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The Woman With Dreads

June 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re a fan of the television show What Not To Wear, you’ve surely seen the episode from one of the first few seasons with the most memorable guest star. There was once a woman on this styling show that needed a new wardrobe to update her look but she also needed a new hairstyle. She claimed to have gone thirteen years without washing her hair and had plenty of knots in her hair; knots that we like to call dreadlocks. Now usually this kind of hairstyle is popular with African Americans but for this Caucasian woman, it was kind of style that was easy and best for her hair type.

Now if you aren’t sure how dreadlocks are created, you may want to prepare yourself for this gross fact. It may not be true for all occasions of growing “dreads” but the woman on What Not To Wear says she went thirteen years without washing her hair! That’s thirteen years people! If we all went that long, we’d want to go crazy and some people just can’t handle going anymore than a day without washing their hair.

This woman is brave to have let her hair go into such a turmoil just to make a fashion statement. Most people mistake dreadlocks for very tight braids woven together. But really a dreadlock is just a certain amount of hair that hasn’t been cared for and eventually has turned into a matted clump of hair. Very bad for your hair is a good definition of a dreadlock.

People who don’t use hair scissors regularly or a shower even can create dreadlocks. If they like it, more power to them, but when they get sick of that style it’s going to be so much harder to get rid of the dreads. A good cleanse every other day at least and a refreshing brush-through of your hair will keep your hair in good health.

If you do decide to let your hair grow into a matted mess of dreadlocks, you could be setting yourself up for pure damage that could be permanent. On the episode of What Not To Wear, the stylist on the show decided it was time for those dreadful locks to go bye-bye! The only problem was, they were extremely hard to cut through. A typical haircut would take a small pair of sharp shears and just a quick few sweeps through the hair. However, this kind of cut took much longer and needed special shears to get the job done right. Even after the woman washed her hair and got all of the dreads cut out, her hair didn’t look as shiny and healthy as a woman’s hair without dreads.

Without knowing, this could be very harmful on your hair if you’re not careful. Watch what you do before you make the decision to get dreadlocks. This kind of style could change the look, texture and maybe even smell of your hair forever.

Celebrity Hair Review: Katy Perry

June 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One of my favorite artists is Katy Perry. She is ever-growing and lets nothing slow her down; it makes everyone love her even more. Another part of her that everyone loves is her spunky and edgy sense of style. When she first came out with her hit single “I Kissed A Girl” we were all in shock that someone would write a song about that but then as she became more famous and got even more comfortable in Hollywood, she started changing a few other things about her. For example, she started dressing in things like bras that shoot out whipped cream and started dying her hair different shades of pink and purple-even if they were wigs, we all learned to love her a little bit more.

Let’s face it, it’s so hard to get recognized in Hollywood today and Katy had her own way of doing so. Some of her songs have been considered borderline crazy-she falls in love with an alien in one song, she sings about kissing another girl and even has a song about sexual terms but that’s what kept her in touch with record companies-it kept them guessing. As fans, we’re also always guessing and wondering what she will do next with her fun yet kooky style.

Recently, Katy Perry filmed a movie about herself called Katy Perry: Part of Me. Although it’s not in theatres yet, in the previews you see many different hairstyles and colors that she sports and it may make you wonder a few things. How does she have such pretty hair after so many different styles and transformations? It’s so true, her hair is absolutely perfect and it never looks like there’s a strand out of place. Now of course she has a stylist that can make her hair look like brand new each day and she probably wears wigs half the time but sometimes it is her real hair that is colored blue or hot pink. And how does she keep such healthy hair?

That’s just it, she has a stylist. There are some people that aren’t celebrities dye who their hair almost once a week and their hair will never look as good as Katy Perry’s. She inspires many people today because of her fun hair but the difference between our hair and her hair is that she pays someone thousands of dollars a year to make it look stunning and completely non-damaged. Whereas we can barely afford a cut and color every month or so. I would be willing to be that if Katy Perry showed her true hair, without extensions, without any hair dye in it, she would have very damaged and dull hair because of all the things she puts it through.

Katy Perry is one of the greatest artists of our time and we all envy her for her stunning performances and appearance. Although I do love her hair, the damage she’s done between dying and styling, I don’t envy her for. The use of a straightener is evident in her hair each time you see her and although it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it can be bad after so long. Katy better watch how she styles her hair-it could come back to haunt her.

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.

Is Straightening Bad For Prom?

April 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

There are many girls who go with fancy up-do’s at prom season. French twists, tight curly buns, fish braided side pony, you’ll see a very big variety. So many girls will pay fifty dollars or more to get their hair styled professionally. This is great because it’s a one night only kind of occurrence and is important for most girls, especially high school senior girls. On the other hand, some girls don’t care as much what their hair looks like and would rather save money so they take the conservative route by simply performing a style on their own at home.

