I have 10 years experience in the hair biz. I was educated at the Toni & Guy Academy before working and educating, in the Chemical Technician department, for Toni & Guy(TIGI) for 8 years.
delights-in-her-delirium said: My mid-back length wavy hair is kind of thin, grows slowly, and is pretty dried out. I wear a ponytail a lot and a couple sections are much shorter than the rest. Part of me wants to cut it a lot shorter but I'm hesitant because of its texture, my roundish face, and size 16 body. I'm so ashamed of my hair that I rarely go to a salon. When I do go I'm convinced stylists don't want to deal with it given its condition. I don't know what to do to make me feel better about my hair. :(
Before I get to your hair dilemma please remember this: you are beautiful. No matter your size. Embrace your body, it’s the only one you have. Cherish it and know that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Now, don’t ever be ashamed to go into a salon because you are ashamed of your hair. Your stylist’s job is to help you and, trust me when I say, they’ve seen WAAAAY worse situations than a little thin hair. It’s their expertise to cut your hair in a fashion that fits the shape of your face.
If a couple of sections are a bit shorter, it may be because you wear a ponytail a lot. Don’t EVER put your hair in a ponytail when it’s wet!! If you absolutely positively have to, use a pliable plastic band that won’t cause so much breakage. Now, the shorter sections can be strategically used, most likely they can be utilized as layers.
If you want to cut it short, go for it! There are a ton of awesome haircuts that look fantastic with a round shaped face. However, if you are not ready to put a little extra time into styling your short hair, you might want to reconsider. I have very thick, curly short hair and I have to tame it with a flat iron every day I don’t wear it curly. Since you have more wavy than curly hair, you’re in luck when it comes to styling. You will most likely be able to air dry and go, without a picture I can’t say for sure though. Wavy, short haired clients who want little or nothing to do with flat ironing, diffusing, etc. have still found cuts that are manageable to their needs in my experience.
The dryness you’re experiencing can be greatly improved with product. Always start with a professional shampoo and conditioner. Bought at a SALON, not Target or a drugstore! In your case, I would go for a line dedicated to curly hair such as TIGI’s Curlesque products. Pureology also has a fantastic Precious Oil line that has really helped my own dry hair. Using a line aimed towards curly hair is going to guarantee moisture without weighing your hair down, which is exactly what you need seeing as how you’re on the thin side.
As far as styling, if you’re the ‘set it and forget it’ type, there are still literally thousands of products you can put in your hair to lock in moisture while giving it a thicker appearance. As I mentioned before, TIGI’s Curlesque line. It’s one of my favs and I push it a lot on this blog. What do you expect from someone who worked for Toni and Guy for 8 years?!
Lols aside, please don’t feel ashamed to walk into a salon for fear of rejection. We’re here to help. Get consultations and scout salons until you are comfortable with someone. If you feel patronized or treated like shit in a stylist’s chair, walk right out the door. They are there to make you look and FEEL gorgeous inside and out. Even more so than you already are ;)
I hope this helps.
ephemeral-reality said: Hey so I was wondering if it's okay to mix permanent hair colors from different brands?
I have, in a pinch, mixed two different brands. However, they were both permanent hair colours. If you are trying to mix a permanent with a demi or semi permanent, DON’T! Never ever NEVER do that.
It’s not something I highly recommend. When I did it, I was using mostly one colour line over the other. I think it was only a quarter tube compared to 3/4 of another so I could have a full bowl.
I always recommend sticking with one line, i.e. L’Oréal Pro or TIGI Colour, whichever you use/prefer. But! If you have say, L’Oréal Pro Colour and only Redkin developer, it’s not going to ruin anything if you follow the directions ACCORDING TO THE COLOUR, NOT THE DEVELOPER.
Hope this helps!
2rightlove said: I've been working in a commission salon for over 4 years and I'm thinKing about booth renting. Do you have any tips for maintaining or expanding my clientele?
MARKET MARKET MARKET!! Most commission salons will not let you take any of your clientele and probably had you sign a non-compete contract which may even state that you can’t work within a certain mile radius of said salon.
