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New Year’s Hair Resolutions (2)

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       {Stylists Note: I have actually seen clients who were impatient following a shampoo and conditioning service grab a round, natural bristle brush and begin raking it through their hair starting at the scalp. One in particular pointed to the damp, broken strands dangling out of the bristles and said “See, this is what I meant by my hair is just coming out when I simply brush it.” She couldn’t make the connection and understand that she was doing something wrong. To her she was simply brushing her hair.}
 
       Treat your hair like you value it by nourishing and protecting it. Don’t just treat it more gently, but give it what it needs to stay supple and strong. You should condition your hair every day (at least using a leave-in spray or cream conditioner), but you should also give your hair a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Finally, once a month, give your hair a protein treatment to help restore the strength and integrity of your hair.
 
#5) The Kindest Cut of All
 
       I know it’s hard for some people to grasp the idea that in order to grow out your hair you need to cut it regularly, but this is true. Well, it’s true as long as you make certain that your stylist understands what you expect of the “cut”. It is always important that your stylist understands your long-term goals for your hair.
 
       If I have a client with a particular haircut who comes to me and says I just need a trim, I will presume that she wants the hair cut to be like it was the last time I cut her hair into this style. However, if I know that the client is trying to grow her hair out longer, then I know that “just a trim” means she wants to make sure the ends are healthy and even. So I will cut just enough off to remove any split ends and to make sure that the hair ends are even. Since each strand of hair grows at its own pace, over several weeks you can find the neat ends of the hair looking more and more uneven.
 
#6) Seek Professional Advice
 
       I am not so naïve as to think that everyone should be able to afford going to the salon every week to have their hair done. Many women are perfectly capable of applying or retouching their haircolor using their preferred haircolor kits and get a nice-looking result. But women who refuse to ever go to a salon professional (for whatever reason) are missing out on a valid opportunity to get professional advice and an informed opinion on possible options for their hair.
 
       Think of it as a “hair check-up”. Find a hair salon you feel comfortable with visiting (ask among your friends) and book an appointment for a shampoo and styling/set. When you arrive, talk to the stylist about your situation and explain that you generally don’t visit a salon for general services. Tell her about all the things you do to and with your hair, and ask her for opinions on your hair’s condition and possible areas of which you should be aware.
 
       If she starts recommending a lot of things you should have done while you are in the salon, don’t let yourself feel pressured. Remember, you are the client and you can simply say “NO”. You are asking for legitimate advice not a sales pitch. Many salons have a policy requiring their stylists to “upsell” (encourage clients to get addition treatments and buy products) so it may be that the stylist is doing something she feels she has to do. Use your judgment and if you feel you’re being pressured too much, you can always leave. High pressure situations are rare but can happen, just remember that YOU are in charge.
 
       {NOTE: In this situation, if the stylist wants to get you to book another appointment before you leave, ask for her card so that you can call and make an appointment later – i.e., on your own terms. If she doesn’t have a card, then you can simply say you’ve got the salon’s number. This lets you keep control of the situation.}
 
       The bottom line is that the start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to make some changes that will improve our lives. And doing even a couple of little things to improve the quality of our hair, can lead to a dramatic improvement in the way we look at and feel about ourselves.
 
Stacy - Stylist   ©Hairfinder.com
 
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