New Year's resolutions are kind of a "love 'em or leave 'em" thing. There's something so satisfying about resolving to make your life better/more/less/whatever in the new year. But there are also all those statistics about how resolutions don't really work... in any case, I'm not here to tell you how to live your life in the new year. I am here, however, to encourage you to think differently about your hair in the new year. Call them resolutions, call them a friendly nudge from your favorite hairstylist, call them whatever you want. Here's what I'd like you to think about when it comes to your hair in the new year.
Hair style and color are both deeply personal things. It can be very easy to get in a rut and stay with what you know, even when your hair no longer reflects who you are. On the flip side, it can be very easy to lose your own personal style in the sea of hair trends and celebrity selfies on Instagram touting the newest look. So I say: Think about what you and your life need out of a hairstyle. Do you need to shake things up? Or do you need to stay strong and not fall for every new trend that pops up? Either way, be brave enough to find the hairstyle that's right for you. Not sure where to start? That's what I'm here for.
There is nothing like throwing a little caution to the wind and trying something new with your hair. The fun part? Playing doesn't have to be permanent. Have fun with temporary, color depositing shampoos that let you rock pink hair that washes out before your next big meeting at work. Add a headband or a few strands of tinsel to your everyday look. Learn how to create a new braid or try the cool faux-hawk style that's all over YouTube. Follow my Facebook page for a daily dose of hair inspiration. There's a lot to be serious about in the world, today. Your hair isn't one of those things. Have fun!
If the idea of "Be Brave" or "Have Fun" has you thinking, "Juliette. PLEASE give me an idea that's less woo-woo and more practical," this one's for you. Go through the hair products in your shower and in your bathroom cabinet. Are they old? Ineffective? Do they actually make your hair do what you want it to? The new year is a great time to replenish your shampoo, conditioner, styling products and hairbrushes (yes, hairbrushes!) with products that help you nourish, protect and style your hair. If you need any recommendations, let's talk about options during your next visit. I carry Paul Mitchell products because they are effective, affordable, and there's a product line for every hair type.
Whether you're looking for a brand new style or would like to recreate a look you've loved for a long time, communication with your stylist is the key to success. Here are four tips I have for you to make sure you walk out of the salon happy with your hair.
Bring a photo. If you can show me what you want, rather than try to tell me, all the better. The photo can be of a celebrity or, even better, one of yourself with the hairstyle you'd like to achieve. This will help me understand your personal definition of "short" or "caramel highlights." Different terms mean different things to different people. Pictures help.
Be honest about your lifestyle. If you don't have time to style your hair every day, let me know. If you'd rather not use a lot of product, let me know that too. Both will influence the kind of style that is ultimately right for you.
Ask questions. This is especially important during the styling phase of our time together. If you don't understand why I'm using a certain product, or how to use a styling tool to achieve the look I'm creating, let me know. Your questions won't offend me. I want you to be able to look great and feel great when you style your own hair at home.
Take my advice. I absolutely want you to have the look you're going for. But I also want you to have the right look for your particular face shape, hair texture and lifestyle. If the look you want doesn't lend itself to any of these - I'll let you know. After we agree on the overall look you want, I'll offer little tweaks here and there that will achieve a great style that's perfect just for you.
If you have even a little bit of curl, summer is the time to make the most of it. Here's how I like to do it. You'll need three products and your fingers. That's it!
Lay the foundation for your curls by washing with a curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner. I recommend Paul Mitchell's Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo and Spring Loaded Frizz-Fighting Conditioner. They are super gentle, smell amazing, and will get you well on your way to wavy hair. The key ingredient to fantastic waves? Paul Mitchell Twirl Around. All of my curly-haired clients swear by this product. It's a cream/serum hybrid that will give you frizz-free, soft waves (no crunchy curls, here!).
Now, onto the technique....
