I have been writing a draft with the idea for this Blog post for months now. Some how it kept getting started, then forgotten. Probably in the midst of all the holiday hustle and bustle, followed by birthday parties, and then the never ending changing, feeding and keeping 2 small children entertained and alive it just got away from me:) One of my friends and fellow hair dressers from college posted the following bit to her stylist page she runs on Facebook and it reminded me I wanted to finish this draft. Her post and photos were dead on with what I had been thinking and wanting to blog about it. I asked her if I could use her post from her page as part of this post and she gladly obliged. Thanks Faith:) She is a stylist at a salon in New Hampshire, so this is happening in salons all over. (Please excuse the screenshot photos I used from her)
Above you see the photo of the girl with long brown hair on the left and her after picture shows a beautiful light blonde. – It says it took 12 HOURS to achieve that look!!! 12 HOURS!!! That’s almost 2 WHOLE work days!!!
The photo above that of the girl with gray hair with lavender balyaged highlights throughout makes it look so simple that you as a client could just show that picture to your stylist, and in your normal 1.5 hour appointment spot, you could walk out with those same results. What that photo doesn’t show is that the girl in the photo probably had multiple days of getting services done to get to that point, or spent many hours in the salon to arrive at that color in one day.
Why do I post these thoughts from my friend and these photos taken mostly from Guy Tang’s ( a celebrity stylist) Instagram and Facebook pages?! I think there is a real need for clients(and stylists) all over to realize the difference between “Pinterest and Reality”. By Pinterest, Im also including all social media platforms- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchap, etc. Most of the time when a client (myself included) is looking for a new color, they go to these social media platforms to get inspiration, and that’s great!! I LOVE when a client sits in my chair and shows me a picture. This is such a helpful part of the consultation process. It takes any guess work out of the equation. If a client is saying they want “dark” hair, and you don’t have a picture to see what “dark” hair is to them, you as a hair dresser may go to the back and mix up a dark brown, and they may have actually been thinking along the lines of dark blonde. Everyone’s perception of color is totally different. So this is why I LOVE when clients bring photos to show me. What I DON’T love, and what makes our job as stylist’s very difficult is how many of these pictures are extremely photo shopped, have had photo filters used on them, and give no indication to the work that was involved to get to the look in the photo.
Below you can see a photo of the same girl, photo shopped to 3 different hair colors. To look at one of these “inspiration photos” you’d never be able to guess which (if any) are her natural color. Since all it took to get her to those different colors was a click of computer mouse, the amount of time going into the process to get her those colors, which in the salon would be considered a “corrective color” process is non exsistent and looks so easy.
Moral of the story…..Changing from one color to another drastic color or achieving these very trendy high fashion colors is very time consuming and can not always be achieved in one appointment (sometimes it’s just not possible, others it’s to keep your hairs integrity in tact!). These drastic color changes can also get pricey depending what you started with and how much has to be done to get you to your desired look. Your stylist works very hard and does her best to get you where you want to be with your final look. She is not over charging you, I promise. She is charging you for her time, the work she put in and the product/color used to achieve your goal. Realize going into these appointments what you are committing to, time wise and cost. Realize that the picture you are showing your stylist from social media may be heavily photo shopped and not 100% realistic. Make sure to have a conversation with your stylist if you have a certain price expectation so she can tell you if that look you are going for will even be doable with that budget. Realize your stylist LOVES doing your hair and working her magic on you and making you happy and beautiful, but also know that she’s not a magician and can only do so much:)
Have a color inspiration photo you’ve been dying to try?? Bring it with you to your next hair appointment to have a consultation with your stylist. Need an appointment?? Call the salon at 724-349-5444 or schedule online at http://www.Cameronsalon.com
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