3 Reasons to pay more for a Great Hairstylist
(Really, trust me on this)
Vidal Sassoon master of hair and tailoring haircuts like an architect.
1. A Great Hairstylist tailors your look. Great Hairstylists are trained to get to know your specific lifestyle, wants and needs for your hair. They tailor the best haircut for your specific facial structure so it highlights your face and personality and not the other way around. ( Where your hair becomes the focus and not you… ewww not good).
Great Hairstylists train hard!
2. A Great Hairstylist is trained. IMMENSELY trained. When you dish out the big bucks there is a reason for it. Hairstylists bankroll their own continuing education. Classes can be anywhere from $75 to $2500 or MORE depending on the length and certifications they are receiving. The best Hairstylists are masters at their craft. They invest in their training so you can look incredible.
You Hairstylist should give you the world ( at least for your hair:)
3. A Great Hairstylist gives you an experience. You pay more for the comfort of knowing you are completely taken care of by your Hairstylist. All the bells and whistles attached. It’s like having no AC on a hot day to getting into a blissfully air-conditioned vehicle. You still have a car, which is great, but one you enjoy being in and feel GREAT in! THAT’s how you should leave your Hairstylist, not only looking fantastic, but feeling as though this is the best money you have ever spent.
2018 Spring/Summer haves and have nots ( ahem… IMO:)
It goes without saying. Fashion and style are and can be two different things. I, for one, like to follow CoCo Chanel’s famous quote ““Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” That being said. I bring you some of The top hair trends you will be seeing in 2018 and in no particular order! I do not follow trends in a religious way, but more as a guideline of how it can play out with my own personal style. In other words, don’t take everything so literally but play with what could be new possibilities into your own style and , mostly, have fun!
- BOY BANGS: I love it. Chop em up and take em short! While you are at it- just crop your entire haircut. Boyish cuts are IN and they are fabulous on a confident woman who can carry masculine with her femininity. I say THUMBS UP!
- BUBBLE UP: Yup. I likes. Take that ponytail you flop on top of your head and add a few more ribbons, hair ties, string, or whatever would cinch a few more bubbles- for a really cool couture look. YES
- ACRYLIC: Leave it to Chanel designers to add some acrylic hair accessories to add a classic but fashion forward look to the runway. I, personally, like the look of the acrylic tubes to stuff a ponytail in, but beware of too much claw clamps and gaudy clips that could look.. well… junky. YES but with Caution!
- DOUBLE BARRETTE: Magnifique ! Symmetry is so beautiful and I love the 70’s double barrette look. Hair could be messy or smooth. Add a simple part and stick those suckers on each side. You got the look! THUMBS UP!
- 90’S RETRO: As much as I adore going retro in almost everything. I will put a fair warning on this. I was never a huge fan of 90’s anything ( except for Hip Hop music). The “Friends” haircut ( which I did about a million of on my clients) was a helmet with a shag at the bottom and the boring mid length hair with no movement and a somewhat heavy side bang = NO BUENO.. On a positive note, though, I will say that if you do this style- make it obvious this is what you are going for in a retro way but keep the 90’s fashion away otherwise you will look like a character out of the movie CLUELESS.
- SCRUNCHIES: Just no. NO. They are ugly then and now. The only potential I could see pulling this off is a head to toe Couture look with the most avant-garde personality and a face like an angel… a la Zac Posen? GOD NO. (unless your Zac Posen)
- BRAID IT UP: Yes. Do it. Slop those braids in one or more. Dirtyhair, clean hair, messy or perfect. Braids are a simple way to add texture and flair to your hair. That rhymed. I’m a poet and didn’t know it.
- BOBS WITH BANGS: I’m neutral to this one. If you don’t have any bangs… add them. If you have had them for a long time for for the BOY BANG trend to switch it up. Either way you can grow them out when the trends move forward! GO FOR IT.
- NIRVANA BLONDE: I meannnnn… OF COURSE. If you don’t know the band NIRVANA (please get to know). If you already jam to Teen Spirit on a regular basis. Get you your Dirty Blonde dark root, messy just woke up look going NOW. YES YES YES.
