Have you ever wondered how the heck your hairstylists hair always looks perfect? For starters, hair is what we do for a living, so we know a thing or two about how to make it look it’s best. You’d be surprised that many hairstylists are quite low maintenance with their own hair though and have ways of making it look good without spending tons of time primping. An awesome hair site I blog for, Latest Hairstyles, recently asked me to divulge some of our secrets for you to use at home. Check them out here.
Let’s face it, the cost to maintain our looks and feel our best can be extremely expensive. Hair, nails, facials, waxing, fancy gym memberships, beauty products, etc. Not to mention the cost of eating healthy, decent quality clothes, even healthcare, life is pretty darn expensive. Throw a mortgage and children into the mix, and how are you supposed to justify spending money on the things we don’t necessarily “need”?
Often times skimping on certain things means skimping on the quality, but it’s not always the case. It’s important to prioritize what’s most important to you and then see where you can cut back on the others. For example, I LOVE getting massages. Not only do I love them, my body needs them from my profession as a hairstylist. In order to budget the multiple massages I like to get monthly, I found a place that does incredible massage for only $25! Yeah I sacrifice the ambiance, the spa extras, and the fancy massage oil, but when my muscles need to get worked out it does the trick. Then when I’m feeling up for it, I’ll treat myself to the fancy $125 massage. I found a way to balance and still get do what I want.
In terms of your hair, unfortunately this isn’t as much the case. With hair you generally get what you pay for, and if a stylist is charging a lot for their services it means they have tons of experience, training, and uses high end (and expensive) products. If their services are very inexpensive you have to wonder how much they’ve invested of their time and own money into their skill. So what do you do if you don’t want to find the cheap massage of hair stylists, but can’t justify spending the extra money on your hair? Here are some ways I’ve come up with that may work for you…
Skip the haircut.
You technically don’t need to get a haircut every single time you get your hair colored. If your hair isn’t too damaged then it’s completely unnecessary to trim it every 6-8 weeks and you can definitely wait at least 10-12 weeks. If you are prone to split ends this may not be best for you, but in general most people can hold off on their haircuts. And if you’re trying to grow your hair out, which 90% of women seem to be doing, you need to hold off on your haircuts a bit so you don’t cut off what grows in. This essentially means 6 less haircuts a year which equals $$$!
Partial Highlight vs. Full Highlight.
Some women just assume they are supposed to get a full highlight every hair appointment. This generally costs anywhere from $15-$50 more than a partial highlight, and often times a partial is all you need! Natural looking hair color is in style and having every piece of your hair with a highlight on it doesn’t even look that good (my opinion). If you’re hooked on full highlights, maybe do them every other appointment, or even every 2 appointments. Again, this cuts costs and saves money over time.
Skip the blow dry.
Now this doesn’t pertain to me because I consider my blow dry complimentary with any of my hair services, but some hairstylists may charge you less if you ask to leave with wet hair. Though it’s a bummer to leave without that bomb blow dry style, if it saves money and that’s what’s important then maybe it’s worth it. Not blow drying your hair saves your hairstylist time and they may be willing to cut off a few bucks. If saving money is important it never hurts to ask right?
Pay cash or check.
Often times hairstylists work for themselves and every time they swipe your credit card they have to pay a percentage for the swipe. They also really appreciate cash for reasons I will not write here and may be inclined to knock off some money if you always pay cash. Again, it never hurts to ask!
Ultimately, before leaving your beloved hairstylist because you feel you can no longer afford their services, TALK TO THEM! See if there is anything they can do to help you out. This isn’t a moment to be prideful or embarrassed because we too are probably trying to save money in our personal lives!
One of my favorite things ever is when a client sits in my chair and tells me they’ve been considering a drastic change. Whether it’s a new haircut or a complete overhaul with their hair color, they all light a fire in me. Though I sometimes think I’m more excited than my clients to make this change, I will never just do so on a whim. Truth be told, a lot can happen to a person when they dramatically change their look, and I feel it’s my duty as a hairstylist to know when my client is 100% ready for this.
If you are considering doing something crazy, read my 5 tips first. These are some of the questions I ask my clients, and some of the important questions you need to ask your stylist before taking the plunge.
1. How long have you been considering this change?
If you’ve been a brunette your whole life and randomly had a dream you became a bright blonde the morning of your hair appointment, you may want to sleep on it a little longer before jumping. Unless you’ve been thinking about making this dramatic change for some time, you may not mentally be ready for it!
2. What inspired this change? Was it something negative in your life?
Our hair is one of the things we actually have control of in our lives, and I’ve noticed that when someone is going through an emotionally difficult time, they turn to their hair to take it out on. Now this can be a great thing if you’ve always wanted to do something to your hair and once a weight was lifted from your life (ahem ahem) now it’s YOUR time to do so. But if you’re feeling down about yourself, hate your long obnoxious hair, and decide you want to chop it off Miley Cyrus style, you’re probably going to feel even worse when you look in the mirror. In my opinion, you should NEVER dramatically change your hair during an emotional time in your life. Trust me please!
3. What will your new maintenance routine be?
Often times these dramatic changes require more maintenance. From frequent root touch ups to glossing your hair color to keep it vibrant, it may mean more time in the salon and more money. Be sure to chat with your hairstylist about this first, and then decide if it’s worth it to you. If it isn’t, maybe your stylist will have some low maintenance ideas that can better fit your lifestyle and fulfill your craving for a change.
