Watch this easy step-by-step color technique by Gregory Alan
Watch this easy step-by-step color technique by Gregory Alan
So it’s practically winter and we’ve all heard it a thousand times before…. Go darker with your hair in the winter and brighter and lighter in the summer.
I am not saying I agree or disagree. I mean come on, everyone is different, both in personality and shape, color and size. So to dictate and entire mass to follow the same trend and same structure every year…. That gets a little…. boring…. don’t you think!??
So the next time you are thinking of taking that blonde hair darker, try this one on for size.
For instance say you have a very bright pale yellow… perfect shade of summery blonde. Well, it’s perfect right? So why change it? Don’t…. enhance it.
Behind every highlight of blonde you add incorporate a neutral to golden shade of a level 7 darkest blonde/lightest brown. The key here is to back your blonde up!
This will create a high contrast in your color giving your a lot more depth while at the same time brightening up your blondes!!
Its super easy and really really healthy on the hair, so your not going from blonde to brown to blonde to brown to blonde to brown to……… you get the idea.
Have fun with it and like always we would love to hear your thoughts.
When it comes to fading hair it’s all about the motion of your wrist in conjunction with the clippers and guards.
So knowing you have a great pair of clippers, The “Oster 76″ Classics, you know you’re on the right track to giving a great seamless hair haircut.
Once you have the right pair of clippers, make sure you have a great pair of guards. This is crucial to creating your hair cut. The more guards you have, the more control you will have over your cut and again, the more seamless your cut will be.
Check out these guards which are perfect for the Oster brand clippers:
1. Starting with your largest desired guard (in this case size:4). Begin cutting the hair from the base of the hair line sliding the clippers all the way up to the base of the crown. The clippers should roll off of the crown area with a slight flick of the wrist. Continue doing this motion until you have completed the entire back and side areas.
** If you wish the top of the hair to be cut with a 4 guard then you will cut the entire head with a 4 guard first. If you wish for more length through the top, then you will roll off at the crown like stated.
2. Decrease your guard to the second largest (in this case: 3 or 3.5). *Please note if you have half sizes, this will make the cut more seamless. Repeat the process from step one, only roll off from the head slightly lower from the previous point (once again with a slight flick of the wrist as you roll off).
3. You will continue to repeat this processes decreasing in guard size and slowly moving down the head. The point in which you blend your fade should slowly be moving down towards the hairline.
4. Once all of the sides and back have been finished, using a scissor over comb method, begin blending your lines even further with a texture based shear. This will help to create softness and precision in your cut.
**Skip Steps 5 and 6 if you cut the entire head in step one with your largest guard. If you wished for more length through the top continue on with the remaining steps:
5. Using a scissor over comb technique and using a texture shear, begin rolling the comb, starting slightly bellow the crown, finishing towards the top of the crown. The desired length should be determined prior to cutting and you will visually create your length using the scissor over comb technique.
6. Once the length on the sides is blended into the length on the top, begin cutting the rest of the top length with a blunt shear, using a 90 degree cutting technique.
7. Once finished, remove all guards from the clippers and edge the sides according to the desired look. If necessary use a T shaped clipper for the edging. This will give you more control, as this what they are designed for; need a great one? Check out this edger:
That pretty much sums it up!! Hope this helps!
If you have questions we have answers, so don’t be afraid to ask!!!
Aevin Dugas a 36 year-old social worker from New Orleans, USA, is the proud owner of the largest natural afro in the world with a circumference measuring an incredible 4 ft. 4 in (1.32 m).
The hairstyle that has taken over 12 years to grow can at times be problematic.
“It’s always getting caught in trees, and one time I even slammed my hair in the car door! And I hate it when people touch it without asking my permission first!” , she admits.
”As a woman you’re told that straight hair is beautiful hair. This is crazy. The afro is my natural hairstyle and there can’t be anything more beautiful than that”.
Aevin trims her afro three times a year, and uses up to five conditioners at once when she washes it.
“You want to know the best thing about my hair?” Aevin says with a smile: “It provides the perfect pillow. I sleep very well.”The hair is larger than a disco ball! Aevin’s hairstyle is so large she could fit the world’s shortest man inside!
Here is a fun list Yahoo! Green put together filled with 15 (+1 Bonus) ways you can use a hair dryer,; besides using it on your hair.
Hope you enjoy!:
Bonus: For wrinkled ribbons and fabric belts, employ a curling iron to straighten them out.
Michelle Monaghan joins the redhead club. Monaghan showed off her fiery looks at the Toronto Film Festival on Monday. According to some this cut and color seem to be quite the resemblance to The Help star, Emma Stone….. I guess I see it.
Check out some more Red Hot Redheads
Although her comments have been leaving many in confusion and displeasure, we are not here to discuss politics. So love her or hate her this is all about the hair!
It seems as if her hair is progressively getting better and clients are noticing.
