You might think that your hairstylist is completely honest with you when you show up at the salon. After all, they’re usually the chatty, bubbly type. But it turns out that most stylists actually refrain from the sort of brutal honesty you need if you want to have beautiful, glowing hair on a daily basis. There are just some things they want to say, but won’t.
In fact, industry professionals often lament their customers’ attitudes towards their own hair. Their stylist wishes they could do more, but it’s often your actions that prevent them from working their magic and giving you a brand new hairdo that looks incredible.
You’re Not J-Lo
Jennifer Lopez, like Madonna and Jennifer Aniston, is one of those one-in-a-million freaks – a woman seemingly without age and able to get away with practically any hair style she wants. However, many people imagine that they can look just like J-Lo so long as they get the right hair stylist to give them her hair.
Stylists want you to know that this isn’t how it works. Sure, you can bring in a picture of your favorite star and ask for something similar, but actually getting a likeness usually isn’t possible because each person is unique. Your best bet isn’t to try to copy your favorite star, it’s to come up with your own look based on your natural beauty – just like they did.
The reason it’s so hard to get hair that looks like J-Lo is because of how much time and effort goes into their styles. Many top singers get their hair done a couple of times a week by very particular stylists who often have unique skills not found anywhere else.
If You Don’t Like Your Style, Just Get It Fixed
At the end of the day, hair stylists are just human beings. They’re not able to read your mind or see your thoughts. If you’re not happy with a style that you received from them, then tell them. Don’t keep it all bottled up i the salon and then complain on Facebook and Twitter that you’ve had a horrible haircut.
Sometimes stylists need a bit of pointing in the right direction. If you’re not happy with the cut you receive, ask for fixes and tweaks. Get your stylist, to be honest with you about their ability to get your hair into the state you want it. If it’s just not possible to get what you want, get them to say so.
If You’ve Been Coloring Long-Term, You Don’t Have Natural Hair Anymore
When many women get into the salon chair, they imagine that lurking underneath their ammonia-bleached locks is their natural color. But as many stylists know, this just isn’t how it works. Once their hair is colored, the natural color is gone, replaced by something completely different.
Hair stylists call hair that hasn’t been touched by colors and dyes “virgin hair.” Hair grows about six inches a year. If your hair is a foot long, it’ll take two years before all that dye finally grows out.
It’s important to tell your stylist if you’ve colored your hair, even if the color is the same as your natural hair color. If you don’t, then you risk running into problems if you have your hair colored in the salon itself. Providing your stylist with the wrong information could result in a two-tone hair color that looks awful.
Use My Magic Potions
The world of hair care is always moving forwards and looking for new ways to get you the hair you really want, whether by using the best hair extensions on the market or rubbing in conditioning serum. And your hairdresser uses these products all the time. Have you ever wondered why you can’t get your hair to feel as lush and as silky smooth yourself as it feels after you’ve been to the salon? It’s because, unlike the salon, you’re not dropping $50 on conditioning spray or $30 on shampoo. Stylists spend an enormous amount of money on hair care products because they want you to go away from their shop feeling as if you’ve had the star treatment so that you go back again in the future. If you’re parting with $100+ every time you visit, you’d certainly hope you’d get the very best treatment.
It’s important to note that stylists don’t have magic powers. They’re just using top of the range equipment and products. If you want your morning routine to emulate your salon experience, you need to buy all the products they use.
Your Hair Can Be Lightened, But Not By Coloring
Most people understand the concept of “coloring” one’s hair. This is where the color molecules are deposited on the strand of hair itself to make it appear darker. But what about if you want to lighten your hair? Putting down more color molecules on top of those that already exist doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Lightening one’s hair is actually relatively straightforward. It involves removing coloring molecules from the surface of the hair using a chemical process. This process can be as extreme as you want. You can have your hair lightened by a single shade, or you can go the whole hog, all the way to “platinum” where your hair will look like something out of a dystopian Japanese anime film.
Do You Want Your Hair To Grow? Then Get It Trimmed Regularly
You might think that the best way to get your hair to grow is to just leave it and let nature take its course. Unfortunately, it’s a little more complicated than this. The problem is that when hair is exposed to the natural environment, it tends to develop split ends. These ends then fray all the way along the hair fiber and eventually drop out. Often you lose quite a considerable amount of hair just through split end losses, meaning that the growth of your hair slows and it ends up looking scraggly.
What’s the solution? Simple. Just get a tiny 0.25 inch trim every couple of months to weed out any potential split ends.