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Beauty Survival Tips – March into Spring

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for spring! I’m so sick of static cling hair, chapped lips, and darkness, I can barely write a blog about it! My frumpy sweaters are starting to pill, my fat pants are tight, and my motivation level is at a negative one. Can’t we just skip along to May and call it all good? If you are feeling like winter got the best of you, then you need a pre-spring boost and I know just how to start you off on the right foot. These 6 tips can help you fight back against the side effects of a long winter so that you will be looking and feeling fresh as a spring daisy.
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1.) Do a deep conditioning treatment on your hair! Everyone’s hair could benefit from some extra moisture after a long cold winter. I recommend something like Aveda’s Dry Remedy Moisture Mask or a hot oil treatment like Redken’s Diamond Oil.

2.) Pick up an exfoliant and moisturizer for your body. It’s not just our hair that needs to be repaired, our skin and nails also need a boost. Exfoliants, like St. Ives Apricot Scrub, can help remove dead skin cells from your body while revealing new, luminous skin underneath. Follow it with a rich body moisturizer, like Eucerin, and your skin will go from scaly lizard dry to satin ribbon smooth.

3.) Schedule yourself a cut and color. In the winter people have a tendency to go into hibernation mode after the excitement of the holidays is over. This usually results in a very out of shape haircut and a long overdue color job. Don’t wait for a friend to tell you you look like hell, just pick up the phone and call your stylist now. You won’t regret it.

4.) Shake up your morning or night time routine by adding a new habit. It could be going to bed a little earlier, setting out your clothes the night before or simply starting a little journaling ritual. Small changes lead to bigger changes and you’ll be surprised how a little adjustment can invite big change into your life and reinvigorate you.

5.) Shift your eating habits and exercise routine. I’m sure even Gisele packs on a pound or 5 in the winter and has to regain control to prep for the summer. If you too are feeling like you’ve let yourself go, then get it together now or spend the summer complaining (by the way no one wants to hear about how fat you think you are as you’re shoving french fries and candy bars in your face – make a choice). Not to mention that exercise is a proven antidepressant, so if you’ve also got the blues then it’s a double win!

6.) Buy a new item in a fresh spring color. Be it a new shirt, a gauzy floral scarf, or a cute pair of sandals, adding some vibrant color into your world can give you and others a little mood boost. I notice that this spring it looks like bright colors and rich pastels are back and still delivering pizazz to wardrobes and accessories alike. According to Pantone the color of the year for 2014 is Radiant Fuschia. To see other hot spring colors check out www.pantone.com/spring2014

I can’t wait for all the new things going on in my world to come alive in the next few months. I recently left the salon I’ve worked at for over 11 years so that I can start a new adventure in my own little mini salon where I can be my own boss. The potential and possibilities available to me are overwhelming and I know it will be hard work but I’m excited! Reflecting back on my life and all of the experiences I have had leading up to where I am now, I feel so grateful to have had the privilege to work with so many amazing mentors and professionals. I want to say thank you to all of my teachers. I am eternally grateful to you all for sharing your knowledge, expertise, and professional values with me.

Next week I start the task of trying to get my new room all set up so I can start taking customers. I will get to paint, move shelves and mirrors, and add my own flare to the 10 by 10 space. Here’s a picture of the before – next week I’ll put up a picture of the finished product. Wish me luck!

 

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Find The Right Shampoo For You

After being sick for so long I am grateful for the simple things in life, like being able to do the dishes, clean up my living room, and take a shower. Often we fall into robotic routines where we are not paying attention to the task at hand because we are so used to doing it. A good example is washing and conditioning your hair. When’s the last time you really paid attention to the ritual of washing your hair – starting with considering why you have chosen to use the products that you have in your shower? With so many colorful bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the stores, it’s impossible to resist the allure of a new one. Have you ever stopped to consider what these descriptions really mean for your hair or have you just been shopping by smell? It’s time you knew what the confusing terms on the packages mean so that you can find the best shampoo and conditioner for your needs.

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First we need to start out with a basic lesson on shampoo and conditioner, and I’m not talking about rinse, lather, and repeat!

