Hair Cutting Techniques
As we approach the new year, many of you may be feeling the need to switch up your look and go for a whole new you! That's where we come in... we've rounded up the most common hair cut and color dilemmas so you know the do's and don'ts going into your new style! We've broken it down by style type so you can mix and match to personalize your look without any problems!
1. Layers: The best part about traditional layers is you can pull off almost any color with them! Layers tend to make a single process color look more multidimensional and make highlights or balayage pop and blend beautifully. I personally LOVE a partial highlight with shorter layers so you can see the underlying darker color in the longest layer in the back. This is a timeless look that will never go out of style!
2. Angles or Asymmetrical: I've always loved angles or asymmetrical cuts with bold color blocking! This is a great way to get a personalized panel of color to pop or from your face without being overbearing. The only color technique I would not recommend are heavy or "chunky" highlights. This could lead to a cheetah-print effect in the front if going for a traditional angle.
3. Stacking or Tapering: This is another technique that makes chunky highlights difficult. Stacking highlighted hair can leave the back of the head with a checkerboard pattern. So, if you are looking to add some color to your single process, try just doing a mohawk of highlights or some peek-a-boo color blocking techniques to blend the look together! This would definitely make your look pop!
4. Bangs: Bangs can be so much fun with hair color! Although the same chunky highlight rule tends to apply to a dramatic straight across bang, you can still do thin highlights or awesome color blocking peek-a-boo's in a straight across or side bang! We LOVE a little color pop right on the face. You would be surprised how much this could spice up your look!
5. Blunt Cuts: This is obviously the cut that will work with any color, however, we do recommend adding a little dimension to break up the look. We LOVE ombre and balayage on long blunt cuts, this is a great way to give hair a layered appearance without making the commitment to cut!
We hope this helps you narrow down the hunt for your new look in 2015!
Are you feeling lost when it comes to picking your new spring style? Three of the most important things to consider when thinking about changing to a new hair color are 1.) the color genre you want to be in, 2.) multi-dimensional or 2-dimensional, and 3.) how those decisions will influence your haircut. The problem with that is, most people don't know how to make those decisions -- and most stylists don't want to sway you away from what hair color you think you want. Chances are, even if they did, by the time you are sitting in their chair your mind has already been made up. Luckily, that's where we come in. We're going to give a super simple, easy to understand how-to guide to help makeover your makeover decisions!
1.) One of the biggest complaints a stylist will hear from a new customer about their old stylist color work: "It's a little too red," or "It's a little too gold," etc. Our solution to this? Aside from actually knowing exactly what color you want, education and prevention is key! Because red is a dominant pigment in most hair color, it's so important to know in advance what color you want as your end result. Find tons of pictures of the color you're looking to achieve then analyze them. Determine if you want it to be cool (with not a lot of red in natural light) or if you would like red or strawberry hue to peak through. Once you've made that decision, print your pictures and head on over to the salon to CONSULT with your stylist. This is your opportunity to ask questions -- make sure you will be leaving with exactly what you want. This is the stylist's time that you are paying for. So, for example, let's say you want to be a medium brown hair color but you do not like any peekaboo red color, or you know that your hair naturally pulls a little red, you need to educate yourself on the underlying pigment of hair color. Sounds complicated -- but rest assured, it can be broken down very easily by our good friend, Roy G. Biv. The color wheel! Learn this, or carry one around with you to every hair color appointment, because it is about to become your best friend. If you don't want red -- look across the color wheel to your opposing primary color and the secondary color correlating. So, across from when you find blue, blue-green, blue-violet, etc. Any of those cool colors will cancel our the red, gold, or yellow tones you are trying to avoid. Ask you stylist what the underlying pigment in the color swatch that you picked is, if it's any of those cool undertones, go for it. If not, you may need to pick a new color -- or a new stylist if they're unable to answer that question.
2.) Picking the right color effect for your style and budget is important. It's important to consider the maintenance and budget when thinking bout overall changing your look. If you're looking for something simple just to cover gray, a single process color would be perfect for you and it's super affordable. If you're looking for a dimensional or sun kissed look, highlights, lowlights or ombre are the way to go. Ombre, although it is growing relatively expensive, is perfect for someone who wants to add dimension to their hair color but is on a budget because ombre has a gradual, more natural look as it grows out -- like you've been sitting in the sun. Highlights and lowlights are great for anyone who wants a dimensional look with one or more different colors added to your base color, but they require just a bit more upkeep. Although, you can stretch this service by getting a full foil followed by one or two partial foils before you have to pay for full foil pricing again.
3.) How the color your picked may influence your haircut.If you're someone who loves lots of different lengths of layers and texture, Ombre may not be the best hair color for you. It would end up making the hair look two-toned instead of a soft, gradual look. Love tapering the back of your hair? A full highlight will end up looking like a checker board where the hair is tapered. This doesn't mean you can't get highlights, it only limits you to a partial (which in my opinion, gives the hair more dimension and makes it look MUCH fuller.) Like long layers? Your in luck! Any of these dimensional looks would work for you!
We hope we helped narrow down your decisions for your spring hair fling! :)
Calling all Emo hair lovers. Malia shows you in detail how to create your Emo hair style.
Step 1: Color your hair: lighter on the inside and darker on the outside of your hair
Step 2: Hair cut: use a point cut, cutting the hair at an angle versus straight
Step 3: Style: always blow dry your hair straight and use a flat iron to complete the look
Stylist, Rodney Cutler of Cutler Salon, shares several tips that will ensure you get the perfect haircut the next time you enter a salon. Read and learn I know we all have made mistakes when going to a salon.
- Style your hair before going to the salon. When you arrive at the salon, we want to see your hair the way you normally style it. We want to see your abilities, so that when we design a hair style, you can actually do it yourself. You don't want to get a haircut and then get home and you can't manage it.
- You should never do a consultation with wet hair. The consultation is the most important thing and it's when the biggest mistakes happen. We want to see your hair when it's dry, what the texture feels like, if there are any colics or other qualities we might not detect when the hair is wet.
- Show your stylist photos of hairstyles you like. It's not about trying to look like a celebrity, but about saying "This is what I like," so everyone's on the same page.
- Posture is important during a cut. When you cross your legs, you tend to lean in one direction. Keep your legs uncrossed and sit up straight. Otherwise, you might end up with a crooked haircut. And you need to have your head flexible, but not so wobbly like a bobblehead doll.
- Speak up when you're not happy with the haircut. Salons don't always get it right. Don't be afraid to say something if you don't like the cut. The hair salon wants you to come back, so they want to make sure they provide you with a cut and style that you love.