Tuesday, 20 December 2016

How to piss off a Hairstylist

Hairstylists spend a large number of hours in the salon and on their feet, working hard to help make their clients look and feel their best. They politely listen as clients ramble on and on about their lives and they proudly do it with a smile on their face. You’d think that there’s nothing that can get to these selfless hair magicians, but that notion is actually far from true.

To find out what truly irks them, Rosy Salon Software surveyed busy salon professionals and asked them to come up with their worst client offenses. Read on to find out if you are guilty of any of these cringe-worthy salon no-nos.

Late to the Party
The most common issue with surveyed salon pros involves clients who are always late. We’re not talking a single unavoidable situation but the habitually late-every-time person who is oblivious to the issue. That 10-minute tardiness in the beginning of the day can easily turn into being an hour or more behind by the end of the day.

Taking Their Time
One salon pro explained that they have a few clients who think it’s acceptable to wander in 10-20 minutes late for their appointment. Or have ones who take their time as they wander over to the salon chair, which delays the stylist from getting started on their hair. What’s worse is when they get upset when the service can’t be finished in what they feel is a timely manner.

The worst possible offense is to book an appointment and not show up, or to call last minute to cancel. It can be considered insulting to the stylist and is likely a financial burden to the salon owner. Most salons schedule their clients based on specific increments of time and a cancellation or no-show means that they now have unbookable spots and lost revenue.

Personally Speaking
Clients can sometimes get a little too personal with their conversations while sitting in the chair. Many have admitted to torrid affairs, some asked for dates and /or made unwanted advances toward their stylists, while a few actually wanted to spark up a fling, despite the fact that their wives were also clients.

Rude ‘Tude
There’s always that one client who feels that the world revolves around them. They talk too loudly, push their beliefs and opinions on others, and don’t care if they offend anyone else in the salon. Don’t be THAT person! The entire salon thanks you!

Get to the Point
While over-explaining what you want can be unnerving, arriving to your appointment unprepared or having stacks of opposing hairstyle photos may make your hairstylist’s head explode. Instead, go for a quick, to-the-point description and just a few photos.

Expect Much?
Some clients can be very unrealistic with their hair expectations. everybody wants to look like their favorite celebrities but coming in with overly retouched pictures of thick, perfectly-placed tresses does not mean that your thin strands can or will look just like the picture.

In other cases, clients want to remove years of dark hair color and take their saturated strands to a pure platinum. What’s worse is that they expect to do it in one sitting with no yellow, or breakage! Oh my!

One stylist explained that a client was upset when they realized that root had to be touched up every several weeks and that the touch up service is not free!

One salon scenario involves a client coming in with a sample of hair for the stylist to use to color match, a common practice for color services. When asked where the clippings in the baggie came from, the client promptly pointed to her nether regions.

Oh My!
Taking pleasure from a great scalp massage at the shampoo bowl is one thing but moaning like a porn star is a definite no-no. It makes the situation very uncomfortable for anyone in earshot.

Overt Control
If you really want to piss off a seasoned hair pro, tell them how to do their jobs. Things like what tools to use, how to use them, how to layer hair or cut wispy fringe, etc. Oh, they so love that!

Expressive Encounters
Bouncing like a bobble-head doll or chattering away on your cell phone while sitting in the salon chair can really irk a hairstylist. When they are working on your hair, they need for you to remain somewhat still, otherwise your cut, color, eyebrows, or whatever, may not turn out quite the way you wanted. Nobody wants that!

No Thanks
Hairstylists thrive on positive feedback and hope that happy clients will express their satisfaction. Unfortunately, far too many stay silent or don’t leave a decent tip, or one at all. Just keep in mind that a hairstylist won’t be too eager to take another booking for you if you don’t at least say thanks.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Hollywood Browzer

When I first read about the Hollywood Browzer I felt a bit intrigued and a little hesitant. Intrigued because, as a woman I've never had any kind of shaver near my face and afraid because it essentially looks like a Sweeney Todd-style cut throat razor. 

