations

Learning from the MHDPro online hairdressing courses using the See Do Stop Check method combines all the learning styles, with emphasis on visual and physical aspects. This means that the teaching is targeted to people who are statistically attracted to hairdressing as a career, and works for those who prefer different learning styles.

In addition to this, by incorporating multiple learning styles, the learning is stacked to use more of the brain’s learning centres to speed up the learning process and improve retention.

Physical, or kinaesthetic learners are often known as do-ers. Hairdressers are do-ers. We like to do. This means learning through physical activity and touch and is the only way to practice and learn new hairdressing techniques.

Visual learners respond to being shown how to do something. They also tend to prefer visual stimuli such as photographs over logical stimulus from text or numbers.

THE MHDPro Learning Styles Stack

MHDPro’s unique approach to hairdressing education stacks the learning styles throughout the See Do Stop Check method in the following ways:

Logical learning, or reading and writing, using the printable step-by-step PDF that accompanies each lesson

  • Explains what the lesson is all about from start to finish
  • Allows the student to make personal notes

Reading and writing is a logical learning style

Visual learning with the MHDPro video tutorial

  • Watching the lesson from start to finish shows you how to do it
  • Visual learning builds on the logical learning from the PDF

Watching the video is a visual learning style

Auditory learning is provided by the voiceover and teacher’s instructions within each video tutorial

  • Listen to all the detail explained in the lesson
  • Auditory learning adds another level to visual learning and read/write learning

The video soundtrack support auditory learning styles

Physical or kinaesthetic learning is provided by following the steps laid out in the video and PDF using a training head

  • Doing the lesson by physically touching the hair, using the tools and performing the techniques in the video

Following the video and doing the techniques addresses physical learning styles

Kinaesthetic learning combined with reading, writing, watching and listening provides a multisensory learning experience that engages the learner more effectively than single forms of learning styles.


Memory Retention

Memory retention happens naturally when somebody is learning by multisensory methods. With all the learning centres of the brain engaged, memory skills may be acquired without conscious awareness, unlike those acquired through traditional logical learning alone, such as subject revision for exams.


Repetition is a major factor to effective learning. The more you repeat something, the more it becomes ingrained into your memory. The MHDPro model works by repetition – from the PDF to the video to the physical, the information is repeated over and over using different learning styles.

  • See – What you need to do
  • Do – What you have just seen
  • Stop – Pause the video so you can do it and don’t forget to do this
  • Check – that you have the same results as the teacher on the video. Check the angles, sections, lengths, etc.

Repeat these four steps throughout the process. Constant repetition also reinforces muscle memory – the more you repeat certain movements, the more they become natural and embedded in the subconscious so you don’t need to think about them.

Pause and rewind

The more times you pause the lesson, the more opportunity and time you will have for all the information and detail to drop into your head. That is the purpose of the See, Do, Stop, Check method.

Do not try to keep up with the video in real time or I guarantee you will fail. Pause while you attempt the technique. Rewind if you need to see it again and repeat until you fully understand it.

Structured Training’s hairdressing training courses provide a structured approach to learning from video tutorials. Every lesson within the course builds on the previous, so techniques are learned, repeated and embedded, then taken to the next stage. The learners progress naturally until by the end of the short course, they fully understand the principles and can transfer their new skills in to the salon. They can then download a CPD Certificate of Recognition, to prove they’ve completed the course.

MHDPro has courses covering all aspects of the hairdressing industry, watch the video to see how it works

Visit today and discover a range of hairdressing training courses that you can easily incorporate into your in-salon training programmes to motivate and incentivise your team.


About Steve Turner

With more than 35 years’ experience as a hairdresser, session stylist and salon owner Steve Turner knows a thing or two about hairdressing training. Half of Steve’s time is spent away from the salon floor as he travels the UK and internationally providing salons and academies with training. Steve is equally at home as a platform artist and educator at international trade shows as he is providing experienced stylists with bespoke training or junior stylists with powerful techniques to advance their learning.

For the last two years, Steve has used MHDPro to demonstrate how salons and schools can engage their students and staff with focused online courses that tick all the boxes of learning theory to ensure that the users not only master new techniques and styles, but remember them and use them every day as they progress to be better hairdressers or barbers.

Steve was instrumental in working with us to develop the MHDPro See Do Stop Check method that is now used in colleges, academies and salons around the world to train students and staff using MHDPro courses.