Spend time twirling small sections of your hair around your finger. You can twirl away from your face, toward your face, however you like. This takes a little time, but is totally worth it. Once you're done, you'll have a head full of twists. Now the hard part....leave it alone! Don't touch it, don't mess with it until your hair is dry. If you absolutely have to speed things along, gently dry with a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer.
When your hair is dry, tousle those waves and voila! That's it. Your perfectly imperfect summer waves are set. You can touch them up the next day with a small/medium curling iron if you need to.
The Paul Mitchell Neon line is proving to be extremely popular at the salon. It's flying off the shelves, for good reason! In addition to the Sugar Cleanse Shampoo and Sugar Rinse Conditioner, the line includes several styling products. I've been using two of them, lately, and find them to be really different from anything else Paul Mitchell offers.
Each of these products has the signature Neon sugar scent. I don't think it's overly sweet and I also don't find it necessarily lasts all day like the Lavender Mint products.
Sugar Confection Working Spray: This hairspray offers light, flexible hold and is perfect for setting an everyday style. I would choose something a little stronger for an updo, but I love this one for keeping fly-aways in place. It's also terrific for wavy hair. Spritz a bit of this on damp hair and let it air-dry to create touchable waves with minimal effort.
Sugar Cream Smoothing Cream: This is another very light, easy-to-use product. Apply to damp hair and style as usual to get a little extra hold, shine smooth strands. This product would work well on any hair type, but I think it's especially well-suited for fine hair.
Sugar Cleanse Shampoo: This shampoo is a workhorse that will get your hair super clean, without stripped out your color. I don't recommend it for anyone with super dry or damaged hair, but it's terrific for anyone with fine hair that tends to get weighed down by other products.
Sugar Rinse Conditioner: This conditioner is much the same as the shampoo - it does the job without damaging color-treated hair. It's not thick enough for anyone with extremely dry/damaged hair but does a nice job of detangling normal hair types. Plus, it's very lightweight so your hair won't fall flat once you style it.
Next time, I'll let you know what I think about the styling products in the Neon line. (Sneak preview: I think they're great for lots of hair types!). If you'd like to try out the Neon shampoo and conditioner, let me know the next time you're in my chair. I'd be happy to use them on you!
I'm so, so happy that summer is here. For many of us, it means vacation time with family; afternoons on the patio with friends; or little league games with the kids. Being outside is wonderful...except for the toll the sun can take on your hair. You know your hair has overdosed on the outdoors when it starts to feel dry, becomes unmanageable, or the color begins to fade or turn brassy. Follow these three tips to protect your style this summer.
Hydrate from the inside out
You know how essential it is to stay hydrated by drinking water. Give your hair the equivalent of a tall glass of water by spritzing your hair with Awapuhi Moisture Mist - spritz after you wash your hair, spritz when you get out of the pool...spritz any time, any place.
Protect your color
If your hair is colored, the sun, chlorine, salt water and other outdoor elements can slowly strip away your investment. I can't recommend Paul Mitchell's Ultimate Color Repair Line highly enough for color protection. This trio is super gentle and effective at maintaining your gorgeous hair color.
Don't skip trims
Last, but certainly not least is this: come see me! I know time can grow short during the long, vacation-filled days of summer. But maintaining a regular trim schedule is the best way to keep your style looking great.
Everyone who uses hair products has had that moment. The one where you suddenly realize you've gone overboard with the gel/serum/mouse/hairspray, and now your hair is sticky or greasy. Should you wash your hair and start over? (If you're a guy, maybe. If you're a woman, nah. Pull it back and get on with your day) Should you swear off products for good? (Definitely not!) Here's how to avoid getting into a hairy mess to begin with.
General rule: Start with a small amount and add a little bit more if necessary.
Gel, Pomade and Mousse
Gel, pomade and mousse are intended to add structure to your hair, so it's important to start small and add as you go. For gel and pomade, begin with a dollop of product in your palm that's the size of a nickel. If you need more, add a dime's worth of product and go from there.