Ok, if I think back a few months I do recall seeing something on Huda Beauty's Instagram about a razor for women to use on their peach fuzz. You know that invisible hair that makes itself known only when you've just carefully applied a layer of foundation? That. I didn't think that as a female i could actually use a blade to get rid of anything more than the peach fuzz - after all, doesn't shaving make the hair grow back about a trillion times thicker? My mustache is already darker and more pronounced than I would like it so I'll be damned if I'm going to make that situation any worse! 
The Hollywood Browzer, however, is currently trying to convince me that razoring off my facial fuzz is not going to result in a full, Shoreditch-style beard. 
This nifty little gadget may look a little like a somewhat deadly cut throat, but in reality it's much less intimidating. The foldable device flips open to reveal a stainless steel-waffle coated blade with safety guards on each side. This design ensures that it doesn't cut or irritate the skin so you can go about your grooming business without fear of nicking your skin/lopping off any of your facial extremities.
After taking it out of the packet and staring at it for a bit, I decided to give it a go on my upper lip. To use the Hollywood Browzer, you hold it at the non-bladed end (obviously) at a 45 degree-ish angle and gently swipe across the hair. After doing this on my mustache I noticed two things:
  1. My upper lip suddenly felt and looked as smooth as after I've waxed the hell out of it.
  2. It's actually weirdly satisfying and quite fun to see all the little hairs on the blade.
After I'd de-stached I had a go on the peach fuzz (fun), sideburns (really fun) and, as the finale I gave my brows a little tidy up (instant gratification). It's really quite a brilliant little tool!
As an upper lip-waxer, I've become accustomed to expecting redness for a good few hours after the deed is done, so it felt like an actual treat to remove the hair and not have the irritation afterwards.
The Hollywood Browzer is not just for the face, you can use it to tidy up the back of a hairy neck as well as the stomach and bikini line. Though to be honest I think I'd need an industrial-sized one for that.
The Hollywood Browzer is £15 (for two razors and a travel pouch) and you can find it at hollywoodbrowzer.com 

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Rodin Olio Lusso Lavender Absolute Body Oil

The Lavender body oil from Rodin is one of those beauty products that's almost too luxurious to use. Perfect for gifting, the yellow oil comes in a weighty 120ml glass bottle adorned with a pale purple label and packaged in a matching lavender tinted box. We all know it's what's inside that really counts though and this body oil manages to tick all the right boxes.

You know how lavender is one of those scents that can smell vastly different depending on the circumstances? Sometimes it smells fresh and earthy, sometimes it's distinctly floral and then occasionally you'll come across a lavender product that just smells a bit like disinfectant?

Well, I can confirm that Rodin's interpretation is pretty much spot on when it comes to what I think makes a great lavender scented beauty product- rich, natural and real. Rodin have blended their offering to perfection by combining warm and rich French Lavender Absolute with slightly herbaceous Bulgarian Lavender and mixing it seamlessly with Evening Primrose, Rosehip, Calendula Flower, Argan, Sunflower, Apricot, Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils.

The result? A luxurious, calming and altogether beautiful treat for the body. Applied to slightly wet skin after a bath or shower, this oil is like cocooning myself in a comforting blanket and has become a favourite pre-bedtime ritual that almost forces me to relax.
The Lavender Absolute Body Oil leaves the skin delicately scented - at first, the oil smells quite heady and earthy but the scent does dissipate a little to leave me (and my pyjamas) subtly scented.
Perfect for this time of year when I rather enjoy slathering my limbs (and growing bump) in rich creams and oils, this is also a perfectly trans-seasonal product that could add easily be used to add a little moisturising sheen to bare arms and legs come next June.

Rodin Olio Lusso Lavender Absolute Body Oil is £80 for 120ml at Panache Cosmetics.