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What To Do With A Bad Cut

May 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever gone to your hairstylist and told her to do a cute celebrity-inspired hairstyle? Next thing you know you look in the mirror at yourself and your hair looks completely different from the picture you showed her. This is one of the worst feelings I’ve ever experienced with getting my hair cut. Getting the cut you want is crucial because it has to look this way every day and if you can’t even appreciate your own hair, what can you appreciate? Here’s what to do when you receive a “grade F” haircut.

Say you give a picture of Victoria Beckham’s short and stacked in the back look to your stylist. This cut is extremely hard to achieve because her hair tends to drape down next to her ears and get shorter around the neckline as you go toward the back. Getting everything even and symmetric can be difficult but that’s what a hairstylist is there for. If she does the cut wrong it won’t make her clients happy and that includes you.

When she begins with the hair shears, you should be very specific and tell her exactly what you want in detail. Make sure she knows exactly how you want your look to be, from color to cut. Sometimes my problem is that when I’m finished getting my hair done, it looks great and I couldn’t do it any better. But the next morning when I shower and get ready to style my hair by myself, it doesn’t look as good as it could and I end up not being happy. After showering and getting the styling done, I realize it’s not the cut I was looking for and I begin to worry about what to do next.

When I get a cut that I don’t like, I have found there to be a couple different solutions- I can either have her fix it or deal with it until it grows back out. If I decide to get it fixed, I will go to my hairdresser and explain exactly what I don’t like about my cut (again with lots of detail!) When she’s done fixing the hair, I will ask if I can style it myself to make sure it looks just how I like it. If it does, then I’m happy and the problem’s solved. If I decide to wait and let it grow out a bit, then I usually end up wearing it in ponytails or finding a way to make the bad cut less obvious.

Whether the cut is uneven or the color doesn’t look light enough, you can guarantee that your reaction won’t be positive. If you get a bad haircut, you can think of these couple solutions and make the experience a good one. No problems will occur if you have a solution in mind. And don’t forget to be very specific in the first place so you don’t get too bad of a cut that makes you upset with your hair.

Scary, Sketchy Scissors

April 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever heard of someone trying to give themselves a haircut or a friend of theirs doing it out of their own home for them? Although this is typical and has become more popular as things have gotten more expensive, it is a bit dangerous. Truly, the only person who should be allowed to cut your hair is your personal hairstylist. You know, the one who actually went to school and studied to how to do this for a living? She’s the one person you should be able to trust that will always do the right job with your hair.

When you put the trust of your hair in someone’s hands that has not had proper training, you could be making a big mistake that will take a while to fix. This is because the tools they use are not always top of the line like hairdressers’ tools. The scissors that a hairdresser uses are specifically manufactured and sometimes only available to those who have a license to cut hair. If your friend is wanting to cut your hair and she doesn’t have a license, it will be very hard for her to find a good quality pair of scissors.

If she can’t find a good pair, she isn’t going to be able to perform well on hair.Also, hair scissors are extremely expensive and someone who doesn’t make enough money may not be able to afford one of the best kinds of shears . Unlike a hairdresser, your friend might not have any experience either. This is never good because you’ll want the best results on your hair and if it gets cut with the wrong kind of hair scissors, you may have damage to your hair.

Keeping a good cut can be difficult since hair grows over time and needs a regular trim. When you go for a new haircut, be sure you go to someone you trust whom you know will have quality shears, not scary ones. Also, keep your hairdressers consistent. Don’t go to a professional one day and then have a friend do it six weeks later. Always make them explain what they will be doing with your hair so that you can tell if they know what they’re doing.

Spring Transformation Cuts

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Bust out the hair shears, it’s time to get rid of your boring winter hairstyle and bring out a fun new ‘do for the new season. Spring needs a little splash of fun and what better way to bring out your fun side than to get a fun new cut. No matter how much time it takes, it is definitely worth the time and effort. Your final transformation in the end will be enough proof that the time and money are worth the investment.

Some of the easiest styles to perfect are during the spring season, especially the early spring time. This is because the humidity in the air is beginning to change in the early part of spring, so you’re catching the frizz and damaged ends right at the perfect time. It’s much easier to cut hair in the transition of seasons rather than in the middle of the summer when the hair is filled with frizz and bulky ends that have been damaged by humidity. Use this to your advantage when you get your new cut for springtime.

Some of the hottest trends in hair right now are being drenched with shine and glam. One of the biggest trends of spring this year, 2012, is to have “glistening hair” according to Harper’s Bazaar. Whether you long and bouncy curls or a short and pin-straight bob, your hair could definitely fit in this spring when its paired with some shine. To complete this look, buy yourself a fresh trim from your hairstylist to start out and be sure she cuts off all of the damaged ends. The best part of this spring trend is that you don’t have to use your shears all that much. As long as your stylist gets rid of the dead ends in your hair, you can just get by with a trim and finish it off with your shining serum.

