From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

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  • The price we pay.

    What you are about to read touches a very sensitive subject, a subject that 80% of couples fight ( & ultimately get divorced) over, a subject that people avoid & most times are in denial about. 

    Money.

    As a hairdresser one of the first questions I get asked is "How much will this cost?" if they don't ask it, then I do. The reason I ask "Whats your budget for this?" is not so I can take all that they have, its so I can work within the budget I am given. If my guest is showing me pictures of $250 hair & their budget is $175 then its my job to say "I'm sorry but for your budget, Im afraid thats not possible, instead we can do this or this." In some cases my guest will allow themselves a larger budget & sometimes we reach a compromise. 

    I know I am not a cheap stylist. I have done my research, I know what surrounding salons charge for similar services. When I first opened my salon I put myself at the lower end of the scale, but didn't cut myself short. As I furthered my education, grew my salon & became more "in demand" my prices went up. 

    But, what I really want to touch on today is for clients. 

    Let's start with price quotes. I really struggled with this when I first opened but, I have it down to fine science now. Pricing depends on many things, those things are:

    1. Length of hair & thickness.
    2. Previous services & your goal color.
    3. Treatments ( no GOOD stylist is going to let you leave with brittle hair).
    4. Amount of product used. 
    5. How long your appointment is going to take, time is money. 
    6. Technique used to achieve goal results.
    7. Is this considered a color correction?

    Giving price quotes via message or email is not my favorite thing to do. However, I will do it. I just make sure the quote covers lowest to highest & everything in between. 

    Next up, Color Corrections. Color corrections for me have a base price of $200 & go up from there. Usually its $100 an hour after the first hour, however...every circumstance is different. Hair is completely unpredictable things can go amazing & your black box hair color can lift to level 9 yellow no problem or I can color remove you twice & your hair reverts back to black....(that has happened to me it turned into a 12 hour correction)

    Specialty Colors: Ombre, Balayage, color melts, fashion color....pretty much everything that anyone ask for anymore is a specialty color. These are colors & techniques that need tremendous extended education. 

    Education is not cheap. My first year in business I took lots of independent classes & attended some hair shows where I was almost on education overload. I spent $5,000 in 8 months doing all of this. In the end it was totally worth it. I invested in myself & my profession & my clients could see the difference. I spent countless hours on periscope watching other stylist, learning from them, absorbing all the free education that was at my fingertips. 

    There will always be those people who respond with, "Wow, you're too expensive!"  Or "That's way too much, I can get a cut & color on my long, thick hair for $75!" (of course in a case like this I want to ask why they are looking for a different hairdresser then... haha) but, my response is usually "Good hair isn't cheap & cheap hair isn't good." 

    I don't really feel like I should ever have to explain WHY my prices are what they are but, I do hope this small break down will help some of your understand. 

    My salon expenses are about $2,231 a month. This includes my rent, my product, my phone, advertising cost (website, Facebook etc) this doesn't even begin to touch on the countless free photoshoots or color models I do to have material to advertise with or to get my name out there. 

    My personal expenses are about $2,863 a month, this includes my car, insurance, groceries, gym, cable, electric, rent, student loans etc. 

    Neither one of these totals reflects health inspections, license renewals, what I pay in taxes, new tools & equipment or holidays. 

    They also do not reflect the travel I do to educate, or the travel I do to go to hair shows/classes to learn.  new trends. These are bare minimum totals. 

    So my bare minimum monthly totals are around $5,094 give or take the time of year or any travel. 

    My tools range from $80- $1,500.

    Products, I spend about $350-$400 a month.

    When I expanded my salon it cost about $4,500

    Owning a business or even renting a booth is not cheap.Those stylist who are commission employees, they more than likely have money deducted for product & they do have to buy their own tools. 

    Please remember this the next time you want to tell me or another stylist that we are "too expensive" we have bills to pay just like you. This is our job, our career....this isn't a hobby & we aren't playing dress up just because we like pretty colors. Being a hairdresser is incredibly complex, its chemistry, its electricity, its geometry, its public speaking & its art. 

