According to Good Housekeeping, it is possible and easy to dye your hair yourself. Good Housekeeping stresses that more than two or three shades from the current hair color should be left to professionals, many people color their hair at home every day. Also make sure before you begin dyeing your hair your plumbing works. I had a broken pipe when I started mine and I couldn’t rinse my hair.
The key to dyeing your hair by yourself is to be prepared. If your hair is shoulder-length or greater, buy two turquoise color kits. Having multiple pairs of latex gloves, a coloring comb, a shower cap, and a bowl and brush for the dye, like professionals use, will make the process easier and the result will look more professional. Go through the kit boxes and lay out everything before starting, like a dentist or surgeon. Read all of the instructions beforehand and be sure you understand the process, to avoid stopping in the middle and possibly leaving the dye in for too long, which is a very common mistake. Have solid, clear lip balm to apply along your hairline to avoid dye streaks on your forehead, and make sure to have makeup removing towelettes available to clean drips and streaks off your skin as soon as they happen to avoid staining.
Make sure the area is prepared. Put down newspapers to protect the floor from dripping dye. Wear an old robe or open front top to avoid messing up the dyeing process by pulling a top over your head when you rinse. Make sure you have at least two mirrors set up so that you can see what you’re doing and apply the turquoise dye evenly. Start at the top of your head to allow the roots to process longest and comb the dye evenly through your hair. When it’s time for the dye to process, make sure to use a shower cap so you can move around without splattering dye throughout your space.
When summer finally arrives, so too does the endless sunshine, social commitments and a longing for effortless and natural styling. This summer is no exception with a focus on hairstyles that require minimal time to create but still look chic and composed. Think layered bangs that frame the face, bouncy and textured bobs that skim the shoulders and sleek up-do’s that will take you from the beach to the BBQ all in the same afternoon. This summer has provided inspiration in spades and we have broken it down into three easy trends to suit everyone.
Summer has seen the return of bangs in all the best forms. Regardless of your face shape or hair type, there is a flattering fringe to suit. If you’re up for a bit of commitment, take inspiration from the 50’s and go for short crop. The micro-bang is bold but works with a variety of textures from thick, curly hair to thin and straight. For a more natural look, try a layered fringe that skims the brow line or add some length to frame the face. Movement naturally adds a relaxed, understated glamour to your look that is reminiscent of the 70’s and can be adapted to suit all ages.
The Versatile Bob
The bob is one hairstyle that has been on trend for a while now however the style is continues to evolve. This summer has seen a slightly longer length that sits between the jawline and the shoulder and is all about texture. Perfect for both curly and straight hair types, the bob will take you from day to night with minimal effort but loads of sophistication. There are many adaptations of the bob including blunt, sleek cuts, one length all over and undone messy textured looks. With so many fabulous options to choose from, there is sure to be a beautiful bob to suit you! Try adding interest with some fun hair clips for the perfect homage to summer!
The one thing that is guaranteed about the summer months is that it will be hot! Our time spent outdoors increases and our pace generally slows down. This is perhaps why we were loving effortless up-do’s this year. Favoured by celebrities, cat-walk models and Princesses alike, we have seen a variety of looks from relaxed to ultra-glam. Wearing your hair up is no longer limited to sporting events and nights spent on the couch. Try a messy top-knot at the beach or low bun for a casual lunch, sporty braids for the gym or a sleek ponytail for dinner out with friends. For a fashion forward look pull your hair up and show off your sunkissed face in all its glowing and glittering glory. Accessorise your look with a vibrant scarf or a big bow tied around your ponytail for the ultimate summer vibe!
Summer is ultimately about adaptable fuss-free styling. These three key trends prove that fashionable looks don’t need to take hours to create, leaving you more time to get out and enjoy yourself!
If you want to lighten your hair but don’t want to damage it, continue reading. Yes, it is possible to naturally lighten your hair using the products that you have in your house and in your kitchen! We will show you what you can use to naturally bleach your hair, without toxic chemicals:
Simply wash your hair and then apply lemon juice to it. We suggest that you mix half cup of lemon juice and half cup of water. You should leave it on your hair for about ten minutes. Then just wash your hair again, this time with a shampoo and conditioner, as you would usually do. If you don’t have lemon, you can also use apple cider vinegar, for similar effects. Don’t worry, it won’t leave any smell on your hair!
Make very strong chamomile tea (it means you should add like three tea bags in one cup of water) and apply it on your hair. You can leave it on your hair longer than lemon juice because it doesn’t have any side effect. You can even leave it up to one hour, for the best results, if you have time.
