Every Women’s Should Have The Right Hairstyle
After all, your stylist is the person who determines whether your hair is your crowning glory or it gives Medusa a run for her money.
An ideal place to begin this search is with your friends. neighbors, co-workers … anyone you meet. If you like the way someone’s hair is cut and styled, ask who did it.
Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers. It is a great compliment to be asked who does your hair. Most women will be delighted to share their stylists’ names with you. Just make sure that you get the salon’s name and phone number. There may be more than one Ricardo or John in your community, and after all your sleuthing, you wouldn’t want to go to the wrong person!
As traumatic as it can be to have a bad haircut, you can find solace in the knowledge that hair grows back. Unless you’ve ended up with a crew cut when you expected a chin-length bob, you only have to wait two to four months for your bad cut to grow out.
It takes longer about a year to get over a bad perm or catastrophic color job, although an able stylist can help you with some interim relief. Or, you can cultivate a stunning wardrobe of hairpieces, hats, and scarves.
The best way to avoid such calamities is to talk things out with your stylist before he or she picks up a pair of scis. sors before one strand is snipped.
STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT HAIR STYLE
Whether you are a newcomer to a community or just ready for a change in stylists, you can follow these leads:
- Head for the mall… or any other place where you will
see a lot of people. Purpose of this trip is not to find a saIon but instead, to spot people who have cuts and styles that you like. Approach them with a smile, introduce yourself (a great way to meet people if you are new to an area).
and ask them who does their hair. • Look in the Yellow Pages and local newspapers. Find ads
that appeal to you, ones that show some style and imagination, not just a list of product names and services. Such ads indicate that the salon is a little bit more than your runof-the-mill beauty shop. Then pay a visit to check it out
for yourself. . Call the beauty and fashion editor of the local newspaper and ask for her recommendations. She probably won’t give you just one name that wouldn’t be particularly diplomatic, since hair salons advertise in her newspaperbut she should be able to supply you with the names and numbers of some reputable stylists.
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Once you have compiled a list of possible salons, check them out. No matter what people have said about a shop.
if every woman in every chair is a gray-haired grandma and you don’t fit that picture, this may not be the right place for you. Likewise if you are a 35-year-old lawyer, and you see a lot of tattooed biker babes with nose rings and chunky cuts in neon colors, you might want to head
for the next salon on your list. • Go in for a manicure. What better way to spend a half hour
or more in a shop without spending a lot of money? Nail polishing stations are almost always positioned prominently to give you a great vantage point. Besides, the manicurist might be a notorious gossip and willingly tell you who is the best stylist in the salon.(Called Right Hairstyle =D).
If the salon does not offer nail service, simply ask to see its style books. Most shops, especially the chains and those affiliated with Intercoiffure America-Canada and the National Cosmetologists Association professional societies for the beauty industry–train their operators in current styles and keep a photo scrapbook of these looks. This will give you a chance to get the feel of the work this sa
lon does. • You can also ask for a consultation. This is an appointmen with either a stylist who has been recommended to you or someone the manager suggests, solely to discuss what can be done for you and your hair. You might want to schedule this appointment as soon after a cut as possible.
This will give your future stylist an idea of what you have been happy with in the past. This is especially important if you are moving to a new community.
WHAT PRICE BEAUTY? IF YOU FIND THE RIGHT HAIRSTYLE OF COURSE..
Is a stylist’s price a valid gauge of his or her worth? Not exactly. There are a lot of exceptional stylists-especially in smaller cities and towns-who are quite moderate in their pricing
A salon’s price range will give you an idea of the type of service you can expect, though.
VALUE OR FAMILY PRICE SALONS Price range: $7 to $10 per haircut; additional for other services.
Usually located in little strip malls, near popular grocery stores, or across the street from a larger mall, these shops prominently advertise their super-low haircut prices. This may be a bit misleading since pricing is rather à la carte. Customers pay for services individually, from the shampoo to the conditioner to the cut, comb-out, and blow-styling.
By the time you’re through, you could have gone to a full-service, mid-price salon and had a cut by a more experienced stylist for the same price.
