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Just as you wouldn't go to a doctor who doesn't have the proper credentials, you probably wouldn't want to make a visit to a stylist without the proper licensing. While it's hard to believe, there are plenty of unlicensed hairstylists out there causing all sorts of problems.
In fact, during a recent surprise visit of salons in Miami, CBS News discovered that one-third of the six establishments visited had infractions of the unlicensed sort. Kristy Picornell, a victim of a stylist without a license, was left with chemical burns, a horrific shade of yellow-orange hair, and awful extensions. "The salon apparently used a super glue bonding rather than a bonding solution used for extensions," she said. Scary stuff. While Picornell was fortunate that she did not suffer permanent damage, she ended up suing the salon and winning her case.
Don't want spaghetti strands yourself? The best way to avoid potential hazards is to ask to see your stylist's license (which, according to individual state laws, should be prominently displayed anyway), or simply verify the license through your state's board of cosmetology either online or by phone.
You probably already take pictures of cuts and color to the salon so your stylist can see what you want. After all, the words "just a trim" and "caramel highlights" might mean different things to you than they do to the person behind the chair. But if you want to be extra thorough, rifle through your photos and find a shot or two of a look you don't want.
By providing stylists with a few photos of haircuts you're loathing, you can steer them away from a cut you don't want. Better still: The next time you get a cut you dislike, take a photo so you can explain what didn't work for you. Coupled with visuals of what you do love, you'll be more likely to get the kind of hairstyle you're after.
If you love free salon services and live near the West Coast, you're going to want to mark June 23 on your calendar, because that's when Kérastase is holding its Our Treat Day at salons all over the Western half of the country. Our Treat is a one-day blowout (literally) where Kérastase Consultant salons throw open their doors to the public and give out free treatment rituals and blow outs. All you have to do is drop by a participating salon — you can find the nearest one by visiting the Kérastase website. It's a sweet freebie, and the brand is also partnering with Locks of Love for the event, so while you're there, why not donate, too?
Need a new haircut and want to give the new iPad a spin, too? Well, if you're in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, now you can do just that. De Berardinis Salon (pictured) is replacing most of its print magazines with the digital device. Clients can play games, catch up on their favorite websites, and plow through their inboxes while washing their grays away. And if they're so in love with the iPad afterward, it won't be hard to find one of their own — the Apple Store is less than 10 blocks away.
A few weeks ago, I tried out a new hairstylist at a salon I'd never been to before. While I thought the cut was OK, the lighting within the salon was atrocious. Lines and wrinkles I didn't know about before magically appeared. Under-eye circles that didn't seem so bad when I left the house were amplified twofold. What joy.
Could it be that salon owner was using cheaper, less-than-flattering lighting to cut costs? Maybe it was that the colorists need a certain type of lighting for better hair color results? Whatever the case, I don't think I'm alone when I say that going to a salon should make you feel good about yourself, not the complete opposite. Have you had a similar experience or not? If it's the latter, lucky you.
If you've always wanted a hair consultation with a top stylist, you may just get your chance this summer. For the next few months, John Frieda's Style on Site Tour is taking its mobile salon to a bunch of cities all over the country, and anyone can come in for a free consultation — complete with a styling session and a 15-minute lesson on making the best of your hair type. You can find out if the bus is headed to your town, and where it will be, at the salon tour website.
And if the mobile salon isn't coming to a city near you, don't fret. You can sign up to win a one-on-one Skype session with my future husband, adorable stylist Harry Josh (that's him on the right, styling Audrina Patridge on the NYC stop of the tour). You know I'll be lined up when the salon hits SF, but what about you?
When it comes to salon visits, I can't say I've had too many disturbing moments. It was my fault that I let my stylist talk me into something I really didn't want, after all. And as far as sanitary conditions go, the grossest thing I've seen in the salon was probably watching stylists double-dip their hands into gallons of shampoo and conditioner with the top cut completely off. (I'm assuming it's so they could get every last bit of product a pump would have left behind.)
However, I've seen one too many episodes of Tabatha's Salon Takeover, and know that far worse things go down at the beauty shop. Most stylists really do take care to promote sanitary practices, but then there are a few that send us dialing the State Board of Cosmetology complaint hotline faster than you can say Seche Vite. What's your salon horror story? Tell us about it in the comments below.
I had so much fun perusing Flickr for unintentionally wacky beauty salon signs last time, I decided to look for more. Whether it's a waxing establishment with an oddly-worded offer or a grocery store aisle marker with a humorous assortment of goods, these beauty-related signs got a little lost in translation.
Source: Flickr User House Of Sims
Yesterday, a friend told a tale of waxing gone uncomfortably bad. Instead of going to her usual bikini waxer across town, she decided to hit up a different salon closer to her home. But this service was completely different. The waxer wore no gloves, having no qualms about touching my friend's most intimate parts. It should go without saying, but my friend wasn't keen on the sanitary levels of the salon. She's vowed to never return.
In general, I'm a big fan of people snapping on the latex whenever they're going to be in my business — and yes, that includes estheticians and waxers. What would you have done in this situation? Would you have said something?