Splashlights – The Haircolor Trend You Should Be Wearing

Done with balayage? Over ombré? You might be ready for the next color trend. Splashlights are going to be big this summer and fall. What are Splashlights? Well, imagine you are standing in a room and light is shining through a window onto your hair. This technique replicates the effect of natural light. The look can be bold or subtle, bright colors or soft washes of color. Whatever the expression of this trend, you can bet you will see more and more of it.

This technique first started to emerged last year. One of the early commercial images was this one posted in Allure magazine. When I first saw it, my immediate reaction was, “What in the world did that girl do to her hair?!” But as I continued to look at it, I thought it was amazing, creative and artistic. This is not a row of soldier foil lines across the head. This is placement that is as unique as the stylist performing it.

Redken has launched a Splashlights collection. They have identified four versions of this trend: crown lights, bold lights, fringe lights and spotlights. Here are the images that visually match their description.

As I work with this technique in the salon and travel across the country teaching, I share these images to stylists and salon guests and people’s initial reaction is similar to my own. From a hair professional’s perspective, it challenges our belief of how we place color in the hair. When I show a client an image of, let’s say, bold lights, it’s a little overwhelming for them. Keep in mind my client base is primarily 30-55 years of age–they are moms and professionals. For many, it’s hard to picture yourself on the sideline of your kid’s soccer game with bold lights in your hair. Therefore my job as a stylist is to translate this trend in a way that my salon guests of any age and lifestyle can wear a version of this trend. 

Ready to give it a try? Below are some tips that can help make it the perfect fit for you:

  1. Look at a lot of images to adjust your eye to the trend. The more you see it in all its versions, the easier it is to understand it. Google #splashlights you will get hundreds, if not thousands, of images.
  2. High Contrast. Want to go bold? If you want to walk in a room and have everyone’s attention immediately directed to your hair, choose a Splashlights technique that is high contrast. Dark base and blonde light focus, brown base with bright copper light focus. The higher the contrast, the more it will stand out.
  3. Low Contrast. Want to be subtle? Low contrast. Light brown on dark brown. Golden blonde on medium blonde, light red on dark red. With less contrast people will see you first and your color second, or they may just think that light is softly hitting it from across the room.
  4. Work with a stylist who is comfortable with the technique. In the same way that you are taking the time to look at images and let your eye adjust to the look, your stylist should do the same. Ask them if they have done it before and if they have pictures of their work. This technique is more creative and artistic than traditional foils. Be sure that your stylist’s vision is a fit for your hair.

Here are a few of my salon guests that are now fans of Splashlights. You can see how we personalized it to each of them based on their lifestyle and personality.

Let me know if you have any questions. If not? Go for it! We are early in this trend so lead the pack! I promise by next year, if you don’t have it, someone else will.

This Girl Changed Her Haircolor 25 Times in 3 years. Here’s Why…

Stephanie was my salon house model from 2009 until last December. During that period she became a chameleon of styles and colors. Every salon visit was an opportunity for me to be an artist with her hair. She never flinched when I said “let’s go lavender and short today!” or “how about pink?”. This year Stephanie has left Seattle to experience change bigger than her hair. She is now traveling through Asia. I thought this would be the perfect time to reflect on her past looks.

To many of us how we look is such an ingrained part of our identity we are hesitant to go for big changes regularly. I wanted to get Stephanie’s take on her 3 year experience as a hair stylists muse. What did she love? What didn’t work, and how did each look effect how others perceived her. Read on to hear her response.

Why were you so open to change with your hair?

” I don’t think I’ve ever obsessed over my hair. Before I started working with you, I would get a haircut once or twice a year. The only two looks I ever really went with were ‘long’ or ‘short’. I also had never dyed my hair, mainly because in my family being a natural blonde was part of my familial identity – my sisters and I were the “Neapolitan” sisters, with my older sister being a natural redhead and my little sister being a natural brunette. I think I just reached a point where I was bored with my hair and ready for a drastic change, so when you asked “How would you feel about going red?” I immediately replied “Sounds good to me!”

The first color we put on you was red. How did it make you feel and effect where you were in life?

“I loved becoming a redhead! It felt like I had donned a whole new persona, as though I could be whomever I wanted to be. The timing of it was apt, too, in that I had just gotten a new job after a long period of unemployment due to the recession. I was starting a new chapter in life and putting a very difficult time behind me, and the new hair color helped give me confidence to embrace all the great opportunities I was coming across.”

