It’s January 2nd, and I have already failed. I had one too many bubbles on New Year’s Eve, and I failed to wake up and hit the gym on January 1st. The secret I learned is that tomorrow is always another day, and I don’t have to scold myself too harshly for failing. After all, it is another year, and that tallies another year of age. With age comes the wisdom to know I have to stop beating myself up.
The same holds true with my philosophy on Beauty. If my routine is too fussy and my resolution to my looks demands too much work, this is the set up for failure. Failure always makes me feel bad. So girls, here is my New Years challenge: make this the year of acceptance.
For starters, accept your texture. Instead of showing your stylist a picture of the you you wish to be, ask your stylist, “With my texture and thickness, what style do you think will best suit my hair?” Sometimes change requires growing and/or adjustments, but overall, when hair is cut to its natural texture, it dries well naturally. No kidding, when we force our hair to be something it is not, we invite failure to occur. Who wants to spend an hour doing the perfect blow out to have it fall apart by a walk outside on a humid day?
The other thing to remember when creating the new you, is to ask your stylist, “What is the shape of my face, and how should I wear my hair to compliment it?” The rule of thumb is wherever your face holds the most weight, soften that area with hair. You will be amazed how this simple trick makes the eye train to believe that weight loss has occurred.
Keeping up with your color is also a resolution that can be made simple if we ask ourselves a few basic questions. As a colorist, I always ask these questions to my clients during their consultation. I feel that I help bring to fruition a client who is satisfied.
1. I ask my client how often they think they could come in.
2. I give the client a ball park figure of how much maintenance will cost.
3. Budgets and time are a big reason to choose colors closer to ones natural.
If these questions are not concerning, then we start talking about what I feel would look best on the clients complection and eye color. When deciding color, I always consider the amount of gray and the density of the hair. I feel these two issues directly effect how a color oxidizes or changes in the 4-5 week color cycle. We make a strategy and lock into it so the color I create feels like it belongs to you.
Keep it real, and you will be able to maintain your new look flawlessly, one resolution at a time.