Its funny how fashion/hair can supersede politics; but I must admit, I love it.
Here is a bit of an expert from the nydailynews.com
We all have an idea or an understanding of exactly what that means. In fact it’s more than likely that we all have experienced one!
But the question here is, have you ever thought of yourself as one?
Well guess what? YOU ARE!
Not buying that yet? Well think about this…. We all get the question: what do you love to do the most? or what are you best at? yada yada yada… you get the idea.
Well if you can answer that question in any shape or form then you are on the right track to reaching your niche market and that is exactly what we are after; your specialty and how to place your self within that Niche market.
So do you have the answer to that question?? Great! Let’s go with that.
Maybe you’ve said Colorist, Cutter, Up-do’s, Etc…
At this point it’s not enough to be a broad or a “general” specialist. We need to dig deeper. What do I mean? Well the more niche you go with your market the easier it is to build a stronger presence within this market.
In other words it’s always going to be your goal to be a BIG FISH in a SMALL POND.
So how do we dig deeper? Well that’s easy too!
The next question we need to ask is, within that category of what you love to do or what your are great at doing, what specifically do you love to do?
For instance, if you are great at color, what type of color are you great at? Blondes? Reds? Highlights? Brunettes? Are you a Cutter? Maybe specifically long hair? short hair? bob haircuts?
I think you get the idea!?
So, now that you are heading in the right direction, lets discuss why this is important and what it means to your business.
Lets start by personalizing it. When we are need for something for our home, specifically a new toilet, where do we go? The Home Depot maybe? They are home specialists, however that’s not enough right? When we get to The Home Depot we naturally go to see a specialist who understands exactly what we are looking for, in this case the toilet section of The Home Depot!
Why do we do this? The million dollar question and answer! We want our needs met! Bingo that’s it!
Now does this mean that if we were just a “Hair Specialist” that we would not be able to meet the needs of lets say a Blonde looking to have her Blonde color look the best it has ever looked? Well of course not, we know our skill level! But that’s our ego talking if that’s what we are telling ourselves!
The reality is that if you are that Blonde client looking to have your hair done, you are going to seek out the stylist that positions themselves as the Blonde Specialist. The only thing that Blonde client knows is what she is told by the stylist who positions themselves as a Hair Stylist or a Blonde Hair Specialist. Naturally they will go to whom best suits their needs the Blonde Hair Specialist.
You tell me… what would you do?
The same reason when you are looking for a new toilet, you go and see the Toilet Specialist!
OK, so we can all agree the importance of a niche market!
[Looking For Some Great Reading Material? Check out Riches in Niches. A great book to increase your specialty awareness and the importance of growing in a niche market.]
Here is a quick list of some different ways that you can position yourself as a specialist within your Niche. I don’t want to babble on anymore so I am going to do this in a list form to make it easy and accurate. Before I do this though I want to leave you with one last, very important point!!
JUST BECAUSE YOU BECOME A SPECIALIST IN A PARTICULAR AREA DOES NOT MEAN YOU STOP PROMOTING YOURSELF AS AN ALL AROUND AMAZING HAIRSTYLIST!!
This will never change. This is about growth and how to position yourself as an amazing talent to a particular type of person.
So…… Here you go:
1. You need to build credentials, it’s not enough to just call your self a specialist. So here are a few options:
a. Attend any advanced courses that you can get your hands on and document everything.
b. Use the documentation to promote the skills you have earned to classify yourself as a specialist.
c. Practice and create as much as you can to build documentation for credentials, using things such as mannequins and models. Make sure to take lots of pictures!
2. Make your new found niche seem as if it is a promotion. Your current clientele needs to know about this! Anything you can do to put your name in their mouth in conversation to their friends is the greatest thing you can do for your business.
a. Use your social media sources to promote your promotion.
b. Use your email marketing to promote your promotion.
3. Offer incentives to your current clients to send you a specific type of client. For instance, (lets use our blonde hair guest as an example again) tell your guests that if they send you a blonde hair client you will give them a 20 dollar credit towards their next service.
a. You can do this by using a client referring card.
b. A gift certificate that is made out to a specific person, if they bring it back their name will be on the back so you know who gets the credit.
4. Promote yourself as a specialist on your business cards. Make sure all of your business cards state that you are in fact a “[Blonde Hair] Specialist.”
…… Thanks for reading
Check out this 8 minute video on a couple of film makers and their journey of who and what they are. You might recognize one of their films “Catfish”
Integrity is something I am big on and I believe is something that allows someone the ability to truly be who they are. This group of dudes was clearly born with that! I loved the way they create organically and they don’t allow the world to interfere with the foundation of who they are as artists.
I think in hairdressing this is important. Sometimes the world influences us in ways that hinder our ability or desire to create. It’s important to not loose sight of who we are as artists and let the organic side of our creations come alive.