Times are tough financially. We'd have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to notice. Hey, we're in it with you, America. We aim to help. Instead of running vouchers that are hard to use, or rebates you'll forget about, just come to us for a straight deal. Book your appointment before the end of May 2012 and you receive half off our normal pricing for any and all cuts and/or color appointments. That means if you need just a cut, we do it for half price. If you need just color, we do it for half price. If you need both cut AND color, we do it for half price. Maybe that will help you keep a little green in your pocket this spring. Give Robert at call at 949.872.8768 and tell him you saw this post on his blog.
 
I recently had a client in my chair who told me she was TIRED of her "old" look. We had been doing a variation on a bob for five years. We have changed her hair color, added highlights, cut the bob short and sassy, made it look alternative, let it grow out and trimmed it up. We've done a lot with that bob! Now this Bob was thrilled to hear her say she wanted to try something different. She asked me about a retro long shag.

At first I was skeptical. Why? Because sometimes clients will tell me they want something new and different when in fact they aren't ready for it. I give them a new look and I might never see them again. Hair is personal as I've said in an earlier blog! I understand. Hey, I color my own hair. I give myself different looks. But then I'm a hair stylist who is going to be okay with whatever my stylist is doing, right?

Back to this client. I talked with her about her options. I thought the shag would look cute on her (and it really did look good). It took about 10 years off of her appearance, too. She loved that. She asked me why we hadn't thought of this before. The answer is simple. When the client is ready for actual change, she will let me know. I cannot just randomly create a new look without her being on board with the decision.

In this case, the shag looks excellent, the client is super happy, she tells me that she gets compliments right and left, and she feels GREAT about the new her. She is in the middle of changing career paths, too, so this is helping her, she says. Hey, I get it. I totally do.

Change is good. But like I've said before in earlier blogs, it's not something to jump into unless you are ready. Sometimes a slow movement toward really deep change is best. In this client's case, she started out five years ago with fried blonde hair that she colored at home. There was no style really. Just a lot of overly blonde hair. I saw her as a brunette with red highlights, but she wasn't ready for that much change. We cut her hair to a long bob and then darkened it. With each visit, we took her darker and shorter. She received compliments from day one. I won't go into detail, but I can attest to you that getting her hair done literally changed this woman's life. Overnight! Oh, the power of a good hair cut and color... You might be amazed.
 
If you suffer from partial or full hair loss for any reason, for example, you are going through chemotherapy or suffer with alopecia or have a condition, which makes you pluck your hairs from your own scalp, there are many answers other than surgical hair replacement. From the use of extensions for a new length or style to a custom hair system (not to be confused with a wig), answers abound with today’s technology.

What are custom hair systems? These are custom made wigs (for lack of a better word) that grant the individual who is experiencing hair loss much of the same look and feel of their own natural hair. Whether it’s to help you look the same as you did before your hair loss (or better) or to give yourself a new look and wonderful change these hair systems that are made of real hair can make a huge difference in your life.

Those who wish to lengthen or thicken their hair via extensions can check with your stylist. Most Orange County salons have an extensions expert available. There are options available for to get a thicker and/or longer look with hair using clip-in pieces. Or you can have extensions sewn or glued in (it’s not as bad as it sounds).  If your local salon doesn’t offer extensions contact a vender for extensions who will gladly connect you with a local salon that offers their products.

What about a last-minute formal event? Again, try clip-in extensions. They’ll give you the flexibility you want without the long-term commitment. For those who have hair loss due to cancer treatments or alopecia, talk with someone like Nazy Curtis a top hairstylist who has experience up close and personal both conditions.  Her Orange County hair loss center is a valuable resource of information. She even offers support groups. You can ask her about vented and netted pieces that cover the crown for those with extreme thinning. 

After the trauma of hair loss it is important to discuss this private matter with someone who understands and can point you in the right direction. Hair is more than just about your looks; it’s about the way you feel about the way you look.

 
 If you just moved to Orange County or Lake Forest in particular, and you’re looking for salon, decide what you want. Is it just a quick fix to your hair? Find a walk-in salon. Salons located inside malls usually take walk-ins. Looking for a long-term relationship with a stylist? Try salons outside the mall, but understand the way they work first.

Different salons conduct business in different ways. In a commission-based salon the stylists are considered “employees” but earn a commission on services. There are also stylists who are paid hourly. A stylist who is paid hourly may not have the skills that a commissioned stylist does, but she’s under more scrutiny by management. That means the salon owner is liable when it comes to a client’s less-than-satisfactory hair experience.

