38 Secrets Your Hair Stylist Won’t Tell You
Hair salons share their secrets for saving money, getting a great hair cut, and more.
I know you’ve heard you shouldn’t wash your hair before getting an updo, because a little grit can help maintain the style
But please don’t show up with hair that’s greasy, tangled, or smelly. Wash it the night before, and don’t put any styling products in it. That way, we hairdressers can start fresh and create our own texture. Plenty of other hair myths could also ruin your hair.
Every year after school starts, at least one mom brings in her daughter with hair down to her waist and tells us to give her a pixie cut
We know what’s going on: a lice infestation. But when we point out the nits and tell the mom we can’t do the cut, she always acts surprised and says, “I didn’t know.” We’re thinking, Yeah, right. To save the embarrassment for all involved, don’t ignore these clear signs of head lice and get the situation under control before your appointment.
We don’t “wash” your hair—we “shampoo” it
When we’re trying to make you feel pampered, we can’t use the same word you use for doing dishes. One of the secrets to great hair according to pros is a cold rinse after shampooing.
I’m a beautician, not a magician
I can give you Gisele Bündchen’s haircut, but I can’t give you her face. If you’re after the shiny locks all models seem to possess, your best bet is these 13 stylist-approved tricks for shiny hair.
Don’t ask me to squeeze you in
My work takes time. When a client says she’s in a rush, I tell her she needs to schedule her time better. If I’m already booked, I’d be taking time and effort away from other clients. You wouldn’t like being treated that way. A rush job never looks good, especially if you make these hair washing mistakes.
I’m not a psychologist
Hairdresser school does not teach about counter transference, projection, negative reinforcement, or personality disorders. If you’re looking for a therapist, all I have is a tail comb and an opinion. Instead, try focusing on these questions your hair stylist wants you to start asking.
Layers are the magic remedy
Some women think that if they keep their hair all one length the way it was in high school, everyone will think they’re still in high school. Guess what? You’re not. As you get older, you need to soften the lines around your face. Don’t fall for these hairstyle mistakes that age your face.
Bodies and hair change as hormones change
If your hair is dry, listless, or brittle, or if it’s not holding your color or style the way it used to, see a doctor. If your hair isn’t overprocessed, you could be pregnant (surprise!) or menopausal (yes, I can tell). In the meantime, try out these home remedies for dry and damaged hair.