Before plopping down in the salon chair, consider these tips for getting the hairstyle you want from Ansley Meredith, a hair stylist and makeup artist in New York City. “Your hair is your most prominent accessory, so you want to make sure it’s perfect— there’s nothing that will ruin a day faster than a bad cut!”
Bring a picture Everybody has a different idea of what a ‘chocolate brown color’ or a ‘layered cut’ is. Having a picture to work from makes it much easier to achieve the exact style you are looking for.
Be vocal Tell your stylist exactly how you feel about your hair and what you have in mind. It’s their job to make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with your hair when you walk out of the salon.
Talk about yourself Knowing what you do for a living, how you dress and how you normally style your hair will give your stylist an idea of what look will best suit you.
Reveal your routine Discuss all aspects of your haircare regimen, including how long you spend (or want to spend) styling your hair in the morning, what products you like you use, and how often you shampoo so your stylist can give you a cut that fits your lifestyle.
Bring up the past Hair typically grows about a quarter inch per month. So if you have longer hair, the ends can be up to four years old! If you’ve had multiple hair color changes or chemical treatments, tell your stylist— they may use separate color formulas on the roots and ends, even though in the end the color looks totally even throughout.
Proceed with caution Often times, women will want to do an impromptu dramatic cut or color change. Even more often, they end up regretting it. To avoid style regret, find a picture of the look that you like and tape it somewhere where you’ll see it on a regular basis (i.e. refrigerator, bathroom mirror or vanity). If you look at it every day for two weeks and still love the idea, then go ahead and do it.
At a recent event for Kérastase Paris, we previewed their new Fusio-Dose In-Salon Treatments at Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City (click the first link to find a salon near you). The stylist starts the high-tech treatment by taking a 600 times magnified digital photo of your hair— scary, I know!— and uses the image to take a close look at your hair’s health, identifying problem areas (when hair is healthy, strands will appear uniform in shade and diameter). Then, the stylist uses the information from the photo to mix a bespoke Fusio-Dose treatment, using a large dose of one concentrate to address your primary need and a smaller dose of another to address your secondary need: either Concentré Pixelist for colored hair, Concentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, Concentré Vita-Ciment for damaged hair, or Concentré Substantif for thinning hair. Below are the digital photos taken of my hair at the salon; pre-treatment (left) about half of my strands are dry (the dull brown areas), and post-treatment with the Concentré Oléo-Fusion for dry hair, they are almost uniformly hydrated and shiny.
Tell us: Have you ever tried an in-salon hair treatment? If so, what was it and what did you think of the results?
The FITNESS beauty team took over the Sally Hershberger Downtown Salon in New York City this April to transform the locks of seven gorgeous readers. They each received a “before” photo, hair color, cut, blowout, makeup, wardrobe, and an “after” photo in the span of a single day. Take a peek at the action, and be sure to check out the Love Your Hair feature on page 54 of the July/August issue, on newsstands this week!