How did constantly changing your cut and color affect how people viewed you?

“I think one of my favorite parts of making drastic hair changes is how people respond. When I moved here from Georgia I was a super shy wallflower who did NOT like to draw attention to myself. Changing your hair makes it an instant talking point, and made me a lot more approachable to people – it eventually became a game at work where people would try to guess what color I would go with next. The more extreme the style, the more people I had coming up to me to tell me how much they loved my hair. The only person who ever expressed dislike for my hair was my mother, who was convinced that boys would never want to talk to a girl with a mohawk. I tried to tell her I got hit on more when I had a mohawk than when I had my long blonde hair, but that didn’t change her mind. Oh well.”

Which style was your favorite?

“The mohawk!! More specifically the blush pink mohawk. I was surprised by how much I loved that hairstyle. I was so nervous to get it – I wasn’t sure I could pull it off and I also wasn’t sure how my employer would respond to it. I still can’t believe the positive feedback I received from my bosses as well as my more conservative clients.”

Which style was your least favorite?

“My current cut. I knew that for traveling I wanted to tone down my look – I wouldn’t have room for any hair products in my backpack and I wanted to blend in as much as possible. It’s exactly what I asked for and you did an awesome job, but after several years of fun colors and styles, going back to a blonde bob feels really tame and no longer representative of who I am as a person.”

As Stephanie was preparing to head off to Asia we needed to create a look that worked for travel. It needed to be easy to maintain and she is traveling alone so she needed to blend in more than stand out. While it isn’t her favorite look it will certainly fit the bill. Safe travels and best hair wishes Stephanie! Until we get you back in the salon….

Stephanie's final look as she heads off on new travels.

Stephanie’s final look as she heads off on new travels.

If you’d like to follow Stephanie as she explores Thailand and the surrounding area follow her blog: www.thewayfaringwriter.com

Why Buying Shampoo at the Salon Will Save You Money


Where do you buy your favorite hair products? At the salon? Drug store or discount market? Many people have the impression that the professional brand your salon carries can be found for a lower price at stores like Target or Walmart. I wanted to do some comparison shopping myself so I did a little research and the results were surprising.

For this post, I am focusing on salon professional products. These are the products that are typically sold in salons by salon professionals. Redken, TIGI, Matrix, and American Crew are a few examples. Professional products typically provide better results for any hair type that is not healthy, un-colored, medium weight hair.

For this process, I visited a variety of stores. These include Bartell’s (drug store), Walgreen’s (drug store), Target, Walmart, Safeway (grocery) and Ulta (a mega beauty supply). At Fix Salon, we use Redken products exclusively, therefore, this was the brand I looked for, checking both availability and price.

What did I find? Ulta was the only location that carried the entire Redken line. All other locations carried bits and pieces of the line. Legally, salon professional products can only be sold by licensed professionals in salons. This means that the location has to have a salon in order for them to carry the professional lines. Ulta does have a salon, so it makes sense that they carry Redken as well as many other brands. If a store does not have a salon, yet you see professional products on their shelves, it means it was diverted to them. Diversion is a hot topic in the salon world. When I visited Walmart, the only Redken product on their shelf was All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner. When a store sells diverted product, they do not necessarily have access to the entire line and there is never any consistency to which items they carry. They are simply picking up what “fell off the truck” from their diversion retailer.

In addition to low options and inconsistent inventory, I also found that almost all products carried were discontinued Redken packaging. Sometimes the products  were outdated by as much as 8 years! While it’s hard to pinpoint an expiration date on hair products, most manufacturers will guarantee the effectiveness for 2 years. When I see hair gel that is 8 years old on a shelf, I have to wonder where has it been? Was it stored in a temperature controlled warehouse or has it been collecting dust in a warm storage facility somewhere.

In addition to incomplete and outdated product lines, the most impactful discovery of my comparison shopping was the price of the products. I consistently found the prices to be more than the manufactures suggested retail. Always. The range was anywhere from $1 to $5 more, and typically $3-$5 dollars more. When you shop for your hair products outside of the salon, you are spending more money for a potentially inferior quality product.

In addition to higher prices and expired products, you also add the guesswork of trying to figure out what your hair really needs. Why not let your stylist guide you to the product that will give your the best performance for your hair? Otherwise, you end up wasting money on buying the wrong products that eventually end up collecting dust in your bathroom.

