Category: Haircuts

One Week of Hairstyles

Do you ever get bored of your everyday hair style? I have crazy frizzy hair and I have to style my hair every day. I recently told my husband that I needed to wash my hair, but I wasn’t mentally prepared to dry it. I like to try to do a different hair style every day just to change it up.

I usually can go about three days in between washing my hair. I can go four or five, but that’s pushing it. I’m going to show you a week’s worth of hairstyles. If you are bored of your hair, try a new style and see how long you can go without washing your hair.

Monday

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I washed my hair on Sunday and then braided it into two french braids. I slept in the braids and didn’t take them out until Monday afternoon. My hair was crimpy curly when I took the braids out.

After I took out the braids, I added a hair oil to help calm the frizziness. I also added a little hairspray to keep the style all night.

This look is fun because you can have a lazy hair day on Sunday and then have a cute and funky crimpy style for a fun night. This is the way I wore my hair at the fair with my family.

When you braid your hair, you can get at least two great styles that last for two days.

Tuesday

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This is a pic of me and my cute family out on an adventure. I did a top knot style that day. I always throw my hair up in a bun when I’m in a hurry because it’s cute and also very easy.

You just put a ponytail a little higher on your head and then you add more elastics until you get a good hold. I always bring some hair down by my ears and sometimes I add a headband.

I use the bun style when my hair is a little dirty. You can also part your hair and let your bangs down. I like to pull all of my hair up, but you can do what looks best on you. Try this style when you don’t want to wash your hair, but need a cute style for the day.

Wednesday

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I have curly hair and I like to straighten it often. Just straight hair is very cute. Sometimes you can put a braid in your hair or pull your bangs back after you straighten it.

Remember that when you straighten your hair, you need to use a heat protectant spray. This helps with the split ends. Also, try to use a low heat on the flat iron. This also helps with lowering the damage caused by heat styling.

 

Thursday

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This is a pic of me with a loose curl style. I like curling my hair after straightening it. To achieve this style, I use a flat iron. I just wrap a bigger section of hair and only twist the iron once around. This helps with getting the loose effect.

Flat iron curls are very trendy. you can do this for a day of work or to go out on the weekend. I added in a hair oil to get the sleekness and then some hairspray to hold the style.

 

Friday

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This style is very cute and simple. It’s a big braid with some random curls at the bottom.

I took my bangs and started a dutch braid and pinned it under some hair. I also pulled the outside parts of the braid to make it bigger. This is a simple style if you are going on a date or just out with the girls. Try it and tell me what you think.

I love that it keeps the hair out of my face and is cute at the same time.

Saturday

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This hairstyle is super simple, too. It’s just a half up style and then put in a bun with loose curls on the bottom.

There is also a trendy style right now that takes two dutch braids on top of your head and then pulls them into a bun. This is a kinda lazy fun style that I like to do when I work on Saturdays. It takes curls from the day before with a twist.

Sunday

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It’s kind of hard to see. But, this is a Pigtail style fishtail braid. It is a good Sunday style.

I parted my hair down the middle and then did an elastic on both sides. Then, I did a fishtail braid and slipped the elastic down to the end and tied it off. This is a super messy braid but a great lazy Sunday style.

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A Little Salon Etiquette to Keep in Mind

Some people are uncomfortable going to a salon because they don’t understand how to act or what to expect. I look at it as a professional setting. If you were going to a lawyer’s office or doctor’s office, how would you act? You don’t have to dress up nicely, but here are some things to consider about your etiquette when going to a salon.

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State Your Purpose

When you come to the reception desk, state if you have an appointment or what service you are wanting to get done. Some people come into a salon and expects all the employees to know they have an appointment with so and so. In reality, employees really don’t know about everyone’s appointments, so when you arrive greet whoever is there and say, “I have an appointment with Bla Bla Bla.” It’s less awkward and then we can tell you if your stylist is on time or running late. Also, If you are walking in, greet the stylist and say I’m wanting a haircut or color etc. It clears up a lot when people just tell me what they need first off.

