I thought the perfect post to kick off my part of the beauty section at Fiction Vixen would be to give some tips on what to expect, what to ask and prepare for if you happen to be considering making a big change in your hairstyle. Many of our readers might not know, but in addition to loving and obsessing over romance and fantasy books, I’m also a salon owner and hair stylist who loves and obsesses over new products and current trends. I LOVE BIG CHANGES! I love when guests come in and ask for a completely different color or look and I especially love when they ask for me to cut off all their hair and give them a sharp, sexy short do. I really love it. I do. I get a little thrill every single time someone tells me they love how they look. I love making people feel beautiful.
Back in January I decided to change my hair (which I do quite frequently). I wanted a big change in color and cut.
I knew going in it would take time and I would have to baby my hair for a long while after I was finished. As you can see I went from a so dark a violet red that it almost appears black with red streaks bob to an edgy, textured highlighted shag. And it took every single bit of the last eight months to get here.
Here’s a few tips and tricks for YOU if you’re looking to make a big change.
- Bring as many pictures as you can. Find them in magazines and on Pinterest. If you are wanting to go back to a style you’ve previously had, bring pictures of yourself rocking that cut and color.
- Every great stylist starts a conversation with their guest as soon as they sit in their chair. They should be asking you what products you use. What you love about your hair and what you don’t. They need to know how much time you take on it in the morning and if that amount of time works with your schedule. If you are showing them pictures they should be asking you what you like about the color and cut. Sometimes WE see things in a picture that the guest doesn’t. I might be looking at the length and shape of the cut and you could be focusing on the side bangs and layers.
- Be prepared for a big change to take time. Every guest has different hair because every guest has different hair history. And trust me, it does matter. If your stylist tells you they want to take you lighter in stages, understand that they are doing it to maintain the integrity of your hair. They want you to have healthy, shiny, gorgeous locks and sometimes that means you have to come to the salon and make your changes over time.
- Give your stylist your hair history truthfully. If you have previous color and highlights (even if they are covered up with new color) they are still there and your stylist needs to know. Old color, highlights, box color, texture chemicals, etc… will change how your hair reacts to new color and we need to know in order to come up with a formula that will give you what you want.
- Be prepared for the dollar amount it will cost to get you where you want to go. Services can be expensive, especially if you are looking at several visits. If it is too expensive discuss other options that could give you a nice change without breaking the bank.
- Buy good products. Yes, it matters. If you like the way you look when you leave the salon, you are going to need at least a few of the products your stylist used in order to repeat it at home.
- Speaking of at home… Your stylist should be giving you tips on how to repeat the look in your bathroom in front of your mirror. I always, always, ALWAYS show my short hair clients how to dry their hair at home. I can not tell you how many times I’ve had guests come in saying they can’t get a good cut, but it’s not the cut, it’s how they are drying, brushing and fixing it.
- And last but not least, if you don’t like something about your new look go back to the salon and discuss it with your stylist. Every single stylist I know wants to make every guest absolutely happy every single time. I can make a thousand people excited and thrilled with how they look, but if one hates their hair I will obsess for weeks over that one client. I tell my guests that if something doesn’t work for them come back and I will do my best to fix it.
So there you go! OMG, that was fun!
Give me some ideas on what you guys would like for me to talk about next. I’m going to try to have at least a couple of posts a month and I could use some suggestions on what Fiction Vixen readers would like to discuss.