4. What if you don’t like the new color/cut? How hard is it to return to what you started with?
Generally speaking, dramatically changing your hair color requires a few steps, and may require even more steps to remove the color from your hair. It’s important to understand that YES eventually you can have your old color back, but it may not be exactly how it once was and it may take a few hair appointments to make it happen. This can also be drying or damaging to your hair, so it’s important to know that your hair will be strong enough to handle this amount of coloring.
Once we chop your hair off unfortunately we can’t glue it back on! Growing out a botched haircut can be grueling and test your patience, so be sure you are ready for the change and trust your hairstylist to give you a cute style. If your hair is at least 4 inches long, hair extensions can be an option for you, but this comes with a hefty price tag.
5. Will this new hair even look good on you?
Just because Jennifer Lawrence went from blonde to brunette and looks gorgeous doesn’t mean that it’s best for you. And just because Halle Berry looks super hot with short hair doesn’t mean you will too. This sounds kind of harsh, but it’s reality. Celebs have hair and make up artists on hand 24/7 and have the ability to always look their best. With hair color, you need to consider your skin tone and the make up you wear on a daily basis. If you don’t have the right tone of color in your hair it can actually wash your out or age you (future blog story to come on this topic).
In conclusion, having a whole new hairstyle can be so uplifting and fun, but it just takes a little thought and research before doing it. Special thanks to my beautiful clients who have trusted me to make over their hair
Have you ever dramatically changed your hair?
Constantly battling split ends and don’t know what to do? Though you may not want to hear it, you have to cut them off! Split ends left uncut will just keep splitting, and before you know it you will have a big mess on your hands. Once your ends are fresh, keep them stronger so you won’t have to deal with splits again, and your hair can grow longer and healthier than ever!
Common culprits for split ends are:
- Waiting too long for a haircut.
Generally speaking, you should be trimming your hair every 8-12 weeks. If your hair is weak, you may need to trim sooner, and if your hair is strong, you may be able to wait longer.
- Heat tool sizzle.
If you flat iron or use a curling iron on your hair, chances are you deal with breakage and split ends. Reduce the use of these tools and save your hair big time. If you must use them, be sure to apply a heat protectant styling product first.
- Poor diet.
If your body is lacking the nutrition it needs, your hair and everything else can suffer. Eating foods rich in Vitamin E, Iron, Omega-3′s, and Zinc are ideal for strong strands.
I say it all the time, your hair products are the foundation to healthy hair, starting with a great shampoo and conditioner. If your hair needs more moisture, consider adding a hair mask to your weekly routine. Your hair will be very happy.
I don’t care who you are, I KNOW you love getting an amazing blow dry style from your hairstylist. Heck, even I love nothing more than to sit back and have someone take care of it for me. Hairstylists can make your hair look perfect, they do it so quickly and effortlessly, and you leave the salon feeling like a million bucks. You probably even wait more days than you’re willing to admit to wash it, just to savor this blow out for as long as possible. Sound familiar?
What if I told you you too can style your hair just like your hairstylist? In this story I wrote for Latest Hairstyles, I break it down into 5 easy steps. Check it out below…
Braids are undoubtedly one of the hottest trends this summer. They are perfect for dirty hair days or when it’s hot outside and you just don’t feel like fussing with it. Though some braided styles may seem impossible to create on your own hair, I have a technique I love that is easy and looks super cute…
How to recreate my braid:
Pastel Hair… You dig?
Pastel hair can been seen on some of your favorite celebrities, and if you are thinking of doing something a little wild this Spring, maybe this hair color trend is for you. To learn more about this hair color craze, check out the story I wrote all about it for Latest Hairstyles here.
Ever wonder how every celebrity seems to have the most perfect hair? How is this possible? Is it even fair? Do you have to have perfect hair to become famous or something? Truth is, celebrities are people just like us, with thin, frizzy, frustrating hair, they just know how to mask it and make it look it’s best.
Check this article I wrote for Latest Hairstyles. I spill some secrets I’ve learned about the tricks celebs use to have full, long, luscious hair and bangs. And if you’re considering hair extensions, be sure to read this story before moving any further.
Current fav trends…
Golden blonde hair has been hot since last summer, but then got a little phased out by the ombre trend that everyone and their mom decided to rock. Now it’s time to throw some soft highlights back at the crown of your head, and add some brighter pops around your face. Not only does this do wonders for your skin tone, it can actually create more volume at your roots and be really flattering. If maintenance is a concern there are plenty of highlighting techniques your stylist can whip out to help your color grow out softly. *Note- Ombre isn’t out this season, however it’s evolving to something a bit more natural and soft. Think less “dipped” ends and more “kissed” ends.
A Chignon is a roll or knot of hair worn at the back of the head or especially at the nape of the neck. These sort of styles are perfect when the weather is hot. Loose, soft, romantic styles are not only easy, they are great for dirty hair days. All you need to do is spray a little hair powder at your roots, fluff it up, and create your own art.
If you’ve had the itch to chop your hair off, this might be the perfect time to do so. Short hair can be so sexy and effortless, invigorating and empowering. BUT if you aren’t sure if you are 100% ready for this dramatic transformation, don’t do it just yet. Plant the seed in your hairstylists ear, and together you will figure out when the right time is for your new hair.
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