    Ps- for those of you worried about my spelling & grammar...I'm not. If you could read & understand this post, I did my job :)

  • DIY: Painted Ornate Mirror

    DIY: Painted Ornate Mirror

    Every salon needs that PERFECT, regal, ornate mirror. Even in the most modern of salons. But what happens when you find that PERFECT mirror & its the wrong color? Well it means your life it over. Its ruined. Youre entire decor planning has been ruined & you just CAN NOT go on. JUST KIDDING! You paint it!

    So I found my perfect mirror at, at home (previously Garden Ridge) did I pay a little too much for it? Yeah probaly, is it perfect? YES, YES, YAAASSSSS! Was it the wrong color? Of course it was.....WAS! I knew I wanted my ornate mirror to hang above my coffee station on my black & white striped wall. So when I found this......

    Kinda looks like a sheet cake, huh?

    I just had to have it. So being as OCD as I am, I wanted all my pink to be the SAME PINK. So I just used some of my wall paint to paint this little guy pink! I kind of like the Rustic, antique look so I choose not to spend 759304032 hours painting in all the cracks to make the frame 100% pink. I just let that little bit of white stand out, it goes with the look & colors of my room. 

    Now when I got the mirror it was all shiny & pretty. But because my wall paint was matte with primer...I had to add some of my own shine. So i went to Home Depot & the super nice lady there pointed me in the direction of spray on lacqer! 

    It made it all shiny & new and pretty just like when I bought it! So waa-la! My mirror was ready to be hung. 

    Oh & say hello to these two amazing ladies Elizabeth Heson of Elizabeth Henson Photos & Holly Coriell of Just Dandy Events!

    Photo by Chelsea Anderson Photography

  • DIY: How I made my own Lighted Retail Shelf

    DIY: How I made my own Lighted Retail Shelf

    So when you're opening a salon there has to be space for RETAIL. A place to display all those delicious smelling products that you use on your clients. Those things that are better for their hair than those drugstore products they've been using. 

    When I put my deposit down I knew exactly what shelf I would be using for my retail shelf. It was an Ikea shelf from my old apartment. Of course....it was RED. Doesn't exactly jive with the pink,black & white I was going for. 

    Sooooo, I painted that bad boy black...not just black...black chalkboard. 

    I used this Rust-oleum chalk board paint as a base (bc it scratches off easily) then covered that paint with actual paint on chalkboard paint I got from Target. (I totally forgot to photograph that paint, but its the only one Target sells)

    This was the end result. 

    My original idea was to write the retail names & prices on the ledge of each shelf in chalkboard marker. Then my dad had a better idea, we had some signs with LED lights in them that we were pulling apart to put underneath each shelf to light up the products. Those signs just happened to fit perfectly with the legenth of the shelf. I now had an entire lighted retail shelf with lighted signs. I measured the signs, picked a font & printed the names of each of my retail products. 

    I hid all the wires by taping them to the top of the shelf with black duct tape, and running them into a wire hider along the back of the shelf. Those can be found at Lowes & Home Depot for about $13-$21 depending on legenth. 

    Now the chalkboard paint seems like almost a waste since I decided to go with lighted signs. BUT, I can still write on the side of the shelf to welcome all new clients to my salon. A little something to make them feel special! 

    You can also find LED lights like this at Ikea possibly Home Depot or Lowes. 

    All finished product photos are by: Chelsea Anderson Photography 

  • DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    DIY: Black & White Striped Walls

    So when I started collecting decor for my new studio, I knew I wanted to keep it 100% consistent with my branding. As you can see all of my cards, service menus, & now, thanks to April at Paper Dolls Designs, even my bridal menus are black & white striped. 

    I orignally was going to go with removeable wall paper. Since it is the buildings policy that we not paint any dark colors on the walls, painting the stripes myself was out of the question. So I rememebered seeing something on Pinterest about removeable wall paper. After going back to review the measurements each peice came in I realized that at $35 a pop I would end up spending a FORTUNE! The orignal blog I had read, the lady had gotten the removeable wallpaper for free from the company to write a review. So, boo to that. & forget REAL wallpaper that shit will NEVER come down. 

