In my thirty years of experience doing hair, I have seen numerous trends in both the application of color products as well as cuts and styling. Many of these trends that I have seen are borrowing from other eras, decades or even centuries in the past. The 80’s for example, have always reminded me of the Victorian Era. Both of these time periods were characterized by styles that strived to look unnatural. Colors and styles revealed the effort of curling, pinning, coloring and teasing the hair. In the Victorian Era many women used an array of wigs, while hair in the 80’s often looked like wigs.
I have always felt that these styles in both time periods sought to say something profound about the person, that they were privileged enough to spend time and money on their hair.
In contrast, the Grunge Movement of the late 80’s and early 90’s bucked this idea of coiffed hair altogether. In this subculture it seemed that nobody wanted to look like they brushed their hair, let alone had it styled. The only connection I have made to this movement, is perhaps the peasants of yesteryear. the only difference being that those who subscribed to Grunge, did it by choice, perhaps as a message of rebellion against the mainstream culture.
Since the mid-90’s, there has been a trend towards more natural-looking hair color and style. Although some groups still touch upon the idea of outrageous cuts and colors, most people prefer to have their hair colored and styled to look natural. People want to look as if their hair is naturally smooth or curly with vibrant shine and beautiful color.
Instead of looking as if we are socially privileged enough to spend time and money on our hair, instead we want to look genetically privileged. We want to give the illusion of health and youth through our hair.
I believe that this trend towards more natural color goes hand-in-hand with the Green Movement going mainstream. I have seen the proof of this in my clients’ interest in Organic color.
I first offered the Organic color line as an alternative to conventional color but quickly chose it as my only color line when all of my clients switched to Organic.
Lately, I have noticed a reemergence of the famous Vidal Sasoon Bob as well as the Pixie Cut. I can’t propose what this means to the culture at large, but it will be interesting to see what these styles say about the era we currently live in.
Nothing separates a good stylist from a great stylist like their ability to create an exceptional short haircut. Short haircuts can be the most challenging to create, especially for a NEW hairstylist. There are many tips and tricks that can be used to make the process of cutting short hair easier, including choosing the proper tools such as a razor or scissors. Be sure that the shears, scissors and razors as well as clippers that you are working with are all sharpened. This will ensure that you receive the best results from your tools. When cutting short hair, always make sure that the hair remains damp through the cutting process. This will enable you to cut more accurately. Use Kalea Rose Revive leave-in conditioner to dampen the hair before and during your haircuts. Revive conditioner will reduce the snags and tangles in the hair and make it easier to cut.
Vidal Sassoon precision cuts may be the most famous short haircuts. Keep in mind when attempting these cuts that the accuracy of the parting and angles is essential. I highly recommend taking classes in these kinds of advanced methods. The experience will be invaluable to your business as a hairstylist. Clients will recognize and appreciate your knowledge that is above and beyond anything you learned in beauty school. Your knowledge will bring loyalty from your clients when they realize that you set yourself apart from the ordinary stylist. And THAT is what will make your business flourish.