Many people think they are capable to color their hair themselves at home. I know you have seen the commercials with famous actresses looking beautiful and stating “you are worth it”. Do you honestly believe Beyoncé goes to her local drugstore, buys box hair color, and puts it on herself at home? Really? No she pays a professional hair colorist to create her own unique color, and it is gorgeous.
If you are thinking of coloring your hair, seek a salon with a licensed cosmetologist. In order to obtain that cosmetology license those stylists have had to complete hundreds of hours of training. Learning the chemical compositions of the products they use, and the hair itself. Most of them continue learning by taking extensive hair color classes. After being in the business 25 years I had the opportunity to train at the Sassoon Academy in ABC hair color techniques. I had a thorough knowledge of color, hair and years of salon experience. I did not know the art of different applications and the methodical approach to it. The color applications that I am now capable of are only limited to my imagination. I consider myself to be a very good colorist and I would never attempt to color my own hair. The application is just as important as the formula to achieve the desired end result.
Yes the formula. You see it is really a science – chemistry. The condition of the hair, underlying pigments, previous color, and the amount of grey are just a few factors that will determine what you end up with. So those boxes on the shelf of “light brown” may not turn out to be light brown on you. In fact they will not be the same on everyone. Also do you know what strength the developer is? Most people do not and wonder why their hair feels so dry and tangly after their home color. Professional hair color done correctly by a stylist should not damage your hair. Stylist know what strength of developer to use or not. The stylist should explain prior to application the outcome you can expect. Most clients tell me their hair feels better after color service. So please don’t try it at home. Look at a professional hair color service as a treat to yourself. A relaxing trip to the salon can make you look and feel better!
In 1899 the Bobbi pin came into use to hold hair in the “bob” style look for women. It was invented in Paris by Luis Marcus. In the 1920’s it gained popularity. Bobbi pins are still widely used to hold hair in place. Bobbi pins come in metal and plastic. They range in color to “blend” in with the hair color so not to be seen. Salon Professionals as well as the average joe on the street uses Bobbi pins. Have you ever really thought of their many uses?
While attending a Teachers conference we were asked to list as many uses of a Bobbi pin as we could in one minute. Sort of a “minute to win it game”. It was designed to make you think out of the box – mind map. Well my table came up with some creative uses; hold hair, replace broken eyeglass leg, clean under nails, separate eyelashes, scratch yourself, hold clothes together when button falls off, hold papers together, hold button in on gearshift of car to change gears, pick your nose (yuck!), paint with, nail art tool, use as a toothpick, the list went on and on. Needless to say our table won the challenge, we are kind of competitive.
So there you have it a little Bobbi pin history and a few “new” uses for the tool. Next time you grab a Bobbi pin remember it’s not limited for hair holding only!
As licensed professionals in the beauty industry, we are actually in the service industry. Understanding this and providing every client everyday with five star customer service will be the reason you will achieve success or not.
Look around you at the bank, restaurants, or retail stores. How many people actually take pride in their appearance? How many offer you a service with a smile? How many offer to help you BEFORE you have to ask? Today we live in a world where it seems people care only for themselves. “What’s in it for me?” When we do run into someone that gives us outstanding service, we are shocked and thrilled. Those service providers make us want to go back for more.
While Christmas shopping last year, in a large department store for boots, a saleswoman offered to help me and my daughter find the pair we were looking for. I mentioned the style and brand to her. She immediately took us to the exact pair! She offered to get the correct size for my daughter to try on. Before going to the stockroom, she showed us a comfy seat we could wait for her to return. She quickly returned with two boxes. One box had the boot my daughter had asked for, and the other had a pair in a slightly different style. She brought both as she thought my daughter may like the second pair better for comfort. My daughter tried both pairs on, and the saleswoman was right. The pair we did not ask for were better! Much to our surprise my daughter chose that pair AND they were 40% off!! Needless to say, I was paying so I was over the moon. I stood up and said we will take them, where do we pay? She informed me if I was paying by credit card she could take it here, I could remain in the comfy chair. I sat back down and gave her my card. Within minutes we were checked out and on our way. Now that was 5 star service. What a pleasure. I truly believe if more service providers would behave like this the world would be a happier place.