    So here I am racking my brain thinking about ways to get black & white stripes at a price I could afford. All of sudden my neighbor offered me the BEST solution I could think of. 

    KITCHEN CABINET KICKBOARDS.

    DUH! Now the only problem was that they are about $7-$8 PER 8 foot board at any Home Depot or Lowes. Then I got the bright idea (ok my mom got the bright idea) to check Home Emporium. BOOM. Found them for $3.99 a board! Unfinished, pine & ready to be painted. All together I ended up spending $94 for my black & white striped wall. $24 for a gallon of white paint, $10 for a pint of black paint $60 for 17 kickboards (i somehow got one for free). AND I have perfectly straight stripes. Something that is seemingly IMPOSSIBLE with paint. And after covering my entire stylist station and shampoo area with black contact paper......I think Ill pass on the removeable wallpaper. 

    BEFORE

    AFTER

    (yes that entire shampoo area is covered in contact paper)

    Studio Photos by Chelsea Anderson Photography

  • The BIG announcement!!!!

    I know everyone has been patiently waiting & I have been building up the anticipation! 

    What is it? 

    Am I moving to Europe?

    Getting Married???

    Am I prego??? 

    Did I adopt a baby seal? 

    Am I quitting doing hair? 

    Am I really a My Little Pony?? 

    or 

    Superwoman???

    WHAT IS IT???????!!?!?!?!?!

    Ok..ok...ok...

    So here it is...   

    THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.......

    High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey will have its very own baby studio in February!!!!!!

    The new space will be located inside Salon Plaza in the Hilltop North area of Virginia Beach. For all my Chesapeake homies, I know thats quite a hike & I want you to know that I appreciate you. With you, none of this would be possible! 

    But, on the plus side I am going to be so much closer to all my make-up homies!!! Jenn Brosch of Beauty + Baubles works at Sephora in Lynnhaven & just down the street from the mall we have Makeup by Kim Porter & literally right down the road from me there is Dhalia Edwards in the Brides Corner with so many other awesome wedding vendors!! Not to mention Pure English is RIGHT THERE, so I can stop in & say hey to  my bridal gown homies on my lunch break (or when I am not pigging out on Shockleys Sweet Shoppe's cupcakes).Because everything is RIGHT THERE, even my tattoo shop, Ghost Ship Tattoo is right down the road! Watch out Virginia Beach, I am taking over!!!

    I have been stashing so much cuteness away that I have been wanting to share on Instagram & Facebook so get ready for decorting overload!!! 

    Everyone is encoraged to stop by anytime after I pick up my key, even if I am just in there painting! I will be haveing an Open House, but dont have a date set in stone yet! 

    I am also making some big changes to my service menu when it comes to color & cut etc. You will notice that under the services drop down menu, that there are no longer services for coloring & haircuts....DON'T WORRY, I am still doing all that & more. I just need to re-vamp a little & will reveal all of that once the shop is open for business. Also, I am adding a new method for online booking & have found myself on Google+ (way better than Facebook) So if you have a Google+ account and would like to stay up to date with deals, pictures news etc from HVH, add me!! Unlike facebook, you will be able to see everything I post and will never miss a discount :)

    I am so excited to be able to share this news with all of you, and super excited to be taking such a huge step into the next chapter of my life, what is even better is that I get to do all of it with YOU GUYS!!

    A huge thank you to all my clients and wedding vendors who refer me. You are the ones who have made this possible!!! 

  • Product Review: Dry Shampoo

    Product Review: Dry Shampoo

    We are back to beauty this week with DRY SHAMPOO

    As a woman I am prone to not being able to choose just one. So this week I am reviewing my two favorites one of them is a recent accidental find & the other I've had a long, wonderful relationship with & it has never let me down.

    So lets begin!

    First up...

    Detox Dry Shampoo from Drybar

    This was an accidental find for me. I bought the Glitz & Glam bag from Sephora & this just happened to be one of the goodies in it. So of course I'm going to try it & I loved it! It is the number 1 dry shampoo I have found. (Unfortunately moving our next one from the number one spot to runner up.)