Shampoo is step one of the washing routine and it’s basic purpose is to clean your scalp. What!? Yes, it’s true! Keep this in mind when you’re in the shower scrubbing your head – you want to be sure to get the top, sides, and back very well, even if it means shampooing twice! Your hair will get clean as the shampoo is rinsed out and it never needs any friction to loosen dirt and oil, so if you’re grabbing the ends of your hair and scrubbing the heck out of them, STOP! Shampoo is more alkaline on the ph scale so that means it opens up the cuticle layer of the hair a bit as it’s cleaning it, which can leave the hair feeling a little rough and damaged. Conditioner is the second step in the hair washing regimen and it’s purpose is to leave the hair feeling soft and healthy. It’s ph level is more acidic, so it closes the cuticle layer down and seals in any repairing, smoothing, or hydrating properties that have been advertised on the outside of the bottle. Since your scalp already gets conditioned by its own natural oils there is no need to condition your scalp. For this reason I recommend focusing the conditioner on the middle and ends of the hair and leaving it on long enough to be able to run a wide toothed comb through it in the shower, then rinse it out well and you’re all set!

It’s not enough to find a brand of shampoo and conditioner that you like, then you must also chose the specific type that is best for your hair needs. Below is a list of some terms and an explanation of what that type of shampoo and conditioner will do for you. You can either read it and find the type that fits your needs or you can refer back to this as you’re shopping around looking for a good product line to use. I strongly urge you to bite the bullet and invest in a professional brand shampoo and conditioner and the main reason is quality of ingredients. Buying shampoo at the grocery store is like feeding your hair MacDonald’s: You can expect to get results fast and cheap, but in the long run you are not doing your hair any favors.

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Moisturizing/Hydrating/Replenishing: These are best for dry, coarse, or curly hair. Typically these types of shampoos are heavier and may not be ideal for people with fine or oily hair. If you do a lot of heat styling on your hair and it feels damaged, you may need some type of a moisturizing shampoo or conditioner to help repair it and make it feel soft again.

Volumizing: As indicated by the name, these will help people with limp, oily, or fine hair achieve more volume. They are highly cleansing at the scalp so as to help remove excess oil that could weigh the hair down. The conditioner is also very light and wouldn’t work well for someone that had a lot of very thick, dry hair, or a dry scalp.

Reconstructing/Repairing/Fortifying: These are intended to repair chemical damage caused by color, bleaching, perming, or relaxing hair. They contain valuable protein that has been eaten away and they are best used for a period of time after your chemical service and until the hair is sufficiently repaired. Lots of these lines will carry an intensive conditioner in addition to a daily one that is going to have a power punch of proteins that your hair could use if it was severely damaged. If you haven’t done anything to your hair that involved chemicals, then these are not for you.

Smoothing/Straightening: These will help you to get your hair straighter as you style it. They are not intended to magically straighten your hair and you will still need to use other smoothing products and a blow dryer and/or a flat iron to get really smooth hair. They contain added oils, waxes, and silicone to help coat the hair, weigh it down, and protect it from all the heat and styling that it will go through on its way to becoming sleek and straight.

Curl Enhancing/Texturizing: These are used to tame the unruliness of hair that already has a natural texture or curl pattern. Like the smoothing products I mentioned above, this is not a magic potion that will give you curly hair. It will only deal with curl that already exists and it’s purpose is to manage frizz and help with curl formation.

Color Enhancing/Toning/Brightening: These are tinted shampoos and conditioners used to enhance the color of hair to be more blonde, red, brown, or black. Depending on the brand, they may contain a peroxide that will actually lighten the hair and dry it out, so I would encourage anyone using one to do a little leg work to see what the term “brightening” really means. Because this is such a broad range of products I recommend asking a professional for help in choosing the right one for you, especially since using the wrong one could turn your hair a funny color.

Clarifying/Detoxifying: These are products used to help remove build up of other products, excessive oil, or minerals, like chlorine, from your hair. They can be very harsh and are not recommended for daily use because they tend to leave the hair and scalp feeling dry and can even remove hair color. If you are a swimmer or you feel like your hair is suffering from hairspray build up, then this could be your answer to get a clean slate. Just be sure to get a very moisturizing conditioner to replenish the hair after you wash it so it doesn’t feel like straw.