On the other hand, some girls do a completely new look for their spring/summer cut and are more than happy to lose tons of their locks. If you’d be interested in doing something like this to keep cooler in the awful humidity, there are a few easy and simple steps to follow. One piece of advice to start out with is to put this project into the hands of a professional. If you usually give yourself at-home trims, do not trust yourself to perform a spring transformation style like this.

A couple of fun trends for getting hair all cut off include the pixie cut, and the short Victoria Beckham style. These styles are very easy and fun to play with as long as you keep it thin and edgy. With a pixie cut, you should always be looking for choppy and extremely short so that the ends are fun yet easy to take care of each day. This is one of the easiest styles of summer/spring because it has the least amount of hair and is easiest to style.

As for the Beckham bob, you need the help of your stylist to get a really good angle. Start with extreme layers that stack up the back of your head of hair. Make sure she keeps it light and thin so it’s not an overbearing process to style it each morning. The point of this cut is to accentuate your cheek bones and give a little volume to the roots of your hair. To do this, have your stylist bring the sides of the bob down to the ears and cut them at an angle so each side stars at the stack behind the head and “diags” all the way down to your earlobes or longer (your choice). Edgy is always fun for spring and it’s totally in this year!

Whether you plan on getting all your hair chopped off, or just getting a quick trim to keep cool for the spring/summer seasons, these ideas are sure to help. With funky bobs to long and “glistening” hair, you are sure to get a great look that will turn heads this season!

Give Up Boring Cuts

March 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I grew up with a hairstylist whom my family was very devout to and also served as a second mom to me. I have never gotten a haircut from anyone other than my long-time stylist. I have mastered exactly how she works toward cutting hair and the exact tools she uses in the process. I have seen her in action so many times that sometimes I swear I could be her. But recently, I watched a friend perform a cut on a client and realized there are so many more tools available for stylists. It was like I came out of my sheltered styling life that I was living.

Although I’m not a hairstylist myself, Jeanette (my hairdresser) has always told me the exact tools that she uses on my hair and all the things I need to know about her process of styling. Since I have grown up watching her give cuts, I haven’t known there to be any other way to cut someone’s hair. It was amazing to me to see how much there is to offer in the world of hair salons and styling besides just hair scissors and hairspray.

My friend began her process with a fresh wash. She then moved over to her cutting station where she began her actual haircut with the professional shears. The shears she used were very high-profile and glided right through the client’s hair. This part of the process is the only part I’ve ever seen take place. The next part was the big surprise for me; my friend got out her “texturizing shears” and began creating layers upon layers of hair and removing excess bulk in the client’s hair. After she got all of the texturizing done, she moved on to the bangs. She styled this part of the hair but using a razor and running it through the ends of the bangs to take off split ends and excess bulk, once again.

I, of course, have heard of texturizing shears and a razor but I had never seen them in action, so I had never known the performance they gave. I was truly amazed by these two tools and all they had to offer. If you were in the same position as me and have never really had anything done to your hair other than a trim every time you visit your stylist, it’s time to get rid of the boring cuts. Next time you get a haircut, make it a cut, not just a trim, by asking your stylist to use her texturizing shears and razor to help blend some new layers and make your hair healthier and lighter on your shoulders.

Common Mistakes Of Haircutting

January 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Think you can give yourself a quick trim right in your very own home? Hey, it saves money so most people think why not do it? It’s one of the easiest ways to save money, especially when some salons charge forty dollars just for a haircut. This may be one of the smartest ways to get a great look in a small amount of time for a small price. But watch out, at-home styling has its con’s to go right along with its pro’s.

When you try cutting your own hair, you are definitely a brave person. Cutting someone else’s hair may be a bit easier but even doing this can be a risk for you and for the person you are cutting. There are so many common mistakes people can make by cutting their own or someone else’s hair that they know. From angles to lengths, it is evident that some people aren’t as talented as their hairstylist and should probably leave it up to the stylist to complete the task. If you remain confident that you can do it yourself to save money, be sure to read these tips before you begin.

To assure yourself that you will do a great job, you should carefully use your shears in the ways that will keep your hair in good shape. Begin by making sure your shears are as sharp as possible. Those who cut their own hair often assume that it’s fine to use a pair of hair scissors that haven’t been taken out of storage in a year or more. Using a dull blade is one of the worst thing to put your hair through. If the shears aren’t quite sharp enough for use, you should contact a silversmith right away to ensure the best cut possible.

After your shears are in great shape (as far as sharpness goes at least) you can begin trimming. But it’s not safe to start cutting your hair in a horizontal line straight around from ear to ear. You must know the exact technique for trimming hair so that the ends will end up even when you finish. The worst thing to do is tie your hair into a ponytail and chop it off where the ponytail holder is. This will not give you an even cut and can be extremely hard to fix.