    It doesn't come out too chalky, adds the perfect amount of texture & volume without mattifying your hair color.  

    You can find the full size Detox Dry Shampoo at any Drybar location. If you don't have one near you (like we don't here in Hampton Roads) then you can find the travel size or full size at any Sephora or online! This Product runs in the $20 range per bottle.

    My review of Detox Dry Shampoo from Drybar on a scale of 1-10

    I give it a 10!

    Next up....

    Paul Mitchell Dry Wash

    This dry Shampoo is also fiercely amazing. The only downside to this dry shampoo is that I feel like after using a dry shampoo my roots shouldn't still look shiny.... Which they usually do after using this. Other than that, this one is just as great as the other! You can find Paul Mitchell Dry Wash at any Paul Mitchell Focus Salon or online! This product runs between 15 & 20 dollars a bottle. 

    My review of Paul Mitchell Dry Wash on a scale of 1-10 

    I give it a 9! 

    Now enjoy these 7 surprising ways to use your dry shampoo!

    1. Dry Shampoo helps boost volume. Use it on your roots as intended then, flip your head upside down and spray all over to help boost all around volume.
    2. Dry Shampoo helps lock in backcombing (teasing). When creating an up style or a volumous style, spray some dry shampoo on the section before back combing, it adds texture and volume & helps keep the back comb in place. 
    3. Dry Shampoo helps keep bobby pins in place. Spray down your bobby pins before applying to your up style to keep them in place.
    4. Dry Shampoo is your fringes new best friend. Did you go for some fierce bangs this fall? Spray the dry shampoo underneath your bangs to keep them from sticking to the oil on your forehead. It also keeps your bangs together nicely. You don't have to spray all over your bangs, just underneath. 
    5. Dry Shampoo helps suck up excess product. Did you use too much argon oil or Super Skinny Serum? Spray your hair all over along with your roots to suck up some of that excess product. 
    6. Dry Shampoo can help blondes conceal their roots. Blondes, go for a powder dry shampoo, this will help conceal your dark roots until your next color appointment. 
    7. Dry Shampoo can reverse your look. If you went for a slicked back, straight look yesterday & want a more tousled, windblown look today. Spray your hair down with some dry shampoo. It does exactly what #5 says & sucks up some of the shine & oil from yesterdays products. 

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Sony A5000 mirrorless camera.

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Sony A5000 mirrorless camera.

    DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER.

    Now that we've got that out of the way.....

    Let me tell you about this awesome thing called the Sony a5000 mirrorless camera.

    Key Points:

    1. 180 degree flip up LCD screen. (perfect for selfies)
    2. Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones. (send pictures right from your camera to your phone. Perfect for social media sharing.)
    3. Built in Pop-up flash.
    4. Playmemories camera apps. (see what someone in the other room is filming/shooting on your smartphone via the remote embedded app. Also saves directly to your phone.)
    5. Full HD 1080/60i/24p video.
    6. Interchangeable lenses.
    7. Comes in black or white.

    This camera has so many amazing features that Im still learning how & when to use them all. It has a scene selection for shooting in different environments such as: Sports Action, Anti Motion Blur, Macro, Nighttime Portrait, Low Light Portraits & soooo much more. It has 2 different flash settings, aperture settings & shutter settings for the more advanced camera users.

    What comes in the box:

    1. Lens cap
    2. Rechargeable battery
    3. Shoulder strap
    4. Micro USB
    5. SELP1650 Lens
    6. AC-UB10 AC charger (in-camera charging via USB)
    7. Body Cap

    I purchased my camera from Best Buy...you can find it here. The awesome thing about Best Buy is that they do price compare so in my case, B&H Photo had a bundle deal for a camera bag (& its a nice Sony bag), lens cleaning kit & 8GB memory card for free with the purchase of the camera. SCORE!!!