Color Preserving and Color Safe: These two terms are actually slightly different but they are both important to look for if you have hair color on your hair. Most professional quality brands boast that their entire line of products are “color-safe”. This simply means that they are gentle enough formulations that they will not strip the hair of artificial color. If you want a shampoo and conditioner that will help keep you haircolor’s vibrancy or tonal quality then you better shop for one that claims it will help preserve your color and protect it. Hair color fades, it’s a fact. Using a color preserving shampoo and conditioner, especially the month after your color service, can help the color last longer.

The last thing I want to shed a little light on is a very popular buzz word out there and that is “Sulfate-Free“. You may be thinking, “What is a sulfate? Is it dangerous?” and “Why do I care?”. Sulfates are highly soluble salts found within sulfuric acid and they are widely used in products like shampoo, toothpaste, and mouthwash to cut through grease and produce lather. We have long associated suds and foam with clean, and the beauty companies know that, so they have added it to nearly everything to help produce bubbles. Rumors that sulfates are dangerous has attracted a lot of attention, causing the shampoo companies to start marketing products that are “sulfate free”. What I know for certain is that you can still get your hair clean without sulfates added to your shampoo, you just won’t get a lot of lather. The research I did told me that though some are concerned that it may cause cancer, the real issue is that it is a skin and eye irritant (probably the reason why shampoo stings your eyes) and there is some legitimate concern that it may be damaging and drying to your hair over a long period of time. I do want to point out that sulfates are not just in beauty products, they are found in water and air too and their fear factor is low as long as they do not remain on the skin long (meaning rinse that shampoo well) and they are not used in high amounts (there are laws about how much can be used in products). I found these two very informative articles to deliver the best and most relevant information about this topic so check them out and decide for yourself.                     http://www.jasoncosmetics.com/sodium_lauryl_sulfate.html      http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/household/shampoo.asp

After reading all of these definitions you may have realized that you have multiple needs for your hair. If this is the case I recommend buying a system that will address your most crucial need. There’s no rule that says you can only use one line at a time so have fun looking around and don’t be afraid to switch it up from time to time. Good luck and happy hair washing!

Mini Makeover Ideas

Here I am at post #10! 3 months ago I was just waiting for the right moment to start my blog and now I’m one fifth into my 50 post goal. I still feel like I have so much to learn and today I’m feeling a little sour about my efforts. I’ve been checking out other people’s stuff lately and I have to admit it’s been intimidating! There are so many fabulous blogs out there and so much inspiration! In the spirit of my 2014 New Year’s resolution (Keep Pushing) I’m going to keep going in spite of my self doubts and just be myself. When I begin to feel like I’m just not measuring up to my competition in work and in life I instinctively search for a way to make a bold change so that I will stand out more. This often results in failure or embarrassment because I’m trying to be something that I’m not. I’m a perfectionist with a big ego so I generally compare myself to people who are at the top of their game, which always leaves me feeling less than.  A makeover doesn’t have to be a head to toe overhaul, sometimes a little tweak is all you need to neutralize the insecurity that arrives when we start comparing ourselves to others. Here are a few simple changes you can do to give your look a Mini Makeover without losing sight of yourself or trying to be someone you’re not.

1.) Change your part! Switching up your part is the easiest way to freshen up your look for free. Our faces are not symmetrical so switching the distribution of hair on your head can actually make your face look different too. Another added bonus is that you may get a burst of fresh volume as your hair fights against the split it’s been comfortable with for so long. If you don’t like it you can change it back, no commitment at all.

2.) Buy a new lipstick! The only thing stopping you from grabbing a color you’ve never worn before and slapping it on your lips is you! A new color can add excitement to your face and push you out of your comfort zone. A bold red, a bright pink, or a subtle nude shade you’ve never tried can make you feel like a completely different person. Don’t be afraid to just do it, it’s not a permanent change and you may be surprised by the feeling of rebellion you get from wearing a shade you thought you never could before. I found a great video that helps you identify your skins unique undertones so that can you pick the best shades for yourself, specifically red!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/best-red-lipstick-skin-tone_n_2481580.html

3.) Cut some fringe/bangs! Bangs never really go out of style but the styles of bangs do change frequently. If you’ve never tried them before maybe now is the time. Consult with your stylist to see which type of bangs will look best with your hairline and face shape because that will make a big difference. If you already have bangs maybe you could consider growing them longer or even cutting them a little shorter. For some ideas about fringe styles with pictures included to show you what they look like check out http://www.dailymakeover.com/hairstyles/bangs/.

