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    How to Get The Most From a Hair Stylist Appointment

    Hair Stylist Appointment Strategies That Insure a Great Experience

    We’ve all left the salon with a haircut that we hate. Often an upcoming hair appointment can be cause for a sleepless night or two. On the top of the worry list is the process of letting go of tried a true hairstyle, and then there’s the doubt about how your new haircut is going to look and will it even match your personality! There are some ways to head off hair stylist appointment disasters. Here are some ways to make sure you and your hairdresser are on the same page.

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    Understanding the Buzz Words

    It is my firm belief that most hair salon disappointments can be traced directly to miscommunication. The hairstyle you’re trying to describe is not what the hair stylist sees. After all, when you think of it, every woman has her own unique idea of what “short hair” is. To one it means chin length, to a stylist it may mean above the ears and to a third person it could mean a buzz cut.

    Let’s face it, our language is simply not very precise, so it is vital that you learn the terms you’re likely to hear while you’re hanging around your local salon. Like any profession hair styling has its own insider lingo. To the average client hairdresser-speak can sound like Greek, so how do you get your message across when you describe the look you want? To the rescue this quick hair dictionary.

    • LONG LAYERS lighten the weight of the hair and add swing; achieve a textured look by shortening the top of the hair.
    • TAPERING is a form of layering used to take the weight out of back of hair.
    • SLIDE LAYERS are used mostly on curly hair to reduce bulk from the top layer allowing curls to fall evenly.
    • CHIPPING is also known as point cutting, is used to add texture.
    • TEXTURIZING is done using thinning shears. It adds movement and body by reducing weight from heavy sections, while leaving extra length in others.
    • RAZORING is done with a straight-edged blade to cut or texturize the hair.
    • SLIDE CUTTING uses a very sharp scissor blade to skim over the surface at an angle.
    • SINGLE PROCESS HAIR COLOR is best used for covering gray hair.
    • DOUBLE PROCESS HAIR COLOR is used for highlights and to bleach the hair.
    • HIGH LIGHTS lighten and brighten a solid background hair color.
    • LOWLIGHTS add depth and contrast to a light solid look.

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    Insist on a Consultation

    At many salons, stylists allow a ten-minute chat with new clients before they start cutting. The hair stylist should ask you about your lifestyle and background, what you do for fun and, if you ever had a really bad and/or good haircut, and what they looked like. You should be prepared to discuss your history of chemical treatments.

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    Bring In Photos

    The pictures will give you some direction, but remember that it’s not like picking a shirt out of a catalog. A haircut is very handmade and the hair stylist needs to talk to you about how to tailor it to work for you.

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    Go elsewhere if You’ve Not been clicking During the Consultation

    Same goes for after the cut begins. The most obvious warning sign is when too much is being cut off. You should also be concerned if the stylist is jumping around on your head as he/she cuts, especially at the beginning, which can lead to holes. If that’s happening, I’d get out while you still have some hair.

    I have an article Getting the Best from a Hairdresser which can give you some other tips as well, but if you still are having trouble communicating with your hairdresser, maybe it’s time to move along, in that case check out my article Smart Girl’s Guide to Finding the Best Hair Stylist.

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    How to Find a Great Hair Colorist

    The Fashionista’s Guide to Finding a Great Hair Colorist

    To find a fabulous hair colorist, you need to take your time. Entrusting your hair color to just anyone for a complicated process can be risky. But if you start slow, you won’t feel guilty if you need to try out a few different hair colorists.

    After all, owners would like to keep your business, and if one hair colorist doesn’t satisfy, there may be another in the next chair who’s better trained or who charges less, depending on your needs. To go down this tricky path, make it known you’re interested in trying out different hair colorists when you book an appointment. This way, you’re free to find the perfect hair color pro for you.

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    Getting Started

    So, where do you look for a great hair colorist? Here are some suggestions:

    • Go Online ~~ Do a search for “best hair colorist,” “great hair colorist” or “hair color specialist.” Check the reviews on Yelp and CitySearch. Pay particular attention to write ups that talk about the kind of hair color you want—highlights, red, etc. Searching for “hair color educator” nets you someone who trains other hair colorists. Ask friends and relatives whose hair color you love, especially if it’s similar to what you want.
    • Do Your Homework ~~ Look in hair magazines for names of hair colorists whose work you like. If you know you need someone with special expertise, i.e., you’re a brunette who wants to go blonde, your hair is badly damaged or you’re interested in doubling up on chemical services, check out the Amencan Board Certified Colorists at
    • Be a Snoop ~~ Cruise the mail, peek in windows, hang out in a waiting room—all to check out the hair color coming out the door of the salon you’re considering.

