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How to Find a Hair Stylist

June 5, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

When I was about 19, I went to this hairdresser in “a small town” I hadn’t noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath till my hair was half done. When she was finally finished, I cried, and cried and cried. I was so upset that when I got home, my mom only had to look at me to know that I had been scalped by a drunken hairstylist. She was more upset than me, she dialed the salon asked for the “drunken hairstylist” and told her how awful my hair looked and that she was sending me back to get it fixed. What? sending me back? Oh, please mom, noooo. Well needless to say I always get up close and personal now when choosing a new hairstylist.

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A good stylist is in fact easy to find. I mean all you have to do is go into a salon and watch them work. Look at how many different types of hair they can work on, leaving a satisfied customer in the works. Can they do short hair, long hair, thick hair, thin hair, can they color?

If you see a hairstyle you like on someone, don’t be afraid to ask them where they got their hair done. When scouting out a salon, stay long enough to see the outcome of a clients hair. Is she happy? Did she get what she asked for? Don’t forget that not all hairtypes can do the same thing, you may want a hairstyle that just wont work with your type of hair. Tell the stylist what type of hair you have and if they are good they will be able to tell you if your hair can do that or not. See if they have a portfolio, check out the styles and cuts inside, are they good? Do the clients look happy?

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Chances are if they are smiling they are happy and this could be a possible hair stylist for you, if they don’t look so happy, move on to the next salon and do your detective work once again!

Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

Choosing the Right Hair Straightener For You

May 12, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are many times when you really want the look of straight, shiny sleek hair and if you were not lucky enough to be born with it then you will need to use hair straightening products to get the look. If you pay a hair stylist to straighten your hair it will instantly curl back up again as soon as you get the bill. The process is not a cheap one to have done, and if you want the look often the money can really start to add up to have it done. If you really enjoy the look of straight hair and plan on doing it often a small investment in a titanium hair straightener or a hair straightening iron is a good investment.

There are many brands and several sizes of hair straightening iron available so how do you know which is the best hair straightener for you? For short hair a narrower iron is the best hair straighteners, preferably around one inch wide. While for longer hair an iron around 1 and half inches wide will do a better job or removing those waves of curl. It is also essential to get an iron that will allow you to adjust the temperature settings to get just the right amount if heat to get the job done, and not so much that it will damage your hair.

Hair Scissors

May 7, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There is something new here at my hairstyling tools…SCISSORS. Professional hair cutting scissors. One of the most important things to have when you want to be assured of a good quality haircut. The wrong scissor could actually be painful, depending on what style your wanting. Here are some of the new items we are offering. For item pricing you can go to our website My Hair Styling Tools

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Included Items:

  • Professional 5 1/2″ Blue Titanium Hair Stylist Shears Kit.
  • 5 1/2″ cutting shear with finger rest.
  • 6 1/2″, 33 teeth thinning shear with removable finger rest.
  • Padded pouch.

Size/Teeth: 5.5 in. (14 cm) / 33 teeth
Steel Grade: Stainless Steel – 440B
Hardness: Rockwell – HRC60
Coating: Blue Titanium

Features adjustable tension control dials.

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Features:

  • Top of the line 5.5″ Hair Shears with removable finger rest.
  • Triple tempered stainless steel.
  • Ergonomically designed handle.
  • Spring leaf for precision tension adjustment.
  • For right-handed stylists.
  • Velvet protective case.
  • Oil Lubricant.

Size: 5.5 in. (14 cm)
Steel Grade: Stainless Steel – 440C
Hardness: Rockwell – HRC62

scissors3.jpg Ninja Swordsman shears are made of the highest quality Japanese steel to maintain blade sharpness.

Included Items:

  • Professional 5.5″ Titanium Hair Stylist Shears Kit (1 cutting shear and 1 30 teeth thinning shear)
  • Protective case.
  • Oil Lubricant.

Size/Teeth: 5.5 in. (14 cm) / 30 teeth
Steel Grade: Stainless Steel – 440B
Hardness: Rockwell – HRC60
Coating: Titanium

I remember when I got my first “real” pair of hair cutting scissors, I was 16. I had no idea that they were priced from $ 100.00 to $ 1,000.00. My mom invested in a pair for me and I was the happiest new hairdresser in town. A good pair of scissors will slide cut like no other (you hairdressers know what I am talking about) A bad pair of scissors and a client wanting fringe around the face could send them away screaming.

It is very important to only cut hair with your scissors, and find someone who has had a lot of good feedback in regards to sharpening. I had mine sharpened once by some “unknown” I used them once afterwards and they broke. I found out it would be more expensive to fix them than to replace them. I was devastated. Took me years to get over…Okay slight exaggeration, but you get my point.

Your haircutting scissors become your pet, no one can touch them, and oh my gosh, talk about the first time I saw my child using them to cut paper AHHHHH! Yes, he is still alive, but I definitely got a higher hiding place, and well, a lock and key, can never be too careful!

So come and check out our new line of professional hair scissors, you won’t be disappointed. Make one your pet today!

Niki

Can I use a curling iron on my hair after permanent hair straightening?

February 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

It is highly recommended that you do not wash, kink or curl your hair for the first 72 hours after having permanent straightening done. After this waiting period it is said that curling your hair is fine although I have read that many women who have chosen to curl their hair after this straightening process have been left with some permanent ‘kinks’ as well as many have found that their hair will not hold the curl or waves for very long.

If you have a special event coming up and would like to have some curls or waves it is suggested that you go back to your stylist who did the straightening and discuss with them about having your hair curled. Your stylist should have the right styling products and tools to help you achieve your desired look without leaving any permanent kinks or curl.

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This permanent straightening process is also known as Japanese Hair Straightening, Re-bonding, Japanese Straight Perm, Thermal Reconditioning, Thermal Reconstruction, and Ionic Straightening.

Hair Stylist Interview w/ Trish from Sweet Hair Trends

January 5, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

1. Name

Sweet Hair Trends, Maple Ridge, B.C. – Trish

2. Where do you currently work?

I rent a chair at a salon called Time in Eden in Maple Ridge, BC

3. How long have you been a stylist?

17 years

4. Which hairstyle is ‘Hot’ Right now?

Victoria Beckam’s

5. And ‘Not’?

Mullets

6. What hair color do you recommend for the upcoming season?

Depends what color your hair is to start with… caramel’s still popular

7. Have you ever worked your magic on a celebrity? If so who? If not, then who would be your dream client?

I wish! Matthew McConaughey, or Jennifer Aniston

8. What brand of professional hair styling aids would we find at your work station?

Sebastian- Shaper Plus Hairspray, Paul Mitchell- Super Skinny Serum, Joico- JoiGel, Rusk- Being Warped Wax

9. When someone is choosing a stylist, what is a ‘must’ they should look for?

ME! (Just kidding!) Someone who listens to them and what they want. However, it is exciting to change with the styles and not stick to the same old look for years. I suggest you let the stylist know what you want, but then also be willing to hear what they think will look good on you. You may be pleasantly surprised… you may not have thought that style could be on YOU!

10. Would you share with us a few your best hair tips or insider secrets?

- Use a mousse/gel/ liquid shine combo (on wet hair) to get volume, control, and shine when styling.

- If mousse is too drying on your hair, try a spray gel at the roots and mid-shaft, and gel or wax on the ends to hold them together.

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