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    What Hairdressers Know About Keeping That Salon Look Longer That You May Not Have Considered

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re paying $50 or $200, no one wants to waste money and time with unnecessary visits to the hairdresser. An average head of hair grows at around a quarter of an inch per month, which means that most hair stylists recommend a haircut every 4-6 weeks.

    Even if you don’t mind spending time sitting in the hair stylist’s chair you’ll want to make sure that your haircut looks as good as possible for as long as possible. The Online Hair School is run by professionals with decades of experience, and we’ve put our heads together to come up with a basic, but a very comprehensive guide to keep that salon look longer between hair appointments.

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    What To Do On The Day

    For starters, don’t tie up your hair on the same day as your haircut. This will not only spoil that ‘just cut’ look, but can also ruin your hair stylist’s careful work in the long run and cause your hair to slip into those dreaded waves.

    Additionally, you should never use your fingers and hands to set your hair. Fiddling with your hair will undo all of that careful brushing and blow-drying which your hairdresser used to achieve a certain set. If you absolutely have to make some adjustments (particularly if you suffer from unmanageable hair) then make sure you use a brush (but never a comb!).

    What To Do That Night

    Many of our students and clients find that in the days after getting a haircut their hair tends to twirl just a bit. This is easy to avoid if you remember to use a moisturizing conditioner to set the hair and keep it manageable.

    We swear by the benefits of using serum, it not only helps to set your hair, but creates a silky soft appearance. After you’ve conditioned, rinse your hair with cold water to seal the outer layer and then apply the serum to set your hair.

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    Taking Care Of Your Haircut By Taking Care Of Your Hair

    If you don’t take proper care of your hair you’re going to find yourself sheepishly traipsing back to your hair salon in less than a month between hair appointments. As the only way to deal with split ends is to cut them off, preventing split ends is one of the best ways to extend the life of your haircut. This said, remember to never ignore split ends as they have a tendency to travel up the hair if left untrimmed.

    Every celebrity stylist, shampoo ad, and beauty magazine have their own ‘secret’ tools in the war against split ends, but if you’re careful and keep to a few simple rules then you can avoid split ends and put off your next haircut.

    Always brush your hair before showering, as brushing helps avoid your hair becoming tangled. Make use of moisturizing shampoos, and ensure that you concentrate your use of the product on any split ends. Use only the tips of your fingers on your scalp and never rub hair together as this will tangle it. Always rinse your conditioner out with cool water to help seal the hair’s outer layer and protect against the outside world.

    After washing, squeeze dry your hair with a towel rather than rubbing it, as rubbing can also tangle the hair and will cause breakages when brushing. If your hair does become tangled then invest in a good ‘leave in’ conditioner or de-tangler to help relax the hair. Avoid using hot tools as much as possible; in reality any more than twice a week is really too much. When you absolutely have to use a blow dryer be sure to aim the hot air at the roots and midsection of your hair rather than at the ends.

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    Choosing Your Haircut Wisely

    When you’re considering a new look think about how much maintenance you want to do in the future. If you choose wisely then your haircut can last you for several months, growing out to look like a longer version of the original style. If this sounds like an attractive idea then to go for a longer, layered cut which will grow out well.

    For those of you who prefer to go for a shorter look, it’s a good idea to talk to your hairdresser about going with a ‘pointy cut’ on the ends as this will lead to softer edges as it grows out. Shorter bangs and blunt cuts are always going to need regular maintenance, so avoid these if you’re tight on time or money.

    When you’re committing to a style for the long-haul its worth considering paying slightly more for the initial cut, because a skilled hair stylist can create a look that is style-able for several months.

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    Talk To Your Stylist

    Because every head of hair is different the best advice we can give you is to consult your hairdresser. They’re the person to talk to about the best products and techniques for keeping your haircut looking its very best between hair appointments.


    Contributing author Online Hair School This post was put together by the good people over at the Online Hair School, the world’s first online source of quality tutorials in the art of hairdressing. We have created a wide catalogue of simple, no frills, step-by-step tutorials hosted by professional hairdressers with years of experience. You can follow Online Hair School on Twitter for straightforward tips, tricks, offers, and more.


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    What to do When Your Stylist Screws Up on Hair Color Job

    Has this hair color issue happened to you?

    Alyssa writes:
    “I advised her to increase the amount of brown (chocolate truffle) throughout my hair, and to change the shade of blonde from a yellowish over to more of a wheat blonde. She asked me if I wanted to darken the faded streaks around my face and I advised yes. After the color process was over, she was washing my hair and applying a toner, and out of nowhere she stopped and said, “I have to go get something, I will be right back.” She completed my hair and I was somewhat satisfied, however, this was nothing new, I react this way every time she has done my hair. When I got home, I pulled my hair up and noticed why she stopped during the toning of my hair. She completely missed a triangle of hair around my face, and the section she did get, the highlighter was taken out too early and is a strawberry blonde color. In addition to this, when I advised her to increase the amount of dark hair, she changed the color to a darker brown, that totally looks horrible with my color of blonde. Due to she is the daughter of a close friend, and I don’t want to get her in trouble, I called her a week later and left a message to return my call three times. She has not returned my call, so apparently she is very aware of why I am calling. I am not touching my hair due to I don’t know a thing about hair color. I have had the damaged job for two weeks and I am furious I paid $170 for this. Is it too early to go to a salon for correction? And should I notify the owner of the studio this has happened?”