You probably know that you can use baking soda for almost anything: cleaning your house, whitening your teeth or removing stains from your clothes. Well, you can also use it to bleach your hair naturally. Leave it on your hair for about 5 minutes, because it is stronger than lemon and chamomile. Then wash your hair and apply conditioner or mask.
These products are completely natural and chemical free which is good, but it means that you have to be patient because they may take more time to lighten your hair. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t see desired results immediately. Just repeat the procedure after a couple of days. If you persist and keep using these products, we are sure you will see the result! Not only will your hair become lighter, but it will also have more shine.
These methods have the best effect on women who have naturally light hair. Unfortunately, if you have very dark hair, this products probably won’t help you a lot. It is because dark hair has stronger pigment and it is difficult to change it. Anyway, you can have some benefits of these products, too. If you apply these products your hair will be shiny and it will look healthier!
Being a hair stylist seems like the perfect job. With all its perks you may think it’s always Flexi-rods, straighteners, and extensions; I mean what’s the worst that could go wrong in the beauty industry. It is intended to be fun right, Wrong. Just like anything in life, working in the cosmetology industry has its stressful moments, but we’ll get to that.
Pros of Being a Hair stylist
Let’s get into all the great stuff that make being a hair stylist the ideal job. Becoming a licensed stylist is possible before even graduating high from school. Many cosmetology schools offer programs that train you in the beauty field, allowing you to graduate with a hair license and diploma. The length of the course is one of the most appealing factors to most, considering that they graduate in a short period. For most, getting a hair license lasts between twelve and fourteen months. There is also the part-time class option that makes the course a bit lengthy to about two to four months.
The flexibility and scheduling arrangements that come along with hairstyling: The last thing one needs in this modern world is the lack of balance and feeling trapped in a career. As a woman or man with children, a student with a demanding school schedule or an entrepreneur of another hustle, it’s a great perk that being a hair stylist gives you flexibility and balance between your life and career. As a stylist, you’ll choose your working days and hours.
The opportunity to start new careers. Being a hairs tylist gives one the clientele and foundation for blooming into other businesses like having their hairline be it selling hair or hair products. With doing so, you can sprout an additional source of income from your career as a stylist. Being a hair stylist can be a path to get you to many other blooming careers. Be positive. Remain committed to your job and focused on building a brand.
You determine your worth and set your price. As a stylist, you have the upper hand of picking your price. You are in full control of setting the cost and getting the value of your craft. Yes, gone are the days of being underpaid.
You don’t have to wait for paychecks any longer. Another perk of being a hair stylist is getting cash every day as the payment for your service and even some generous tips. Cash on demand gets rid of the nuisance of waiting for a paycheck or counting working hours. However, if you are an employee at a salon, this will differ, as you will be receiving what you have agreed upon with your boss. But you could always bargain on the salary depending on your skills and experience.
Cons of Being a Hair stylist
Being a hair stylist comes with unsteady income. Someone who wants to be a hair stylist but comes from a nine-to-five job background will cringe at the thought of having an unknown income. A stylist’s salary depends on how many clients they have been of service to. Also, how much they are paying for the craft and tips. There are setbacks like a canceled appointment or no-show ups, which all cut in your cash-outs. There are so many unknown factors that make it hard to calculate the exact weekly and monthly earnings of a hair stylist.
Building Clientele: In the hair business, you have to be your biggest fan. You have to ensure your own promotion as a way of gaining clientele and showcasing your craft. Don’t be depended on your customers returning or new people giving you a try. What you have to do is put your best foot forward and show the world what you can do. With social media, this has become way easier as you get attention if you stand out. Self-promotion isn’t easy, especially for a reserved person, but you have to do it! Consistency is key! Have excellent customer service and do your best to promote yourself. All these tips will help build a clientele. Don’t be discouraged if you are under-booked in the beginning.
You have to budget for rent. As an independent stylist, sooner or later, you will be required to find an office. You could either be part of a salon and pay suite rent or booth that could vary from between 150$ and 200$ each week. If it’s a new stylist, this can be a substantial requirement. Tip: you could always start as an employee as you earn and save on working on your independent brand.
Being a hair stylist comes with purchasing working tools and products: Unless you are an employed stylist, whether you freelance or work at a salon, you have to buy work-related items to do your work. Hair products like oils, shampoos, conditioners, hair clips, dryers, curlers, and so forth are inevitable requirements to buy. Tip: Invest in high-quality tools and products. When you buy quality tools, you’ll spend less on replacing them now and then because they are durable.
