There is no denying that a haircut can change not just your look, but your life. A great haircut
can make you look younger, edgier, prettier, smarter, and sexier. It can be a way of showcasing
a major weight loss, new job or even a divorce! I mean, what says “look at me now” more than
getting rid of the old and bringing in the new!!
One of my favourite quotes is “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life” –Coco Chanel
Scared? Don’t be- it is just hair, right? How do you know if you like something if you haven’t tried
it? I see all types of clients: executives, stay-at-home parents, labourers, you name it. What do
all these groups of people have in common? They want to be NOTICED and they want to FEEL
GREAT. How do they do this? Get a great haircut with these few steps.:
BE TRULY HONEST. If your stylist asks you how are you willing to style your hair, please don’t
lie. Not only will you be disappointed when you go home to “wash and go” (when you know that
the style that you chose requires blowing the hair out smooth). You look in the mirror after and
what should look like Beyonce’s full-volume, bouncy mane looks more like you stuck your hair in
a light socket. The stylist wants you to go home and be able to do what they did for you. You are
are a walking advertisement for them. Some haircuts require more maintenance than others, so
choose something that is ideal for your lifestyle.
BE OPEN TO CHANGE. Do you want to look at old pictures of yourself and think, “Wow, I look
the SAME…WHAT YEAR WAS THAT?” Sure, we all don’t want to show aging, but we don’t
want to be stuck in a time warp either!! Also, what is the worst that can happen? Did you cut it
too short? Well, now you know that you prefer a certain length. It is just hair, thank goodness
that it grows and we can change it.
BE AWARE OF THE STYLING TIPS. There is nothing worse than having a great haircut and
loving the style so much that the next morning you have styling amnesia. Pay attention to what
the stylist does. If you aren’t sure how to achieve the look, just ask questions. A great stylist will
explain HOW to style the hair while they are doing it. This will alleviate frustration and help the
client feel confident in the process. Practice makes perfect!
BE A PRODUCT CLIENT . There is not one haircut in the world that does not require a product
( unless you are living on a deserted island and a turtle is your only friend). In that case, he
won’t care if you have a messy head of hair. If you don’t want to put a product in your hair,
you don’t know what your are missing!! Your haircut may look “okay” and then BAM! FABULOUS by only
adding a simple product or two. Don’t know which one to use? Ask your stylist, they will be
happy to suggest something for you.
BE BRAVE. Do you feel like there are just so many options out there? Is it hard for you to pick
a photo to show a stylist? Even hair stylists sometimes feel this way about their own hair and
just simply ask “how would YOU change my hair?”. See what they say, you may be surprised at
what they come up with. A stylist is there to look at your hair, your bone structure, and then use their
creative eye to come up with something you may have not have thought of. The next time you are in the
chair, maybe just ask. Come on….BE BRAVE!!
Hair can be beautiful in many shapes, lengths, cuts and colours. Don’t you love the feeling you get when you try a new food that you would have normally been afraid to, and you subsequently find that you LOVE it? Following are five top reasons to change your hairstyle.
BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
We encounter challenges, conflicts and trials every single day of our lives. While this is essential for us to grow as people, it also means that it can leave us feeling like something is missing. Maybe you missed out on a promotion at work that should have been yours, and everyone knows it. Maybe that guy you met online that you had a connection with (and who looked like Channing Tatum on his profile) showed up at the coffee shop and he looked more like Steve Urkel (Let’s face it both cute in their own right, but one is not your cup of tea). These types of experiences might leave you feeling cheated and drained from putting yourself out there, and concluding “why bother?” Once your confidence meter is sucked up dry, you kind of feel like you just want to curl up under the covers and pretend you’re not an adult anymore.
Compare this to the feeling of walking out of the salon with a new hair style that makes you feel like you just won the confidence lottery. You will most likely spend the next week or so graciously accepting compliments from other people.” Oh, how those bangs bring out your beautiful eyes.” Maybe you went a little brighter around the face with your hair colour and your friend from yoga notices. “WOW, you look like a SUPERMODEL with that red.” Okay, come on, who doesn’t want to look and feel like a supermodel?? Plus, just talking to your favourite hairstylist is a confidence booster in itself, tell them your juicy stories, you know you want to!!
CHANGE IS GOOD
Can you think of how many times you have changed your hair so far? In my experience as a stylist, women often change their hair colour at least three times a year, and cut their hair twice a year. Why do we feel we need to change our appearance so often? Well, a job change, a relationship change or even the birth of a new baby can make us feel the need to change.
Change is good, change is great! Don’t you love the way you feel when someone goes out of their way to compliment you? You may have loads of time to dedicate to your hair with mucho dollars to follow (and you have always wanted that perfect J-Lo hair so why not). Take a look at magazines, start a vision board for who you want to be now, right this minute and strive to achieve it.
