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7 tips for curly hair

When I wrote about tips for girls with fine hair I received an out pouring of questions of how to deal with curly hair. So here we go.

Tips for dealing with curly hair.

Use the right product. Curly shampoo and conditioner is formulated for (you guessed it) curly hair! So why are you using shampoo formulated for straight hair? Or using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner? (I’ve never heard a curly person complain about their hair being too flat…) Use a good shampoo for curls, it will help form, shape and hydrate those curls, that is what it was made for.

Condition, condition, condition. Usually curly hair is on the dry side. And dry hair is prone to damage and breakage. Use a good conditioner (in the shower and after the shower) to combat dry hair and breakage and to drag down frizz.

Beware the heat tools. I love my flat iron and my curling rod, but that doesn’t mean I need to use them everyday, or have them turned all the way up! Curly hair is very fragile and there is nothing worse than reducing your full head of hair to a few wisps of spider string because you got too friendly with your flat iron. Turn them down and use them sparingly. Embrace your natural curl. If you hate your natural curl try sleeping with your hair in a bun (or two or three) this will help bundle the curls that need help and you can sleep in a little later because you won’t need to use your curling iron in the morning.

Use a curl cream. Put something on that helps bundle your curls and leaves some sort of moisturizer on them. A curl cream will help seal the hair cuticle and add protection from environmental damage as well as help combat frizz.

Don’t rub your hair dry. Use a scrunching motion to squeeze out excess water after you’ve shampooed. Rubbing your hair vigorously in a towel will only cause a frizzy mess.

Get rid of those brushes. Use a wide tooth comb in the shower or while your hair is still wet and then leave it alone. Brushing your hair will only breakup those curls and make you look like a fuzz ball who just stuck their finger in an electrical outlet. Trust me.

Master “Day Two” hair. Give your hair a break and try to skip a day between shampoos. Your hair will thank you! Gel, hairspray or leave-in conditioner can help tame frizz and curly hair goes up in an updo in only a few minutes with some well-placed bobby pins. Side twists and high ponies are in this year. Give them a try.

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7 tips for fine hair

I get asked lots of questions about how to deal with fine hair. So I have complied a few tips for all of you lovelies. Fine hair is nothing to be ashamed of and there is still lots that can be done with it. When it comes to hair there is no limit, so try something new. Step out of your box, I dare yah!

 

Follow these 7 tips to add life to your locks.

 

Use a good volumizing shampoo. I love Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Shampoo, it makes hair so bouncy and light. I also love their Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, the conditioner has silk dust in it to plump up the hair shaft and make your hair look fuller. Also, remember that conditioner should never be applied above the ears, doing so only makes your roots greasier and weighs your hair down.

Blow dry upside down (or use a round brush if you can). If you can “cook” the root of your hair (with a blow dryer) so that it stands up you will have great volume! Apply some of Bumble and Bumble’s Dry Spun finishing spray right at the root (or some hair powder, like BB’s Pret-a-Powder) and your volume will last all day.

If you are curling your fine tresses, roll the curl back up and pin it to your head. Spray with hair spray and allow it to cool completely before you release it. This will help your hair retain the curl shape and your curls will last much longer.

If you are going for a new look and are heading to the salon keep in mind that simple cuts with fewer layers are best for finer hair. Lots of layering and texture can remove weight lines from the perimeter of the hair cut and make your hair look even thinner.

Don’t be afraid to backcomb. Backcombing can be a girls best friend, if she does it properly. Start with small sections and count strokes so that your back combing will be even, and remember to smooth smooth smooth. A little bit of hair spray (try Bumble and Bumble’s Does It All spray) or some spray wax will lock in the back combing so that it lasts all day.

Try not to shampoo every day. Shampoo removes your hair’s natural oils making it clean (duh) but dirty hair always holds a style better. Use some dry shampoo if you can, it will absorb the oils and give your roots some lift.