As an added bonus when you purchase your hair products from your salon you are supporting that business and stylists. Many times the revenue generated from retail sales go to improvements to the salon, which make your visit more pleasant, or to continuing education for your stylist, which makes your hair look better. Your stylist will guarantee your purchase and you will have more success in getting the end result you desire!

Home Hair Treatments – Simple steps to keeping hair healthy

Home hair treatments are a great way to keep your hair healthy between salon visits. But as discussed in this post, there is science behind real results.  Doing it correctly allows beneficial ingredients to penetrate deep in the hair strand, producing effects you can see and feel.

Before diving in, it’s a good idea to talk with your stylist about the right treatment. When it comes to hair treatments, there are so many products to choose from that it’s easy to feel confused. Masks, serum, conditioners…matching a product’s purpose with your hair type and desired outcome is key. Let your stylist be your guide to narrow down the search. She can point you in the right direction and match you with the perfect product. Once your ready, follow these simple steps to bring out beautiful, healthy hair at home.

1. Start with a deep cleansing shampoo


Before applying any treatment, it’s best to be working with a clean surface. Find a deep cleansing shampoo to remove any product build up on your hair. This will create a “clean slate” that will better accept the treatment. A deep cleansing shampoo can be used prior to treatments or alternated with your daily shampoo about every 8 washes. At Fix Salon, we love Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream. It has a yummy citrus scent and a foaming lather for squeaky clean results.

2. Towel Dry

After rinsing out your shampoo, take the time to really towel dry your hair. This should be done by scrunching your hair in a towel, rather than wringing it dry. Removing the excess water gives the treatment more room to “live” in the hair.

3. Watch where you apply the treatment

Hair treatments should be applied to the midshaft and ends of your hair first. These are the areas that benefit the most. Afterwards, you can apply a small amount to the hair near your scalp. If you tend to have an oily scalp, avoid your scalp area altogether. With most quality products, a little goes a long way. Make sure you cover the hair thoroughly and evenly, but don’t over apply.

4. Bag it up

If you are stepping out of the shower while your treatment processes, put on a shower cap to protect your hair and your surroundings. You can buy light weight disposable shower caps from a beauty supply or better yet, grab the complimentary caps when you stay at a hotel. In addition to keeping things tidy during the treatment, bagging your hair provides the added benefit of trapping in heat. When your hair warms up, it expands, allowing for better absorption of the treatment into your hair.

5. Warm it up

In addition to using the shower cap to trap heat, you can also stay in the shower for the processing time or sit in a warm place. Hair treatments are perfect when you are sitting at the beach or by the pool. The sun warms your hair for a better result.

6. Rinse well

Be sure to give yourself extra time to rinse out your treatment. Treatment masks are typically heavier than a daily conditioner, so it requires more effort to get it out of your hair. If you do a quick rinse, you run the risk of leaving residual treatment in your hair, causing it to feel over conditioned and heavy.

Treating your hair at home can be a fun, relaxing event that produces noticeable results. By using the right treatment in the correct way, your hair will look amazing. For best results, always use a professional salon product and save the avocados and mayonnaise for the sandwiches.

These Should Be Your 2014 Hair Resolutions

As we head into 2014, it’s the perfect time to set new goals. How about giving your hair a little extra love? Here are a few ideas to make sure your hair is healthy and beautiful the whole year through.

Commit to getting your hair cut more frequently.

Short hair (above the shoulders) should be cut every 5 weeks. Medium lengths (around the shoulders) require every 6 weeks. Long hair should visit the salon every 8 weeks. If you want to maintain your length, trim 3/4″ to 1/2″ off. If you are in the process of growing your hair longer, cut about a 1/4″ off. Getting your hair cut more frequently keeps your hair looking healthy and reduces the risk of split ends. Set yourself up for success in the new year by pre-booking your appointments with your hairstylist. Typically your stylist will give you a reminder notice prior to your visit, making it easy to keep track of your appointments.

Do a hair product overhaul.

Many times it may seem like hair products are breeding in our bathrooms. That hair gel you’ve had since 2005? Time to let it go. Ask your stylist to add 15-20 minutes onto your next appointment and bring in any and all hair products from home. Your stylist can consult with you, narrowing down what are the best choices for your hair and what products you may be missing to help create your dream style. Everything that is not relevant to your current style should be recycled or donated to a local women’s shelter. This way you have only what you need for your hair and you don’t have to worry about it being too old or expired.

Treat yourself to a color glaze.

