Tips To Getting The Perfect Haircut And Coloring From Expert Hair Stylists
Once upon a time I was in 7th grade and my wonderful mom suggested that I get a very short haircut AND to let her do it… I love and trust my mom (always have!) Soooo, needless to say I went for it! She talked it up big time… ‘short hair is so easy to take care of Eloise and you’d look super cute with it, blah, blah, blah…’ My mother is an artist and she DID cut my hair straight, BUT going from always having long hair to then chopping it all off can be a BIG change. When she was done, I took the brush and started brushing from the top of my hair down, only it was cut to my chin and bam! the brush hit my shoulder hard… ‘Oh crap’ I’m thinking… ‘Mom, how short did you cut it?’ Go look in the mirror its super cute… Walking, walking, standing in front of the mirror, crying, crying, thinking how in the heck did my mom talk me into this… AND never again (okay, it happened one more time a couple of years later…DOH! ‘She’s very convincing people!’ BUT that was the ultimate last time she has ever talked me into cutting my hair short… And when she has scissors in her hand, you better believe I’m paranoid!
So how do we get the proper cut for our type of hair, facial shape, and great color that accentuates all of our beautiful features? (so you don’t end up like the 7th grade and 9th grade me!) Well, let’s see what the top hair stylists have to say…
Getting An Awesome Haircut And Coloring
Get Your Hair DID the right way!
- Find the RIGHT hairstylist for YOU! Did you know you can go to a salon and ask to speak to the manager for his/her opinion on what stylist to pair you with? Tell the manager what look you’re going for and what type of hair you have (thick, thin,wavy,curly,straight,etc…) ask the manager who they think would suit you best, then set up an appointment. Make sure to come with ideas and an open mind, because what you might want might not be flattering to the shape of your face or skin tone says, Carlina Ortega, a senior colorist at Rita Hazan in NYC, Real Simple... You asked for a good match so make sure you listen to the stylist! Also, if you see someone with gorgeous hair that you’d want, then by all means ask them who their stylist is and make an appointment! (Some of the best referrals happen on the street, strangers or not!)
- Wash your hair the NIGHT before you go in to cut or color your hair. Product build up in hair that has not been washed in a while can cause color to go on unevenly. When you wash your hair the night before be sure to wash it gently, if you rub the scalp too hard it make your skin more sensitive to the dye says Raisa Cabrera, a colorist at Miss in NYC.
- Did you know you can call to schedule a phone consultation for a major color change you have in mind (like from black to platinum blond). This is not a one step process, talk to them about the length of time it will take, a major color change needs to be done gradually to maintain the integrity of your hair says Sheenon Olson, creative director of ATMA Beauty, a salon located in Miami.
- Tell your stylist about your hair history (sounds funny but it’s true!) this helps them figure out the best way to treat your hair. (hair history refers to: gloss, toner,brazzlian blowout, box color, etc…) says Miguel Angarita, a master colorist at Miss in NYC. Tell your hair stylist what you currently like about your hair and what you don’t like about it (without bashing another stylist for cutting or coloring your hair wrong!) Tell them your hair goals, like if you want a low maintenance style, ask for a cut or color that will still look great as it grows out (that’s my kind of haircut!)
- Bring photos with you to show your stylist what you want, it’s the easiest way to give them an idea of what you want… (like me when I wanted the Rachel Green ‘Friends’ haircut so I brought a photo of the Friends show… although I didn’t need to because back then almost every woman wanted that hair style and the stylist was like OK I know because 10 people before you asked for that same look… but Eloise your hair is much too thick for that exact look, so how about…)
- Be aware of the time! Don’t expect to go there almost at closing for the last appointment and get a lot done. Things that take a long time should be done earlier in the day and if possible during the week, not the weekend! The earlier in the day the better so the stylist has more energy and time devotion to get your major changes done. Also be respectful to the stylist by showing up on time. Miguel Nicolant Pires, a stylist at salon Eva Michelle in Boston says he sticks to a tight schedule so each of his clients has his undivided attention and gets the max out of the appointment.
- Treat your hair better at home! Use good quality, color-safe AND heat protectant hair products. Stylists want you to know that when they are showing you products to purchase for home, it’s not to make more money, because in the long run it’ll save you more trips to the salon… what they want is you looking your best because you are a walking billboard for their work! Good products go a long way! Oh, and try not using a flatiron so much, it’s damaging… instead they recommend having a good brush and blowdryer. Katelyn Bode, a colorist at Diva Salon in OK City and Matt Fugate, a stylist at Serge Normant in NYC. Real Simple
Well, I don’t know about you but I sure learned a lot through researching, listening to stylist, and writing this post! I hope you learned a thing or two by reading this as well… I will be following these tips myself, because I’m not going to lie I NEED TO! My hair can look like a hot mess sometimes, BUT not anymore! Great looking hair can make you feel and look like a million bucks and that sounds awesome to me!
Take care readers!
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