Great, you’ve decided you want to train as a Colour Analyst and let me guess you’re now overwhelmed as to not only which Academy to train with but also whether to train in the 4 Seasonal Colour Analysis system or the 12 Seasonal.
I remember having the same dilemma 17 years ago, yes, I’ve been a Colour Analyst for 17 years now! At that time, I chose an Academy that trained via the 4 Seasons, simply because the Academy and Trainer looked less dated and dare, I say it ‘mumsy’ than the Academy’s teaching the 12 Seasons, and 17 years on, I’m so glad I did!
Honestly my training was complicated enough, getting my head around the 4 seasons took a lot of practice, I don’t know how I would have felt, if the seasons were broken down even further into the 3 sub-seasons. 17 years on and with over a thousand clients I haven’t regretted it, or even investigated breaking the seasons down further, simply because it’s not necessary.
Think about it from your future Colour Analysis client’s perspective, yes, they want to know their most flattering colours, but they don’t want it to be complicated when they’re out in the shops choosing which colours to buy. The whole purpose of getting their colours done is for shopping to get more convenient, not more confusing.
The 4 Seasons essentially is giving clients more colours to choose from. Trust me sometimes is hard to even find the ideal shade of green or red for example in the 4 seasons, if the choice got narrowed down further, I think your client would get frustrated not being about to find the perfect shade in store.
When you are given a colour season, you will be this season for your whole lifetime, (that’s why it’s so important to get trained properly. Imagine the guilt you’d feel, putting your client in the wrong season and she’s gone out and changed her wardrobe, make up and hair colour based on your analysis!). Naturally there will be some colours she’ll gravitate to more than others, but who’s to say she won’t go towards those colours she’s disregarded in her palette in 10 years from now or perhaps when she’s got a tan or changed her hair colour?
Narrowing down your client’s colours into their most flattering Season is crucial, but narrowing down the seasons into sub-seasons in my opinion is often just a way to justify more expensive training costs and Colour Analysis sessions.