Kick off the new year with incredible shine. Treatments designed to rejuvenate the health of your hair are important, but to really turn up the shine, treat yourself to a color glaze. A color glaze is a demi permanent color with a life span of about 6-8 weeks. If you love the color you have, a clear formulation can be used to enhance it with amazing reflect. Want to give a little more tone to your hair? Your colorist can add a bit of copper to spice it up, gold to give a warm glow, or a deep rich brown to cool it down. Whether you have previously colored hair or no color at all, this is a service with highly visible effects that everyone can benefit from.

Try something new.

How long has it been since you changed your hair style? This is a great time to add bangs, go a little shorter, add layers, go darker, go lighter, turn up the red, add highlights. Shake it up by doing something different from what you have now. In need of some inspiration? Every time you see an image of a style or color that you like, save it in a file. Before long, you’ll have a photo album of hair you like. Don’t worry if the styles are right for you. Go through the album with your stylist at your next salon visit. Talk to her about what attracted you to the pictures. She can consult with you to help figure out what will work best with your hair type, facial shape, and personal style.

Happy 2014! Enjoy all that is to come and be sure to kick it off with beautiful, healthy hair.

Ready for Change? The Perks to Going Pixie


Short hair is having a moment. This week, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth and Pamela Anderson all dared to do what we sometimes only threaten: they cut their hair into stylish short pixie cuts. They have joined the likes of Halle Berry, Michelle Williams, Gennifer Goodwin, Robin Wright and Emma Watson, making Team Short Hair that much more alluring. Thinking about making the snip? Tempted to go to your stylist and give them permission to change your identity? I want to give you three reasons why you might want to consider it.

1. It Exudes Confidence

Robin Wright cut her hair in preparation for her role as Claire Underwood in House of Cards. Her character is not your usual politician’s sidekick. She is determined, strong and confident. She walks in step with her husband’s drive and ambitions, as well as having ambitions of her own. Her short hair is the perfect look for this character. It’s a “power” look that makes you take notice.

Pamela Anderson has been pigeon holed into voluptuous California girl her entire career. By cutting her hair short, it gives her an air of maturity. She looks stronger, defined more by who she is as a person as opposed to  her over-sexed persona. Her new look is a remarkable change and an amazing statement about the next chapter of her life.

2. It’s Easier

Maybe it’s a no-brainer, but short hair is easier. Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson are women who juggle career and new babies. Their new short looks can simplify their personal prep, giving more time to the valuable things in their lives.

Have you ever felt like all you do is throw your hair back in a pony tail every morning? What if in the same time you could create a fashionable statement with your hair? Sometimes I feel like short hair acts like an accessory in that it’s easier to style it to our mood and day. Even when you’re in sweats shuffling kids around, picking up groceries and running errands, you can feel like you have a little umph to your look.

3. It Changes People’s Perception

This can be scary or empowering. Be fearless with your identity! Let people see you are more than the hair style you’ve worn since high school or college. Switch it up. If you’re hesitant to let it all go, go shoulder length at your next hair appointment. Keep people guessing. Who you are as a person is what stays consistent. Your outward persona can change with the chapters of your life. Many times people put us in a box, trying to stereotype who we are. Changing your hair can bring new opportunities in your life that you never imagined.

In conclusion, I’m super excited to see these women fearlessly change their hair styles. These celebrities are setting a trend, so we can bet we will see more of it in the next couple of years. Will you join the club? If going pixie seems too much like the bad dream of forgetting to get dressed, go to a bob. But have the courage to do something daring! Hair grows. I promise. Find some images of women with styles that empower you and take the inspiration to your stylist. They will help you create a new defining moment!


Add Jennifer Lawrence to the list!


The Top 3 Salon Services Your Hair Needs This Fall

Nina DobrevSummer is over. Time to get your hair ready for fall! Here are the top 3 salon services I am recommending to all of my salon guests to ensure they have a season of beautiful and healthy hair.

1. Customized Salon Treatment

When was the last time you treated your hair to a salon treatment? Professional salon hair repair services are more effective than any home treatment. Your stylist can determine what your hair needs and create a custom blend for you. Strength, softness, frizz reduction, and color retention are just a few of the options. These treatments take minutes to apply and the effects are long-lasting. It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to sun damaged hair and hello to healthy hair for fall.

