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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!

A Newborn Blog, A Year Old Baby, and the Secret to Looking Great Forever

Hello world! I’m Natalie. Well, that’s what my friends call me, but my name doesn’t describe who I am. I am a mother, a hopeful dreamer, a major procrastinator, and a professional Hair Stylist.  I am known as a Master Stylist and Hair Color Expert in the salon where I’ve worked for the past 11 years. My goal with this blog is to bring practical advice and information to my readers about the mysterious world of hair.

I’ve seen a lot of things in the 15 years that I have been in the beauty industry. I’ve had many successes and many failures as a Stylist. I’ve discovered that it’s not “getting it right” that teaches me the most about my craft, but instead “getting it wrong”! I have also noticed that this is true in my own life, and after 34 years on the planet, I have made many good choices and many bad choices. I love to share who I am with my clients and in return they give me a piece of themselves. The reciprocal connection I feel with people drives me to work on my worst days, and now it pushes me through the maze of  WordPress  so that I can make new connections with new people.

I want to share some personal things with you all right now to break the ice. I am an expert on hair, but I am the polar opposite as a blogger.  I will ask all of you web experts, gifted writers, and blogging whizzes to cut me some slack as I grow into myself in this arena. I am also proud to announce that I have successfully kept another child alive for a whole year! My daughter Estela turned one last week. Because this is the second time I have achieved this, I now know that I am much more comfortable having older children. That’s why I’m going to refer to this blog as a newborn blog. I’m going to focus loving attention on it for the next year and do my best to keep it alive, help it grow, and thrive. Hopefully, I will get better and more interesting over time, so hang in there with me.

Before I end my first real post I would like to share with you all the one secret to looking fabulous  forever. Here it is in one word only, CONFIDENCE! I know for a fact that a bad haircut worn with confidence will appear to look better than the trendiest cut worn without it. Most people don’t really know what the top fashion houses are doing or why. The truth is by the time a trend reaches the general population, it has already left the scene of the people who started it. So, whatever look you choose for yourself, do it because it makes YOU feel great! Then think about how other people will see it because it’s hard enough to please yourself, so focus on that and become a master at it.