4.) Change your eyeliner! There are many different types of eyeliner out there and they all give a different type of look to the eye. Liquid liners are usually applied with a marker style applicator and they give a very defined line that can be swept up on the outer corner. Gel and powder eyeliners are applied with a brush and can be used to create a smooth solid line or a smoky diffused line. If you really want to get frisky you can even experiment with colored liners! If you go this route I do recommend keeping the rest of the bright color on your face to a minimum or you may look like you did a clown makeover instead of a mini makeover. Here is a great tutorial/article about eyeliner that I found, it even taught me a few things!  http://makeup.lovetoknow.com/Eyeliner_Styles

5.) Get some new hair accessories! A beautiful clip, a sassy headband, or even a hat can all be quick and easy ways to freshen up a boring look. Nowadays there are so many cute ones available and there are plenty of stores at the mall full of reasonably priced accessories that are not just for little girls. This tip also pairs well with the “grow out your bangs” idea I mentioned earlier. Just clip them back or to the side with a trendy little bobby pin or a headband and voila, a new you!

Sometimes it’s easy to look around at everyone else’s fabulousness and feel like you’re blending into the background. You don’t need to follow the crowd to get noticed, you just need to switch up few little things and give yourself a boost. Like I said in my debut post, the secret to really looking great is confidence and seeing yourself in a new light can make that happen! Hopefully you’ve noticed the graphic header that my sister Mandy designs for me has received a little holiday makeover with a Santa hat and a few Christmas lights! I hope you will try a few of these mini makeover tips and tell me about how they worked for you. Did it make you feel different? Did anyone notice? Did it give you that little boost you needed this winter? Share, share, share!

Want to check out some of the blogs that I’ve been inspired and intimidated by? These are all written by empowered and creative women who are experts in the blogging community and I think you would enjoy them too! They have been recommended to me by my network of Facebook friends and they are top notch.

http://www.mollieinseattle.com/

http://www.alongabbeyroad.com/

http://www.thesmallthingsblog.com/

http://gardenapothecary.com/

Haircolor 101

When you’re searching for things to be thankful for this holiday season be sure to add to the list hair growth. Can you imagine a world where our hair never grew and you had to keep whatever haircut or color you had forever? I can’t, and thankfully I don’t need to, because the promise that hair will always grow allows us to try lots of new looks. Since hair growth is a guarantee, many of us out there have a false sense of security about what can be done with our hair color. As a color specialist I have noticed that most people have unrealistic expectations about what their hair can handle chemically, and while it is true that new hair will always grow in, it is still important to keep the hair you already have in tip top shape.

Hair coloring is a science and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your hair is like a delicate piece of fabric and there are instructions on how to care for it. Most of the products that color hair contain strong chemicals that are capable of causing damage to your hair if they are not used properly or are used too frequently. I like to have people change their color gradually and seasonally. Generally people go a little darker in the fall and winter, and in the spring and summer everyone wants those sun kissed highlights. There are ways to keep your hair in good shape and still make color changes, but there are two very important color laws that have to be remembered. If they are not, you may have to spend a lot of money on an expensive color correction or worse, you may damage your hair so badly that your only hope is cutting it off and starting over.

Semi Permanent Color Will Not Completely Rinse Out! There are many different types of color on the market and the only ones that will completely rinse away are referred to as temporary dyes. They include color conditioners, rinses, hair powders and hair mascaras, but even some of these will leave a residual stain on very light blonde hair, so be careful. Semi Permanent hair color is the bridge between temporary and permanent hair color. For this reason it is not a good option for trying to completely cover grey hair. That’s why it is often advertised as a grey blending product, because it won’t leave a harsh line as new hair grows in. Semi permanent colors usually are paired with a more gentle activator that deposits the dye onto the outside of the hair shaft like a coating; this can often leave a stain even after it has “washed out”. This stain will not be able to be colored lighter with anything but bleach, and sometimes that wont even do the trick. You cannot go lighter with semi permanent color, you can only go darker or add more tone (as in more red or gold, etc). If you want your hair to be lighter, you must use a permanent hair color or bleach to lift the hair to a lighter level.