    I also ordered a macro ring light (for all the hair photos, selfies & videos Ill be making) lens filters, & a fisheye lens. The fisheye is a neat way to get fun creative images but, make sure you order a Sony product or one where reviewers confirm it fits the a5000. Mine does not fit & is poor quality. But, I do LOVE my macro ring light, you can find it here.

    Wether you just need a camera to capture family moments, your travels, or in my case to capture clearer, better quality images of my work. This is great for any & every occasion. 

    So naturally I went out this weekend to test it out in a more fun environment & take pictures of a bachlorette party & The Cody Austin Band at the new Virginia Beach Eagles Nest. I also used it at a few weddings Ive done. Below are the pictures I took for the blog from the weekend. 

    Scale of 1-10 on this camera 10!!!

    Price point: $$$$

    For everyone i met on Saturday night....ENJOY YOUR PHOTOS! 

  • PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Color Repair

    Paul Mitchell is the most innovative, eco friendly, go green company that I know. They are always coming up with brilliant new color techniques & color formulas that blow my mind every time. They are a very out of the box company which I love because Im a very out of the box gal. 

    This month they released their new color wash line: Ultimate Color Repair. Now I thought when they released the Kera Triplex Conditioning Treatment that they had topped themselves, I was wrong. 

    The Ultimate Color Repair line will keep your color vibrant & shiny (59% more shiny to be exact) for up to 9 weeks. (UM, yes I said 9 weeks RED HEADS) It also helps prevent thermal damage by 86% with 88% less breakage. Uhhhhhh.......SIGN ME UP.

    Quinoa (“keen-wah”) is the magic ingredient in The Ultimate repair line. Yes, I know what you're thinking, Quinoa is a food....why would you put food on your hair? Think about it this way, when you eat healthier and drink more water do you not see a difference in your skin & how you feel? Of course you do. When you eat healthier it effects your hair as well, it just takes longer to notice. 

    Quinoa has a high amino acid content, which is the building block of protein, it delivers powerful repair and protection for longer-lasting color in the Quinoa Color-Locking System. 

    MY REVIEW

    Im gonna break this down for you by each product.

     Ultimate Color Repair Shampoo

    At first, I wont lie, I was taken back by the smell. It didn't smell like...I don't know like Shampoo normally smells. Its kind of a mix between banana boat tanning lotion & your car after a day at the beach. I like this shampoo because it lathers well enough but doesn't go to over board with the suds. Its sulfate free (hello color protection) & its got sugar cane & lemon peel extract to help keep the hair shiny & soft. Scale of 1-10 for this Shampoo I say 8.

     Ultimate Color Repair Conditioner

    Mmmmmm conditioner, my FAVORITE & of course the first thing you run out of before anything else.  I like this conditioner because it is on the heavier side. For ME, I cant get down with those super light weight conditioners. I feel like I just put air on my head & that doesn't work for me. This has the same smell as the shampoo & a little goes a long way. I love this conditioner also because its ideal for hydration & detangling (HEY, Im talking to you curly haired girls!) While at the same time it locks in color & repairs from the inside out. Included, are antioxidants which act as a UV Protectant & prevent color fade. 

    Scale of 1-10 for this conditioner,I'd say 10.

    Ultimate Color Repair Triple Rescue

    Last but not least, Triple Rescue....ahhhhhh yes.....let that soak in....TRIPLE Rescue. Now, know this, BEFORE you start spraying away, you HAVE TO SHAKE THIS UP. Its a dual phase spray that protect from heat that can cause colored hair to become dull. The Quinoa Color Repair Complex in this help bump up reflection so hair looks healthy, shiny & vibrant. (AGAIN. Im talking to you RED HEADS)  Dual Phase Technology-( this is my favorite part!!!) Top phase forms a heat-resistant seal to shield hair from damage and adds lustrous shine. The Bottom Phase conditions hair with Quinoa Color Repair Complex.

    While the technology is great in EVERY form. Because this spray is a bit on the "oily" side (and I use the word oily lightly  its best kept away from the root area while spraying. Otherwise you may end up looking all homeless & greasy. 

    On a scale of 1-10 I'd give Triple Rescue a 9. 

