For most people, there is more than enough variety to be found in hairstyles by combining natural
colors with classic and esthetic cuts. But some people want hair that makes a definitive statement about their personality. There's no truth to
the often-asserted idea that people who want wild hairstyles and haircolors are more creative. And showing a bold look to the world at large
isn't always a statement of rebellion against the mainstream.
The simple fact is that it's just a haircut or haircolor. It's a statement, yes, but a statement of
what that individual wants and desires. The only thing a person with pink spiky hair has that the person with the blonde bob doesn't is the
desire to have pink spiky hair and the courage to go for it. That's all it takes - a little bit of courage and the desire to go wild.
Wild Styles on Men and Women
The only difference in men's and women's wild or 'punk' hairstyles is usually the length of the hair -
with men's hair tending to be shorter on the whole. There's a wide variety of products available that can give you literally any color of hair
found in the rainbow. I recently had a male client who wanted wide, bright green stripes along the temples.
I cut his hair super-short at the bottom hairline, tapering out to about 1 inch at the temple and left
about 3 inches on top, which were razored for a choppy effect. I lightened to the two swaths on the side to around level 8 then applied a Kelly
green haircolor. I personally found the effect strange, but he was thrilled with the result, and I got several calls from friends and co-workers of his (who wanted less unusual styles).
The only limit to what can be achieved with a wild hairstyle is the imagination and skill of your stylist.
Choosing the Right Salon for Wild Styles
Some hair salons are hesitant to cater to clients who want the wilder hairstyles, because they are trying
to cultivate a specific clientele, or are trying to cultivate a certain image for their business. They feel that to begin drawing clients with
wildly-colored hair or 'out there' cuts and styles would deter the clients they are trying to attract. While this may seem like a narrow-minded
approach to business, it is certainly the salon owner/manager's right to have such restrictions.
But that leaves the question of where to go for a wild look. The easiest method (of course) is to ask
someone who has a wild look who does their hair. The problem with this approach is the number of individuals faced with the same problem who
decided to take matters into their own hands. The odds are good that the person you seek a referral from has done her own creating. In this case,
she is untrained in hair services and should not be considered an option for your own hair, particularly is you are looking for a color service or other chemical service.
Finding a suitable salon for a wild style is much easier in urban areas. There is a larger population
base and thus a larger number of people who would want wilder hairstyles. In a big city, you can probably look through local magazines (or the
phone book) and find a listing of hair salons. You can simply call the numbers provided and ask if they will provide the style you want. Call
until you get a handful of yes responses and then go and visit the salon. Ask to see scrapbooks and portfolios of the work done in the salon.
Take a look at the current clientele and the styles being done while you are there.