Some stylists rent stations in the salon and run them as their own businesses. There are booth rental salons where several independent stylists work under one roof. A salon that employs its staff provides a less competitive atmosphere, and stylists will more readily share advice and guidance with each other. You benefit. If you’ve ever wondered, here’s how the salon industry works:

1)    A new hair academy graduate becomes an assistant for training and experience

2)    She then moves up to junior stylist

3)    After two years she becomes a senior stylist, choosing what type of salon she prefers (commission, rental or as an hourly employee)

This is the point at which stylists may partner with other stylists or go off on their own to open a salon. There are advantages for you to know where in the process your stylist is. It is best if she is not in the middle of a change. You will likely be most loyal to stylists who show stability.

Avoid salons with too much drama. Stylists, because they are artists, can be dramatic at times. Have you ever witnessed an argument between stylists when you’re sitting in the chair? Not too comfy! There are plenty of good salons in Lake Forest that come without drama. Check Yelp. Read reviews. Seek a salon with a culture of peace.

You might choose a salon attached to a beauty supply. That makes it easy for you to purchase excellent hair products based on your stylist’s advice. A good stylist knows products that will benefit your hair. She would be remiss not to tell you about these products before heading home. However, if your stylist is pushy about selling you products BEWARE. She may just want to make a commission. You should be able to trust your stylist.

There is a salon for you. Do your homework. Research. Just because you have a coupon is no reason to try the salon if it doesn’t feel right when you walk in the door or if you’ve read bad reviews. That said, if you read one bad review and five good ones, it’s a safe bet that the salon is okay. There is no way to please all people all the time. Happy hunting!

 
One of the top searches for salons online is actually performed by men looking for a good salon where they can feel comfortable getting their haircut. Typically, men have their hair cut every three weeks. Those with hair a bit over the ear can get away with going a little longer in between cuts, but usually no longer than every four weeks. Women tend to wait, having their hair cut and colored every six to eight weeks. Their hair is typically longer and they are not afraid of color. In fact, women are conditioned to accept changes in the color of their hair.

Because of the frequency involved with getting his hair cut, a man must find a salon and stylist he really likes. It is the stylist’s job to make him comfortable and want to come back. It is also the stylist’s job to suggest color if appropriate, which is a tough sale for some men. The wise stylist is going to share the benefits of color with her male client, assuring him that it will not be a dramatic change. For example, if the man is older and almost completely gray, it would be unwise to take him completely dark or back to his original hair color. It would look fake and too obvious. This would not be a repeat client.

Instead, the man should be taken to a logical place with color where it looks natural. Some people call this “salt and pepper,” but it is actually called “color blending.”  This process of color blending where some of the gray is left in place makes a lot of sense and makes the color more believable. Unless the man is up for a whole new experience of total color transformation, which is not going to happen often in mature men, it is best to introduce color gradually. Leave the crazy color and hairstyles to the young and the restless. That’s what youth is for… exploration and experimentation.

Tip: Men with highlights in their hair will find that it is easier to spike and style their hair. That’s because the color actually adds texture to the hair that makes it easier to work with! 

For questions about any hairstyle or color issue, contact Robert Curtis at 949.872.8768 or email him from www.robertcurtishairsalons.weebly.com.

 
Orange County stylists see a lot of clients who have outdated hair. In Santa Ana, they see a lot of long hair that would be better cut short to give the client a more updated look, but it’s hard to move that client toward change. Ultimately, the client says, "But it took such a long time to grow it out!" Her stylist may not say it, but is likely thinking into what?

Why not change?

Why do people keep the same style for decades? It boils down to simple psychology. People tend to keep their hair in the fashion of a time when they were at their happiest. Take a 70-year-old woman who continues wearing her hair long and bleached blonde. She may think it makes her look younger when in reality it makes her appear overweight and trying to be something she no longer is. There may be nothing a stylist can do to create a peace about change in this type of client. The client will not be happy. The stylist might do best to refuse to style that person’s hair, and this is allowed, by the way.

Change is good.

Have you kept the same color and style for years? It might be time to consider a change. Ask yourself why you are hesitant. It is a big step, and it doesn’t have to happen rapidly. Take gradual steps with color. Try a slight highlight or low light to enhance the color you already have. Ask your stylist for input.

Work with your stylist.

If you and your stylist work together to define the direction for your hair color and style change, agreeing that it should be gradual, you should be able to embrace it with less resistance. A slight color change with the new haircut could be the sugar that makes that medicine (the cut) go down better. Talk it over with your stylist. Hair is more than about good looks; it's how you feel with your new look.

Ask questions.

It is your stylist’s job to listen to you and answer your hair questions. Don’t be silent and never say, “I trust you to choose the right look.” You probably won’t be happy. Answer your stylist’s questions, too. Good stylists know to ask the right questions. They understand that your personality, your mood, your job title, your role in life and more play into how you feel about your hair and hair style. If your stylist isn’t asking you questions, it might be time for a new one. However, if you aren’t asking questions; if you are silent in the chair, that won’t work either.