These are all common sense approaches, obviously, but the benefit is that by visiting the salon, you
get an idea of the general 'vibe' of the salon. Is it a more traditional salon that happens to serve the occasional client who wants wild styles,
or is it a trendy salon with stylists who have a hairstyle you admire? You probably want the latter, since the stylists will be more in sync with
what you're after and you'll have an easier time explaining the look you want.
Making a Gradual Transition vs. A Dramatic Make-Over
Are you sure of the look you want? If you are, then you probably won't hesitate to hop into the
stylist's chair and tell them to make it happen. But some people think they'd like a wild look, but aren't sure if it's right for them. A good
stylist won't pressure you into any dramatic changes unless you expressly tell them it's what you want. (It's the fastest way to lose a client
if they say "You'll absolutely love it" and they happen to be wrong.)
Ask your stylist about making a gradual transition into the wild look. Perhaps you can get a cut that
can be styled to look funky or more sedate, so that if you decide you don't like the effect of chunky spikes, you have an option to fall back on.
It's the same with color. If you think suddenly having candy apply red hair will be too much of a
shock, try temporary hair colors that are a little bolder to give the idea a test drive. Another idea is to go with highlights of a particular color
instead of total coverage. This is a good way to judge how well the color will suit you, and still allow you to return to a more natural color if
you find you don't like the result. It also minimizes the amount of hair being subjected to chemical processing before you make your final decision.
If you're not 100% certain that going wild will work for you, take things a step at a time. Try either
cut or color first then add another step until you get to the goal you've set for yourself. It's more expensive and time-consuming this way, but
the result is that you'll be sure of what you're getting before you commit to it, and if it begins to become something you don't care for, you
can avoid having to deal with reversing a dramatic look (or heavens forbid, wait for it to grow out).
Ideas to Add a Little "Wild" to a Mild Style
There are a lot of ways to liven up your hairstyle: color, texturing, highlights, lowlights, etc.
Adding that touch of "Wild" to your style is just a matter of putting a little more pizzazz into those processes. Here are some ideas for
different hair types to add that element of "Wildness":
Many women with straight hairstyles think that a wild look has to mean cutting their hair into a
geometric or asymmetrical style. But in actuality there are several techniques to give an otherwise classic look a wild twist.
Targeted Color: Try adding color along the perimeter of your hairstyle. This
is an especially good look for blunt-cut styles. It's a simple process and can be easily done freehand with a brush applicator. It adds emphasis
to the cutting line of the hairstyle and emphasizes the movement of the hair.
Layer of Color: In this method, the outer layer of the hair is colored either
as a whole, creating a curtain of colored hair over the natural hair color (or base color). The full-coverage method allows for the natural color
of the hair to "peek through" as the hair moves adding interest to the style.
Chunky Colors: The chunky panel method can be applied to either frame the
face, or be spaced evenly around the head for a less bold effect than that achieved with the Layer of Color method.