- SWEAT BANDS: Sorry. I can’t get on board with this. All this means is going to the gym and leaving your sweat band in your sweaty hair look and I just can’t do it. If you live in NYC and you can mix your fashion with a sweat band and pull it off.. by all means I will step aside on this one! SORRY CANT GIVE THIS A THUMBS UP
- HAIR SCARVES: OMG! OMG! OMG! I couldn’t be more excited. I love hair scarves worn like a granny and with some HUGE sunglasses. GLAM! DO IT PLEASE!
Thanks for listening to the trends ! Have fun in 2018 my friends!! xoxoxoxoxo — Jules
3 Major reasons to cut your hair
One of the questions I most often get asked as a Hairstylist is…. Drumroll please….
Should I cut my hair?
My response is almost always if not always:
Yes you should cut your hair!
Here are 3 major reason why you should cut your hair:
#1. Change is natural. To cut your hair one thing that you can change as often as the seasons ( or more ) to bring a new freshness in your life. Nature changes so why not you?
#2. Courage takes practice. No one is born with an infinite amount of courage. Those who lean into fear learn over and over that change is worth practicing. All the jitters are worth the doors that open when you take those leaps. What if you hate your new cut? What if you look like you’re 15 instead of 35? Well, you never really know those outcomes until you try. Let that hair fall and try something knew! It just may be the change you need in your life to welcome new experiences! I love the website and Blog from Hairstory . Classy images of what cutting and coloring your hair can do by accentuating a haircut tailored to your face. I love these looks on these women! Beautiful cuts
#3 You deserve it. How long has it been since you treated yourself to a fabulous haircut by a experienced Hairstylist? If it’s been longer than you put off going to the Dentist. Now is the time my friend! Look in your local listings and find a top rated Hairstylist in your area and BOOK with them. Grab some ideas from Pinterest and GO. That’s an order! ( A nice order that is )
That is all my friends! I’ll keep this short and sweet today! Go Go Gadget YES! You should cut your hair! ( Anyone under the age of 30 may not understand that reference:)
Good hair, bad hair, shiny hair, kinky hair, straight, wavy, textured, and everything in between. Hair is a fabric and if we thought more of it this way, we would know exactly how to deal with it. There is no such thing as Good hair or bad hair. Just like there is no such thing as a good or bad fabric. There are fabrics that are better than others but each and every fabric serves a purpose and, in the case, for hair- your hair fabric can be manipulated, transformed, and improved by knowing your personal fabrics limits and it’s infinite possibilities.
Without getting too descriptive about “fabric” let’s just use good ol’ cotton as an example. Each and every one of us has a hair texture that falls into a “catergory” fine, weak, limp, thick, textured, highly textured, damaged, coarse, curly etc etc. If we use cotton as our baseline we can say that cotton fabric has the ability to stretch, to shrink, to get holes in it, to feel soft or coarse depending on how you wash it and what product you use on it right? Linen. Same. It is expected to wrinkle but we also know how to make it crisp and wrinkle free as well. Same as your hair. Once you let go of the idea that you have good or bad hair, and start thinking in terms of “fabric” you are more than half way to whatever kind of hair you want. The reality is, if you know what you have you can transform what ya got. You know your personal fabric’s limits and expectations. What it can or cannot do and what products will help our fabric perform. It’s that simple.
I am not one to drill a point to the point of no return so I am going to let this sink in. Know your hair fabric. If you don’t know ask your hairstylist. If your hairstylist doesn’t know, get a new hairstylist. There is literally a product for EVERYONE. If you have damage, there is a product to heal it. If you have curly hair that is unmanageable there is a product or service that can straighten and tame it. If you have limp fine hair, there are products and techniques that can plump and thicken. Like the finest lace, there is a way to secure it’s future with care and knowledge so that it will last the long haul. I will post some of my favorites but in the meantime. Get to know your “fabric” and stop saying good or bad when it comes to hair. Fabric is fabric. xoxo- Jules
The glitz and glamour of the divine Oscars are approaching for 2017! What do the Oscar hair trends 2017 Mean for you? We will get into that shortly but first let me tell you what they mean to me.
The Oscars are the one event that brings the couture trends down to the earthly level and allows them to be accessible to us all. In other words what you see on the red carpet at the Oscars in terms of hair, make-up, accessories, and fabrics are generally what you are going to see in the here and now of 2017. It is a fabulous place to gather ideas for your upcoming year and plan some changes to your looks for the seasons ( I firmly believe in 4 distinct changes for each season- but even subtle changes are a start!). Here are a few things to look for on the red carpet– I’m not talking about up-do’s and formal hair- look for color, textures, cuts, and accessories! Drummmm rolllllllll ! Read More
As far as inspirations go Vidal Sassoon is up there in my top ten people to know. You do not need to be a hairstylist or even care much about hair to be inspired by Vidal. I will break it down on the top ten reasons Why you should know Vidal Sassoon.
