Cheap Hair Hack to add moisture and re-condition your hair.

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It’s always nice to go to a salon, have the relaxing head massage and tended to with a lovely assortment of perfumed treatments followed by a gorgeous blowout to make your hair feel like brand new. You do that hair flip as you walk down the street feeling like a million bucks… and it certainly nearly cost that much. Then you feel guilty for having spent money on something so vain and frivolous.

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Well you shouldn’t you are worth it. Spending money on yourself every once in a while is not something you should associate with guilt. At the end of the day, we have to look after ourselves.

But, if you don’t have the cash to go out splurging when you want to. A handy tip you can do at home with the products you already have can give you that same new treatment feeling to rescue your hair.

I’m a hairstylist of nearly 40 years and have used this hair hack on myself many times. Instead of an in-salon treatment, or even going out and purchasing one from the store, you can use every day conditioner. That’s right, in damp towel-dried hair, slather in a generous amount, (plait it back if you have long hair) and leave it in overnight. I suggest to put a towel over your pillow to protect it.

When you rinse it out in the morning your hair will feel just as silky smooth as if you got an expensive treatment.

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You don’t have to do it overnight, of course. But I’m lazy, and busy, so it’s the only time I can spare to pamper my locks.

If you are spending the morning doing some house cleaning, you can add the conditioner to damp hair, then wrap some plastic wrap over the top – the heat your body temperature generates while tidying the house will help the process along. Rinse, then ta-da! Alternatively, if you have a day at home when you are not going to see anyone, add your choice of conditioner, put on a plastic shower cap and rinse out at night… how you get the job done isn’t important. As long as the conditioner remains in your hair for a decent amount of time, you should get results.

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Some conditioners can weigh the hair down for those with fine hair, but it helps seal the scales of the hair down to lock in moisture and give a shiny smooth appearance. You will see varying results with different brands of conditioners too. But as you already have some in your shower caddy – it’s free! And you don’t have to make time in your schedule to visit a stylist.

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Tips for finding the perfect stylist

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It goes unsaid that word of mouth is the biggest endorsement for finding a hairdresser to tame your wild locks. But what if you’ve just moved to a new place and don’t know anybody to ask? Here’s a few things to take notice of in helping you track down a great stylist.


  1. If you see someone with a similar style to what you desire, approach them and enquire where they get their hair done.
    Though, you don’t have to approach someone cold-turkey on the street, you could always ask a shop assistant in the area when you do some window shopping. These employees are primed to give you their full attention in a friendly manner and generally familiar with the area and businesses close by.
  2. Tips for finding the perfect stylist Pic 02 by Casey CarlisleNotice the stylists grooming – this is usually a reflection on their skills and attention to detail.
  3. Check out online platforms. Some salons or stylists have a web presence with a portfolio of their work and a history of their work experience and journey in the industry.
  4. You could also contact the manufacturer of a product you favour, like a brand of hair colour, they generally have a list of salons in your area to check out. Then at least you will have the security of a product you know and love; and get an opinion of a professional in the industry.

 

Tips for finding the perfect stylist Pic 03 by Casey Carlisle.gifAnother big thing to ensure you find a great match is communication. Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with your stylist. Ask if they can achieve what it is you want.

Bring pictures to refer to.

Get a quick consultation and quote. It’s free and you’ll get plenty of information and be able to gauge if your personalities mesh well together. You need to be comfortable in dialogue with your stylist so you can tell them what you want, and more importantly what you don’t want. Many people leave hairdressers because the stylists have been doing something that makes the customer uncomfortable but are completely unaware, then to never return. It’s their job to make it a comfortable positive experience, and you should not expect any less.

There are some online reviews, but I tend to place less faith in them because there is also the possibility they are fabricated by friends and family of the salon/stylist; and usually edited – only positive comments are picked for publication.

Getting the stylist you need cannot be the easiest of jobs, but if you adopt all of these tips – and persevere – your lovely locks will be ever so greatful in the end. Keep swinging those ponytails, and good luck!

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With so many tips and tricks out there, do we really need a hairdresser?

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It’s an interesting question – especially with the advent and reach of electronic media and a rise in cost efficient D.I.Y. trends, it’s true that some people have never set foot in a salon.

So, I guess the answer is – it depends on your hair goals.  #hairgoals

For those who don’t want complicated and tailored permanent hair colouring solutions, you can do much of the colouring at home. Temporary and semi-permanent colours are very easy to D.I.Y.  And if you are diligent, the end result can be just as good that any professional stylist could acomplish.

The same goes for cuts and styling. It all comes down to how good your skill is, the products you are using, and if you are happy with the results you can produce.

Hairdressers, or Hair Stylists are trained. And they aren’t the ones attempting double-jointed elbow manoeuvres to see in a bathroom mirror – we pay them for a perfect result. So these professionals should be offering security, safety and excellent results.

That is in an ideal world.

We all hear horror stories of beauty services gone rouge. But to be honest – they all come about from either untrained stylists, lazy professionals, or cutting corners (there are certain rules of hair science that you just shouldn’t break).

So that, and affordability, are the biggest reasons many people are turning to maintaining their locks at home.

Some states here in Australia have a regulating body to try and stomp out the Sweaty-Betty stylists; and I’ve compared consumer satisfaction from those states to others that are unregulated through polls over the past 20 years, and surprise, surprise. There is no difference. The government has simply found a way to make more revenue off of a niche market in small business. Because, let’s face it, hairdressing isn’t a massive corporate industry. It’s dominated by small and sole proprietor salons. But I digress…

So why should we be stepping into a salon if it is such a big roll of the dice?

