1. Do find out from a professional hairstylist what cuts and colors suit your head/face shape, hair texture, and maintenance capabilities. Don’t fight it – go with it!
2. Do be on time (even early) for your scheduled hair appointments. Your lateness puts them behind for clients after you. They need time in between to breathe, pee, or just gear up for their next hair project. (One of my best friends is a stylist and salon owner…inside info).
3. Don’t get impatient and cut your own hair in between appointments. Sorry to say, but I have done this. It wasn’t a disaster, but you should still wait.
4. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Remember, it’s just hair not a hysterectomy! I’m actually thinking about going platinum blond and short again…big change considering I’m a red-head right now!
5. Do buy good shampoo if you can afford it. Better brands can even be money-saving due to the concentration and increased cleaning ability. (This is only true if you can keep your bottle away from any teenage girls in your household). My faves are Sebastian, Pureology, Aquage, and Grassroots.
6. Do carry hair-taming products with you if your naturally curly hair gets frizzy in humid weather. Again, ask your hairstylist for product advice.
7. Do own at least one attractive hat to wear on days that those locks just aren’t obeying. I have a cool ball cap that I slip on for casual trips to the store and my kids sporting events.
8. Do stop saying, “I can never make it look like it does at the salon.” They are happy to teach you their tricks; just ask. Also, purchase the right tools for the job. Many stylists sell good hair accessories and tools in their salons. If not, visit a public supply house like, Sally’s. With good tools and some practice, you’ll be styling like a pro!
9. Don’t suffer with a bad cut or color job. Go back to your stylist and ask them to fix it. If they refuse, it’s time to move on. I got left orange once…not cool.
10. Do make sure that you have the right amount of color to your skin if you have extreme hair shades; such as, platinum blond, fire cracker red, black, or any other crayon color that does things to your complexion. Experiment with this one until you get the right mix.
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