We All Want “Good Hair”

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Is there any woman out there that doesn’t hate her hair?  Ok–hate is strong word, but seriously, can’t our hair just do what we want it to?  (I mean, I’m only asking to have perfectly tousled effortlessy-chic beach waves….For real….give me Rachel Zoe’s hair and I will be happy the rest of my life.)

Is there anything better than the moment you look in the mirror after getting your hair done at the salon?! Of course not, it’s the best feeling ever.  According to one study, women experience such a boost in energy, confidence, and optimism from changing their hairstyle or color that they do it on average, about 104 times in their life.  Surprisingly, when our hair looks great, we are nicer in general. 56% of women in one study said they’re nicer to others when their hair looks great. In fact, 67% of women say they have a better day overall when their hair looks good.

So, we all want better hair days.  We all want our hair to do something it generally doesn’t do (I want long thick blonde hair even though my hair grows .000000001 inches a year…) 

In an effort to make us all appreciate the hair we have, I will be positing daily hair tips–including style tricks, quick fixes (for bad hair days!), and upcoming trends. Subscribe to my blog to receive pointers, DIY styles, and product reviews.

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Wow!

It’s been 4 years since I decided to start pursuing my dreams of doing hair! Can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. I’m SO HAPPY I followed my heart and am doing something that I LOVE so very much! I am thankful for all of my friends, family, and clients that let me do a job that I love every single day. Wouldn’t change a thing!! Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 5.43.51 PM

Choosing the “Right” Ombré for Your Hair

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Ombré hair color has come a long way since Drew Barrymore’s dramatic “black to blonde”  look a few years back.  There are now so many variations of the trend that the look is suitable for almost anyone!  Regardless of length, facial features, and natural color, ombré looks can be tailored to each individual’s characteristics and lifestyle.

A few considerations when choosing the best ombré for your hair:

Length

Is the length of your hair suitable for a dramatic ombré?  If you hair is shoulder length or above, opt for more melted pieces that start around your hairline.  Highlights should start higher up on shorter hair to avoid it looking too disconnected.  If you hair is long, you have more options.  Subtle melted highlights give a soft ombre look without a drastic change.  Create a more sun kissed look with more highlighting around the face.  Or…go all out and create some drama with a dark-to-light all over ombré!

Maintenance

If maintaining your hair color is a concern, then ombré is the perfect option for you.  With minimal upkeep, the look stays fresh and grows out naturally.  If you want to shy away from maintenance all together, make sure you incorporate your natural color so it can grow out easily.

Facial features

If you have a big forehead or crow’s feet around your eyes, keep more darkness throughout the top.  Adding light pieces will draw attention to these areas.  On the other hand, if you have a narrow forehead or big, beautiful eyes, bring your lighter highlights up to these areas to enhance them.  If you have a wide face, stick to darker pieces around your hairline to keep it from looking wider. Light colors draw attention and create reflection, dark colors create shadows and absorb light.

Interviewing at a Salon? Tips to Get the Job!

As a manager of a thriving upscale salon, I’ve interviewed a lot of candidates for salon positions.  The great thing about our salon is we are always hiring.  That’s right, we don’t wait for a position to open up in order to add talent to our team.  Here is some insight into how you can be the candidate who aces their interview and lands the job at a salon!

 

YOUR RESUME SHOULD BE FLAWLESS

…and I mean FLAWLESS.  Think of your resume as a paper representation of yourself.  Salons receive handfuls of resumes at a time and if yours does not impress, you won’t get the opportunity to interview.  Resumes should look professional and be easy to follow.  Grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors are unacceptable.  Have a few friends review your resume if grammar is not your strong suit.  Trust me, if your resume is sloppy, I will question if your work is just as careless.

Make your resume an authentic representation of you and your skill set.  This is your space to brag about yourself, your experience, or your career objectives.  Relate past job experiences to the position you are looking to attain. Customer service experience is a plus, even if it is not related to the beauty industry.  If you don’t have much previous experience, ask  your mentors for written letters of recommendation.  Instructors, previous employers, and coaches are great references.

 

PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE

You’ve heard it before, but you only have one opportunity to make a first impression.  How you present yourself at an interview has a huge impact on whether you will get the job (especially in the beauty industry!)  Your hair and makeup should be stylish and you should be dressed to impress.  No jeans, no Uggs, no flip flops.  (You’d be surprised at what some people wear!) If you’d wear it to a club, you probably shouldn’t wear it to an interview.  If you are questioning what is appropriate to wear, ask your parents for their opinion.

 

PREPARE QUESTIONS TO ASK AT YOUR INTERVIEW

Interviews are a chance for you to make sure that the company is right for you as well.  When you ask questions during the interview, it shows me that you are prepared and have done your research.  Having a hard time thinking of questions?   Take a few minutes to think about what is important to you in an employer.  Ask questions that you truly want to know the answers to.  Maybe you are interested in education benefits, or a mentoring relationship with leadership.  Maybe you want to know the opportunities for growth or the longevity of the staff.  It isn’t bad to write down your questions either.  It shows that you are prepared and interested in being well-informed.

Your questions should be sincere, relevant, and intelligent.  Don’t ask questions just for the sake of asking questions. Be careful not to ask questions you could have found out by doing a little research on the company, or that have no relevance to you getting the job.