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What your Hairstylist Wants You to Know


When it comes to businesses and their respective consumers, the ways in which each particular group thinks can vary, which can sometimes cause challenges between the groups. In order to facilitate the best type of communication and get everyone on the same page, it’s nice to know how the other group thinks and try to do things with their perspective in mind.

When it comes to the world of hair styling and design, what a client wants and the final product they receive can vary greatly because of many factors. If a client brought in an image of their favourite celebrity’s hairstyle that they wanted replicated for them, they may not be happy with the end result due to differences in face shape, hair texture, etc.. The stylist would then have to create a variation of that style that would best suit the client in order to create a styled look that works.

Here are some other things (straight from different stylists themselves) about different things which can occur in the salon:

“Is texting during a hair appointment okay?

Tran: I personally don’t mind texting!

Abrio: Being on the phone texting during an appointment is such a common thing now. I think if you’re in the middle of a conversation, it’s rude, but if it’s not affecting the stylist and their work, it’s fine.

Stenson: If the client is the one texting, my policy is that it’s his/her time to do with what they will—as long as it doesn’t interfere with the cutting/styling process.

Monzon: Texting and cell phone usage has changed the way hairdressers work. Timing is important. For example, if you’re getting color applied, most likely it’s fine. If you’re getting a sharp, one-length haircut where the balance is important, then it’s definitely not a good time to be chatting or texting. But being in the salon, you should use the time to unplug, relax, and enjoy the experience of being taken care of.

What should a client do if they are unhappy with your cut or style?

Tran: It differs from person to person and how big of a change they are making, but telling me immediately so I can fix the problem is usually best.

Abrio: If a client is unhappy with their service they should definitely speak up. Even if a client calls up two weeks later, they should feel comfortable calling and speaking up. Trust me, we’d rather make you happy than lose you as a client… most of the time.

Stenson: If clients aren’t happy, I’d advise them to speak up immediately so the issue can be resolved. Clients should never leave the salon unhappy.

Monzon: A client being unhappy is a very unfortunate situation; this is why references and inspiration pictures are very important. Also being very upfront about the past history of your hair is very, very important, especially when it comes to chemical services.”

Ultimately the most important thing is for both parties to be mindful of each other in order to facilitate the best experience possible.

Headphone Hair


Most people have heard (and experienced) hat head/hair; when after wearing a hat for a prolonged period of time, the way that your hair was initially styled becomes altered and sometimes frayed and erratic looking. It’s something that is common and can be easily fixed for the most part, once the hat is removed. But, what about headphone hair? Wearing over the head style headphones have been proven to cause similar issues.

However, there is hope. Rather than having to fix your hair after you take off headphone, what about creating and wearing a style that works with them and facilitates form and function. A certain stylist did just that. “Often, headphones can mess with your hair-they can make it flat or tangled, like actual bedhead… so when Beats by Dre said, “Can you collaborate with us on this?” I thought, “Well, I’m always telling people to make their hair work for them, to use its natural form as an advantage… Why aren’t we making our headphones work for our hair? It can’t be that hard.” And it isn’t. That’s the good news.”

And for earbud headphones, there’s a style for that too!

“A braid holds the best, and even if you don’t know how to do a complicated braid, you probably learned how to do the classic three-strand braid just by playing with your Barbies. And now that we’re moving more towards wireless [headphones], just tucking the [wire] behind your braid seems like the easiest option for sure, because they won’t get in the way.”

You can see some of these headphone wearing hairstyles being created here. To get something similar for yourself, make sure to consult with your Ottawa hair specialist!

Mid-Length Hair Styles

Hate it or love it, back to school is in full effect which means that the official start to fall is quite close. At this point you’ve already gotten all of your supplies, new clothing and the like. More than likely you’ve also gotten a a new haircut to look your absolute best for the first day.

Both long and short hair can be easier to style once you’re maintaining the amount that you have, but what about those with hair that is in the middle? Here are some great tips for mid-length hair:

Whether you maintain your length or let it flow, Garren (hair expert)says, “Layer it out for more texture and movement, to have rhythm.” When it looks a little roughed-up, he explains, “it’s not so preppy. There’s a sexiness to it. It’s not just hanging.” He especially enjoys the romantic effect it has on light brunettes and dirty blondes.

To overturn a bout of major hair boredom, a crisp set of bangs may be in order. “A fringe that’s above the eyebrows will give [a lob] a more definite look. It’s more domineering,” says Garren. And whether you keep the length, grow it out, or snip it, for a high-impact set of bangs, “you have to have an eyebrow,” he says of the emboldened effect brought out by a substantial set of arches hovering below a horizontal line of hair—an impression that’s doubled by shades of dark brown and high blonde. “A wishy-washy color doesn’t have the [same] message.

Curly heads can stand to lose length, too. Twisted locs or individualized braids will put a signature stamp (and weight) on abbreviated coils. Says Garren, ‘when girls start cutting their hair and making an identity for themselves, that’s sexy.’”

If for whatever reason you haven’t gotten cut/styled yet for the new school year make sure to pay a visit to Caralyn’s, your Ottawa hair styling specialists.