My original mindset when I started filming hair tutorials back in 2011 was to provide basic videos for my clients. When I shared them on Pinterest and they sort of went viral, I learned that being an accessible hairstylist that could answer questions or perhaps show a technique was helpful for more people than just my personal clientele.
I’m not currently doing hair, but I am keeping my finger on the pulse of hair trends and doing a few friends and family members’ hair!
I wanted to round up a few common questions I receive related to hair for this post, and I hope it’s helpful for you!
Q: My stylist always leaves too much of my natural hair color between my scalp and where the highlight starts. I feel like I leave the salon and already have new growth. What can I do about this?
A: I totally understand your frustration here! It’s annoying to pay for a service and leave feeling like you got shorted a few weeks from the normal cycle because you have your natural root color showing. This can be caused by improper application of the color, bad placement of the foil, or carelessness from your stylist. It is very possible, in fact, it’s rather easy, to achieve a highlighted section of hair starting close to the scalp. I would express this to your stylist and if they aren’t able to fix it, it may be time to find someone else!
Q: Is it okay to have one stylist color and a different stylist cut?
A: Generally yes but in some cases, it may be important that both stylists are aware of any specific haircut or hair color goals. For example, if you were planning on cutting bangs, you would want to inform your colorist that that will be happening because it may affect how he or she colors the hair near your forehead.
Q: How long does it take to go from medium brown to medium blonde?
A: It’s hard to answer this blindly but in general, it may take as few as two services, as long as you want to preserve the integrity of the hair. You can lighten the hair with all-over color, lightener, or slowly integrate highlights all over the head to lighten the hair. The process you decide with your stylist will help determine the length of time it will take!
Q: My stylist is rushing me through my appointments, what can I do?
A: If you are late, this problem is caused by you! If you are NOT late and your stylist is rushing, I would kindly speak to him/her at the end of the service and point out that you are feeling this way. Perhaps a different time of the day is better or something else may be going on. It is appropriate and necessary to kindly bring up the feelings you have!
Q: What kind of tip should I give at the end of the service?
A: I answered this question a long time ago and received some interesting feedback. In general, in my personal experience, I’ve always heard and been of the mindset that about 20% is a common tip percentage. HOWEVER, a tip is a tip. It is kind to give a tip but it certainly isn’t necessary. It may be expected on the stylist’s end due to the history of how the business has worked for many years, but if you are not able to afford a tip I think it’s reasonable to explain that. If you can’t do 20%, do less! This is not a black and white area. One change I have noticed is that hairstyling and coloring services seem to have become very expensive, so 20% of a few hundred dollars service is a lot! If you can’t swing a tip, don’t sweat it, but know that any tip you are able to provide is certainly greatly appreciated.
Q: What would be a “safe” first-time hair color for someone who wants to experiment but isn’t sure if she wants the commitment?
A: If you want to change the tone or go darker, a demi-permanent gloss is the easiest way to change up your hair without making a serious commitment. It will slowly fade out over time. If you want to go lighter, try adding just a few subtle highlights around your face, sort of where the sun would naturally hit your hair if you were laying on the beach. This can both grow out really natural and also give you an impact of lighter hair without a commitment of all-over color!
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