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    The Consultation

    Once you have a name and number, book an appointment for a consultation. Bring photos and questions. In addition to talking about your own hair and asking for ideas, ask about their training, and how often the colorist takes advanced classes and workshops. Also, find out how he or she would retouch highlights and what shade will neutralize your brassy strands. Any pro worth her palette knows the color wheel and avoids bleach overlap.

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     Your First Appointment

    Start with something simple—color that is just a couple shades from your own, a few highlights or a root retouch. If you like what you’re getting, return to the colorist until you trust your hair in his or her hands. If it starts looking green, brassy or otherwise bad over time or you request a bigger change that doesn’t make you happy it’s tine to look some where else.

    When you book your appointment, make it clear you’ve picked the salon because its convenient for you and you’d like to try different colorists. Follow through, if you’re not completely satisfied. Color chemistry is tricky and you can only find a truly great hair colorist by seeing how he or she adjusts your hair color over time. Your color pro should discuss maintenance, home care, budget, skin tone, eye color, seasonal changes and your hair health. If you need true color correction—for instance, if you’re starting with a home bleach job—one or two tries should tell you if you’ve found someone you can count on.

    How to Find a Great Hair Colorist

    As Time Goes By

    Be honest, if you know you’ll want to occasionally color your hair at home to save money, let your colorist know and ask for advice. Or if cash is an issue, you could see the more expensive person for major changes; then, a junior colorist for retouches.

    • Build the Relationship ~~ If you’re paying for a pro, you should feel confident enough to ask for new ideas and your hair colorist should be providing them. If you’re always asked, “DO you want the same thing we did last time?” request ideas, If you don’t get them, consider moving on before you get stuck in a rut.
    • Send Referrals ~~ There is no better way to show your appreciation than to refer others to your colorist. Show off your new shades on your Facebook page, send out a tweet or simply tell friends the old-fashioned way—by word of mouth. Also, be sure to review your hair colorist online. Many salons reward both you and your friend when you make referrals, so don’t be shy about sharing. It’s nice to spread some good news for a change

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    How do you assure the hair colorist you choose is knowledgeable, competent or . . . qualified?

    Any licensed barber or beautician can legally color your hair. Cosmetologists and Barbers are tested on basic aspects of hair coloring in board exams when they are first liscensed. But, I can tell you first hand, there is much more to learn in becoming an accomplished board certified hair colorist than just becoming licensed to use hair color on the public.

    Additional education is needed to become a board certified hair colorist. Unfortunately, to the demise of the profession, some learn by trial and error, or strictly by experience. Has your hair colorist chosen to extend education in the profession of hair coloring?

    If you have been unable to find a good hair colorist by referral, here is one way you can assure yourself the hair colorist you chose has reached a higher level of competency and knows this complex subject matter.

    The American Board of Certified Hair Colorists, has created a program with a stringent test mechanism, created by a committee of fellow licensed hair colorists professionals. The test has been developed and refined over the years to establish in the profession, a greater level of ability.

    Adjustments have been made to balance the degree of difficulty of the exam, as the first year, 50% of the students failed the examination. (Only licensed barbers and beauticians can take this course. That may tell you how much the average licensed professional, is lacking, in the way of hair coloring knowledge.)

    Clearly, there are various levels of ability in hair colorists. There is always more to learn about this subject. A recognized “Board Certified Hair Colorist” is an easy way for the consumer to recognize a hair colorist that has achieved a higher level of capability in hair coloring. You can find board certified hair colorists listed in ads that run in hairstyle magazines. You can call 888-425-6578 or just go to their trade association website and follow the link for finding a hair colorist in your area.

    I know there are good, competent, hair colorists out there who are NOT Board Certified and that have gone the extra mile to get the training necessary to be superior hair colorists. But, I talk to a lot of consumers who have problems finding competent people. This is just an excellent resource for the consumer to be able to select those hair colorists, in their area, that have clearly reached a greater level of excellence.

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    Thinking of Bangs or Fringe? Consider Clip In Bangs

    Buying Clip In Bangs Made Simple

    Every woman at some time or other asks “should I get bangs?” and “what bangs are right for me”? Whether you call them bangs or fringe . . . lots of attention is being paid to bangs by Hollywood celebrity hairdressers these days.

    Personally, I’m glad to see it. I think hairstyles with bangs are often overlooked as a style option. It can be wonderful for those of you that have great eyes. Bangs will draw the visual focal point toward your eyes. Bangs are also a must for those of you with oblong face shapes and high foreheads.

