9 Things Salons Wish We Knew About Hair
Top hair stylists have some advice for you. If you’re getting your hair done ready for a prom or a wedding then you probably want to go to the best stylist that you can find. Top hair stylists can work wonders with your cut and your style, but there are limits to what even they can achieve. Here are a few things that hair dressers wish you knew, and that would make working on your hair so much easier for them.
1 – Sitting still really matters!
If you try to make a phone call when you’re getting your hair done, it could ruin your cut. Even just chewing gum can make you move your head enough that it will throw of precision work.
2 – Accept the cut is a work in progress.
Try to resist the urge to micromanage. Top hair stylists have the reputation that they do for a reason. If you come in there with some reference photos and talk to the stylist before they start work, then you can be confident that you will get what you want. If you are really, really worried about something, then ask them to stop for a moment so you can talk about it, yes. Try not to micromanage though. You’ll learn more about the benefits of your hair if you give the hair dresser a break. They might even know what look is best for you.
3 – Silence doesn’t mean rudeness.
A really good haircut requires careful concentration. You might be able to chat a bit while you’re getting your hair washed, but once the cut starts, even top hair stylists will want to focus. Let them, because if they’re talking and chopping, there’s a high chance that something will go wrong.
4 – You can’t hide split ends by pulling them.
Pulling on your split ends won’t make them go away. It actually damages the hair. Instead of doing that, snip the end off with a pair of very sharp scissors as a longer lasting solution. If you’ve got lots of split ends, then just get your hairdresser to sort them out with a good cut.
5 – Take care of wet hair.
Don’t brush wet hair, because that will damage it. Use a wide-tooth comb to tease out tangles, and let the hair dry before you do anything else with it. Don’t use heated styling tools on your hair when it’s wet, either. These tools will quite literally ‘fry’ the hair.
6 – Don’t wear elastic bands.
If you have long hair and like it tied back, use scrunchies, or if you can’t use those, use a hooked hair tie instead. These do far less damage to your hair than a traditional rubber band, which will snag and tear the hair if you loop it too tight.
7 – Brush from the end and work your way back up.
When you’re brushing your hair, try to start where the tangles are, then when you’ve cleared the tangles work your way up. If you start at the root you’re far more likely to damage your hair.
8 – Cutting your hair doesn’t make it grow.
There’s an old wive’s tale that says cutting your hair will help it grow. It doesn’t. It might make it look fuller and healthier, but it doesn’t make it grow faster. Instead of trimming your hair too often, try taking better care of it so that the ends don’t split. The less often you wash it with harsh shampoos and the less often you use heated styling tools, the more resilient it will be.
9 – Pat your hair dry.
Instead of messing your hair up with a towel to dry it, try blotting it dry then slowly running the towel through it and wringing the hair out from root to end.
If you follow these tips, then your hair should be far more resilient, and will not suffer from as many split ends and will look amazing. It will be so much easier for your hair stylist to work with, and that means that they’ll be able to give you a really stunning cut, because instead of repairing damage they can focus on the thing that they love doing the most – taking advantage of great looking hair and turning it into something that will truly turn heads at your prom or wedding.