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In 1961 Lois was given the most valuable ultimatum of her career. Lois was just out of cosmetology school waiting for her State Board Exam date and very excited to be working in a fine, Princeton, New Jersey Salon.


Lois had been working at the salon for about a month when her boss told her she had six weeks to shape up or be fired.


Lois had no idea what shape up meant but she immediately enrolled in a six week evening Hair Coloring Course.


Participating in and finishing the course improved her ability to be confident in hair coloring services. Lois’ employment was never again threatened.


Four years later she opened her first salon. As more and more color and chemical services were done in the salon Lois found that chemical services such as color, perms and relaxing results were often not uniform.


Basic manufactures’ education was not enough, but where could she find the answers to her questions?


In 1975 Lois enrolled in Jheri Redding’s, Jhirmack Lyceum, Redding CA. There she learned the Core Science of Hair and the chemicals that alter, damage and improve hair quality.


Now with a strong foundation in Core Hair and Salon Chemical knowledge Lois wanted a staff that would duplicate all that she had learned. Lois started hiring and training cosmetology college students and graduates in 1976.


Lois’ knowledge of how to fix “The hair you were born with and don’t like to the hair you want and love.” grew her business and in 1983 Lois opened her second salon where hundreds of hair colorings were done per week.


Lois passed the New Jersey Master Hairdresser and Cosmetologist Exam in 1984 and started educating via the National Cosmetology Association.


Lois increased her knowledge by educating for Goldwell 1984 –1989 and in 1991 Lois went to the Middle East distributing and educating for JOICO. There the hair coloring classes often had students speaking four different languages. To ensure every student got value from the class Lois developed a class model of show, do and tell hair color education. ( The above picture is at the “GULF BEAUTY SHOW”, DUBAI, 1999 ) Returning to the States in 2001 Lois was the East Coast Educational Director for Mediceuticals and in 2005 Lois started educating colorists on Eugene Perma, Paris color.


While working for Eugene Perma, Paris a school administrator in California asked if Lois could design a Core Hair Color kit for cosmetology students to expand their experience of hair coloring.


After a year of consulting with teachers, administration and students to discover all that was needed an educational hair coloring process including a hair color kit was assembled and school tested.


The schools called the comprehensive process and kit a “new paradigm” in hair color education. Today that process is a membership on-line program with a complete back-bar kit sent directly to the student. Now, any cosmetologist that is color challenged can become confident in hair color services in months instead of years, right in their own home.


UProcesscoloracadmey.com is the result of Lois’ more than fifty years of educational training, salon hair coloring work and what she learned from teaching others.


“When a teacher gives all they know to a student who accepts the teaching and the student adds their natural talent and ability the student will always out shine the teacher.”

Lois Rivera

The Value of Core Hair Color Education