Come Clean or Expect to Get a Wash

Please do not come in for a haircut and decline a shampoo/wash, especially when you just came from the gym or haven’t washed your hair in a while. This section also refers to your personal hygiene and general sloppiness. I mean, don’t spread all of your stuff all over your hairdresser’s stuff and station. I have had people put their stuff on top of my scissors and tools. And, I have to move their stuff to get to mine. It really bothers me when people do that.

Don’t Act Inappropriately

You should feel comfortable with your stylist, but try to not make your stylist uncomfortable. Keep personal stuff to a minimum. It is OK to vent, but wait a couple of visits to completely open up about your personal life. Flirting is something some people are OK with, but make sure your stylist is interested and not married. Be appropriate with jokes as well.

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Keep Your Kids Behaved

Sometimes you can’t find a babysitter and that’s OK, but keep your kids in line while at the salon. You should always bring something for your kids to do to keep them occupied. I understand that you can’t always control your kids, but make sure they aren’t pulling products off the shelves or destroying the place.

Be Polite

If you have any concerns with your stylist or the salon, you can always feel free to state them, but try to be nice about it. I love when my clients can tell me what the problems are with their hair as long as we both can be civil.

Leave a Tip

This is probably one that most people don’t understand and feel weird about. Tipping isn’t required, but it kind of is. My husband doesn’t understand tipping a hairstylist, so I had to educate him about it. Tipping is a nice way to thank someone for giving you a service. People ask me all the time, “What is the correct amount to tip?” I always say to them, “Whatever you feel comfortable with.” You can do either 10% or 20% of your service if you don’t know what you want to tip. I always say if you really enjoyed the service, tip more. That’s what I do at restaurants.

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I hope these salon etiquette tips really help you the next time you go to a salon for a service. These are just some things I have noticed over the years of doing my career and these are some tips I try to follow when I go places. If you have any other tips on salon etiquette you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments below.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Chop It Off

It’s time to chop it off… I’m talking about your hair! There is definitely a point when your hair just needs to be cut. Some people are in denial about how much they should actually cut off. As a hairstylist, I try to be understanding, but I want your hair to be the healthiest it can be, and that means that sometimes it’s time for more than a little trim. So, here are five signs it’s time to chop it off.

Sign 1: You Can’t Brush Through Your Hair Easily

1074486675_24d7f1fa3e_qIf you cannot brush through your hair, then you need to get it cut. I see quite often that people can’t comb through their hair and it’s a rat’s nest, especially in the underneath layers. If your hair gets tangled very easy, your hair is damaged and just needs a good trim. The problem isn’t going to get better with hair products. The only thing that will help is a proper cut.

Sign 2: You Have Too Many Split Ends

3223730402_af2b66e41e_qAnother major sign that you need more than a trim is too many split ends. One cool trick I’ve seen a stylist do is put a sheet of white paper under the client’s hair, resting on the cape. This helped the client to actually see the wispy, fried, and stringy ends. The client’s hair wasn’t healthy at all. When your hair is split and not full on the ends, it’s a good indication that you need to get it cut.

Sign 3: Your Hair Is Not Styling Correctly

6415661997_977dc3a4ec_qIf your hair is not styling correctly or you need a lot of product to style it, then you need to get it cut. This goes for both guys and girls. A lot of guys say to me, “I have to use so much product to make it style right. That’s how I knew I needed it cut.” Plus, there comes a point when no amount of product will help you achieve the look you want.

Sign 4: Your Hair Bothers You

3658341729_0b64d77510_qWhen I’m done cutting a client’s hair, I’m often asked how long until they’ll need to have their hair cut again. I always tell them: Until your hair really bothers you. I always recommend for men every 6 weeks or so and for women about 8 weeks. If you need to maintain your style, you can come in more often, but if you are trying to grow your hair out, let it go a little longer. There are actual benefits that come with getting your hair trimmed more often when you are growing in out. If it has been longer that 4 to 6 month without a haircut, that’s a good sign that you need a trim.