Mousse can easily get out of control because the way it's dispensed can be a little unpredictable. Start with a ball of foam that's the size of an egg, then add more in small dabs from there.
Serum is definitely the most-feared product that I send home with clients. It's true that serum can make your hair greasy and heavy if you use too much. So don't use too much! With a thicker serum, like Awapuhi Wild Ginger, start with a dime-sized amount. Apply it to the roots of your hair, then work up your hair shaft toward the scalp.
Hair oil is a little trickier, but it's so incredibly good for your hair that it's worth the effort. The Paul Mitchell Marula Oil comes with a dropper. Don't use the entire dropper! The texture of your hair will determine how much oil to use:
Shampoo and Conditioner are pretty easy to deal with - if you use too much, you can simply wash it away of course. But for the sake of making them last as long as possible, use a quarter-size dollop of each in the shower.
When you think about how much hairspray to use, think about it in terms of getting even coverage. Your hair should never feel crispy or stiff after using hairspray (unless you're finishing an up-do or another style that should not budge). For regular, daily use, hold the can of hairspray about 12 inches from your head and spritz away. Come in a little closer if you have an extra stubborn piece of hair that's just not listening. At the end, your hair should feel touchable but well controlled.
Paul Mitchell is really upping their game when it comes to luxury hair products. First, Awapuhi Wild Ginger burst onto the haircare scene and put everyone on notice that Paul Mitchell wasn't content with their already terrific line of everyday products. Then came the outstanding Ultimate Color Repair line, packed full of quinoa to restore and protect colored hair. And now? Marula Oil.
Marula Oil, you guys! If you have hair that is coarse, dry or damaged in any way then Marula Oil is your new savior. Marula oil is cold pressed from the marula nut, grown in Africa. The cold press process preserves the quality of and nutrients in the oil. Plus it's 50% more protective than the very popular argan oil (an ingredient found in many other hair oils). The Marula Oil line includes a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, and 2 oil formulations: normal and light.
As if the quality of the Marula Oil products weren't enough to be impressed with, I'm also really proud that part of Paul Mitchell's investment in them has to do with an investment in the communities where Marula Oil is sourced. Through a partnership with a group in South Africa, the company has hired close to 4,000 fair trade workers who didn't have jobs before- mostly women - to extract and cold press the oil. How great is that?
You can find these fantastic products at my salon - come in for a visit and I'll be happy to try them out on you!
If you're a guy and you sit in my chair, chances are pretty darn good that you're going to walk out with a dab of Reformer in your hair. This pliable hair putty provides terrific hold and a matte finish that's perfect for many different styles. Want to know a little secret? This stuff actually makes your hair look a bit thicker, too. Here's what one of my clients has to say about his experience with Reformer:
A common question I'm asked by clients as they head out the door with a fresh new hairstyle is, "How can I get this look at home?" Since I don't do housecalls (!) I'll let you in on one secret to achieving your best style at home. The brush makes a difference. Think of your hairbrushes and combs as tools. You wouldn't use a socket wrench to drill a hole, right? Of course not. So don't think you can have one hairbrush that will do it all, either.
Looking at the tools pictured above, here's what each one is used for (left to right):
The Wet Brush is a terrific tool to use on children who run in the other direction when it's time to brush out tangles and knots. The specially formulated IntelliFlex bristles are thin, strong and super flexible. This means they won't tug, tear, pull or rip at the hair. It also makes quick work of distributing hair product through damp hair out of the shower. With gentle, consistent strokes you'll safely brush through wet hair without the damage regular brushes can inflict.
Aside from the fact that the Teez w/Eez comb is embellished with a little (faux) diamond accent, it's also a super effective tool for adding volume and shape to your hairstyle. The tapered end creates parts and sections, while the durable stainless steel pin bristles are stacked to create maximum lift with minimum effort.
The next time you're in my chair, let's talk about which brush will help you quickly and easily style your 'do!