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Halloween Horror Stories
The excitement of Halloween and all of its spookiness is upon us. It’s one of my favorite holidays mainly because it’s an opportunity to be whoever or whatever you want; and it’s usually totally acceptable! I enjoyed the times when I use to collaborate different ideas with my clients to help them to create a fun look for a party, and sometimes even book appointments for them to allow me to do their hair and makeup. I thought it would be fitting to share with you a “horror” moment of my career to perhaps remind us all that we are human, both stylists and clients alike. This experience truly taught me a valuable lesson about paying attention to detail.
This “horror” story involves a long time client we will call Mary. I attempted a technique on her I had recently shared with her and had it end up an “epic fail.” This happened years ago, before Cool buttons were prevalent on blow dryers. Back then, I would use the back of the blow dryer to immediately cool off the hair while wrapped around a round brush for a stronger set. I was sharing this technique with Mary explaining to her the benefits of smoothing and cooling as I have many times before for numerous other clients.
The next morning as I was finishing up a client, in walks Mary with a rather large towel wrapped around her head. Without hesitation, she walked up to me upset and asked if we could walk to the back and have a chat. Of course I obliged, and as soon as we were out of sight she unwrapped the towel to reveal a blow dryer, cord and all attached to the top of her head.
Before I could even control it, I laughed at this outrageous sight. She however remained calm and explained that she had done exactly what I had shared with her the day before but her blow dryer must have not been designed to do this. It was then I realized I had not told her to ensure the screen was on the back of the dryer to prevent this from happening!
I quickly whipped out the small tool kit I had in the salon and began taking the blow dryer apart as this was the only way to remove it without cutting the hair that was caught in the dryer to the scalp. Well, 45 minutes later and minimal damage to the sucked up section, we laughed about it all and she went and purchased a dryer with a screen. Lesson learned: pay attention to the details!
Now, I hope that you never have your own “horror” hair story of your own to tell. Chances are though, if you are a stylist long enough you will. I thought it would be interesting to share some other stories with you so, I asked one of our very own Artists to share her “horror” story, here you go…
Artistic Director Sexyhair
In hair school, there was a student in the class right before me who ended her career before she even graduated.
While performing a haircut she sliced the entire top of a client's ear off, ouch! The client was cool as a cucumber and happened to be a nurse. She decided she would go to the hospital to have her ear fixed; the only problem was the ear was missing!
After many people in the school joined in on a huge “ear hunt”, we happened to find it on the bottom of someone’s shoe.
The client was definitely a trooper though. She took her ear, went to the hospital and then came back to have her haircut, by another student of course! The unfortunate student who did the slicing dropped out of school the next day.
- Sexy Hair® Artist Melanie Knapp
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Heat Protection using Style Sexy Hair®
I am very excited about the new launch of our Style Sexy Hair line of products. This line contains some great products that were in our Short Sexy Hair line, along with several new additions that are truly amazing. In addition, we recently introduced part 2 of the Style Sexy Hair line launch that includes our new 450 degree thermal protectant line. These products are hairstylist tested and are a must have when using heat tools to provide maximum results.
For this blog, I would like to give you tips on how to prepare the hair before using hot tools and provide examples on how to do it with our Style Sexy Hair line. Whether it’s straightening or curling, before the iron touches the hair it should be properly prepared. From shampooing, conditioning and drying to the desired results, there are ways to insure achieving the healthiest results possible by following these easy steps.
Step 2: Apply a mousse like Style Sexy Hair Blow It Upand work throughout hair thoroughly. If hair is damaged or super dry, use several drops of Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal to insure maximum moisture as well as speed up the blow dry time.
Step 3: Control the blow dry! What I mean by this is to make sure at all times that the direction of the blow dryer is always from scalp to ends. This will begin the process of smoothing the cuticle to reduce frizz. When 80% dry, part into sections that are no wider than the round brush you intend to use and continue to stroke the hair from scalp always toward the ends. Try to turn the brush as much as possible when controlling the ends as the bristles on the brush aid in helping the cuticle to lay flatter to the hairshaft. The idea behind this technique is that you are not relying on the heat of the iron to burn it flat. Round brushing is a less aggressive form of achieving the same results; the stroking motion will insure maximum preparation for the heat tool you will be using next on your hair.
Step 4: Curl or flatten as desired making sure to use a thermal protectant such as Style Sexy Hair 450 Protect. This spray will provide the protection needed against extreme heat as well as control the hair without a crunch feel. If a stronger hold is required, use Healthy Sexy Hair Soya Want Flat Hair spray or our Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Touchable. All of these products are to be sprayed lightly on both sides of the section of hair that is going to be ironed for best benefits. Finish design with Style Sexy Hair Molding Paste or Style Sexy Spray Clay if extra definition is desired.
Step 5: Show off your Sexy Style by posting it on Instagram and tagging it #bighairisbetter!
Artistic Director Sexyhair