Is it Possible to Achieve the Salon Style at Home?

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Answered by: Delilah, An Expert in the Hair - Styling Your Own Hair Category
In the salon industry, it's common for an individual to experience both positive and negative outcomes after an appointment with a hairstylist. This occurs even when the individual patronizes the same establishment, using the same hairstylist. A client goes into the salon, finds a style, and magic is made. Other times, they feel like their has has been manipulated into a style and shape that the hair will not tolerate. However, for the most part, the experiences of salon patrons are positive. Most issues develop when the client washes the newly created hairdo down the drain. Consequently, trying to achieve the salon style at home becomes a bone of contention.

The creative artistry of a hairstylist may inspire the creation of a new style, like Jennifer Aniston’s “Rachel” or Farrah Faucet’s “A Line”. Then there are the more infamous styles that, for whatever reason, only a very few could pull off. For example, Dorothy Hamill’s “Wedge Cut”, the style appeared care free and easy to manage, but for those of us who have attempted the style, know the painful truth, without the proper texture, and body, we are left with the painful stage of growing out an unsuitable hairstyle.

However, what is actually learned from the salon experience is that imitating what the hairstylist managed to create with our mane, becomes suddenly impossible once we leave the salon chair. Instead of the smooth waves, or straight shiny mass of hair, the hairstylist created, all we have been able to accomplish is a tangled mess of tresses, going every which way but down. The fact that we had used the same styling tools, and styling aids, did not endow us with the same magical styling hands of the hairstylist.

Salon styling at home can be a walk in the park for many people, but for those of us whose opposable thumbs seem to hinder our ability instead of helping, trying to achieve the salon look at home, not only uses up considerable energy, but also causes us to feel a sense of failure. We revert back to clipping the hair in a bun or the everlasting committed ponytail crowns our scalp with the look of a fettered tether.

We try to exude the look of not caring about our appearance, which only shows how confident we are in our hairstyling ability, right? NOT!

Although salon creations, often times, seem unachievable in a home environment, there are ways in which a client can learn the "how to" with their hair, before they leave the salon chair.

With the creation of the curling iron, blow dryer, flat iron, and electric styling tools, it is much easier for salon patrons to emulate their do when they get home. In addition to styling tools, the massive inventory and availability of styling aids, make hair management much more feasible.

One way for you, the client, to learn how to achieve the salon style at home is to be uber observant in the process. Watch your stylist style your hair. Ask questions about why a certain angle is used with the curling iron, or why the temperature of the flat iron has to be adjusted. Furthermore, asking questions about the products, and why one product works better than another, is crucial to choosing the right kind of styling aid on your hair, and in particular, your hairstyle.

Great hairstylists are not a dime a dozen. The artistry that comes into creating a beautiful head of hair is a commitment to the individual’s beauty, and enhancement of their best features. This commitment has to extend to the client’s, after the salon, experience. The client needs to be able to maintain and express the style on their own ground. Thus, giving the client power to work their style successfully, in turn, allows for the success of the hairstylist.

The responsibility of the after care of a hairstyle is that of the client. When a client learns the process of working with their own hair and the hairstylist devotes the time, and energy to teach the client how to achieve the salon look at home, both parties benefit.

Clients that are able to maintain, their style at home will be loyal to their hairstylist. The trust that develops between client and hairstylist is cemented, and a dialog is established and continues throughout the client-stylist relationship.

So the next time you are sitting in the salon chair and your stylist is working the creative magic with your mane, ask your stylist about their styling voodoo. This way when you go home and wash the artwork out of your hair, you are able to repeat the magic, and in your success you are able to contribute to the success of your hairstylist.

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