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    Alyssa is not alone

    Hair color correction can be a tricky business. In Alyssa’s case the trouble becomes twofold as her hairdresser/colorist is the daughter of a close friend. I’m well aware that Alyssa is not alone with her hair color job gone bad dilemma. But things could get more difficult to correct if she doesn’t take action fast.

    You have done the right thing in trying to reach your hairdresser. I’m afraid, as you probably have suspected, that your hair stylist doesn’t know what to do.  The fact that she hasn’t called you back speaks volumes about her level of color correction experience. No doubt she is stressed out, as she wanted to please you and hasn’t got the confidence that she can now fix the problem.

    First of all, you need to go back sooner, rather than later to get the color fixed. The problem will only get more complicated if left long enough for roots to begin to appear. My suggestion is that you force the issue with your hair stylist or the salon. You could do this a couple of different ways. First, you could simply walk in and have your hairdresser look at your hair color. Tell her you aren’t happy with the color and ask her directly if she is able to get it closer to what you had in mind. Use your women’s intuition here, I’m suspicious that she is afraid of her capabilities of handling a hair color correction and might be relieved to be let off the hook . . . as you should be too if she isn’t positive of what steps to take.

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    Seeking a Higher Authority

    Another option is talking with the salon owner, who I’m sure would want to know about the problem. She wants to have a chance to fix it and keep you as a salon customer. Most hair salons have stylists who are at different levels of experience. They should be able to fix it for you and for what you paid, it should be at no cost to you.

    If your gal hasn’t the experience or know-how of correcting this problem, this will be a big learning moment for her. This can be a win-win situation at this point for everyone if handled correctly.  You can come out with the hair color you were after, the hair salon keeps you as a client, and your friend’s daughter will increase her knowledge of not only color correction, but how to face-up and work through problems that can  and do arise when coloring the hair.

    But at some point you might just have to bite the bullet and find a new hair colorist. If you get to that point, here are some tips How to Find a Hair Colorist and this video:

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    How to Fix Orange Hair

    Fix Orange Hair Here and Now!

    There are many of you out there who have asked for help in how to find a hair colorist who knows what they are doing! It’s so unfortunate that there are so many people in the business who are making these types of blunders on their clients and are letting them walk out dissatisfied with nowhere to go! It gives the whole hairstyling industry a bad name.

    Here are two recent readers cries for help to fix orange hair! Do you have a similar hair color problem?

    From Barb:
    I have SUCH a hard time finding a good hair colorist! My hair is naturally dark blonde with gold highlights. It’s kinda dull so I like to have neutral blonde highlights and chocolate-brown low lights. Hairdressers seem SO confident to do what they think AFTER I tell them the high lights will turn ORANGE if not left on long enough, and the lowlights will turn brassy if a warm based is used! Still, they DON’T LISTEN! My hair looks awful right now and is really dry after someone at a local hair salon did it. How can I find someone better? They SEEM good when giving a consultation, then my results are another story!

    From Unhappy:
    I have the EXACT same issue as Barb! I’ve been searching everywhere for a decent hair colorist! On top of which, I have curly hair so it makes it doubly difficult to find someone who won’t butcher my cut and someone who won’t turn me into Goldie-locks (literally). I’m so disgusted with being ORANGE. Someone….PLEASE HELP!!!

    Woman with orange brassy hair color. How to Fix Orange Hair

    The hair salon owner should (and almost always wants) to do what it takes to make the customer satisfied. As a customer, if you are dissatisfied with the service you received, you owe it to yourself to make the hair salon owner aware of the problem. If they can fix it, they will. At the very least, if they can’t fix it they should return your money.

    Call or write the hair salon owner. Writing a letter is a great way to state your case clearly, sans the drama and emotion. That way the owner won’t feel a need to be defensive and can give you their closest and most discreet attention. Keep in mind your first objective should be to correct the mistake and if they have the experience to correct the mistake, you won’t be paying someone else the big bucks to fix it. Clearly stating the problem as you experienced it, can be a win-win for all . . . even for the original hair colorist who should take some learning strides from their mistake. I have written an article dedicated solely to What to do when the salon screws Up, give it a read for more tips on how to deal with problems with hair salons.

    Find a Board Certified Hair Colorist. A board certified hair colorist is a professional who has taken the extra time and effort to become more knowledgeable about the mechanics and chemistry of hair color dyes. These professionals have a proven high level of competency in the area of hair coloring. This is clearly one way in which the consumer can recognize a competent hair colorist. However, the folks who do the certification say,”the certification process will only determine that the hair colorist knows the subject matter. Even a champion professional golfer picks up the wrong club to make a shot every now and then. No examination can guarantee the individual who passes will perform a hair color the client will be happy with.”

    We should also add here that there are many good hair colorists out there who are not board certified. This is just one way for you to be able to find a hair colorist you know is highly skilled and trained.

    To find a board certified colorist in your area, go to:

    The above website has a practice exam on-line for hair styling professionals. If you are a licensed professional and wonder if you could benefit from taking this course, go to; FAQ’s, Review Study Material, Practice Exam.

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