The burden that comes with handling different types of personalities: It’s not new for a hair stylist to complain about rude customers, canceled and no-show appointments, and not forgetting clients with unrealistic expectations. It’s no lie, dealing with different types of people and hair types can be a handful. It can also be very intimidating, tiring, and demanding to deal with inquiries when they want to book an appointment via social media, texts, emails, or calls. Tip: don’t be pressured! Use scheduling websites, have a FAQs section in your social media bio and website that include the necessary info to avoid repeated questions.
No Benefits! At this point, it is where it gets serious. All the above cons can be easily solved, but what about this? As an employee, you are assured of benefits like health insurance, life insurance, and dental care paid by the boss, but as an independent stylist, you don’t have such benefits. Tip: Get insurance! Talk to insurance professionals if you have to but make sure you are covered. Insurance saves you money and stress for rainy days. Like any other career path, becoming a hair stylist is no different, this too has its pros and cons.
Before making up your mind about getting that hair license and being a stylist as your career, make sure you have set realistic and attainable goals. You get out of this career what you put in. Do not expect to graduate out of beauty school and have the same path and equal success as someone else. If you put in hard work and effort, you will reap all the benefits being a stylist can offer. If you are the type to sit around and wait for things to happen for you; your career will not grow as quickly as it should. There is no holy grail!
Passionate about hair? Want to become a hair stylist but don’t know how? Well, becoming a hair stylist is not that difficult if you are determined! Here are some ways that you need to know or practice before becoming a hair stylist:
Hair here, hair there! In order to become a hair stylist one should understand hair first. All of your clients would have different hair types and you should know how to style and treat them. I made a guide that will help you differentiate them: 1. Straight hair (type 1): This type of hair is usually greasier and shinier than any other hair types. Why? because natural oils on their scalps can move down the hair shaft faster. 2. Wavy hair (type 2): Wavy hair is of course called wavy because of the wave like strands of hair. It is usually thicker than straight hair. 3. Curly hair (type 3): Curly hair is the type of hair that bends, curves and coils. Its shape is very similar to a spring. 4. Kinky hair (type 4): Kinky hair is sensitive to heat and product. It is also known as very curly hair.
Products Understand what product is needed for a specific kind of hair. Some products can damage hair more than treat them. As a person with long straight hair I carefully choose my shampoos, conditioners and oils because some products do not suit with my hair type. A hair stylist would be responsible if their client’s hair is damaged so I recommend that you check the products first. It would also be nice if you ask about the client’s preferred brand to be able to satisfy them.
Haircuts and hairstyles
A haircut or hairstyle would suit your costumers if it fits their face shape. It is a hair stylist’s duty to be able to find a suitable hairstyle that the client was not able to find. This is another guide to help you understand face shapes and hair styles:
1. Rectangle: Those with rectangular face shapes would be suited with hair styles that doesn’t elongate their face. Longer hairstyles would elongate your face so a rectangle should avoid these.
2. Square: A square shaped face would likely draw attention to the forehead, jawline and cheekbones. Hairstyles that highlights their cheekbones would suit them.
3. Diamond: They have angular face shapes. Hairstyles that are able to soften these angles are the best for them.
4. Oval: They have appearances that are balanced. A large variety of hairstyles would suit them.
5. Round: They have faces that are almost equal in length and width. Hairstyles that can add shape to the face will suit them.
6. Heart: A person with a heart shaped face has a broad forehead and broad cheekbones. Their hairstyle should draw attention to the bottom half of their face.
7. Triangle: They have strong jawlines that are wider than their forehead. Hairstyles that can balance their jaw suits them.
Be creative when styling hair. Why? because it makes it would make your work stand out from the work of
other hair stylists. It would also give you regular costumers who keep on coming back for your work. You can also study the color theory to be able to recommend hair colors to your clients.
Techniques and Methods
You should know the methods and techniques in cutting and styling hair as a hair stylist. A single type of cut can change a whole appearance. A single uncolored strand of hair would also pop out.
Attending beauty schools will help you excel in hair styling. It might be a bit pricey but it is more affordable than most careers paths. It will also be able to help you improve so it’s worth the shot!
Learn from professionals You can learn from celebrity hairstylists through the internet. You can also watch or read tutorials. Buying books on hair styling would also be great help!
Practice! In everything that you do, you should practice! and that includes hair styling. You can practice on your friends, family, relatives or even yourself! You can apply part-time at salons in order to gain hands-on experience.
If you are able to follow these steps you can become a respected hairstylist! Let’s not forget about being respectful to our clients too. If you are capable to make clients stay then you have surely become a successful hair stylist but even if you fail or succeed just keep on practicing! There is always space for improvement!