1. GIRL, WASH YOUR HAIR.
Now anyone who knows me, knows I actually only wash my hair like once (maybe twice) a week. My hair is naturally straight, naturally fine, and can be a little limp. Usually on wash day I wear it in its natural state - straight that is, but there's no way I'm settling for limp. So the stuff I use on wash day is really important to set me up for the rest of the week. For me it's all about the volume, so I use the Revive Shampoo and the Revitalize Conditioner from Monat. It pumps up the volume in my hair, but keeps it oh so soft and tangle-free. It helps with static and flyaways and gives me a clean feeling without being stripped (especially important if you colour your hair like I do). Now, I know you don't all have hair like mine but trust me when I say, we do have a shampoo and conditioner for your specific hair type and its challenges. People often cheap out on their shampoo and conditioner but to me, those are your foundation products, they are going to set you up for success on the daily.
I always say, "Nobody likes change like a hairdresser". No matter what your haircut looks like (even if it's a pixie), you should be able to get at least 4-5 different looks out of it. If you don't think so, come see me and I will show you! You may have to get out of your comfort zone a little, learn a few tricks, use some different products and techniques but I'm not kidding...your hair has awesome potential and you are wasting it! Stop being boring and try something different with your hair. Sometimes my best looks have come out of my crazy bedhead (it sure helps with volume too)!
3. LEARN TO USE PRODUCTS.
I know it can be overwhelming and I know you don't want your hair to feel icky, but hair products are just solutions in a bottle. Whatever your problem is, there is a product to fix it and make it a lot more fun! If your hair is short - try a taffy or paste. If your hair is fine or long - mousse it and root boost it! If your hair is curly - try a cream and/or a gel. If it's thick and unruly - then smoothing products will be your best friend! Picking the right products for your particular hair challenges and goals is one thing (and I can definitely help you with that) but knowing when and how and why to apply it is also important. When you book an appointment at The Cat's Meow Salon I will show you exactly how to use each product, how much you should put in and where and then help guide you through all your options for styling it from there!
4. LEARN TO USE HOT TOOLS.
I could live (begrudgingly) without a hair dryer and I rarely use my flat iron (not really what I'm going for) but if someone took my curling iron away I would seriously cry. My formative years were the late 70's and 80's and I'm pretty sure by the time I was in grade 3, I was a whiz with the curling iron (thanks to my 2 older sisters). Nothing fixes my bedhead (check out my videos on Facebook) and gives my fine hair a lift (not to mention several more days without washing and endless styling options) than my beloved curling iron. I use a classic 1" Babyliss iron that I've had forever but if it ever quits, you can believe I will be rushing out to get another one. On that note, however, I do also love my blowdryer (BioIonic for the win) and do pull out my flatiron (one I received as a gift when I did hair for New York Fashion Week, so it's special to me) to fix my straight hair once in awhile. Hot tools are like a hammer and a drill for a carpenter...it's pretty hard to build a good looking structure without them. And the more you use them, the better you get at it and the more fun it is to switch up your look. Not to mention, the products we use and recommend are all eco-friendly, non-toxic, cruelty-free and naturally based. You can feel really good about using them...especially once I show you how!
When in doubt use a scrunchie, a scarf, a clip, or some bobby pins to dress things up or mess things up! It doesn't have to be perfect! Even if your hair is short, a hairband or a barrette can add a really nice accent to your hair and give people an excuse to compliment your style! There are so many fashionable and inexpensive accessories on the market now...you just need to go for it! It adds a bit of colour, or texture to your style, plus it can be really helpful to get rid of a bunch of hair before you start styling it. I am well known for taking my bed head, pinning up half of it and then salvaging the rest of it with my curling iron. And if I'm feeling a little drab, I'll add a little sparkle!