TRANSFORM YOUR SELF-IMAGE
It has been said that it takes only 7 seconds for people to form an impression of you. It is impossible to always be 100% put together, especially with today’s busy lifestyles. However, the right hairstyle can help reduce some of life’s daily stress. Maybe you wear a hair elastic or a scrunchy on your wrist like it is a cute hair accessory, so you can throw it up at a moment’s notice (but scrunchy’s are back in style aren’t they)?
You could be a busy sales rep that requires your hair to be picture perfect and ready to go at a moment’s notice when meeting those new clients. Perhaps you have just started a new job or you are coming back from a maternity leave. Perhaps you want to be taken more seriously and you want something a little more sophisticated. You may be running around so much with your lifestyle that you barely have time to eat, let alone sit in the salon chair. There are hairstyles for everyone so make sure to discuss your expectations with your stylist and what you would like to achieve. They will be able to give you a realistic image of what will be expected on your part to achieve your new look.
AGE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Remember that picture that you showed your stylist that you loved so much from your prom? Well, it may have looked great on you then, but may not be the best hairstyle for you now. Let’s face it, life changes and so do we. Our facial contours may have rounded or leaned out more. Our bodies change, our wardrobe changes, and our lifestyle changes.
We all aspire to have the “hairstyle dream”, a style that is “wash and go”. Sorry to be the dream squasher, but there is simply no such thing. Be honest with what you see in the mirror and examine how your hair is today, the good and the challenging parts. What do you like? What don’t you like? Is it lacking volume? Is your hairline changing? Is the texture different than it used to be? Does your hair need more fullness? Do you use salon quality products? Are you willing to look at your hair objectively?
We all have unique hair and what works for a friend or a girl in a magazine, may just not work for you. When we embrace the way things truly are we can then move forward to find something that will work for us now, and in the future.
CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Do you spend more time on your hair in the morning that you want?
Do you loathe blowdrying and straightening your hair for 1 hour and the need to buy 5 products to make your naturally curly hair as flat as a pancake? Well, not only it this process time consuming, it is also expensive to upkeep. Unless you are willing to use a chemical to straighten it (used by a professional of course) it takes patience and time; lots of it. If you have curly hair, embrace it, it will make your life so much easier. Finding a product for curly hair can be tricky, but they are out there.
Maybe you have naturally dark, silky straight hair and you find yourself wanting the bouncy Marilyn Monroe hair? Day in and day out putting those hot rollers in and then waiting 30 more minutes, only for the curls to fall out of the style within the hour before you even get to work. Marilyn had chemically lightened hair and a team of experts taking care of her locks.
Don’t we all appreciate it when someone says “Ooo, you look AMAZING??” When we find a hairstyle that does that, shouldn’t that mean we stick with it for the next 10 years and make it easy for ourselves? No, that’s like going to a restaurant and ordering the same yam fries over and over again. Maybe next time ask for “spicy yam fries”!
Ask your hairstylist to provide you with suggestions; you may be surprised with what they say. Communicate honestly with your stylist. What are you willing to do to achieve it? I hope this article gave you something to think about next time you book your appointment. If you don’t have a stylist that will be honest with you and you need a change, contact Deserey at the Pin Up Hair Boutique in Port Moody.
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Summer is in full swing and it’s officially hot hot hot! Your hair gets the
most wear and tear this time of year. Between the heat, humidity, chlorine,
and tight ponytail holders, you’re bound to fall victim to frizzy, dry, and
damaged locks. It’s important to treat and protect your hair from the
harmful, harsh elements of the season. And what’s the best way to do it?
With product! Read on for my list of hair saving tricks and my favourite
Hair product Must-Haves for creating silky, shiny, soft beautiful hair all
AT THE BEACH
If you are planning on spending the majority of your time at the beach and in the
sun, make sure to pick up a shampoo and conditioner that contain UV filters or
has Vitamin “e” in it. This provides protection from the sun allowing your hair to
hold its luster longer. I like the “Kerastase Reflect Chroma Bain Shampoo”, this is
an elite hair product and smells fantastic. There are also a lot of leave in
conditioners that have UV filters in them as well for adding protection from UV
damage, I love Schwarzkopf “Soft Glam” prime prep spray. I like to use this on
kids as well as their detangler.
WASH LESS OFTEN
Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates
additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Try
just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid
of some extra oil. Use a homemade or natural dry shampoo, such as cornstarch,
in place of regular shampoo to go a bit longer without washing. Another quick fix
is to dab a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel along your scalp to dissolve excess
STEP AWAY FROM THE HOT TOOLS
Take a break from the heat styling tools…and your hair will not get hurt! Let your
hair air dry naturally all summer long. Why spend all that time with heat-styling
tools only to be subject to sweat and humidity and BOOM! Your style is ruined
and now your hair looks a mess. Embrace your natural hair. Just spritz your
damp hair liberally with a salt-spray (such as the oasis “session
label”). You can also use a soft touchable control product for a perfectly
un-done, sexy bed-head look. Save your time and enjoy the summer.