Color Won’t Lift Color! This means that once your hair loses its virginity to hair color ( both semi permanent and permanent),  you won’t be able to make it lighter without a corrective color procedure. If you want to go darker, you can do that but you will never be able to use a darker shade one day and then apply a lighter shade over it and expect it to lighten anything but your roots.  A good analogy is coloring crayons (hair color) used on a piece of paper (your hair). Once you’ve colored something brown you can’t color yellow over it and expect it to be yellow, the brown was there first and it will remain there until it is erased. The only way dark color can be “erased” out of hair is with bleach or a harsh chemical color remover (I’ve never had good luck with these and they take forever). Once the color has been “removed” (a misconception because your original color is not hanging out below the surface, waiting to be set free) it must be recolored again to balance the mess that is left over. This process removes valuable protein from your hair that helps it to be strong and healthy. If that isn’t scary enough, there are no guarantees that it will even get hair light enough before it becomes so damaged that it melts! The results hinge on how much color is on the hair (counting every time that strand was colored since it grew out of your head), what type of color was used (strangely enough semi permanent color can be harder to remove than permanent color), and the current condition of the hair (so if you’ve already bleached it and dyed it dark, your hair may not survive another bleach party). Some protein can be added back to the hair after a color removal service with the use of protein rich shampoos and conditioning treatments (reconstructors), but it will never be the same as it was before.

If you want to have fun with your color you can, but you have to do it carefully and you have to have a professional helping you along the way. If you have a color question that you need an answer to please drop it down into the comment box below and I will give you my two cents of sense about it. I wish I could gift everyone I meet with the knowledge I have acquired about hair in my 14 years as a hairdresser, but if that were possible then you wouldn’t need to read my fabulous blog!

Learn To Speak “STYLIST” And Get The Haircut You Want

Going to the salon can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know how to communicate your needs to your stylist. They may tell you all the things they want to do to your hair, but how would you even know what it all meant if you weren’t a hairdresser yourself?  It’s time to learn how to speak our language so that you know what to ask for when you’re in the chair, and you know what we mean when we are telling you about a specific cut we want you to try. “SYLIST” is a complex language, and new terms are always added at will, because we know that you don’t know what we are talking about, until now!

The 10 terms listed below refer to HAIRCUTTING. I will cover haircoloring terms in a future post because to add them now would result in one long post, and I know your attention span is as short as mine.

SHEARS : This is what our scissors really are called. It sounds snobby, because it is. A good pair of styling shears costs anywhere from $150 to $1,000+.  Tack on a sharpening fee of about $35 every few months, and you start to understand why a stylist simply cannot cut hair with an ordinary pair of scissors.

RAZOR : This a tool used to cut hair and leave it with a lighter, tapered end. It is also used to remove weight from hair, increase movement and volume, and add choppiness to a style. Razor haircuts are not recommended for people with a coarse texture or curl, but I’m sure there are some hair “artists” out there who have found a way to sell this technique to people as a trend. In my experience, if you want your hair to lay smooth or be smaller, a razor cut is not for you.

FRINGE : This is the European word for bangs and it sounds real fancy. It is also the term that has been used in nearly every cutting class I’ve ever taken in my life. If you feel the urge to use it or want to seem worldly, then please do! And if you want to test your stylist to see if they’ve really been to all those amazing classes they say they have, drop the word “fringe” and see if they know what it means.

LAYERS : Layers are different lengths of hair, geometrically cut into a shape in order to create movement, and decrease volume. They are not things that you have 2 or 3 of, but instead are angled lines that connect the hair at the top of the head to the hair on the sides, or the back of the head.  Layers blend into themselves by laying on top of one another, with the shortest layer resting on top of all the other longer layers, and creating a weight line. If you could get each of your hairs to stand up on end, then you would be able to see the lines that your layers follow and the shapes that they create.

GRADUATION : Graduation and layers work well in tandem, but they do completely opposite things. The purpose of using graduation is to build up weight, and to add strength and volume to a part of the haircut.  A good example is a “stacked” haircut or a wedge. In a graduated haircut, the hair underneath is cut shorter to support the weight of the longer hair that rests on top of it, creating a weight line that sits up and stands out. Graduation connects hair from the bottom of the head, to hair on the sides or the back of the head, and it can be subtle or very severe, depending on the desired outcome.

