So you think you want to be a hairdresser?

    So many people tell me that they think my job would just be so fun. I can’t argue with that. I believe that I have the best job in the world. I get to reach out and touch people every day. I love that something that is a simple as a hairstyle can change someones life and even just brighten their day. I love what I do and it is the reason I pursued this career. I love the fashion industry as a whole and knew I wanted to be involved in it somehow. It was far more important to me to love my job every day and enjoy going to work then it was to make a ton of money. These are the reasons I chose Cosmetology. As wonderful as my job is, it also comes with a lot of things that many don’t realize and I think should be said if you or someone you know is thinking about becoming a hairdresser. Here are a few questions to ponder before signing up to become a licensed cosmetologist.

  1.   Do you like people? Seriously, do you really LIKE people and I mean all types of people?  Every single walk of life is going to sit in your chair and in order to be successful as a hairdresser you have to like them and know how to work with them. I don’t believe you should just like people. You have to LOVE people, LOVE being around people and LOVE interacting with them every single day!  I bring this up first because I have met many a hairdresser who says that they don’t really like people. I, for the life of me, don’t get that one, but it is true and it happens. So, if considering this career path sit and stew on that one.

2. Are you a creative, artistic type person? I believe that anyone can go to school to learn how to cut hair and most of you can go to school, finish and pass your state test to become a licensed cosmetologist. This is not going to make you a successful hairdresser, I promise. The type of talent you need to do well and to become a great hairstylist is not taught in school. It is truly an art and you have to have some amount of inner artist to be able to do well. I think more people who are artistic should consider this as a career path. Every six weeks you get to create a masterpiece that walks around advertising for you everywhere. How cool is that?If you are not crafty, creative and/or artistic person then this is not the job for you.

3.   Are you willing to put the work in?  Are you a hard worker? Are you self motivated? Are you goal driven? All the above must be answered with a YES. This is a great job, but it is hard work. Physical and mental work. Most hairdressers work very hard with no paid vacation time, no health insurance or any other benefits given to them. You are not going to leave hair school with what you need to make it in this career. You don’t know nearly enough. Gosh, I have been at it almost 12 years and I don’t know enough. You have to be willing to work and I mean WORK. This is the service industry. It is going to take you years to build a clientele and then you have to maintain those clients and adjust where you lose some. You constantly are “selling” yourself and your talents. If you expect to have any of it handed to you, you are mistaken. If you understand and I mean really understand what it is going to take then you are going to do well.

   I can’t sugar coat this because it is a big commitment and if you aren’t aware of these few things then you will be wasting your time and messing up perfectly good hair. There are many more rewards to my job then negatives, but that is because I love this job and I am fully aware of all that it takes. If you or someone you know is considering this career, please share this with them and I am always available for advice and support. Email me at Getginafiedbdn@gmail.com

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What Happens in Vegas is NOT staying there

    I just got back from the Paul Mitchell signature gathering in Las Vegas. Myself and 5 other stylists from my salon saved our pennies and make the trek out there to experience it and to learn the latest and greatest styles and tricks to bring back to our clients. I have always been a hairdresser who has to constantly be inspired and wants as much education as possible. I believe to be the best, that is what it takes. I wanted to take this time to share with you a few things I saw.

   Many clients are going to ask us what was “THE” trend there in cut and color. I am here to tell you that the trends are everywhere. COLOR is the trend and lots of it! Bright, lived in, ombre, blonde, dark, red, pastel, you name it and it is there. The trend is to have color in your hair and for it to look shiny and healthy. In fact Paul Mitchell is about to launch a new color line to give you all just that! Shines XG is coming and the results I saw were amazing.

   When it comes to haircuts I have been saying that THE trend for fall is going to be short hair. I believe it is time for the trend to come back and for everyone who paid big bucks on extensions to rebel and cut it all off. I also think that the Great Gatsby movie will play a huge part in the trend as well and most movies do set the current trends. Bring back the 20’s, the clothes and the short hair. These haircuts are considered “precision” cuts and I would recommend a experienced stylist if you are ready to make the change.  Beyonce, of all people just cut her hair all off. I saw a lot of great short haircuts in Vegas from all over the world. It’s coming, I am here to tell you that.