Additionally, it is important for you, the client, to know that these seemingly low price hair houses are usually staffed by newly licensed beauty school graduates. And, while beginning stylists can be very talented, you cannot expect to get the same sort of experienced service here as at a full-service, more upscale, salon.(Right Hairstyles and prices)
BASIC MALL SALONS Price range: $10 to $25 per cut, depending upon region. These are basic haircut houses. Most are chain salons
where customers can walk in without an appointment and get a hair cut. These are high-volume shops that cut a lot of hair. They usually have a book of pictures of the cuts their stylists are trained to do. If you see a picture that you like. chances are someone on staff has been trained to do it.
You’re not necessarily going to get your worst cut, neither will you get your best hairstyle. You will find that these are highly functional salons noted for their convenience and moderate pricing.
LUXURY SALONS Price range: $25 and up.
Usually in big cities, in affluent neighborhoods, or in upscale malls, many of these salons offer so many services they are called “day spas”. You will, no doubt, find a highprofile stylist usually the owner styling the hair of wellknown, high-profile women.
Even the lesser known operators in these temples of beauty have paid their dues and know their profession.
You can expect to receive top service for your hairstyling dollar in these salons. This means that your stylist will give you more chair time-time to talk about how you want to look and to learn exactly what you can expect from your hairstyle.
Time spent on such communication is an essential part of developing your style … and it definitely makes you feel so taken care of that you want to go back.
WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN? RIGHT HAIRSTYLE
Buying a hairstyle is not at all the same as buying a blouse. You cannot try on several cuts and styles and then select the one that works best. Even if you look at pictures,
you really won’t be able to see how a cut will look until it is done.
Computer imaging, which allows the operator to position assorted styles and even colors over your Polaroid headshot, is a step in the right direction … but it is still only a step
The only sure way to find the perfect stylist-and, in turn, the perfect style-is to keep talking.
RIGHT HAIRSTYLE: HOW TO TALK TO YOUR STYLIST??
You can count on a good stylist to be a lot of things: Mind Reader is not on the list.
Intuitive, yes: psychic, no.
If you are going to get the hairstyle of your dreams, you and your stylist must be in sync. You have to talk the same language, so that neither of you is surprised by the outcome.
If you have three hairs per square inch on your head, you cannot expect to look like Jane Seymour, with her lush, wavy tresses. The body-building products and styling techniques have not been invented to work this kind of magic.
Likewise, if you have super-curly locks, you will not be able to have that sleck pageboy bob unless you are willing to blow it out, set it on giant rollers, or straighten it chemically.
Now based in New York, Colin Lively owned salons in Cleveland, Ohio, for more than fifteen years. He comments, “I’ve spent many hours with crying clients who say, ‘I didn’t get what I asked for. This isn’t what I said I wanted.” And I’ve spent equal hours with crying stylists who say, ‘I gave her exactly what she told me she wanted. It’s as though they were speaking two different languages.”
First of all, if both you and your hairstylist have unrealistic expectations about what one visit can do, you are bound to be disappointed. It takes at least three visits-a cut plus two trims-before you both will feel 100 percent satisfied with your hairstyle.
Pictures make a great consultation tool. You can select possible looks from the salon’s style book or clip pictures from magazines that appeal to you. Either way your stylist will appreciate knowing more about your taste.
Pictures are almost essential when talking about coloring your hair because color is so subjective. You may say “golden blond” thinking it will make you a shade that’s honey kissed by the sun but end up as yellow as an Easter chicken.
Or you may think that the red your colorist is describing will turn your mousy brown locks a glorious auburn when, in reality, it will make them closer to an I Love Lucy red.
There are a lot of variables to consider when sitting in that chair before a new hairdresser. Let’s start with the hair on your head. It carries with it the results of all the haircuts, the perms, the colors… not to mention the shampoos and gels that you’ve put into it, the hours spent in hot rollers, and the months of drying time.
The person who cuts and styles your hair needs to know about this, and more. That henna and chamomile rinse from the health food store may have given your hair highlights but it could cause hellish results when your stylist applies permanent waving solution. It’s up to you to tell the truth.
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