I have to assume some of you have been clamoring for my next chapter in this series of confessions….ok, maybe clamoring is dramatic. But I hope some of you are at the least intrigued! I am going to jump right in the murky waters with this chapter. Here goes….
Chapter 2: Why am I under these god forsaken lights with foil in my head?
This is a simple answer. Your stylist is one of 2 things….
Number 1: Lazy! Your slacker of a stylist wants some time to smoke a cig, eat lunch, talk on the phone….This type of stylist likes to use a low volume peroxide with their bleach. This low volume peroxide makes it a slow go process of lightening hair. This allows the stylist to put you under heat, under the guise that your hair won’t lift in color without heat. This is partly true. The peroxide is so low, that it will literally take forever for your hair to lighten without the heat. A stylist that doesn’t need a half hour break, will use the correct level of peroxide, therefore omitting the heat lamps. (I should add here that when a stylist says LIGHTENER, they are being fancy. It is BLEACH! Now one thing we all know about bleach is that it can damage hair. Heat can also damage hair….imagine the 2 together…..hence why your hair feels like straw and why you then need to tack on a $20 conditioning treatment to your bill) (Are your wheels turning???? I bet many of you reading this have heard “You could really use a treatment, your hair feels dry”…ummm yeah it’s dry..You just fried it to shit)
This leads us to stylist Number 2: Chronically Behind Schedule! Your perpetually late stylist is running behind….again. You are in for a highlight but time is of the essence. What to do, what to do…..Lets use a really high volume peroxide with our bleach. Like 40 volume! It will work really quickly. Then, let’s go sit under heat and really let the magic unfold. Now, because this type of stylist is behind and late, she then will have the assistant take your foils out. She has no time to shampoo your hair….or anyone else. The tortured assistant comes to take you out from under those painfully hot lights and over to the sink…..she starts to take out your foils……here it comes…..Your hair is breaking…Those buttery blonde highlights you were promised are now grey..ish. Oh, and your hair is broken. We call this a chemical cut. Haircut due to a chemical accident. How many times has the assistant called over the stylist and had her “look” at your hair…..This is where the “I think we are going to do a toner” comes in. YES, YES you are going to do a toner because your hair is f*cking white. You have no idea at this point that your hair is damaged because after the toner you are whisked away to the assistants chair to be blow dried. She will put so much product in your hair that you will never know that your hair was fried to shit.
Sound horrible? It is. There is no need for those outdated heat lamps to be near your head. It reminds me of a buffet. You go to a buffet and there are heat lamps, keeping food warm….Gross. Heat lamps should not be used for food…or your head. This is 2015 for Christ’s sake. Get with the times. Some salons use a fancier version of heat lamps. They don’t look like lamps per say. They rotate around your head. They look more updated. However…it is still heat!!!!! Why??? Just why?! In one salon I worked in, the owner of the salon put some highlights in his…or her client’s hair. They then decided to leave for the day, instructing the brand new assistant to wash out the client and blow dry them. This poor assistant had never worked with heat before, and placed the heat to close to the foils. After some time, the salon started to smell like burnt hair……the foil packet came off the clients head…with the hair in it. The assistant freaked, like anyone would. But…where was her boss? Ha…GONE for the day. I had to step in and calm down the crying assistant. Now, this was not the fault of the assistant. She is there to…ASSIST not do the client’s hair in place of the stylist. That salon owner did not come back to the salon to help that client. Nor did this person come back to calm down the assistant. This stuff happens all the time. Salon owners and “senior” stylists love to rely on their assistants to cover for them and to take the fall for them. You should know…..It is not the assistants fault. Think twice about the salon owner that left you. Think twice about your stylist that is sitting around while someone else shampoos your hair.
I hope I made some of you think twice after reading this. Think about the times your stylist has stuck you under heat with bleach or color in your hair. Never be afraid to question anyone as to why they are doing what they are doing to your head. I will leave you with those thoughts as I say ta ta for now. Chapter 3 we will talk about shampoo and if you truly need to spend $50 on it. xoxo-TaraThis is hair that was fried from over bleaching. Hair should never look like this! This is picture says it all