2. A Super Shine Color Glaze

At the end of summer hair, is flat and dry and the color is usually washed out or lightened from the sun. A Demi Permanent Color Glaze is an easy way to bring back intense shine and reflection to your hair. Demi Permanent color is ammonia-free, making it gentle on all hair types. The glaze can be clear in color adding shine to your current color or it can tone down the color creating dimension and richness for the next season. This service requires little maintenance, shows almost no grow out, and doesn’t lock you in as a “color client” for the future. A beautiful way to give new life to your hair.

3. Steam Infusion Flat Iron

Love the look of flat ironed hair, but worried about the damage it can create to your hair? Redken has partnered with small appliance specialist Rowenta to create a steam infusion flat iron that actually cares for your hair as it straightens it. This system can only be found in salons and is partnered with specialty Redken products. After experiencing this in-salon flat iron service, you may never want to use your home flat iron again. Hair is silky, shiny, and feels incredibly healthy. The steam allows beneficial ingredients to drive deep into the hair strand for ultimate effectiveness, something a traditional flat iron can’t do.

A change in seasons is the perfect time re-asses your hair’s needs. These services aren’t “treats” for your hair, they are required maintenance to keep your hair healthy and beautiful. Take the time to give back to your hair and trust your stylists recommendations. You deserve it!

Fall Hair Color Trends – Finding Inspiration in Fashion

Dakota Fanning Bazar MagazineFall is here. What are you doing with your hair color? What’s trending in haircolor? Ombre has taken over the color world in the last 2 years and seems to still be going strong. It’s pretty, organic, and is a low maintenance way to add beautiful dimension to hair. Now this trend is evolving. I want to share what I am seeing for fall through inspiration from fashion and how it translates to hair.

Fall Fashion

Last week I was part of a Redken team facilitating at an industry show for hairstylists. Our job was to help identify what hair color is going to be popular for fall and the next year. I always start my search by looking at the runway and fall fashion campaigns. In addition to the hair, I am looking at the clothes. The themes, colors, and inspiration for collections all influence what will happen with hair.

This fall, I loved Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Juicy Couture, Proenza Schouler, Brian Atwood and Kenzo campaigns. I love the representation of what fashion, colors, and textures are popular for fall. Here is a slide show of my favorite images.

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After I pull images, I look for the prominent themes.

Playing With Light

Marc Jacobs 2013Ombre hair color is a graduation of dark to light color moving from the scalp to the ends. The effect looks like it was created by the sun with a natural effect. This fall I am seeing designers play with how light affects fabrics and textiles. Metallics from Marc Jacobs reflect light giving a ripple effect and Kenzo’s use of colorful iridescent butterflies and beetles creates the same inspiration. Splash Lights is a hair color technique that is a new way to consider how color lives in hair. A colorist adds a highlighted focus to the hair as if it was being hit by a spot of light. The images below are a great example of the technique. A colorist at Sally Hershberger salon in New York created the first look. The second two images are created by colorist and Redken Artist Justin Isaac. Both have such a fresh take on color placement, and we will see more variations of this effect in the next year.

Reverse Ombre/Jewel Tones

Fendi Fall 2013I love the color placement in the Fendi fall collection. You can see an inspiration of fur, while adding pops of color. Their looks are predominately blacks and grays with pops of bright color. Hot pinks, vibrant blues and strong purples make a strong statement. You can see how they have created a reverse ombre effect with the fur like fabrics. Instead of the lightest color on the ends, they have placed the darkest color at the ends and the pops of color at the base.

Pastels were a big influence last spring and summer, but as the season changes jewel tones are the new focus. Violet and purple are my favorite colors for fall. Rose gold for blondes and cool reds and fiery coppers.

Unexpected Color Placement

Proenza Schouler 2013I love the images from the Proenza Schouler campaign. There is a great balance of the pastel palette with a jewel tone pallet. When you look at the images notice where the color lives. It is soft unexpected placement. The image of Dakota Fanning at the top of the page is a perfect translation of the Schouler campaign into hair color.

After identifying what I loved from these images I created looks to share at the hair industry show. Strong pops of color, reverse ombre, cool violets and golds.

Mandy McCullough

What is inspiring your hair color for fall? What colors and trends stand out to you and get you excited for a change? Find images of hair or fashion that you love and take them to your next color appointment to share with your colorist. The results will be amazing.

Think You’re Losing Hair? Read This.

Hair LossThis is for anyone who has ever been worried about the amount of hair they are losing. Whether you notice it in the shower, see it on the bathroom floor, or left in a brush, hair loss happens. If you feel your hair is thinning, you’re not alone. As we age, everyone experiences hair loss. Here is some information about what is normal, what is not, and what you can do about it.

