Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Communicating With Your Stylist: By Emily Cohen McElhaney

I thought it would be fun to do a few guest blog posts where a few very special ladies I know & have worked with on boudoir shoots will take over my blog with a post that pertains to something they specialize in. I am very excited to have these ladies share with you a few tips on what they do best. I am thrilled to introduce to you my first guest blogger, Emily Cohen McElhaney

When Denise came to me and said, "Emily, how about you write a guest blog post..", my head started spinning. There's so much to do with hair, after all. From the services, the maintenance; all the way down to integrity and composition. See, I'm an information-giver. What makes up your 'do encompasses not only what you put on your head, but in your body, and then some. I'm a firm believer that knowledge is power. So, what then, in a single blog post, is the most important tid bit I could offer?


It's that it ALL comes down to who's standing behind you when you sit in a salon chair, and how well the two of you communicate.

Ask a group of stylists how often they hear complaints about a previous hairdresser or service. You'll undoubtedly get a sigh-ful "yes", and head-nods in agreement. Why is it such a common problem, and what can YOU, as a hair-wearer, do about it?

Just short of chair-hopping until you're bald, here's some things to consider:

The difference between a good haircut and a bad hair cut is COMMUNICATION.
and this goes for every other service as well.

Find a stylist who asks questions.
 Asking "How much time do you spend styling your hair?" lets us know whether or not that cute pixie is conducive to your shower-before-bed and disinterest-in-products lifestyle.

Or, at the very least isn't annoyed when you ask them.
"Can you show me an inch before you cut?" An eye roll isn't an answer.

Make sure you know your lingo.
Mix up "taper" and "layer" and you might just get what you asked for!

Some typical mix-ups:

The length of "Just a Trim" all depends on your last haircut.
It seems counterproductive to cut hair you want to grow, I know. But split ends will continue to split, and unravel up your head like a billion tiny ropes (Cue the frizz). She isn't just scissor happy and "screwed up your hair", she just didn't COMMUNICATE that the longer you wait, the more length needs to come off.

Just because your hair is all your natural color, doesn't mean it's natural.
Hair color, as well as other chemicals have to grow off, or be cut off. Hair grows, on average, at a rate of a half-inch per month. So, "When did you color your hair last?" isn't meant to make you feel like you're in confession. It just must be taken into consideration when changing things up.

And last little side note:
You can't judge a salon by a stylist, or vice versa.
Each of us have individual cutting and coloring styles, and unique personalities.

We spend 1500 hours (literally) learning just the basics, not considering continuing education or our countless hours behind the chair. Get to know your stylist, and let your stylist get to know your hair. Learn to trust them. After that? Stay consistent. You'll be well on your way to hair happiness!

I'm Emily Cohen McElhaney. I've been doing hair for four years, and in the beauty industry almost eight. I found my absolute passion in doing hair, and love to see the tranformations of both someone's outward appearance, but their confidence and self-esteem. You can find me at Custom Cuts by Caligaris (901) 388-5359, or reach out via Instagram @emilycohenhair, via my website www.emilycohenhair.com, or email emily.c.mcelhaney@gmail.com

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