Hair Fashion 101

The search for the perfect hairstyle has been an ongoing quest since the dawn of mankind’s ego. Hairstyles and fashion go hand in hand. They are what I would call complementary. One is not great without the other. For example, while in NYC during fashion week a few seasons ago, I attended a rooftop show that was terribly swanky. In attendance were Upper East Side matrons and Park Avenue ladies who lunch. In the elevator on the way up to the roof, I noticed a sharply dressed woman sporting a fabulously tailored pantsuit and absolutely top-notch accessories, including the latest…

The search for the perfect hairstyle has been an ongoing quest since the dawn of mankind’s ego. Hairstyles and fashion go hand in hand. They are what I would call complementary. One is not great Get the perfect cut.without the other. For example, while in NYC during fashion week a few seasons ago, I attended a rooftop show that was terribly swanky. In attendance were Upper East Side matrons and Park Avenue ladies who lunch. In the elevator on the way up to the roof, I noticed a sharply dressed woman sporting a fabulously tailored pantsuit and absolutely top-notch accessories, including the latest in high-end footwear. Then, she turned around, and I got a look at her fluorescent green scrunchie that she was using to hold her ponytail in place. It absolutely ruined her look. I couldn’t believe that she couldn’t afford a pretty hairclip or even at the least a clear hair band. This is what I mean! Your hair should speak to the life you lead, and the fashion you sport.

Here are my top 10 suggestions for getting it.

1. Consultation is everything. Make sure it is thorough and that you areConsultation is key. clear with what is going to happen during your service.

2. Have pictures to show your stylist. Visual clues to what you like and dislike will help create a good dialogue.

Know what your stylist is going to do.3. Be realistic in your wants. Just because you want to look like a Victoria’s Secret model, doesn’t mean that even the best hairdresser can make that happen. Can he or she do their best for what you have to work with? The answer is yes if you allow it.

4. Be adamant in communicating your needs. “I shampoo and blow-dry every day with a roundAsk how to style. brush, and I hate mousse or gel. Is there anything else I can use?”

5. Let the stylist know what has NOT worked for you in the past. Talking about what hasn’t worked helps a great stylist become your hero. Listen carefully as they explain what will work for your hair type.

Be open to change.6. Ask for a couple of different options. Every hairdresser I know has more than one trick up his or her sleeve when it comes to your style.

7. Ask for styling tips and what products to use to achieve it. You may also want them to write it down for you if you choose not to purchase that day or if you choose to buy a different brand of your liking Ask how often you'll need to maintain.somewhere else.

8. Ask how often you will need to maintain it. With short styles the answer is usually 4-6 weeks, longer hair can be more indefinite.

9. Be realistic in your commitment to the look you’ve agreed on. If you’re not sure you can do the styling, ask for something else you can manage on a daily basis.

10. Be open to change. Something as small as adding bangs or layers to your current cut can do wonders. Just because you had a bad bang experience ages ago at the hands of your mother most likely doesn’t mean that a little fringe would look terrible when done by a great stylist.

These are the most honest ways that I know to really start a good relationship with a hairdresser. Remember, a top-notch stylist will not want to change you but instead point out ways to bring out your best through their expertise. Clothes do make the man, or woman as the case may be, but hair is the crowning glory, so make sure it meets your fashion needs!

(Bjorn Nasett started his career at Visions in Hair Design on Prospect from 1985-1989, then Signature Salon on Wisconsin Avenue from 1989-1994, and has been with Beauty Inc. since 1994.)

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