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    Insider Secrets on How to Find the Best Hairdresser

    Hair matters, so finding the best hairdresser is high on many of our readers’ priority list. We thought Christopher Hopkins of Minneapolis, Mn. Also known as ‘The Makeover Guy,’ recently shared  some  good tips on how to find your best hairdresser. Here’s what he had to say.

    • Ask someone with a great haircut — Christopher advises seeking out someone with a fabulous haircut and asking them who their hair stylist  is. “Some of my most devoted clients have come from referrals from this type of situation”. This is the #1 answer hair stylists agree upon in order to find a great stylist.
    • Schedule a consultation — Schedule a consultation with the hairdresser to ‘test them out’. This is a great idea because it gives you time to meet and see if you click. It’s also a scheduled time to give some hair history; to let them know who you are, what’s important to you about how you look, and how much time you are willing to spend on your hair. You’ll know intuitively if you are both on the same page. If not, there is no harm done and no hair lost!
    • Do an Internet search —Search for the best hairdresser on the Internet. Seek out hair salons in your area and you are sure to find many online reviews about different salons and hairdressers, both good and bad. Chris suggests searching under, beauty salons, salons, spas, makeovers and hair cutting. Try searching terms like; best, award-winning, and top.
    • Seek out associates at better apparel stores — Ask the sales associates at fashion forward stores. Since these guys and gals are usually up-to-date on the best fashion trends, they are probably up-to-date on the best hair stylists and salons around too. Find an associate whose hair you adore and ask them for their recommendations.
    • Ask the salon owner — You know what happens if you call a hair salon and ask for their ‘best stylist’. You’ll hear something like, “they are all good.” So why not put your request in an email to the owner, who is in the position to help you out. Be sure to include what you are looking for in a hairdresser and some information about yourself and your hair type too. With this information, they will have the information needed for suggesting the best hairdresser for you!

    Thanks Christopher . . . great suggestions!

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    Getting the Best From a Hair Stylist

    Hair Stylist Sectioning Hair with a Rat Tail Comb

    Get what you want from your hairdresser
    By Victoria Wordinger

    A great haircut starts with the best hair stylist. However, cutters who are great at short hair cuts may not be ideal for longer looks. What’s more, many women unreasonably expect a stylist to be able to do everything, or they stick with someone they like just because they think they’re friends. They’re not . . . hair stylists are simply people who provide you with a service. When you know what you want, start by making a list of their qualifications. Here’s a roundup of places to look:

    Among Friends

    Recommendations are the best place to start your search. If you know someone who has your hair typeand a haircut you love, ask who does her hair, Just be sure the hair salon is in your price range.

    Within Associations

    Hair salons that are members of Intercoiffure are renowned for their artistic training. Members of the Salon Association are more business oriented but they probably have strong training programs. Also, hair salons and hairdressers who belong to the National Association of Cosmetologists tend to keep up on the latest hairstyle trends and techniques in their field.

    Then, there are special associations for hair colorists. Their members tend to specialize, so don’t look there for a great hair cutter. Most can be found on the Internet.

    In Trendy or Sophisticated Areas

    Depending on what type of haircut you want, salons that will best deliver it tend to be located in neighborhoods that reflect that particular hair style, i.e., don’t expect to get the coolest new hairdo in the richest part of town. Once you’re in the right place, watch customers coming out the door. If you see lots of fabulous haircuts, ask the receptionist to recommend a hair stylist for a consultation, or ask a customer who cut her hair.

    On Hair Product Websites

    Wella, Redken, Graham Webb, Paul Mitchell, Matrix . . .  any of the professional hair care product companies offer tons of training. See if any of their educators also work in a hair salon near you by checking out their websites.

    Once you find a great salon or hair stylist, or if you already have a hairdresser you dig, see how many of the following qualifications apply to him or her: Cutting specialist, platform educator, former cosmetology instructor, holder of advanced education certifications, more than 5 years of experience, editorial session hair stylists, in-salon trainer, Vidal Sassoon-trained cutter. The more of these skills and training your stylist has, the better.

    Now that you have a hair stylist in mind, book an appointment for a style consultation. If you want to stay with your current hairdresser, let the receptionist know that you need extra appointment time, because you want to talk about making a change.

    Photo Finish

    Next, collect several pictures of hairdos you like. In addition to the photos in this magazine many Internet websites have images of styles you can print. Some even let you upload a photo of yourself so you can give them a virtual test. Before you walk in the door, set some boundaries for what you will and won’t do.

    In the chair, don’t be afraid to ask questions, no matter how trivial you think they’ll sound. It’s a good idea to write down your questions beforehand so you won’t forget any of them. Show your photos and discuss how they may work with your hair type, facial shape and lifestyle. Ask if the look will be easy to work with at home.

    Article courtesy of Harris Publications

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    North America Hairstyling Awards Open for Entries!





    Hair stylists . . . don’t miss your chance to get funky and shine!

    So you think you can style hair?  Now’s the time to put your imagination, talents and skills where your mouth is! The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) is once again taking entries for the most highly esteemed photo competition of its kind!

    Thousands of hairdressers participate in this rivalry for one of 13 coveted North America Hair Styling Awards given annually and it’s open to any professional who would like to give it a go!  Both hair stylists and photographers are recognized in this competition. This is a great opportunity for growth and recognition in the industry. Any hairdresser who has participated in a hair competition will attest to the many benefits received whether you take home a prize or not . . . and this competition is one of the best!

    Kris Sorbie, 2011 Master Stylist of the Year

    NAHA 2012 has 13 categories which you can enter. Every year they add something new and this year “Newcomer Stylist of the Year” category was added to the competition.  Categories include subjects like, Avant Garde; Hair Color; Salon Team; Make-up Artist of the Year and Student Hairstylist of the Year and more.  For some inspiration just take a look at my article on some of the creations that took home rewards in previous years.

    The NAHA 2012 will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, July 22, 2012 during PBA Beauty Week. Entries are due by February 9, 2012. So don’t delay, and get started now to be part of this great opportunity.

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