It's been a busy start to February and I'm noticing a theme: transformations. Many of my clients are coming in wanting to make a dramatic change in color, style and (oftentimes) length. And that is when things get really fun in my chair! Here's a recent transformation I made for client, Sara, who also happens to be the resident beauty expert on Twin Cities Live. I've done a lot of major changes on her over the years, and the fact that she's regularly on TV means that a lot of people wind up commenting on her hair. No pressure! But Sara always follows my tried-and-true tips for taking the leap and it's served us both well. Here's how you can make a major change without the, 'What did I just do?!!" remorse.
- Bring me an inspiration picture - When making a big change, don't leave the door open for miscommunication. One person's pixie cut is another person's short bob, so bring me a picture and be ready to tell me exactly what you like about it - the length? the texture? the way the bang swoops just past the eyebrow?
- Be prepared to learn a new styling routine - Your new style will likely require a new product or two, such as mousse or a texture spray if you're going short; a color protecting shampoo and conditioner if you're changing the hair color. And you might need to learn how to wield a flat iron, or how to blow dry your hair differently. I'll show you what you need to know before you leave the salon, but be prepared for a learning curve at home. It might take some practice, but you'll become a pro with your new style in no time.
- Avoid crowd-sourcing opinions - When you've made a big change, and might be feeling the need for some external validation that you made the right decision, it can be so hard not to ask everyone you meet what they think of your new bangs. But your hair is your own. You are who you are. Your opinion is what matters. If you feel great, that's what matters. Not what your Amazon delivery guy, your cube-mate, or your mom think about your new look. Rock that transformation with confidence!
Sara went from long waves to a short bob. Here's her before, the inspiration picture she brought in, and the after!