    All in all- Id day the Ultimate Color Repair System is a great route to take for winter. Paul Mitchell Sun, in all its glory is limited to summer & this is a great replacement.

    Keep an eye out for next Fridays product review. Ill be reviewing the new FAVE4 hairsprays. 

    Images courtsey of google.

  • Moroccan Styled Shoot

    Moroccan Styled Shoot

    Last month I was asked to participate in a Moroccan Styled Photo Shoot. Of course I said YES! I was thrilled to be working with such a stellar team. Here a few of the images in all their glory. I cant wait for the rest! 

    Photographer: Stephanie Michelle

    Concept/Styling: Heart's Content Events

    Flowers: Mary's Flower Works

    Decor/Rentals: The Unearthed

    (FUN FACT: one of the owners of The Unearthed is Ashley from Luke & Ashley Photography!)

    Invations & Paper: Park Bench Paperie

    Makeup: Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry

    Hair: High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey

    Dress: Hayley Paige gown from Pure English Bridal Couture

    Cake/Bakery: E and E Special Events

    Calligraphy: Costal Calligraphy

    Models: Meghan Goldberg (bride), West Boyd (groom), Angel Liliana (bridesmaid)

    Have you ever seen a more amazing flower crown!??!?!

  • I couldn't wait until Monday….part 2

    As a business owner, I face many different choices when it comes to avenues of advertising. 

    Last year was my first year of advertising & I choose to go with print in the Hampton Roads Wedding Planner Magazine. After my year was up, I just decided it wasn't for me. While I don't regret it & am extremely grateful for the opportunities I was given to participate with a great network of other wedding vendors and even have my work featured. It was a great first avenue & I'm glad I took it. 

    Now for my second year of advertising I decided to go with more of an online presence. With all of the technology available to us, everything we ever need to know or want to find is right at our fingertips! 

    So I am proud to announce that I have signed up with WeddingWire! Now I know what you are thinking, "Hey, isn't WeddingWire a free service?" Well like everything else, not much in this world is free. While, yes, you can have a free listing on WeddingWire it doesn't come with all the amazing online tools that makes life so much easier for myself and my brides. Every bride gets their own site, where every document they need can be uploaded! You can sign contracts electronically & even take payments and send invoices/reminders. SO.MUCH.SIMPLIER! 

    So head on over to my WeddingWire storefront and check out High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey! Im 32 reviews strong & counting! (which can also be seen on my Facebook)

    To all past, present and future brides & amazing wedding vendors that support me I thank you & look forward to an amazing rest of the 2014 wedding season!

    Ps- shout out to Jessica at COSDesign for hooking me up with this sweet blog signature! Find her on Facebook & etsy!

  • Blonde instant gratification

    Ok, so tonights blog is kind of two topics rolled into one. 

    First lets start with instant gratification. When did our generation become so impatient? We'd rather have instant gratification rather than quality. If it's quality you want...why not wait for it?? If someone is booked weeks even months in advance, wether it be a a tattoo artist,make up artist, hairstylist or nail tech. That means they are GOOD & they are booked up for a reason & you obviously wanted to book with them for that same reason. So don't be impatient & box color your hair or go to someone else with less talent & end up with a horrible tattoo, a nail fungus or make up 3 shades darker than your face to quench your instant gratification. Just wait.

    With that being said-Lets talk about being blonde

    If you have box colored your hair & then decide you want be blonde (or have a super blonde ombre) Then I would hope that you decide to take the professional route and see a stylist for this, for the sake of your hairs integrity. Even if you get your hair professional done but have been dark for an extended period of time, going from dark to blonde is defintely something that should be done by a master colorist or a stylist who specailizes in color & blonding. DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. If your natural color is dark, then yes there will be some upkeep. Every 4-6 weeks your roots will need to be touched up & after extensive lightening to your hair, you may have to lose some legenth. So a haircut during each step of your lightening journey is reccommended to keep from having to cut of inches upon inches once its all done.