Sign 5: You Want to Change Your Look

2065167388_a0d74ce824_qIf you’re ready for a new look, a haircut is a great way to accomplish this. There are so many hairstyles you can try to make you feel and look different. When people just need a change, a haircut is a good place to start. Just tweaking your style a little can make a huge difference. Add more layers, style your hair differently, or get bangs. I love when people sit in my chair and say I need a change. I’m always thinking: Let’s chop it off!

It makes me cringe when people say, “Take off as little as possible.” I will tell you the truth. if you need to take off 3 inches, then I will show you and we can compromise with 2. As a hair artist and stylist, I want you to feel comfortable and beautiful, and you can’t do that if you leave the damaged ends in your hair.

I hope these signs will help you when you are iffy on getting a haircut. If you have any tips or tricks when it comes to knowing you need a haircut, comment below. Also, share, like, and subscribe!

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5 Things Your Hair Stylist Wants You to Say

Me: Hi! So, how do you want your hair cut today?

Client: I don’t want just one hair cut, I want them all cut.

Haha… not! Some people think it’s cute and funny to make dumb jokes when they come to get a haircut. If I’m your stylist, I’ll probably joke back, but most of the time your jokes are just wasting my time. Here are five things your hair stylist actually wants to hear.

Know What You Want Before You Come In

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I get so many people, mostly men, who sit in my chair and don’t know how to respond when I ask them how they want their hair cut. They usually respond with something unspecific, like, “shorter.” When clients say this, I get a little frustrated because… duh… before you go to the salon, you should know what you want your hair to look like.

If you don’t know how to explain what you want your hair to look like, it helps to come in with pictures of the style and color you want. Pictures help because most stylists are visual learners and work better off of pictures than descriptions.

Please do not come in and be wishy washy. It makes for a smoother appointment when we can get on the same page and not sit there for 10 minutes trying to figure out what you want. I’m always willing to help you decide what hairstyle will look best with your face and how to style it, but try to have at least some kind of idea in mind beforehand.

Answer Your Stylist’s Questions Honestly

If you cut your hair yourself the last time, just say so. I’m not going to kick you out of my chair and ban you or slap your hand. Sometimes if the cut is bad, I might want to, but I promise not to make you feel bad. If you color your own hair or used box color, tell me! It is better to tell your stylist so we can fix it the right way.

When I ask a lot of questions, it’s not because I want to annoy you and take away from the relaxing experience. It is so I know exactly what  I should do and what I can do to help and make sure you leave with the hairstyle you wanted.

Tell the History of Your Hair

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This is a big one if you’ve colored your hair. If you use box color, I want to know where you bought it, when you used it, how long it’s been since you last colored your hair, and so on. I won’t judge you, but I’ll most likely try to educate you on what is not so great about it and try to bring you back from the dark side.

The reason your stylist needs to know the history of your hair is because some box colors contain metallic dyes and when mixed with other things, it forms a chemical reaction that is not good. Also, if you want to go lighter, we will need to use bleach, and if you have the not-so-great color on your hair, the bleach will not pull to a pretty color. You might leave with something you did not want if your stylist doesn’t know the product already on your hair.

Explain What You Like and What You Don’t

This one comes easier for some than others. If you are uncomfortable telling me what you didn’t like with the last haircut I did, get over it. I am always willing to fix it and take constructive criticism, as long as you say it in a nice way. I am happy to change for you.

Please tell me your problem areas with your hair, such as cowlicks, curls, thinning, or any sores or scars you have on your head. Tell me as a stylist what you are wanting and how you style your hair every day. I want to help you be able to style it yourself when you get home, as well.

Ask Questions!

Please ask me questions while you’re in my chair. If you want to know what products you should use or how to style your hair, your stylist can help. If you need help figuring out what will work with your hair type or with your face shape, just ask. At least with me as a stylist, I want people to leave feeling like they can accomplish what I did and feel good about themselves. There aren’t any stupid questions; just stupid people asking questions. Haha… just wanted to throw that out there. I’m just kidding, I love when my clients ask and want to learn rather than question me on what I did.

I hope this helped you and next time you go to the salon use these tips and see if they improve your experience. Comment, like and share!

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