Master “Day Two” styles. If you curl your hair after you shower, pin them up the next day. If you flat iron your hair try out a french twist the next day, learn how to extend your styles so that there is less wear and tear on your hair from shampoos and heat tools.

There you go! 7 new ways to help your thin hair look fabulous!

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color id

A few weeks ago my colleagues and I had the honour of having our colour educator from Wella join us for the day. He brought with him Wella’ s newest product Color ID. I’m not really sure about how it works, as I’m not scientifically minded but basically it prevents one colour from bleeding and bruising another colour. We played with different techniques and patterns and did so without foils. It was so much fun.

The product launches sometime in May. If you are looking for a new creative colour, you know where to find me! I’ll be more than happy to help you on your way to your colour dreams!

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how to love your stylist

You love your stylist. Going to her (or him) is like pressing pause on all the chaos of life and spending a mini vacation in her chair. You love the smells of the salon, all the fancy products that she loving puts your hair, her scalp massages and how she doesn’t fret if you are running late. Here are just a few ways to show her that you appreciate her and care for her.

 

Always allow 24 hours notice. We get it, life happens and plans go awry. You could have sworn your son didn’t have soccer practice until Tuesday or that you only worked late every other Monday, if that is the case please know that there is no harm in calling and rescheduling your appointment. Many hairdressers work on commission and that means that when they aren’t working they aren’t getting paid. Giving some notice that you can’t make your appointment allows receptionists to check the cancellation list or book your stylist with a walk-in or re-arrange her day so that it isn’t wasted sitting by the shampoo bowl folding laundry.  No one’s feelings get hurt when you can’t make your appointment, I promise you, just allow as much notice as you can provide.

 

Leave your kids at home. You said yourself how much you love coming to the salon and pressing pause on your life, bringing all three of your kids under 5 with you is not doing that. It is difficult to be a good client when you are constantly rummaging around in your purse for treats, juice boxes and toys and if you can’t be a good client, then I can’t be a good hairdresser. Having your kids run around the salon for two and a half hours while your get your colour and cut done isn’t relaxing for anyone involved. Hair salons are not kid-friendly, they are full of hot tools, sharp objects and chemicals. The last thing we want is to hurt your child, so spring for a baby sitter or book a morning appointment for after you have dropped your little ones off at school.

 

Book your next appointment before you leave. Life gets busy, family visits from out of town and before you know it Christmas is knocking on the front door and you can’t remember when the last time was that you actually saw the inside of a salon. This is easily remedied by booking your appointments 6-8 weeks in advance. Your hair is my business card and no one will want to see me if your bob is all grown out and looks like a mop on the top of your head. Booking in advance tells me that I have done a good job and that you will be back. It also tells me that you care enough about my work to help me do a better job of maintaining it.

 

Tip. I know, you just paid $50 for that cut and style and maybe that might seem a lot to you but most hair dressers only make 45% commission on their services and the average yearly income for a hairdresser is only $22,000. That’s not very much given that the cost of hair school these days is upwards of $10,000 dollars and we are in charge of supplying our own tools and sometimes even our own products. Not to mention, the cost of constantly upgrading our education and travelling to attend hair shows. Hair dressers are professionals who work hard, attend classes and listen to people’s problems all day. Tips are a great way of saying thank you for a job well done and are definitely appreciated when the bills start piling up.

 

Know that we are beauticians, NOT magicians. When you sit in my chair, please know that I am only armed with a comb and a pair of 6” shears. I cannot lift you from a box-colour black to a platinum blonde in one sitting. Furthermore, I can’t make you look like Angelina Jolie. What I can do is take some of the techniques I see in the photo you have idolized and adjust them to flatter your hair type, face shape and styling routine. Hair dressers spend a lot of money every year attending classes, visiting hair shows and finding in-house educators so that we can be prepared to give you the latest trends and cut your hair in a way that suits you. Please don’t fight with us on how well your hair lifts or how much curl it has naturally, hair is our business. Do you tell your mechanic or plumber how to do their job?