The choice of staying safe and cheap may be a little bit smarter for prom. Using a simple hair straightener on prom night is just as fun as getting an up-do for some girls. Although some say that they should go all out for the special night, it’s not necessarily a bad thing to straighten your hair. It’s not as bad as many people make it sound and it turns out looking great. There are few benefits to doing this style, too.

Of course, I already mentioned the incredible amount of money you can save by straightening your hair at home for prom. But there are other ways to look at it, too. You can kind of customize your hairstyle if you do it yourself because it’s you that’s performing the style and you can do it however you want, first hand. You can add a few curls here and there to add a little flirt to the ‘do. You can also put your own kind of style to it: make it edgy or subtle, it’s your choice because you’re in charge. This way you can also fix it yourself if you don’t like it; you don’t have to feel bad about hurting a stylist’s feelings. Straightening your hair is also a great way to keep hair from getting so messy. Some girls experience a problem with the way their hair falls after getting it styled. They seem to want to change their style because it falls apart as the day goes on. With your straight hair, you can easily go home and straighten it again in a matter of two minutes, whereas other girls can’t go back to their hairdresser and get it fixed.

You can spend a fortune on getting your hair all done up for an event that lasts three hours, or you can save money and style it yourself. As you go to your hairdresser with the thought that straightening your hair isn’t fancy enough, remember all of the benefits of using that straightener. Any style will wind up being beautiful on prom night but straightening isn’t necessarily a bad thing to do for this event.

Hair That Constantly Grows

April 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When we have long hair, sometimes we think we want to change it up and get a new hairstyle. That’s when we go to our stylist and tell her to chop all our hair off to about chin-length. At first we think that shorter styles are more fun and easy to take care of instead of long hair. Then after a while we begin to get sick of styling it the same way day after day and not being able to put it in a ponytail or style it any other way than just straighten it. Now is the time when we begin to grow our hair out.

For some, the process of growing out your hair can be easy because of the growth rate. For others, it may be a little more difficult; their hair might have a little growth problem. Therefore, their hair can’t grow very fast. That is why they find it more difficult to style their hair after so long, because they can’t grow it out and it tends to look sloppy. They may need a little help to spurt their hair growth and get it to look long and luscious like it used to.

One of the best ways to get your hair to grow longer is to get it trimmed regularly. You may have heard this before and it may seem hard to believe, but hair truly does grow longer when it has a little help from your stylist and her hair shears. Getting trims regularly can help spurt a little growth because it clears out all split ends that begin to develop in your hair after so long. With the help of shears, you can eliminate these split ends that act as plugs to your growth and the hair can breathe enough to grow. Just remember to do this regularly so that you can grow it faster and longer.

Another big part that helps the hair grow fabulously is wearing your hair in simple styles. For example, if you straighten or curl your hair everyday, you are creating more split ends because of the application of heat. Instead, try showering in the morning before school and throwing your hair up into a flirty ponytail. It will keep your hair out of your face and can still look cute and fresh each day. Be careful not to tie a ponytail too tight; it will only pull on the ends and can create split ends. Try putting a little gel in the hair to get some bouncy curls.

The normal routine for some girls before they go to bed is to brush their hair over and over until it looks and feels like silk. Smooth hair is what every girl wants, right? The only problem with this is that it creates frizz and and stops it from doing its thing to grow. The less you brush your hair, the more it can flow and extend its length.

Basically the main step in getting your hair to flourish and grow beautifully is to prevent split ends. Split ends and sloppy hair follicles are the main things that keep hair from growing out. When you perform these few steps and follow them each day, you will notice a difference in the growth rate of your hair. Also remember to live a good lifestyle by drinking lots of water and by eating the right foods.

How Celebrities Do It

March 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever been to a concert or seen a performance on an awards show and noticed how absolutely perfect the performer looks? Her makeup doesn’t seem to run no matter how much she sweats, her hair seems to remain free from frizz and doesn’t get wet from all the sweat. How do they do it? Looking perfect seems so hard for normal people to pull off and if you think about it, celebrities surely couldn’t do it without the help of their stylists.

Seeing a girl on a blazing hot stage with dozens of lights on her with flawless makeup makes you wonder why you can’t keep your makeup flawless during a low-stress day at school. The truth behind the scenes is actually…behind the scenes! Stars could never look as great as they do if they didn’t have touch up’s every time they exited stage during breaks. The job of a stylist is to update the performer’s look at every possible second.

For example, Fergie could sprint off stage with straight hair just to “change her outfit,” but when she gets back she has a whole different wardrobe, a new smoky-eyed makeup, and curly hair. This all happens in a matter of about sixty seconds and many people are amazed at how this can be pulled off. A stylist has tons and tons of practice and knows just how the business works: fast-pace and frantic. No matter how hard they may work it out on stage, celebs can always count on their trusty hair straighteners to get through frizz and messed up ends for each moment of the show.