   Mens hair cut and color was something else I saw a shift in. Men want a quality haircut and they too don’t like going gray. Mens color has come a long way and the men are starting to wear clean and sharp haircuts. Not your average clipper job either. I saw some men with some really great hair in Vegas (some nice suits too).

    Updo’s and hair styling was interesting as well. The trend I saw the most and one I actually learned hands on (straight out of Italy), was sleek and classic styles. Chignon, barrel curls, twists. They all had a twist to them to make them new and fun, but still the look was sleek and classic. The good news there is that once you get one of these styles you will not have to worry about your hair the rest of the night. Fix it and forget it.

    I loved the experience I got in Las Vegas. It is such a thrill to be surrounded by 4,000 hairdressers from all over the world. We got to connect and learn from each other and it didn’t matter that we didn’t actually speak the same language. We had a common language and it was the love for what we do and for hair!

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lazy days of summer

The lazy days of summer are upon us. We all have felt the humidity in the air lately, haven’t we. We have an extended amount of daylight right now and I believe you should spend it wisely and not in the bathroom trying to fix your hair. In fact, I hope you are reading this article outside right now. Maine Summers are just too short to be fussing over your hair.  Humidity causes a challenge when it comes to styling hair. You can fight it, or you can stop trying so hard.

    Put up the hair dryer for the summer. You’re just going to sweat to death while you use it anyways. Hang it up and let it stay there until fall.  I suggest turning on the fan in your room while you get ready. Let your hair catch some fresh air for the summer and air dry it. Humidity causes frizz, adding more heat to it from your hair dryer isn’t going to help, but only make it worse. I also scrunch my hair while on my way to work with the ac cranked and the windows cracked. You may chuckle at this, but I get the most compliments on my own hair when I have done nothing but let it do it’s thing that particular day. This will be true for you too, I promise.

    You do need to get some great products for your hair to help prevent frizz and provide your hair with proper hydration. It may be humid out, leaving you to think you don’t need more of it in your hair, but in fact you do. Hair needs proper moisture balance and in the summer it needs extra love and protection. The summer sun, heat and humidity all take a toll on our hair. Along with regular trims with your stylist a good product will make a big difference.  Paul Mitchell released a SUN line last year that is sulfate free, protects your hair from the sun, adds protein and leaves it looking it’s best all summer.

    If you have any type of texture in your hair, don’t fight it it. Go with it. Use a great styling product like mousse or gel and scrunch away. The more you fight natural texture the worse your hair is going to look. Embrace your texture, those that don’t have it, wish that they did. Summer is a great time to sport loose messy beach hair and simple styles that are pulled back and kept in place for the day. I can’t urge you enough to just go with it and let your hair win. If you start with the right products, I am sure it will stay looking it’s best.

   If you still are uncomfortable with this, make sure you talk with your stylist about it. Ask for a summer styling lesson at your next visit, or schedule a consultation.  I am always here for questions by email getginafiedbnd@gmail.com

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SUNDAY HAIR

  Our hair sure does take a beating with all that we do to it. Most of you wash it every day (you need to stop doing that), blow-dry, curl, flat-iron, spray hairspray on it etc. How many of you really give it a day of rest? Let’s start this Sunday and continue every Sunday with giving your hair a break from all of that and little TLC.

  Hair products, minerals in the water and toxins in our environment build up on our hair. Even though I don’t want you to wash your hair every day, I do want you to use a clarifying treatment once a week to cleanse your hair off all the build up. This buildup will cause you to have bad hair days and will also leave your color look dull and even brassy. With summer coming, this is definitely something you want to include in your hair care regime right along with your kiddos who swim in the pool. Using a clarifying shampoo will gently cleanse your hair from the inside out. I do warn you to either ask your hairdresser what they recommend or simply use a baking soda rinse at home (baking soda paste mixed with water or your daily shampoo).   Don’t just go get any old clarifying shampoo from the store down the street. Many of those are way too harsh on your hair. The point to clarify your hair is to properly cleanse it, not “strip” it and make it dry and brittle. Always ask a professional.

