What Does My Hair Stylist Really Mean?

For many, one of the most stressful things we do is going to the Hair Stylist.  Lets face it we are compulsive about our hair and we aren’t usually happy with what we got.  We always want other people’s hair.  I personally wish I had straight hair that I could put up in a bun while exercising but instead I have wild hair!

beautiful blond hairsSometimes it feels like you and your hair stylist are not speaking the same language.  Here is a guide to stylist-ese; the questions they ask you when you first sit in their chair.

  • Do you want layers?

Translation: You are not Beyoncé. You cannot pull off a blunt cut.

  • How much of this length do you want to keep?

Translation: I’d like to cut off most of it.

  • Can I use a razor?

Translation: This hair is coming off one way or another.

  • Have you ever thought about bangs?

Translation: I want to cover up more of your face

  • When was the last time you had a cut?

Translation: How could you walk around with these embarrassing split ends?

  • Have you ever considered dyeing your hair?

Translation: Your grays are showing and not in a chic, salt-and-pepper way.

Are you going anywhere fun this summer?

Translation: I’m tired of talking about your hair.

Good luck in that chair!

Source: WSJ 4/19/14

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Under Eye Bags

Very tired eyesBags under the eyes come naturally with age.  Eye bags are such a common problem because the skin under the eyes is among the thinnest and most sensitive layer.  Bags can be due discoloration of the skin or swelling.  Discoloration of the skin are due to pigment changes and can be due to dilated blood vessels which can be caused by allergies, extreme hot/cold changes and rubbing your eyes.  Discoloration is usually due to sun exposure and smoking.

What can you do to prevent or hide them?  Use concealer or foundation.  Try using eye products with Vitamins B, C, E or soy to help reduce signs of sun damage and help reverse signs of aging.  Eye creams with retinol also help minimize sun damage (pigmentation). Cold compresses can help reduce the swelling and caffeinated tea bags constricts blood flow to the area cutting down on swelling.

If the above interventions do not solve your problem, best to see a Dermatologist who can recommend something more invasive such as lasers and fillers.

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If I Had Your Hair, I Wouldn’t Take My Shirt Off!

hairy man

One of my clients was jogging in Oceanside and a woman jogging the opposite direction called out “If I had your hair, I wouldn’t take my shirt off!”  He had been in to get his back waxed about 3 years ago and his wife has been asking in to come in and get his back waxed again.  Needless to say he put it off .  After the woman jogger’s comment, he made an appointment and not only did he get his back and shoulders waxed, he also had his abdomen and chest waxed.

Often I go to the beach and see middle aged men with lots of hair on their back.  In some cultures it is acceptable but Southern California is not kind that way.  It is also my humble opinion that most men look so much better without hair on their back.  They usually have really nice skin underneath the hair (the hair has protected their skin all these years) and after the initial shock they like feeling their clothes next to their skin and from a sanitation view, its is much cleaner because hair retains sweat and therefore bacteria which causes odor.

Anyway, I liked his story and glad he came in and was wondering if I should start handing out business cards at the beach?

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