Sunday, October 20, 2013

How can I train my hair to part in a new place (or not part at all)?

I have had a few clients in my chair ask me this before and the answer is kind of lame. You can, but it takes time, product, and patience. So here is a step by step break down of how you can "train you part"!

1- Buy Gel

You can get fancy professional gel, (my favorite is the TIGI Hard Head Gel)  or you can just get some cheap sauve gel at walmart for $2. For this it really doesn't matter. You just need a lot of gel.

2- Figure out where you want your New Part

This step is kind of self explanatory. So figure out where you want your new part and part you hair there (as best you can)

3- Apply Gel

When I say "apply gel" I don't mean "apply a healthy amount of gel throughout the hair" I mean apply a metric ton of gel to that one spot of hair at your new part. So if I part my hair on my left side, but now I want to part it in the middle, I will part my hair in the middle and the put gel on that middle part.

4- Wait.

You hair will look stupid. It really will. And it will feel crusty and dry, and awful. But you must wait.

5- Repeat

Yes, that's right. One go does not do what you need. You must repeat this about 3 times to get your desired results (with ethnic hair it's usually 5 times).

*Helpful Tips*
  • do this right before bed, and let the gel sit overnight and then shower in the morning. 
  • if you do choose to do this right before bed, using a little bit of professional gel product might be wise throughout the day. A professional product is less detectable than a cheap one.
  • If you are a guy trying to loose your part altogether, skip step 2, and apply the gel thoroughly. Then mess your hair up into that "no part" positioning. 

***Thanks to Gino Williams for asking this question!***

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Most Important Beauty Secret!

Why do we wear makeup? Studies have shown that women look in the mirror on average of 8-13 times a day. (Huffington Post) Most women will gladly admit that they get dressed up and put together more for their female peers than for men. You can often find memes and quotes on pinterest that say things like "Women don't dress for men, they dress for other women. If we were dressing for men then we'd run around naked!" And isn't it a little true? I mean for the most part men don't care how our scarf is tied or if our shoes match our handbag. But we do.

I decided to do a little more research and according to this post in the New York Times women who wear light and natural makeup are perceived as more trustworthy, likeable, competent and attractive. While many studies have shown women to be more likeable and attractive, this was the first show that a woman may be seen as more able than another due to her makeup. I don't want to spend this whole post going through different studies about makeup, so I am choosing to instead post the end results of the studies and a link to a website where you can read all of the details, like I have above!

It's also been shown that for women in the workplace, those who wear makeup make about %30 more than women who don't. There are several studies and sites that explain this, this one is my favorite because it is the least objective. I know it's unfair to think that society pressures women to cover up with makeup! How dare they not accept our natural beauty!? But then again we have been doing this for thousands of years!

In 3000 BC Egyptains used minerals, berries and insects to create makeup for their eyes, lips and skin. Henna was used to stain nails a rich warm red. Cleopatra started one of the very first marketed skin lines using minerals from the Dead Sea. in 1100 BC during the Chou Dynasty gold and silver were the royal colors, and only people of royal blood were allowed to wear them. If a commoner was found with gold nail paintings they were punished by death. I could go on and on for ages about the history of hair and makeup and color, but the bottom line is in many cultures from hundreds of year ago, having your hair done up, or red lips, meant that you were rich, powerful, or in a place of prestige. I know that now a days a 14 year old pot head can wear lipstick just as easily as Ivanka Trump, but we were programmed for hundreds of years to see makeup as a sign of being prestigious.

Now for one last study. Sara Scott, at Hanover College did a study on the effect of makeup on a woman's confidence. The study concluded the same as several others that women who wear makeup are overall more confident than those who don't. I am not saying that women who don't wear makeup have no chance of being confident! What I am trying to show you is that the reason makeup makes a woman look more trustworthy, attractive, reliable, and influential is because makeup gives most women confidence.

So there it is! That is the most important beauty secret! Be confident! Whether you have a massive zit, you just ran out of eyeliner, or you hate wearing makeup at all, be confident! Confidence is beautiful! And we all know inner beauty is more important than outer beauty (I mean who cares if you have flawless skin if nobody can stand you!?) but confidence is a type of inner beauty that other people can actually see and feel. It radiates from beneath the skin and shines through. So be confident! You might make %30 more!