We all love that sudden boost of confidence when we strut out of the salon with a new haircut. Our hair is fresh and we look and feel great, but that feeling only happens once every couple of months. Unless you live with a hairstylist, your haircut can go from fab to drab very quickly. For those of us who cut their own hair, here are some tricks and tips from celebrity hairstylists that will keep our hair looking salon-worthy.
A great way to prolong that just-cut look is to analyze your lifestyle and what you can actually maintain. If routine cuts are affordable, experiment with more intricate cuts, such as bangs or blunt looks.
Edward Tricomi from the Warren-Tricomi Salon in NYC suggests a long and layered cut. He says it, “keeps its shape better than any other cut and looks like a longer version of the same style as it grows out.” For those that have shorter hair he suggests having the stylist cut “pointy cuts” all around the ends. This will give the hair softer edges so as it grows it will look like the original style. Any cut that is blunt or with shorter bangs will need routine trims and should be avoided if you do not have the time or money.
Split ends or breakage will definitely have you sitting in that chair every 6 weeks, so taking care of your hair is crucial. Brushes, blow-dryers and the wrong products can really kill a cut. Michael Angelo, founder and creative director of Wonderland Beauty Parlor, has worked with celebrities from Dita Von Teese to Beyoncé. He recommends that we budget a little more for our initial haircut. His philosophy is that, “a great haircut will last longer, grow out better and still be style-able after a few months.” Yes, it will cost a bit more but the long term savings will be worth it.
Some other advice he shares is to take good care of your hair. It is important to use the appropriate products, like conditioners, shampoos and even brushes, and to once in a while put the blow-dryer down. Jennifer Aniston’s hairstylist, Chris McMillan, says she often lets her hair air dry, this helps keep her cut looking great between visits.
One last tip that I find really helps is from Kevin Mancuso, creative director of Nexxus Salon Hair Care. He suggests that before you shampoo add some conditioner to the ends of the hair. This will help protect the ends from the “dehydrating effect[s] of the shampoo.” Doing this will keep the hair from becoming dry and causing split ends.
People often try and make a cut last forever, but the best advice I can share is Angelo’s: “As a haircut grows out it will begin to develop a new shape. Don’t try and make a haircut that is 3 months old look like it did 3 months ago. Style it for what it is, not what it was.” If you take care of your hair your original cut will transform into something new and beautiful as each day goes by.
– Yiannoula Choros
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