   After you have taken the time to clarify your hair, finish off with a great deep conditioning treatment. Once that is sulfate free and contains proteins. Again, this should be something you get from your hair stylist or your kitchen cupboard, not the store.  I recommend are Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keritriplex intensive treatment as a professional product. I am sure there are some other great professional products as well, I just use and know Paul Mitchell, therefore I recommend it. One of my absolute favorite things to use in my hair and for literally everything is Organic Coconut oil. This is a great treatment in your hair and will rinse out nicely without being too heavy. Whatever you use, the point is to replace your hair with vital nutrients and moisture. The most perfect time to do this is after a clarifying treatment. Deep conditioning treatments can be done more than once a week, unlike my recommendation for the clarifying treatments. You don’t want to over do it here, but use as needed (really no need for more than twice per week).

   We just left a long dry winter and now are headed into the summer months with sun, sand, surf and chlorine. There is no better time to start your Sunday hair care regime than now. I always welcome questions at getginafiedbdn@gmail.com. Happy Sunday..

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Take the Leap

     Spring is here! I can’t wait for green grass, sunshine and leaves on the trees. This time of year does seem to drag on, but warmer weather is approaching, I promise. Winter really does a number on on hair and skin. I urge you to see your stylist for a Spring pick-me-up. Just go for an instant face lift by getting a new look, taking off some length, adding layers and highlights. Trust me this can take 10 years off and is way cheaper then seeing the plastic surgeon.

    There are many simple ways to spruce up your look as we head into Spring. Winter leaves our hair and our skin dried out. With all the abuse we give to our hair via coloring, blow-drying, curling, flat-ironing, teasing, washing it every day and so on, our hair deserves a fresh start.  I am not telling you all to completely cut ALL your hair off, but think about it. What is it that you are hanging on to? So many of us (me included) hang onto our hair and don’t want to cut it, even when it really needs to be. Maybe we are afraid of change, who knows exactly what it is. I say let it go and try something new. Spring is a perfect time to do that.

   Very few women can actually grown long beautiful healthy looking hair on their own. Please know that the rest of them that you see on t.v. or in magazines with long gorgeous hair are wearing extensions, I promise! Talk with your hairstylist about what type of hairstyle really works for your, your hair and your lifestyle. Healthy hair is what is gorgeous, if the ends are dry, skinny or split, they need to GO. There is no repairing that. Start fresh, start new. After all, the wonderful thing about hair is that is GROWS BACK (and why I have a job).

   As I walk into retail stores I see so many bright colors all around. It really gets me excited for warm weather. The easiest way to brighten up your look and your hair is to add some highlights. No matter your hair color there is a complimentary lighter shade that you can add with just a few foils around your face. This is such a simple and affordable way to add life and dimension to your hair. Most stylists offer partial foiling specials, especially this time of year. So give your stylist a call and take the leap into spring.

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Golden Rules

Happy Friday to all of you! Here are a few words to think about through the weekend. 

 I have been involved in the cosmetology field now for 15 years and from day 1 I got my outside education from Paul Mitchell. They not only train us with the leading styles and techniques to bring into the salon and to our clients they train us with life skills and lessons. Years ago I attended a class with a gentlemen names Winn Claubaugh. This class was all about teching us how to balance life. This is where I learned about something he called “The Golden Rules”. I got thinking about it this week and looking at it and thought I would share it with my readers. I hope that these “rules” inspire you and help you out in your daily life. The juggling act that we all struggle to keep going every day is a constant challenge and I think needs much revision throughout life. I had these rules blown up to poster size and they hang on our breakroom door in the salon.  It is the basis for which I run my business and my life. I like to go over them every now and again and check in with myself to see where I may need to make some adjustments.