To learn the proper ways to cut and/or trim hair, don’t be afraid to ask your hairdresser. You won’t offend him or her by telling them that you like to touch up a few spots on your own every once in a while to save some money. Just ask how you should do a certain technique to get your hair to look just like they cut it. They should let you know whether or not the technique is difficult to perfect, so if they don’t warn you, be sure to ask so you can perform the job just right.

The next time you want to touch up your hair’s ends, be sure to refresh your memory on the things to remember. The angle you cut your hair at is so important so that you get a nice straight cut and none of the ends wind up uneven. Don’t forget to ask for any secret tips from your hairstylist too. She knows everything about hairstyling so she’s the best person you could ask for pointers from. Finally, the most important part of trimming your own hair: updating your shears. If that means buying a whole new pair of hair scissors, then so be it. If they just need a quick sharpen, contact a silversmith and see how  you can get the hair scissors into tip top shape. After all, this is your hair and you want it to look better than any other hairstyle!

 

Chi Hair Dryers

October 27, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Chi hair tools are some of the best hair styling tools on the market and none of their tools stand out more than their professional hair dryers. These dryers are not only designed to be the best available for drying hair but also the best for getting the job done easily with the hairstylist in mind. These dryers are so easy to handle a stylist can easily manage one for hours a day. Try saying that about the cheap drugstore models that many women use at home. Also Chi hair dryers are so much quieter than any other dryer making it easier on the ears of the stylists who uses the dryer for hours a day.

Like Mother – Like Daughter: Teach your kids about quality hair tools

October 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

They watch everything you do and imitate you, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when your children start asking you about using their own hair styling tools. The question is, what should you let them use? And when are they old enough to use hair styling tools themselves?

 

The answer to this question will vary dramatically depending on your child and their interests of course. But a general rule of thumb is to slowly introduce your child to your own styling tools when they start showing interest. You know your child best, so you should be able to gauge how responsible they are and what you should let them use.

 

A good tool to start with is the hair dryer. Because it’s fairly simple to use, even children as young as six or seven can begin using a hair dryer if they use it under supervision. It’s not likely that they will burn themselves using a hair dryer, however you should still use caution and be sure that you explain to your daughter the safety rules and things that they should be aware of. Be sure that she keeps the dryer a safe distance from her hair and uses it on a low setting.

 

As your daughter gets older and begins to take more of an interest in her own personal style, she may want to use a curling iron or hair straightener on her own. Generally when children are around ten or eleven, they should be responsible enough to handle these tools safely. Again, it’s essential that you explain to your daughter the important safety considerations. Things like turning off the tool when she’s done with it, keeping it away from any other items on the counter, being careful not to touch the surface area and keeping the tool away from water.

 

It’s usually a good idea to take your daughter to the hairstylist and have her explain to your child how to properly use the hair tool to create the style that they are looking for. This will give your daughter the chance to learn directly from the expert what she needs to do which will avoid frustration later on.

 

You may be tempted to buy your daughter a cheaper curling iron or straightening iron instead of a higher quality one. You may reason that she doesn’t need a high quality one because she’s just learning how to use it. However, think of it this way. If you purchase a high quality and more expensive tool for her in the first place – she will see better results right away, because the higher quality hair tools work much more effectively. Also, you will be helping her protect her hair because higher quality tools will cause much less damage to the hair, and in many cases enhance the health of the hair.

 

There is no point in starting her with low quality hair tools that are only going to damage and burn her hair. She’ll simply get frustrated and not be able to achieve the results that she needs with her hair. Start her out with quality hair tools and give her the education that she needs in order to achieve the beautiful hair styles that she desires.

Student Shears For The Stylist In Training

October 20, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Going to cosmetology school can be expensive and then when you see the price of quality scissors for cutting hair than you will find that being a hairstylist becomes a very expensive career that many may not have the money for right away. One way to save a little money at the beginning of your career is to use student shears while you are attending school. These shears are made from the top makers of quality hair cutting tools but with the student in mind who is trying to learn their craft on a budget.

Using The Right Scissors To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

October 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very real danger for anyone who does a repetitive task with their hands for several hours a day, and this does include the hairstylist. Though it may not seem too repetitive such as typing cutting hair is a constant motion for the hands and wrists, which makes a hairdresser susceptible to this medical issue. Of course just as with typing having the proper tools will prevent this from ever becoming an issue for the stylist on the job daily. Having professional hair cutting tools that are ergonomically designed to ward off this problem will reduce the strain on your body and make getting your job done a real easy task.

Getting Your Beauty Supply Needs Online

October 15, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Once upon a time a hairstylist had to make a special trip to the beauty supply store whenever they needed any new hair tools or salon hair products. But just as the internet has changed everything else and made it easier so has shopping for the busy hair stylist. Now they no longer have to take the time out of their busy day to head to the supply store to get those items they need, now they can point and click at their convenience and have those items delivered right to their salon. This frees up the professional stylist to more important things such as keeping up with the latest looks that their clientele will want.

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