Hair. It’s pretty important. I am a firm believer that if your hair looks good, then so do you. You feel on top of the world when you’re having a ‘good hair day’. And if you’re like me and having a ‘bad hair day,’ then well, watch out everyone! Being the hair enthusiast that I am, I think it’s important to find a hair-mate. Think of it as a soulmate, but with a hairdresser. It’s major to find a hairstylist that you can develop a relationship with. And hopefully after a couple of hair dates, he or she will know you and your hair like no other. It’s a very important relationship you will have in your life. Heck, I’ve been with my hair-mate/hairdresser longer than I’ve been with some of my boyfriends.
The date I’ll always keep is with my hairdresser Julie Rosenberg who owns Gamine Salon in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, CA. She knows my hair like the back of her hand (with scissors in it). Every time I walk out of that salon with a new do, I feel refreshed and rejuvenated. I feel like I can take on the world with a good haircut. The reason Julie is so amazing at what she does is because she understands hair at its ‘roots’. She knows each and every client’s hair and encompasses many factors (texture, styling, length, etc.) when cutting it. So, I asked my hair guru what are the most important ‘pieces’ of hair info that we need to know. Here’s what she said…
The Hair Necessities
Color with caution – People think they will save money doing their own hair color at home. However, when the color doesn’t come out quite right, they end up spending more money on color correction at a salon. – I know this all too well. I confess, I used to box dye my hair when I was younger. I was young, naive and afterwards, a girl with orangish blonde hair. So be cautious people!
Money doesn’t buy you good hair – The price of a haircut or color does not guarantee quality. Do not base your choice of a hairdresser or colorist by the price of the service. Instead, finding a hairdresser by word of mouth (somebody’s hair you like) or Yelp is a good way to find the perfect hair-mate.
Products – Invest in good hair products. If you can’t afford that many, at least invest in a quality conditioner. Conditioner is more important than shampoo. The cheaper the product, the higher the likelihood that it has more detergents and chemicals. Shampoos that foam contain a lot of detergent. Also note that if you have oily hair, your ends will tend to still be dry, so don’t skimp out on the conditioner. If you can’t afford conditioner just yet, make a natural conditioner at home (avocado, coconut oil or mayonnaise)
Damage control – Do NOT put your hair in a ponytail with a rubber band when it’s wet. It will break your hair and probably break your heart. This is one of the worst things you can do to your hair. If you style your hair often, it’s important to get regular trims (every 2-3 months) if you have long hair. When using a flat iron, make sure your hair is completely dry first.
A good ‘blow job’ – Now I’m not talking about that kind of blow job, I’m talking about the other – a blow-dry. When styling your hair, the blow-dry is the most vital. For a smooth finish, you need both tension + heat. You need to get the job done right with the blow-dry. And again, make sure you get your hair completely dry in this step.
Picture Perfect – Hairdressers like when you bring in photos to show a hair cut or color you want. However, be realistic. Keep in mind the texture of your hair may be very different from the model’s hair in the photo. Also, images in magazines are often altered by a computer, so those beautiful golden highlights may be photoshopped. When you bring in a picture of a celebrity, you should probably be aware that a)it took a whole team of people to produce that hair and b)she probably has extensions in.