 

You can read more about these rules and more at beniceorelse.com, enjoy!

1. Always be on time
2. Always be in a great mood (fake it when necessary)
3. Come to work prepared
4. Be informed (read all memos and information)
5. Gossip is not allowed
6. Hold each other accountable
7. Resolve all personal challenges with love
8. Go to the decision maker with and apprently unsolveable challenges
9. Be knowledgeable, literate, and articulate
10. Always “look the part” of an impeccable professional
11. Be professional always
12. Do not get personally involved with clients
13. Personal lives remain personal

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Trying to grow your hair?

   Are you like me and trying to grow your hair out? It can be a long and tedious process that requires patience. If you are like me and most women out there, then you know that being patient while we wait for hair to grow is not an easy task.On average our hair grows ¼- ½” every month. Everyone of us and how fast our hair will grow is different. Many factors play into that and I thought I would share some tips on how you can speed up the process.
The condition of your scalp says everything about the health of your hair. You want your scalp in optimal condition at all times. Make sure you are brushing your scalp and hair daily to exfoliate and stimulate blood flow. You also can use oils on the scalp to condition the area, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
Store purchased products contain harmful chemicals that are going to damage your hair and prevent it from growing.  Most of these products have a ph value high enough to strip a floor so imagine what they can do to your hair.  Make sure you throw those out and contact your stylist to stock up on professional hair care that is actually good for your hair and scalp.
Shampoo your hair no more that 2-3 times per week. Washing your hair every day is going to dry it out and strip it of the natural moisture it needs to be healthy and grow. If your hair and scalp are too dry, the hair is going to break off and you’ll be getting a haircut instead of a longer style.
Your hair has to be maintained even if you are growing it out. Make sure you see your stylist regularly for a small trim to keep the ends at optimal condition  If your ends are dry or split they will continue all the way up the hair shaft until it breaks. It is true that your hair will grow faster with regular visits to your stylist for a trim. I recommend between 6-8 weeks, no longer.
Growing your hair out can be a bit of a pain, but these tips are sure to help make sure it is growing at the fastest pace that it can. While your hair is growing out, make sure to be gentle and give it a bit of a break so it can stay as healthy as possible. Soon enough your hair will be just where you want it. Just in time for you to decide it’s time for a new hairstyle. After all, this is why I have a job. Women change their mind all the time and I am just as guilty. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns at thelfactor@myfairpoint.net

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You need some sparkle

I can’t help but notice all of the shiny, sparkly things all around this time of year. If you need to stock up on sequins, now is the time. All of the shiny pretty things grab my attention and I also think it is the time to make sure that your hair is one of those things that sparkle and shine through the holiday season.

 This time of year also gets colder and dry which takes its toll on us. Our mood, health, hair and skin are all affected. There is a lot you can do to hydrate your hair and keep it that way throughout the winter. Hydrated hair=shiny hair and who doesn’t want that? Salons always offer great deep conditioning treatments which also usually include some scalp massage and relaxation time which is my top recommendation. If that is not an option for you right now, go grab some olive oil or coconut oil. Heat up a small amount in the microwave and apply to dry hair. Wrap your hair in plastic wrap and/or a warmed up towel. Leave this in for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better). Shampoo and style as usual. This treatment does wonders and this time a year once a week or once every two weeks is ideal.

 Another way to add some sparkle to your hair is to see your hair stylist for a Clear Coat. Think about what a clear coat of polish does for your nails. It seals it, protects the color and makes them shiny. Well, this can be true of your hair too. A clear shine treatment involoves clear semi-permanent hair color that is applied and processing usually in about 20 minutes. This is good to add to your hair color service or also a great thing to do even if you don’t color your hair, but you want too add some pizazz and sparkle! Clear color also hydrates and protects your hair from winters harsh, dry air.

