From the diary of a hairstylist: by Crystal Casey

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  • How to ask for a job on Social Media.

    How to ask for a job on Social Media.

    It seems that long gone are the days of walking into an establishment & leaving behind a paper resume. Todays youth is on the fast moving, social media train that seems, will not be slowing down anytime soon. 

    About 3-4 times a week messages pop up in my inbox on Facebook & Instagram from freshly graduated cosmetologist asking for a job. I am not currently in the position to offer a job, as I rent a suite & am not busy enough for an assistant or shampoo person. 

    But, the real issue at hand for me is....this is unprofessional. Then I thought...is it? Or am I just old school? 

    When I was looking for a job out of hair school, I dressed myself nicely, made sure my hair & makeup were done & physically walked into a salon, resume in hand. 6 times out of 10 I ended up just leaving it with the receptionist & 3 out of 10 I got a call back. However, there was that ONE time that the manger or salon owner was willing to talk to me right then. THIS IS CALLED EFFORT.

    I feel like just sending someone a DM on Instagram or Facebook is lazy. I feel like its impersonal & shows no real effort on the part of the potential employee. 

    After gathering the opinions of my trusted friends in the industry, I did my own research. I found an article on mashable that is not directly related to the hair industry but, has some great key points for acquiring a job online. 

    • "People get jobs through other people, not computers. By having a personal connection to the company you’re applying for, your chances of getting a job multiply."

    This not limited to networking in person. I used to go to wedding vendor networking shindigs all the time. This allowed me to network with the wedding industry as a WHOLE. Hair shows & classes are a great way to make friends & network as well! I asked my friend Alexis how she got her job assisting my other friend Ruby, she said she knew someone who got her the job as a shampoo girl & the owner of the salon sent her to interview with Ruby. Its all about personal connections. 

    •  "As the economy changed and became more competitive, companies started to pay attention to a new set of skills. Soft skills (i.e., communication, organization, leadership, etc) became increasingly important as a way to choose one candidate over another. Companies were interested — and still are — in passion, teamwork and cultural fit. In today’s world, not only do you need strong hard and soft skills, but you need to develop online influence. When two candidates look the same on paper and are both good communicators, the differentiator will be their online influence."

    Your online influence is a big deal if you're going to be asking for a job via message. If I can't see who you are, chances are slim to none. Your online presence also serves as an online portfolio to clients and potential employers alike. Before asking for something, you should have examples of what you have to offer posted & ready to be seen. This is more likely to get you a foot in the door if you have no personal connections to help you out. 

    • "Use multimedia instead of a paper resume"

    In such a creative industry, you have the ability to create something amazing to set you apart from others. Creating a video of yourself to show your personality could peek the interest of someone you want to work for. Think of it as a video resume. Create a professional, clean video introducing yourself & listing your skills followed by a short message or personalize the video to the employer!

    IF, asking for a job on social media is what you want to do, make yourself standout. Salon owners are generally older & a bit more old fashioned. Even though they may have a large following or present themselves well on social media, that doesn't mean they don't still value some of the older traditions & effort. This is the direction that job hunting is going in our industry, might as well embrace it & make yourself seen as an asset instead of unprofessional & lazy. 

    I would love feedback on this post! Salon owners & suite renters with assistants, would you hire or give someone a chance from your inbox? Why & why not?? Can't wait to hear your feedback!

    Don't forget to follow me on Instagram! @cryistalchaos

     

  • Hayley Paige: Paloma Gown

    Hayley Paige: Paloma Gown

    Every wedding dress has a designer behind it & every wedding dress has a name. Each dress is like a little baby to the designer. Its a completed master piece, a work of art on display. 

    I have worked with many wedding dresses on stylized shoots & at real weddings in the past years. 

    Hayley Paige is by far one of my favorite designers. Her dresses are fun, a little funky yet, still femine & glamourous. Her dresses are unique & can be picked out of a lot of wedding gowns easily. 

    On the moroccan styled shoot I worked at the end of July we used the Paloma gown by Hayley Paige. A favorite of brides & vendors this season. With the statement balero that accompanies the wedding dress how could it not be??

    After styled shoots we always give credit & tag all those involved, including the designers & where the dresses come from. 

    Well this particular shoot.....Miss Hayley Paige herself took notice after seeing it shared on Pure English Couture Bridal's facebook page.....

    & then on the High Voltage Hair by Crystal Casey facebook page.

    To be noticed by a designer of this magnitude is a great honor. Its an amazing feeling to all involved. Miss Paige even took it one step further & shared our masterpiece on her own Instagram page, which is an even bigger honor & more amazing feeling. Its almost unreal. 

    I have another styled shoot coming up this fall that will include another new & amazing dress from Hayley Paige so stay tuned! 

    Big shout out & thank you to Stephanie Michelle for letting me be a part of this awesome shoot. 

    Hayley Paige Paloma Gown from Pure English Couture Bridal 

    All photos by Stephanie Michelle

    Makeup by Rachel Reid Makeup Artistry 

    Flowers by Mary's Flower Works

  • 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.