VERY DRY HAIR
Is your hair limp and sad because it is suffering from the sun’s effects? One of
my favourite’s is the BC Hair therapy “Repair Rescue” deep nourishing hair
mask. Apply once a week (especially in the summer with the salt and sun gazing
on the hair) to maintain a moisture balance to your strands.
SWIMMING/CHLORINE BUILD UP
You’re taking the plunge, again, and your hair isn’t happy. It feels dry and brittle,
gummy, crunchy, and clumpy. It tangles easily, and if you’re blonde, it has a bit of
a green cast. If you’re a brunette, your dark locks are even darker.
Naturally eliminate elements (chlorine, bromine, copper, calcium, lime or salts)
that can make swimmers’ hair look and feel damaged. You would have to make
an appointment with you stylist to remove all the elements first and then you can
take home preventative treatments to keep your hair in tip top condition. My
clients use the “MALIBU” miracle repair or swimmers treatments, these are also
100% VEGAN and safe to use on kids. So, lift out the nasty, smelly elements and
revive your hair, so you can continue to enjoy summer!
Are you ready for the summer? Contact our hair stylist Deserey for your next hair appointment
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Is winter getting you down? How about an Updo to refresh your look and add some spark to your day?
When most people think of Updos they immediately think of special and elaborate hair styling that is done for special events such as a wedding or prom. However, they do not have to be just for special events such as weddings. They can be used to add some pizazz to your hair for work or for everyday living. Why not spice up your personal and professional life with hair care that goes beyond ordinary?
Ballet buns and chic braids can make others take notice. So will chignons for more formal events. These hair care styles can be applied to a variety of different lengths of hair. They can take the form of long sleek designs to something more modern and edgy with a few random pieces to complement the overall swagger of the look.
Have you ever noticed how Updos line the red carpet for Hollywood’s glamorous awards ceremonies? Styles such as faux bobs and low knots join the parade of old Hollywood styles and timeless looks. They can be seem together with the latest creations from the high end fashion world. Some of these creations offer a symmetrical look while others flow off the crown at a variety of angles. Others show fullness on one side and may contain a deep side part that lines up with a brow.
Some of the more effective Updos fall in between casual and fancy. They are easily done and they do not require an inordinate amount of time or skill to create. You can, of course, go beyond ordinary and go a bit further with the design and incorporate much more precise styling and more elaborate techniques.
Even a fairly basic Updo arrangement can be made to look elegant and chic. For the most part, Updos are only limited by your imagination and the ability of your stylist to replicate your vision. Braids can be intricate or fairly basic. Either way they can add a lot to your overall image and impression. Forward looking or retro? Soft and flowing or hard and sharp lines? Which way will you go?
Make an appointment with Deserey and ask her to create an Updo just for you. Visit our Port Moody hair stylist and discuss spring looks and trends along with your desire for a new fresh look to take you out of the winter blues and into spring with your hair care.
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Most women all have an “I hate my hair so I am going to chop it off” moment. When it comes to how you look it is generally best not to make a rash decision when it comes to your hair, especially since it is the first thing people see to create an impression of you.
The “Bob” is a favourite go-to style for celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Rhianna as well as regular everyday women like you and me. This has been the case for some time now. It is versatile, low-maintenance, and it always looks super cool and fresh. All face shapes work well with some type of bob. Your hair type and face shape will determine whether or not a shorter or longer bob works best. There is one simple rule to follow when asking yourself which length of Bob suits you best.
Have you heard of the 2.25 inch rule? John Frieda is the master British celebrity hairstylist behind this theory. The theory requires that you measure the angle of your jaw line to determine whether longer or shorter hair will suit you best. The first thing you will need is a ruler and a pencil. Place the pencil under your chin horizontally and the ruler under your ear vertically. The intersection of the pencil and the ruler is the measurement. If the pencil’s tip points to less than a measurement of 2.25 inches, shorter hair is a great option for you. If the measurement is greater than 2.25 inches, then longer hair is a more flattering option for you. If the measurement is right on 2.25 inches then either option can work well for you.
I took on this challenge myself and my results were 2.25 inches on the money. This is excellent news, since I have been sporting a long bob (Lob) for the last several months. This is also exciting as I have been feeling the urge to cut my hair quite a bit shorter for the spring. How did you do?
The next time that you are thinking “to bob or not to bob” contact Deserey and book an appointment with her at the Pin Up Hair Boutique and ask her for advice on a change in hairstyle.