    OMBRE is defintely a skilled color technique. Again, DO.YOUR.RESEARCH. Look online, talk to friends, read reviews & check out portfolios. Once you find someone you like, if you have questions....ASK! If they arent available within a week of your final decision on wanting blonde ombre, just wait. Ask to be put on their waiting list in case someone cancels an appointment & let them know your schedule. I've had too many clients come to me with a bad ombre job just bc they wanted it when they wanted it. 

    The above also applies to Balayage. Balayage is the french word for "hand painting". Balayage hilights are also a specality technique & all of the above mentioned applies to this skill. 

    Last but not least- YOU WILL NOT BE BLONDE FROM DARK OVER NIGHT. It is not realistic to expect to have platinum blonde hair in your first appointment after having black box color on your hair. Or any box color on your hair for that matter. Becoming blonde is a process, your hair must go through many stages of lift before you can get to your desired color. Also, though it is our job to get your there, it is also our job to keep the health of your hair in tact & any good stylist will tell you during consultation that there are no promises made & that it will be a process. If they dont, then they are completely unrealistic as you or inexperienced & you should RUN. Ombre is no exception to this rule, actually when it comes to ombre, I as a stylist, am more concerned with the health of the hair since most of the lightening will be taking place on the ends of the hair. The most processed & oldest parts of your hair. In most cases these ends are already damaged by heat & previous color. 

    So please keep all of this in mind when making decisons on blonding your hair. Be realistic & be patient. For yourself, for your stylist, for your wallet & most of all for your hair. 

    This is Erin, I have been doing her hair for a year and a half. Erin sets up her appointments like clock work & uses professional, salon quality products on her hair. This is the perfect example of what Balayage Ombre can look like when done properly on top of professional color. 

    This is Nicole. When she came to me she told me she wanted to be "Gwen Stefani" blonde. She said she understood that she would have to cut most of her hair of because there was previous box color on her ends. We cut her into a bob, and this is her hair after he second process of lightening. 

    This is Mary & this has been our journey so far. When her stylist moved away mary came to me we took her from red to dark, dark brown. Then from dark brown to blonde. This is before, 1st appointment & 2nd appointment. By the end of her next appointment she should be fully blonde. 

    Can you believe these are the same person?? Yep ombre over box black hair color and by the second process we had her to a beautiful honey blonde. 

  • Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist…here's the difference.

    Hairstylist & Wedding Hair Artist…here's the difference.

    Searching for a stylist on your wedding day can be stressful.

    A lot of women have a regular hairstylist that they visit to take care all of their cut & color needs. But when it comes to your wedding day, can they do what you want? Will they be available to leave the salon to come to your location to do your hair? How much experience do they have with making a timeline for a wedding party of 7+ girls? Can they do braids? How fast can they do an updo? Are they familiar with what styles that will look good from all angles and on camera?

    These are all major questions to be considered. While (in my opinion) hairstylist should be well rounded in ALL THINGS HAIR....most are not. Now a days it seems every hairstylist has ONE thing that they specialize in. Which can make it frustrating for you, the client, to have to find another stylist who specializes in what you're looking for.

    What do I specialize in?

    Blondes

    Red Heads

    Color Correction

    Hilights

    Hair cuts

    Extensions

    Updo's

    etc..

    Not to brag on myself but, excuse me while I tell you how awesome I am...

    I am, by all means, a hairstylist who is well rounded and highly educated in everything hair. I can take a brunette to platinum blonde, I can fix a wretched ombre, I can do a CORRECT OMBRE. Blonde to dimensional brunette? No problem. My red heads? ON POINT. Need an angled bob...I got this. I spend a lot of time educating myself & perfecting my skills. But, I am also a wedding hair artist. This means I specialize in wedding hair AND the day of preparation.

    Finding a wedding hair artist can be a bit frustrating. There are a lot of hairstylist out there that say they can do what you want but, when it comes down to it, its not at all what you were looking for. 

    So here are the top questions to ask a hairstylist you are looking at booking for your wedding day!

    1-Will you be available to come to my location on my wedding day? Will there be an extra charge for this?