1. Vidal was credited for creating the wedge bob haircut. One of the most widely sd styles that is still used today.
2. He changed how hair was worn as we know it today. Sassoon studied under the flamboyant Raymond Bessund who set and styled hair as did everyone to be worn as a nice a week style. Sassoon rejected this style of hair and created wha t we now know as “wash and wear” hair. No longer were there weekly appointments, now you could wait a month! Thank you Vidal!
3. In the 60’s Sassoon’s cuts were as popular as the mini skirt. Angular,geometric cuts were the rage an we owe that homage to Vidal!
4. Mia Farrow famously got her hair cut by Sassoon for the movie “Rosemary’s Baby”. Her new chic pixie crop was very “in” and was even quoted in the movie when Farrow’s character says ” It’s Vidal Sassoon. It’s very in.”
5. Sassoon was an avid fan of architecture and all his haircuts were based on inspirations of geometric shapes and techniques he created because of his love of Bauhaus architecture.
6. Coined the now famous and everlasting Vidal Sassoon slogan
“If you don’t look good, we don’t look good”
Need I say more?
There are many stylists that still follow his techniques and philosophy! Make sure to ask your hairstylist if they trained in a “Sassoon” way if you want precision!
The next time you are at the hair salon, whether it is mine or wherever you are from, you need to Know the term Break the base
This is a term that us hair professionals use when it comes to softening or smudging your root area to one level lighter when we do highlights. Your root area will not look extra dark and contrast drastically with your lighter highlights. It is a beautiful look if done correctly. If your hairstylist does not know this term then I would probably not entrust them with doing advanced coloring techniques.
Breaking the base does not always have to be done, but if you are showing roots in a few weeks or are particularly dark OR wanting highlights that are more than 3 levels lighter than your natural hair I would highly advises extending your highlight application and Break the base. It not only softens the root growth but it looks beautifully soft instead of harsh against all skin types.
*** Warning***. Some hairdressers that are not well versed in this technique can use a base breaker that makes the root unusually warm. Make surer you are going to a color specialist or professional that understands this so that you do not get unwanted warmth at your roots!
Next time you are at the salon- go ahead- shock your hairstylist and Know the term Break the base !
Xoxo – Your Online and in salon stylist Jules
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Many of you know I have been in this hair industry over 20 years. Products come and go but some are worthy enough to be a must have! I have discovered a product for both men and women equallly that definitely is a Must have product for thinning or thin hair
Toppik Is a lifesaver for literally anyone who is either currently thinking, already thin, suffering from slope is, or just baby fine hair that look see through in daylight. Toppik is a hair fiber that is made of of Keratin which is what our actual hair protein is made out of. These fibers stick to even the finest of hair and creates a thickness and opaque look to the follicles to provide almost complete coverage. I have used this on both men and woman of all ages. Great for photo shoots- covering unsightly parts in hair braids, see through patches in scalps and overall protection against the embarrassment of feeling like your hair is not there! I have tried other hair fibers but none work as well and with great colors to blend perfectly with most hair colors! Try it out and see for yourself- this product is a must have for everyone! (Unless you have thick hair already and in that case …. you lucky duck!”
With all the new hair trends that have come out in the last decade nothing has been more popular than the technique of the Balayage. So What is a Balayage?
Balayage is the French word for “scanning or sweeping” which in terms of hair means “hand-painted”. This is a free form technique that the places the highlights or color creating a much more natural look than foiling or chinking highlights into the hair. This technique requires a lot of skill and vision from the stylist and is a beautiful way to accentuate any hairstyle. Balayage is vastly becoming the new way to highlight or color hair period. The old look of stripes and chunky placement of color just may forever be replaced by this delicious technique. The options are endless and finding a hairstylist who really understands this technique is a must. It may look easy to do yourself but I can assure you that you will want a professional to apply this technique or you could end up looking like an cheetah and not in a good way!
So the next time someone asks What is a Balayage You can sound like a pro from here on out!
I have always struggled with tangles. Today’s post is all about how to Get rid of tangled hair for GOOD.