I attended an evening about image for men and women. The event is called "A Follow Up." Anybody who has ever had their colors done by Jennifer Butler, and guests, may take a bag of outfits that they question whether or not they work, and Jennifer will say yeah, or nay. Watching this process is quite remarkable. She invited me along to talk about hair, and the changes I would make with the hair of volunteers who were willing to get up on stage. Jennifer is the queen of color analysis. I have seen many artists, and she is fabulous at identifying what to accent, finding the feminine within a woman, and the masculine within a man, not to mention what that person's color palette will be, what line designs work best with a particular body type. This, I'm sure only scratches the surface of Jennifer's repitoire.
Her art seems to consist of her ability to see the essence of a person, and also what quality in that moment does a person want to emphasize, i.e. maybe the client is job hunting, dating, on the board of a women's league, or a high- powered corporate leader. She seems to operate from a high level of intuition, along with years of training, and a background in fashion.
She will put together a book for you, that is all about you. It becomes a valuable resource, whether you are just now dusting of the precious jewel of you, or a veteran fashionista. Just the few events I have attended, I have seen major transformations occur in people.
The evening was filled with laughter, and ahahs. I was able to witness not only somebody who is truly gifted, and is living from her essence, but I also saw a generosity that spilled from her to her guests. Part of the evening consists of the opportunity to let go, and give away the outfits in the bag. At first, you can see the reluctance of some to let the garments go. Then, as Jennifer gave the item to somebody else, and seeing how it was so right for that person, people began to see the magic in letting go. People gave away everything from very expensive, designer clothing, to T shirts and purses.
I think it is a vast body of knowledge that can be helpful to the hairdresser. Knowing the line designs of clothing, proportions, color, tonal values and how they work with hair, and why is vital information to a hairstylist. I want to know more for own self-expression, but also in being even more skilled at my craft in helping people manifest their inner beauty on the outside.
I walked away with a confirmed feeling that although color analysis has been around a long time, it will continue to change people's lives as they step into who they really are meant to be. And, the person who offers the service with as much experience, knowledge, and intuition as Jennifer, is the professional I will see.