    If you have been itching to wear a hairstyle with bangs, but you’re scared to death to make the move and cut them in or to grow some out. It’s understandable, most of us have a story or two of bangs gone bad. But now we have the perfect way to add bangs or fringe without making the cut  . . . with clip in bangs.  Here are some things you may find helpful when purchasing your new bangs.


    Buying Clip In Bangs Online

    Clip in bangs have been available online for quite some time, but there are some problems that come with purchasing them through the internet.  What you can’t do when purchasing online is . . . try them on! Getting a good match between your hair color and a color swatch online is probably the most obvious difficulty, and it’s a big one. Do you really want bangs that don’t look natural?

    Don’t forget to read the fine print, as many companies won’t allow you to return the clip in bangs once you’ve opened the package. (How will you know if you like the bangs unless you try them on?) Other problems include matching the style and texture of the piece with your hair.  Also, do you know if it’s necessary to pay the price for human hair vs. synthetic?

    It may appear that clip-in bangs are a quick and easy purchase online, but you’re apt to save yourself some money and a lot of headaches by purchasing them at a salon near you. If you doubt this, just read some customer reviews on sites that publish them, and you’ll see what I mean.

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    Buying Your Clip In Bangs From the Salon

    Thanks to renown stylist, Ken Paves, we have Hairdo clip in bangs available at many local salons. So now you are able to try, before you buy. A professional can help you get the best possible match. They have 9 multi-blended hair colors and they come ready to cut and curl. The Tru2Life fiber clip in bangs from Hairdo are a synthetic material, which I am told by my local supply store, can safely be heated up to 350 degrees.

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    Most clip in bangs look more authentic with some tailoring and a professional hair stylist can customize your bangs by cutting and texturizing them to blend perfectly with your existing hair. The bangs can be modified any way you like, they can be cut to add lift and volume on top as well as being trimmed to create a number of different bang hairstyles. Ask your hairdresser if you should consider a human hair piece, which can be colored or highlighted, or if a less expensive synthetic piece is sufficient.

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    Other Local Options to Buy Clip In Bangs

    My largest professional beauty supply store locally, Aerial, carried the Jessica Simpson HairDo clip-in bangs for a while, but told me that hair salons just weren’t buying them. Katherine said,”We had lots of hairdressers who just loved them and purchased them for personal use, but not for salon retail.” The biggest problem reported with buying clip-in bangs on-line has been in getting the hair color to match up right and no return policies . . . not a surprise.

    Salons in our area didn’t jump on the bandwagon to get into the clip-in bangs retailing and you more than likely won’t be able to find them at a salon near you either. . . So where can you go where you can see them or match them up with your own hair color? These are the only two stores in my area that carry the clip-in bangs.

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    Ulta Stores – Jessica Simpson HairDo Clip in Bangs $29.99

    The majority of women who have bought these clip in hair extensions have been very happy with them. They say they are comfortable and blend well, especially with the bit of side layering. They are made from a synthetic fiber that is thermal friendly up to 350 degrees. These bangs can be wet set or curled with steam rollers. Also, when placed at the crown these clip in bangs will give height and more fullness to thinning hair.

    Ulta stores have a good return policy and I have been told you can return these if you’re not happy with your purchase. Ask them upfront before buying, however, as normally any product that may be in contact with the scalp is normally NOT returnable. Keep in mind, your hairdresser can trim these pieces, making them shorter or wispier!

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    Sally’s Beauty Supply — The Sassy Collection The Bang Thing

    These Human hair clip in bangs can be found at Sally’s Beauty Supply for $22.99 or for sale online now for $16.99 the hair color chart has 6 hair colors to choose from. I would highly recommend visiting Sally’s in person where you can determine if the color is a match.

    The Sassy Collection is a clip in side swept bang and is 8″ long. These bangs can be curled or flat-ironed with a low to medium heat setting before attaching.

    Sally’s Beauty Supply also carries Design Length The Bang Thing for $22.99 or $16.99 online.

    These clip-in bangs were given a poor rating by 2 out of 3 people who bought them. Bad clips, hair too thick and clumpy and they can’t be returned, so buyer beware.

    Bangs and fringe has been showing up everywhere lately, so if you want the look, but are terrified of taking the plunge. . . it might be time to reconsider clip in bangs.

    Now you don’t need to worry about whether to cut in bangs or not. You can have a new hairstyle with bangs anytime you want, the bangs that you’ve always wanted but were so afraid to cut in! Just find a supplier near you . . . and try on some new bangs for size. And don’t forget to check out my Pinterest beautiful bangs and fringe board for some great ideas on how to wear bangs.

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