Well… sometimes we have no choice. If we want those blonde foils all over, or suffer from fine hair issues, or desire chemically straightened hair, maybe an elegant wedding up-do. We need a professional.

And so it comes back around to finding the perfect stylist for you.

How do we do that – well I’ll post some tips next week, but for now let’s stay on track about whether it’s worth it to fork over a small fortune to reach your hair goals.

Firstly, if the desired change is easy enough to achieve at home, there is no reason why you shouldn’t. But – and here’s the disclaimer – make sure you know what you are doing and know all about the products you are using. Because at the end of the day if something goes wrong, you’ll have no-one to blame but yourself.

Hair at Home Pic 03 by Casey CarlisleThe key part is skill and product. Do some dry runs on yourself first. Want to colour your hair – practice application with some conditioner. It usually takes 30-60 mins to process (depending on the product) and you don’t want to take too long getting the crème where it should be and get an uneven colour. If you’re new to the product, it pays to do a skin test to make sure you don’t have a reaction – mix a small portion and test it on the skin just behind your ear. Hairdressers should be doing this anyway if you are hypoallergenic. Do a test strand. Especially if it’s permanent hair colour. Make sure it’s going to actually work and give you what you want.

That’s the skill part roughly summarised. The other is product.

Read everything! I mean it. All the fine print, the box, info online (a lot of safety instructions are hidden in a MSDS on some website these days), ask the retailer or manufacturer for advice, watch some videos online  – every step you need to take to make sure you are fully informed.

Hair at Home Pic 02 by Casey CarlisleAnother important point that many forget it have a ‘get out’ plan. If things start going south, what are you going to do? A chemical burn, the wrong colour, crooked bangs; have some sort of contingency in mind as a just in case.

Some may view everything I’ve just pointed out as scary… and my advice to you: if anything I’ve just raised about D.I.Y. hair care gives your concern, you should be finding yourself a professional stylist. Hair does grow back if you screw things up, but who wants to go through that pain. But if you do something like a chemical burn, or a violent allergic reaction – that may be something your hair (or you) don’t recover from. Chemical hair services generally release oxygen as a part of the process, so for goodness sake, do not smoke and be sitting around candles. Why would you want to risk setting your hair on fire?

That’s a very general discussion on home hair styling coming from a professional stylist of over 25 years. For me personally, I do all of my hair colouring, styling and cutting at home. But not only do I have the dexterity and know-how, I also have a very easy to maintain style. It’s long, choppy layered and all one colour. If I had a more precise cut, short hair or multi coloured hair (like foils) I’d be visiting a salon.

Hair at Home Pic 04 by Casey CarlisleAnd hey – I still learn tips and tricks from Youtube videos and other stylists. You never stop learning. So if you want to save some dollars and have more control over your hair and choose to do it at home, it is possible as long as you are realistic about your skills and your #hairgoals.

You don’t have to be a maverick or take big risks, simply get informed and follow instructions and you’ll have salon perfect hair everyday straight from your bathroom mirror!

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15 minutes to Hollywood curls … by Casey Carlisle

Put the bounce back into your step with a head-turning hairstyle.

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Do you admire the shiny and wavy hair of television or movie stars? I know I do! Let me share with you a secret that will give you a similar look… and it doesn’t take hours in a salon. You can achieve it right at home in no time at all – and you don’t need to be an expert.

You will need some equipment – Hot rollers are inexpensive – I bought my set for $40. There are a lot of different products out there, but I recommend you purchase ones that are smooth and have a soft velvet-like cover. Rollers with prongs for grip, do exactly that – I’ve had to gently and painstakingly remove these type of tangled rollers from many of my friends hair over the years. The rubber coated ones (gel rollers) are great too, but as they age the covering breaks down and sticks in clumps like glue to your lovely locks. So for value of money and durability, the fabric covered thermal type are the way to go.

“Wands or curling irons are great, but you have to curl and hold each section, which is time consuming – with hot rollers you can set and go…”

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I’d incorporate this procedure into your routine: Turn the hot rollers to heat up while you shower and wash your hair. It works best on clean hair; oily hair won’t take as well, and the heat helps to spread natural oils from your scalp, making your hair look even dirtier.

Once you’ve toweled dry and blow-dried your hair (just blast it dry, no need to use brushes – not unless you have unusually unruly hair). Feel free to use a moisturizing mousse and/or a thermal styling agent before drying; they are light and help protect from styling stress.

Then starting from the top, grab small handfuls of hair and roll up, starting from the ends, curling it towards the scalp; and then fasten with a jaw-clip. You don’t have to be overly particular with placement – most of the curl is concentrated on the mid-lengths to ends of the hair. A whole head should take you about 5 minutes, 10 at the most.

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Once you have the whole head in rollers they need to stay in until cool – usually 15-20 minutes – so you have this time free to get other things done in your routine. Sometimes I leave the rollers in for 30 minutes, it just depends on how quickly I need to get out the door. Use the time to do your make up, get dressed, make the bed, do the dishes…

Once the rollers have cooled, you can pull them out (using an un-rolling action to avoid snarls); give your hair a quick brush, using either a soft bristle brush or a wide-tooth rake. If you need to remove any ‘dents’ from the clips or rollers, blast your hairline & close to the scalp with the blow-dryer. It will loosen the curl, so don’t do it too aggressively, or for too long. The whole process (called ‘dressing the hair’) should only take about 5 minutes, and whamo! You have movie star hair!

So, for an investment of an additional 15 minutes, you have salon professional-looking styled hair.

For me, personally the curls last a few days, and plaiting your hair back when you sleep helps to maintain the curl and keep the hair smooth and shiny.

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