Normal Daily Hair Loss

On average, we lose 100 hairs a day. If your hair is shoulder length or longer, this shedding process may be more noticeable because of the length. Shampooing and brushing your hair facilitates this process. If you spread out your shampoos to every other or every third day it may seem like you are loosing more than a normal amount of hair, but in reality it is the accumulation of hair from the days you didn’t shampoo. I have naturally wavy hair. When I wear it curly, I never brush through it and I shampoo every third day. By the time I shampoo and comb through my hair I have a fist full of strands that are determined to clog my drain if I don’t catch them. It seems like there is a lot, but in reality it is just an accumulation of 3 days of normal shedding hair.

Your hair goes through 3 phases of growth: anagen, catagen, and telogen. The anagen phase is know as the growth phase. The longer your growth phase, the longer you can grow your hair. If you feel like you can never get your hair to grow to your dream length it is probably because you have a short anagen phase. At any time 85-95% of you hair is in the anagen phase. In the catagen phase the hair strand is released from the follicle, cutting off blood supply needed for growth. In this phase the hair is not growing but still securely on your head. Finally there is the telogen phase. This is the phase where shedding occurs and effects 13% of your hair. During this phase the existing strand is released as the follicle begins to regenerate a new strand. The length of these phases are determined by genetics so you can thank your parents for your abundance or lack of hair.

Hot Tip – Want more hair? Get Pregnant.

During a pregnancy, your hormones change causing more of your hair to be in the anagen, or growth phase. This is why pregnant women experience amazing hair growth. The downside is that as hormones re-adjust after pregnancy, typically when you finish breastfeeding, then hair kicks in to the telogen phase when excessive hair loss is experienced.

Hair Loss From Aging

About 50% of men and 74% of women claim to be effected by hair loss. In the US nearly 30 million women experience hair loss at some point in their lives. As we age we experience more hair loss. For those between the age of 18-34, 16% are experiencing hair loss, but the number jumps to about 45% for those over the age of 50.

Men and women produce testosterone, but as we age it converts to dihydrotestosterone or DHT. This affects the body’s ability to produce hair. The hair bulb is basically suffocated, causing it to be unable to grow hair. Menopause is when most women experience major hair loss as a result of this process.

Hair Loss From Life Changes

When I have a client who is experiencing greater than typical hair loss, I ask them to think about what changed in their lives 3 months prior. It takes that amount of time for our hair to be affected by falling out. This can be a change in diet, medication, or stress. Divorce, breakups, deaths, or unemployment are just a few examples of situations that can initiate hair loss. Going on or off medication including birth control, vitamins, supplements, antibiotics, and mood stabilizers can also affect hair loss. The good news is that it is not permanent. This type of loss is usually temporary and eventually grows back over time.

What You Can Do About Hair Loss

Some hair loss is permanent, but many times your follicles can be jump-started to initiate new growth. There are well know lines like Nioxin and Rogain that have been used by many to make it happen. Now other hair care companies are adding hair regenerating lines. At Fix we carry Redken products and they have developed Intra-Force, a 3 step process of products that combats the causes of thinning hair and reduces breakage by 95%. This line is designed to reduce a build up of sebum and DHT on the hair to promote a healthy environment for hair growth. Vitamin E and and Arginine are implemented to give the scalp nutrients for ideal follicle growth.

I love that I have a solution for my clients that are concerned about hair loss. I have seen the results and it’s impressive. When the correct products are prescribed and used appropriately I have seen a reduction in hair loss and new growth. Keep in mind hair that is generated as a result of any line of this kind is usually finer than normal hair, but it is hair. For men or women experiencing hair loss it can be empowering to see new growth come in after using the right products.

Hair loss can be a miserable experience, but when you have the right information to diagnose why it’s happening and products that can potentially stimulate new growth, you can find the silver lining. Talk to your stylist about your concerns and they can point you in the right direction so you can have healthy, beautiful hair.

5 Signs That It’s Time For A New Hairstylist

How do you know when you have reached the expiration date with your hair stylist? An even bigger issue is, how do you break up with her. Just like any relationship, some are not meant to stand the test of time. What was once a perfect partnership can evolve into habit and comfort zone. Sometimes it’s easier to stick with what we know, even if we aren’t excited about it, rather than try something new.