MARKET MARKET MARKET!!! Get some cards made with your name(obv) and years of experience. On the back, offer new clients a discount of some sort. I used 20% but it’s totally up to you. You can do this with stickers, a stamp, or just by hand.
Give your new and existing clients an incentive program: One I used was I give my clients 10 cards with the discount on the back. I told them to write their name on them and if they got 5 of their friends, etc. to come to me they would receive 40% off of one service, i.e partial hi lites, a global colour, etc. If they got 10 people to come to me, I would give them one free service.
Yelp!/Foursquare: Have your clients give you a review on Yelp!, FourSquare, etc. and give them a 10% on their next service if they bring in a printed version of the review. Showing it to you on their phones can be a bit tricky because they might pretend to be someone else who only started a Yelp! account just to give you the review to get the discount. If it’s obvious that it’s them and they already had a standing account and you trust them, then by all means. It’s obviously at your discretion.
Another incentive program: PRODUCT! Clients love and need product. For every $10 they spend I give them a point, towards product. Each point is worth $1.They can either keep building up the points until they reach $40 in free product, or they can use however many points they have toward a product purchase. For example: If the client has 7 points but the product he/she is buying costs $20, they can either use their 7 points toward it and get $7 off or they can choose to keep building their points up.
I really hope this helps and I wish you ALL the best in your future endeavors!
*Keep following because you have given me an idea for a new segment where I will periodically do an article about building up clientele whether you’re in a rental or a commission salon.*
For some reason I am not receiving your questions properly. I am backlogged with questions and I want to first and foremost apologize. I am NOT ignoring you, I would NEVER ignore you. I have been trying t work with Tumblr about this issue but I haven’t had much luck. I will get to your questions ASAP and I want to thank you for your understanding and patience. You mean the world to me and I hope that my late responses are at least of some help….
soulconscious said: Hey, I dyed my hair about a month ago, and there is still some color left and it was like a dark copper blonde and I wanna go honey blonde. The developer I have is a 4 lift and I want to know if its safe to dye it again without a weird color.
It is safe to colour again but I don’t believe you’re going to be able to achieve a honey blonde with a level 4 developer. Anything lower than a 15% developer is merely depositing colour, not lightening. I also think you’re going to have to lift through the rest of the coppery blonde, which will require bleach. It may be as simple as a bleach wash or or may require straight bleaching. Without a photo of the current state of your hair, I cant give you 100% accurate advice. I’d recommend going to a professional, personally. You can’t be too careful when it comes to projects such as this.
Let me know if I can be of anymore help!
winchester-risingold said: Hi! So, my natural hair is a weird dirty blonde that goes anywhere from brown to white blonde. It took about 2 yrs for me to get it back to this after going black. I REALLY want to add bright colors (on majority of my hair) but I'm worried about*cont
only having the bright colors for 3 weeks and being stuck with hair I’m not crazy about when it fades. Any suggestions on this? Thanks!
Unfortunately fashion colours are going to fade. Depending on the fashion colour, the texture and porosity of your hair and what kind of shampoo you use, you may be able to keep your colours looking fresh for longer than you think.
Some more good news: once you’ve lightened your hair(if needed) and applied the colours, it’s easier to re-apply when the time comes since you won’t have to go through the initial process all over again for some time(until your roots grow out).
Here are some tips to keep your fashion colours in longer:
- Use a PROFESSIONAL shampoo and conditioner bought from a salon or trusted website. I use a couple of Pureology’s Complete Colour Care shampoos/conditioners and their Precious Oil line as well
- Don’t wash your hair every day! It’s unnecessary and unhealthy for your scalp. If you are very active, sweat a lot, etc., you can still rinse your hair with water. Personally, I wash my hair once every 7-10 days. I highly recommend purchasing a dry shampoo. I use Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo by Bed Head’s Rockaholic line and I couldn’t live without it.
- Don’t excessively use heat styling tools. Flat irons, blow dryer, etc.
- Wear a swimming cap if swimming
If you don’t want to keep up with the fashion colours after they fade, it should be pretty easy for a professional to get you back to your normal, natural hair colour with very little damage.
I hope this helps, please let me know if I can be of anymore assistance!