  Most of us decide that when summer is over it is time  to color our hair back to our natural and go darker. I like this option and dark hair is so rich, shiny and natural. I do suggest you add just a few foils (by few, I mean 10 and under). The color in these foils does not have to be super blonde, just a shade or two lighter than what you do have to add some brightness and “sparkle” around your face. Adding just a few foils can really change up your look and add dimension to your color. This service is very quick and easy for your stylist to do and usually is also very affordable. Don’t make the mistake of buying one of those at home highlighting kits, this is not going to give you the sparkle I am talking about. That will give you orange, blothcy, fried hair that will cost you upwards of $100/ hour to fix. Leave it to the professionals.      This time of year gets very busy for all of us. We feel stressed, overwhelmed, tired and frumpy. Take time for yourself and take care of your hair throughout the winter months. Give yoruself a pick-me-up by adding some sparkly to your do.

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Get a great cut!

Many new clients tell me that they are looking for a haircut that works with their face shape. I get it, you want a new style that flatters your face and makes you look your best. Here’s what I want you to really consider and it means more than what face shape you have. What type of hair do you have? What is your lifestyle? How often can you maintain your look? See, if you don’t know the answers to these questions, then it won’t matter at all if your haircut flatters your face.

Your hair is like fabric and what type of fabric you have depicts the care that is needed to make it look its best. Most of you posses  fine silk for hair, which is fine, thin and delicate. Others have denim, thick stiff and coarse hair. Not every haircut that looks good on a heart-shaped face will work with your hair type. I don’t know of anyone who has one type of face shape either. Most of you have two or more. You may have an oval forehead and a hear shaped jaw. We are all individual and cookie cutter haircuts don’t work for anyone. So, if you consider your face shape alone, you are not going to leave the salon happy. You have been given a haircut that “flatters” your face, but  not your hair. It will leave you frustrated because it won’t style correctly and is time-consuming in your busy, hectic schedule.    The magic trick I can share with you, it to get real with yourself and your hair. Talk with your stylist about what haircut works best with your hair TYPE and your lifestyle. Don’t try to make your hair do something it doesn’t want to do. No GOOD haircut should take a lot of time to style each day. The next time you see an article about hairstyles for your face shape, keep flipping the page because that is not the magic solution. Get a haircut for your hair type and lifestyle and you will never have been more happy.

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Little Secrets I know

  Do you know how many things that your hair stylist  knows about you simply by working with your hair? Your stylist has a perfect view of your hair, scalp and skin when doing your hair. Everything and I mean everything that goes into your body comes out on your hair. Often times when there is something going on good or bad within your body, your hair will tell the story.      I have been doing hair for more than 10 years now, so these are things I have learned along the way, so I speak for myself and not every single stylist out there. But, it is true and something to think about. If your stylist notices changes in your hair and suggests you see a Doctor, listen to them. Some of the things that I can tell simply by looking at someones hair and scalp are; Pregnancy, new medications, poor diet, diabetes (or the potential to get it), drug use, thyroid issues, cancer (the need to have a mole checked), stress and more. Surprised? My clients usually are too when I tell them this.

     Recently I spoke with a client who was talking about the worry of possibly having diabetes. I told her that the dark shaded area on the back of her neck often means that you have or can have diabetes and that she should go get that checked out. This conversation is exactly what inspired me to write this article.  Obviously my advice is just my observation of working with people and I am not a Doctor. What I think is important is this aspect of the relationship that I build with clients and how much your hair really reveals about you and your body.  I can tell when my clients are pregnant often times long before they know. The reason I can tell is because there is a sudden burst of new hair growth on their scalp. My clients think I am a psychic or something, but that is not it. Most of my clients have been with me a long time and I see changes easily with their hair and scalp.    

Your hair is like a piece of fabric to your stylist and the type of fabric that is currently really depicts the treatments and services that your hair needs in order to look its best. Trust your stylist and their recommendations for your hair. If they tell you to go get something checked out listen. If they want to pre-treat your hair before a color service so it removes build-up from the long list of medications you are taking, let them. If they tell you your hair is not in condtion to recieve a service you want, trust them. Your stylist is not psychic, just observant and very knowledgeable and really does know your hair, scalp and skin.

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