Here are some sure signs that it is time to make a change in who is styling your hair.

1. Your stylist doesn’t suggest updates to your look.

You walk in the salon, sit in the chair and your stylist immediately begins your service in the same manner that it has been done for the last 10 years. The color is already out, or you go straight back to the shampoo bowl for your cut. There should always be a conversation about how your hair is working for you and what your goals for that appointment will be. Additionally, your stylist should be giving you options based on the season, lifestyle changes and/or the condition of your hair. Even if you decide to not take the change, it shows that your stylist is working on keeping your hair up-to-date and healthy.

2. Your stylist is more personality than talent.

I know so many women who admit that they sacrifice satisfaction because they love the personality of their stylist. One of my mentors once told me that being a hair stylist is 90% personality and 10% skill. It’s true, no one wants to have a wet blanket as their stylist. But you are paying for skill, not story telling. Skill should be at least 50% of the package. Your hair should be 110% awesome when you leave the salon. Cut perfectly, colored beautifully and styled amazingly so you look and feel like a supermodel. Don’t cheat yourself of that because you look forward to hearing about the crazy party your stylist went to last weekend.

3. Your stylist doesn’t take the time to teach you how to recreate your look at home.

Part of every appointment should include a conversation about what products are being used, why they are perfect for you and great tips on how to get the same look at home. It doesn’t matter if you have been seeing your stylist for 6 months or 16 years, your hair should look salon beautiful everyday. Your stylist should make the right tools available to you and teach you how to use them to give you the power of style.

4. Your stylist isn’t respectful of your time.

All stylist have unexpected events that on occasion cause them to run 10-15 minutes behind, but if your stylist chronically runs late it is disrespectful of your time. Time is valuable. If you organize your day to arrive on time for your appointment, your stylist should be just as thoughtful. You can make a request with the receptionist or your stylist to be on time, but if it isn’t resolved, it may be time to move on.

5. Your stylist doesn’t take part in continuing education.

Like many industries, the hair world is always evolving. Product technology, trends, and techniques all change regularly. The most effective way for hair stylists to keep up-to-date is to attend continuing education courses. Most states do not require continuing education hours to maintain licensing, therefore it is a choice for stylists. If you were going to see a doctor would you rather see the one who hasn’t updated their education in 25 years or a doctor who regularly invests their time staying up-to-date on the latest innovations for your health. Easy answer, right? Shouldn’t it be the same for your hair?

Relate to any of these situations? No? Yay! You have an amazing stylist! Stay with them and they will be sure to make you beautiful forever. Now, if something hit close to home, give your stylist the benefit of the doubt. Tell them what you need from them. Chances are they will work hard to make you happy, but if the conversation takes place and you don’t see the change…it might be time to sit in someone else’s chair.

PS – Want to know how to find a new stylist and fall in love all over again? Read “How to Find Your Perfect Hairstylist” to make it easy!


You asked so I’m adding on…

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Thank you for your feedback and comments! Wow! I had no idea how popular this topic would be. Many of you wanted tips on how to break up with your stylist so here you go!

It’s not you it’s me.

Give your stylist a call or send them an email. Explain how much you have appreciated their work but you feel you want a fresh perspective. This isn’t a reflection of their work, rather you wanting to get someone else’s opinion. I have had this conversation with clients in my career. I always appreciate them letting me know rather than just disappearing. If they are moving on because I didn’t do my job, shame on me. If they want to “date around” I always encourage it, many times they realize we had a good thing and come back. A good hairstylist will support you and be understanding.


All of us hate to cause hurt feelings, so if it’s easier, lie. Here are some example you can use:

“My daughter bought me a gift certificate at another salon.”

“My budget has changed and I need to find a stylist who fits my investment.”

“My husband had too much to drink at an auction and purchased a lifetime of hair care an another salon.”

“I’ve decided to try a salon closer to home.”

“My phone crashed and I lost the number to the salon.”

“I was out of town and decided I needed a haircut.”

Just Do It.

Not comfortable with the first two options? Just do it. Go cold turkey. Set up a consultation with a new stylist and if you like her, make the  appointment. It’s your hair. Don’t apologize. You deserve to to have amazing hair. If you run into your former stylist, don’t hide. Instead, smile, say hello, give her/him a big hug. You can do it!

Breaking up is hard to do. You may feel awkward, sad, or, guilty, but this too shall pass.  Do your best to leave respectfully and enjoy building a new relationship with your next stylist.