SLIDE CUT : This is a technique used to create a connection between a very short piece of hair and a very long piece. It is also used for removing weight from the ends or the interior of a cut, and it is achieved by sliding the shears down the length of the hair, like a razor, while relying on the sharpness of the blades to do the cutting, instead of the shears themselves.

TEXTURIZE : This is a term that means adding different lengths into the interior of your cut to help it get more volume or to be lighter. There are MANY different texturizing tools and techniques out there, and as long as they are being done well and with discretion, they can all help make a great haircut even better.

DISCONNECTION : This is when two pieces of hair purposely do not blend together. It’s used in fashion cuts, and a good example of it in a conservative form is fringe (bangs). Disconnection is a technique you request when you want a really edgy cut, or you are trying to accentuate a certain part of your style, like a longer piece on one side, or some really short pieces on the crown.

ASYMETRICAL : This is when a cut, or part of a cut, is purposely left longer on one side. It’s most often done in bobs, bangs, and cropped styles, where one side might be tucked behind the ear or left long to seem more feminine or funky. An asymmetrical cut may use disconnection, but it doesn’t have to.

INVERTED : This is when hair is cut shorter in the back and left longer in the front, also sometimes called an A-LINE.  If you wanted to get real fancy you could have an inverted, graduated, asymmetrical cut with some disconnection and layers, but make sure your stylist also knows what that means, or you may end up looking like you cut your own hair with a lawnmower.

Stylists love to stand out and be creative, so we are always coming up with amazing new ways to cut hair and make it seem cooler than what someone else is doing. The terms I’ve chosen to share with you are the ones I think will be most practical for you to know, and the definitions I’ve given you are pretty standard throughout the hair world. If you have a question about another term you are unsure of, then please ask me about it and I will do my best to explain it to you. My goal is to eventually transfer this list of terms onto a GLOSSARY page, so if you are a stylist and you have a term you think people need to know, then tell me and I’ll be sure to add it onto the list.

This week I’ve been struggling with a bad cold and it has taken my voice! I was reflecting on how I have lost my voice in my world, yet I have begun to find my voice in my blogging world!  The only voice left to hear more from is YOURS! Please, please, please feel free to leave comments or ask me questions about anything and everything. I want to work towards a part of my blog where I focus on Dear Hairdresser question from readers about hair topics and life issues so don’t be shy. Help me grow my blog and I will help you in return.

 

Bad Hair Happens – Top 5 Hair Complaints

In a world where we have more in common with each other, than we do with any other animal on Earth, why is it so easy to feel alone? I am no different, and sometimes when I feel isolated, I search for comfort in other peoples’ problems. I begin by typing my issue into the Google search bar, and I always discover that, no matter how unique I think my struggles are, there are many others out there dealing with the same things.

Personal problems are a guarantee in life, and so are hair problems! We all have bad hair days, and I can promise you that for every time you’ve cursed your hair, thrown your brush, or allowed a flopped style to ruin your day, there are many others out there who are experiencing the same things. Here are some Universal Hair Gripes that I hear from lots of people, and the reasons behind them. Read them and share them with others, so that the next time you feel like you have the worst hair in the world, you can relax and remember, that You Are Not Alone!

“My Hair Has No Volume!” : This is a common complaint that is often the result of a bad haircut and improper styling technique. To maximize the potential for volume in your hair, you need a cut that pays attention to your head shape, growth pattern, density, and natural texture. It’s also important to use the right styling products. Volume doesn’t just happen, that’s why you have to”build” it into your style.

“My hair has one side that goes under, and one side that flips out!” : This is true for everyone, and the reason is that hair grows in a circle around the head. It starts at its’ point of origin, know as the “sworl”.  You may have overlooked how important the “sworl” is to your style, by mistaking it for an annoying cowlick on the crown of your head. This powerful spiral is responsible for determining  where your natural part falls, the direction you need to build volume, and the way you position your styling brush when you are trying to get your hair to look symmetrical. It’s also the most important thing that, as a hairstylist, I have to take into account, when cutting, coloring, and styling your hair.

“I lose so much hair in the shower, I must be going bald!” :   You need to know that, on average, a person loses 150 to 200+ hairs, DAILY! Hair grows in a cycle that includes 3 phases. It is constantly growing, resting, or falling out, and additional factors like stress, hormone changes, and illness, can cause the cycles to start earlier, or be delayed. If you are nervous that you really are losing your hair, then talk to your Doctor about your concerns first, then consult with your Stylist. There are many amazing product lines out there for thinning hair, and they do work!