    2-What is the average time you can do updo in? (If you want to use this person for your entire wedding party and its more than 5 girls make sure their time is under 50 mins or they bring an assistant)

    3-How long have you been doing weddings?

    4-Where can I go to see reviews from other brides?

    5-Do you offer bridal trials? When can I set mine up?

    6-Bring a picture and ask if they can do what you are showing them.

    7-Can you do different types of braids?

    8-Look around their website or Facebook page for recommendations(tags, photos etc) from other wedding professionals. If you don't see any, ask. 

    9-Will there be a travel fee for my location?

    10-What forms of payment do you accept?

    11-What is the booking policy? Minimum policy?

    Questions your hairstylist should be asking YOU:

    1-What is the location and time of your ceremony?

    2-How many people will be receiving hair services? How many of them are in the bridal party?

    3-Where is the prep location? What time will you be arriving there?

    4-Who is your photographer/ makeup artist? (I ask this because if I am familiar with these vendors I usually know how they work & can contact them to set up timelines. Especially the makeup artist, we usually work hand in hand)

    5-When would you like to come in for your bridal trial?

    6-Will you have any hair pieces/veil?

    7-Did you have a specific look in mind for your bridesmaids or are they choosing their own styles? (Generally I don't want anyones hair to resemble the bride)

    8-What time do you need to leave your prep location?

    9-When will your photographer/makeup artist be arriving?

    10-Will you be doing first look/wedding party photos before or after the ceremony?

    Most brides find out late in the game that they have to offer all of this info to their hired day of hairstylist, which causes an entire timeline change. Thus, showing the difference between a wedding hair artist & an in salon hairstylist. While there are some wedding hair artist who work in salons, they are very few and far between. 

    Also check out this blog by Makeup by Kim Porter: 10 reasons for hiring a Makeup Artist for your wedding day makeup.

    Photo Credit: Will King Photography

  • What makes a stylist good??

    In the last few weeks I have had a slew of clients sit in my chair & tell me how unhappy they were with their previous stylist. Wether it was the cut, color, service or attitude they received...all of the above was not up to par. 

    I take what I do very seriously. I LOVE what I do and I am thankful for every client that sits in my chair. In this economy I am lucky to have any. I have only been doing hair for 5 years but, in those 5 years I have learned the business of the industry inside & out. So when a client sits in my chair and tells me about how her previous stylist made her feel horrible for having long hair, or yelling at her over the phone for canceling a saturday appointment I get a little upset. 

    Yes, it brought these wonderful ladies to my chair. Yes, it was that stylist loss. But, in general it gives hairstylist a bad name. 

    If a client ask you for a certain color or cut, yes, it is your job as the stylist to give them your professional option on what color will and wont wash them out, on what cut will and wont flatter their face shape. But, if a client comes back to you and tells you that they don't like what you did and ask you to change it...you should change it...no questions asked. 

    I recently had a client tell me the last place she went the stylist moaned and groaned about how long and thick her hair was. About how they weren't charging her enough for the product and time it was taking this stylist to do her hair. See my client had a coupon for her service. The point of coupons are to drive more customers to your business and build a stylist book. If you complain about how you aren't getting paid enough to the person who is paying you...chances are...they wont be coming back. In turn you are losing money.

    Another client told me her stylist literally yelled at her over the phone for canceling her saturday appointment when the client had physical injury ON HER HEAD that was keeping her from her appointment. This particular girl was going lighter...you do not put lightener on an open wound...you don't put ANY hair chemical on an open wound...so what was her motive for yelling at her??

    These are the kinds of stylist that it amazes me that the have clients at all on their books.

    So really, what makes a stylist GOOD? 

    Sure her color application may be the BOMB. Sure her cuts may be like no other you have ever had. But, if her attitude SUCKS. Would you as a client stick around??

    It is a proven fact that clients will stick with stylist that make them feel good about themselves and do mediocre work, rather than a stylist who makes them feel bad about themselves or ignores them and does amazing work. Customer service is a huge part of being a stylist.

    Sooooo....

    Be courteous, be kind, smile, make your clients feel welcome and appreciated! If you want them to return treat them how you want to be treated! 

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