You know those things called dress rehearsals? Yep, that’s how the stylist prepares him or herself and gets ready for the big show. They time everything from curling pieces of hair to getting the ride shade of eyeshadow applied. Of course they have their little secret tools that they love/have to use but it’s all about time and the pace that everyone moves at. The flawlessness is almost impossible to achieve, mostly because no one has the same type of hair as another person. Therefore, there isn’t one trick that is going to help each and every person’s hair; it takes a variety of ways depending on the type of hair you have.

 

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.

What To Do Last Minute With Unsharpened Shears

February 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

“I want tons of layers and make it edgier this time!” These are the words of your most valued client who means so much to you. You would do anything to keep her coming back to you because she loves the way you do her hair and is never disappointed. Usually hearing this words would be no problem and you could throw something together in less than an hour for her. But today you go to grab your shears and realize they’re completely dull and in such bad shape that you can’t even use them. Now what do you do?

In emergency cases like these, you may begin to panic. But that’s not what you want to do; you want to keep things calm so that your client (especially this woman) doesn’t know that anything is wrong. The more relaxed you can keep someone about their new cut, the better feedback you’ll get in the long run. After so long of thinking about what to do next, you need to come to a conclusion and quick! You may decide to pick a few different options.

One decision you could make would be to borrow another stylist’s shears. As long as she is in the same salon and you don’t have to run across town to get the pair of scissors, you should be fine. Just make sure you sanitize the shears well enough so they don’t have build-up on them that will make then stick and change their performance. You may then proceed with no problems and once the client leaves, go call the nearest silversmith to help you sharpen the blades before the next day.

That is one good decision that will help in case you don’t know how to sharpen shears without damaging them. Some hairstylists know how to do this and that’s why they may choose the option to sharpen them quick themselves and just tell the client to “hold on while I sharpen these shears quickly!” Knowing how to sharpen shears can also come in handy for those times when you may go to borrow another stylist’s pair and she’s already using them; now that would not be fun! However, it is possible.

If both the other stylist is using her shears and you don’t know how to sharpen shears, you may have to do one of the hardest things in life and say, “no.” You could try sharpening the blades yourself but that could just get you into even more trouble because you don’t have experience doing this like a professional silversmith does. Kindly tell this important customer that your scissors are not in their best shape and you will need to run and get them sharpened and reschedule her appointment. Be sure to tell her how sorry you are for the inconvenience and that you would rather reschedule and have her be unhappy than give her an awful haircut and have her be unhappy. Even offer a free haircut since this was your own fault.

Sharpness of scissors is what makes them scissors. Without that sharp-to-the-touch texture to them, you can’t even call them hair scissors. When this does happen to you, it will be embarrassing but if you just apologize and do so sincerely, the customer will more than likely understand. Maybe not any old customer but since this woman loves your performance, one little slip up wouldn’t hurt…as long as it never happens again. Emergencies will happen in times like this but remember how important your h

First Time Scissor Shopping

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Hair scissors aren’t the easiest things to know how to shop for. It takes a lot of time and effort to pick out the right pair for you and to know that you will love them. The process of shopping for hair scissors isn’t like a wedding dress in that you can’t just put something on and fall in love. With shears you have to test them for a minute and make sure they’re comfortably usable. The drama that comes with scissors shopping doesn’t always have to be difficult, though.

Starting out as a new stylist is when this process is the hardest. This is because without many years of experience, you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. When you are a beginner, the process is about five times harder and takes about five times longer. It does get easier though so take a breath!

The first thing to remember is to never shop alone; especially with something so expensive like hair scissors. Salesmen and women have a tendency to sell you shears because of their price, not their quality. If you hear so many good things about a pair of shears that are over 1000 dollars but you hear nothing about a cheaper pair that seems to have half-way decent quality to them, there may be a problem. The salesman knows he is getting your attention focused on the expensive shears and he is going to go on about them until you give in. This is why you should always bring a friend; preferably a friend that knows a thing or two about styling. She could help you discover some ways to choose the best shears. And hey, it never hurt to have someone there to help you say no to a salesperson!

Things never seem to go fast when shopping for shears but to speed up the process, think about the things you are looking for when you cut hair. And not just things like the color of the shears or a price range; consider things like the sharpness of the blades and the performance that a specific pair are known to give. It may even help to think about it as finding all of the positive things about a certain pair you may find and then after finding that pair, ask about the price. It’s not always a great idea to judge a pair by its price.

Shopping never seems to be hard for women because it’s more of a hobby than a chore. Face it, we’ll use any excuse to be able to go out and shop for an afternoon! However, when it comes to shopping for useful tools like hair scissors, the process of shopping actually does become difficult and takes some time and consideration. Always remember the two main things about being a first time shear buyer: never shop alone and always get well-familiarized with each pair you may like.

 

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