“My Hair Won’t Get Long!” : Hair has a “desired length”, and it’s different for everyone. It’s determined by how long your individual hairs stay in their resting phase before falling out, and being replaced by new hairs. If you are wondering where your hair’s “desired length” is, it’s most likely the spot where the hair starts to look thinner and less dense.  I strongly recommend accepting the reality of your hair’s desired length and adopting a style that works with it, otherwise you may have sparse looking ends that no haircut will be able to hide.

“My Hair Is Curly And Straight! Why can’t it just be the same all over?!” : Welcome to the Mixed Textures Club! There are many members because it’s unusual for someone to have perfectly straight hair, just as it is rare for someone to have a perfectly uniform curl pattern.  Styling can help this issue, but it’s not going to fix itself! The best advice I can give you is to accept it, make the most of what you have, and find a style that works with your texture. If you want your hair to look perfect all the time, you may need to invest in a wig.

There are some lucky people out there that are blessed with “good hair”, but I’m sure they have bad hair days too. We can’t all look amazing, all of the time, and if we did, we might not have any friends! The best advice I can share is to love what you have, and make the most of it. If you are someone with “bad hair”, know that you are not alone! Consult with your Stylist so that you can find a style that works for you, and wear it with confidence! If you have a smile on your face and a bounce in your step, people won’t even notice your hair, they’ll be distracted by the rest of you.

Please take the time to click on the “Pictures” button, located in the sidebar of my page. Included in there is a picture of my daughter Estela’s “sworl”. When you find it, take a moment to think about your own “sworl”, and try to find it on the crown of your head. Figure out which way it moves, so that you can start to understand how it can either help, or hinder your styling efforts.

 

 

 

5 Signs You Should Find A New Hairdresser

It has taken me years of training, hours of practice, and my share of “oopsies”, to be able to deliver fabulous hair to people on a consistent basis. My experience and my knowledge certainly help me attract customers, but I believe it’s my personality, combined with these accolades, that keep people coming back. When you’re getting your hair done, you may be spending several hours in the company of a total stranger. You will also be trusting this person with your hair, your secrets, and your self image. Doesn’t it make sense that this person should be someone you actually like? Technique can improve over time, but personality may not!

Here are some “Red Flags” to keep an eye out for while searching for “The One”

1.) A stylist who doesn’t listen! If you are unsure if they understood you, then ask them to tell you their interpretation of what you want. A good stylist will know how to tell a person what IS, and what ISN’T possible. If they disagree with you, but have a good reason to back it up, then please consider their opinion. After all, they are the “expert”.

2.) A Stylist who speaks negatively about other customers, co-workers, or salons. If your stylist is negative, what makes you think you’re going to leave their chair feeling good about yourself? Looking good starts with feeling good, and if you just got an earful of garbage, you will probably leave feeling like trash.

3.) A stylist who is constantly leaving your side to answer a phone call, take a smoke break, or is ignoring you while they carry on a conversation with the person next to them. YOU are paying for this person’s time!  When your buns are in the chair, you are a VIP, and you deserve to be treated that way!

4.) A stylist who appears to be drunk, stoned, high, etc. If you ever suspect that your stylist is a little “off”, then politely excuse yourself, and express your concerns to the owner or manager.  I’ve never known anyone to perform better at their job while intoxicated. Plenty of time to party after work, right?

5.) A stylist who can’t accept criticism or your request for a “fix”. This is a major red flag that, not only is this person not a good listener, but that they don’t care about maintaining  you as a client. Sure, it feels bad when someone complains about my work, but it feels great when they love it after I get a chance to fix it. Remember, you’re looking for a person you can communicate with! Do your part too. Be honest with your stylist so they have a better chance to WOW you.

The goal when you finally find a great stylist, is to build a relationship with them so you will be able to honestly communicate your needs. This person should be a good listener, and also have enough skill to be able to communicate to you what your hair is capable of, and exactly what you will need to do to achieve your desired look.  When you finally find someone you like and who seems knowledgeable, then you have found a good candidate. If the first cut or color isn’t perfect, give them a second chance, they may improve after they know you and your hair a little better. Good luck, and remember, you want to leave feeling great on the inside as well as looking great on the outside!