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We have all done it, sometimes big and sometimes small, we have all told that little white lie. Regardless of the reason, never EVER lie to your hairstylist about your hair, you aren’t doing yourself any favours. You may think, “so I tried to highlight my own hair, so what!.” Here are some things that you should know about hair. It is almost summer time, you want a little extra money for that vacation coming up so you can buy yourself a new outfit to go with that great tan you will get. You cancel that appointment with your stylist and decide to pick up a cheap box of “highlight your own hair” spray at the drug store and you apply it. How hard can highlighting your own hair be? You are so excited and think to yourself “Oh my, I am getting a deal! I can save $150 on my hair this month and do it myself!” The bottle says “simply spray and let it sit”. You spray away and hope for the golden highlights to just appear. After you wash and dry it, it feels REALLY really dry. It isn’t as light as you had hoped, so your spray on some more and head to the beach. After a long day, you come home and look in the mirror and it is lighter, it’s not like your stylist does, but it will do.You slap some conditioner on and say, “oh well, my hairdresser will fix it next time.”
Let me let you in on a little secret, spray in lightener products destroys the hair. There is something in the combination of ingredients in those products that reacts to the lightener that your hairstylist uses that cause the hair to literally SNAP off. Most people who buy these products are looking for that sun-kissed, bright and somewhat “beachy” look, but the truth is, you get what you pay for! These products are cheap alternative to professional highlights, and a quicker alternative to laying out in the sun for hours as the sun lightens the hair. This product was originally designed for already light or blonde hair. This may not even work for your hair type, and it may cause irreversible damage. When you go to your hairstylist, it is more than “just getting highlights.” You are paying them for their experience and knowledge and to give you the best highlights they can knowing what your end result is. You trust they will keep your hair in the best condition and give you the knowledge you need to take care of your hair and be honest with you about your expectations.
You book in 8 weeks later and simply tell your hairstylist that you saw another friend that is going to hair school and hope she understands and just does your hair and that’s it. Besides the obvious part that that your hair looks lighter, and your stylist knows that they didn’t do your hair, there is no way of knowing that a spray hair lightening product was used unless you TELL YOUR STYLIST. She puts the foils in like usual, while being careful to not overlap and notices that the packs get hot and puffy within minutes and checks on them. She opens them up and gasps. She immediately rinses and notices tons of hair is coming out. Well, my friends, that is because the product that you used at home had a fight with the lightener and kicked it’s butt so hard that the hair with the fresh lightener is now in the sink…detached from your head. Now what? Well, now the stylist is confused and freaking out and so are you. Your hairstylist has taken care of your hair for so many appointments that she has NO IDEA what could have happened. After combing the hair and rinsing, you both go back to the mirror to assess the damage. Your hair went from below shoulder, to random spots of hair that is only 2” from the scalp. You then let her in on your little secret. What was learned from this? Just tell her the truth and then the hair could have been assessed before hand to test if the hair could handle being lightened. Well, not only did the client have to cut her hair way shorter, to try and disguise the irreversible damage. Now, colouring the hair is going to be off limits for a long time until the at-home spray lightening product is grown out.
Your hairstylist is there to do your hair for you It is their job, and what they produce is their pride and joy. It is only fair that you are always honest with your stylist. If you should find yourself wanted to save money, ask if there is another way of highlighting the hair that works more for you and your budget, or wait a few more weeks until you can afford it. Do you want your hair to literally “snap back at you?” I think not. Next time you reach for that bottle of “do-it yourself highlight spray”, think about this story and just don’t do it.
Want a few more tips? Contact our hair stylist Deserey for your next hair appointment
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It is the moment that you have been waiting for…. your baby’s 1st birthday
is coming up!! You are so excited for their hair cut.You might think your
child’s first trip to the salon is the cutest ever, but they won’t see it that way.
To a baby, being wrapped in a GIANT plastic cape, squirted with water, and
attacked with sharp scissors by a stranger is just plain scary!! Keep in mind
that unless your child has enough hair to cut, some kids need up until the
age of 2 to have enough hair to cut (some are as young as 8 months old).
When to take them
If your baby was born with luscious locks, or maybe sporting an un-wanted
mullet, he could be ready for a haircut as early as 8 months. But if he was a
more like the “mr.clean” style, he may not need one until he’s 2. There’s no
right or wrong time to go. It comes down to this: Do you want to preserve
his baby look, or do you think he’s ready for a big-kid ‘do? Keep in mind
that once you cut off those curls, they may not grow back.On the other
hand, trimming superfine baby hair often makes it look thicker by giving it
Talk about it before
Toddlers don’t like surprises, so have your child watch you get a haircut or
visit a youtube video before the big day. Talk to him about what he’s
seeing ,point out the cape he’ll be wearing and what the scissors do. Avoid
using the word “cut,” which may scare your child — use “snip”, “trim” or
“shape” instead. Most kids also have trimmers used on them as they are
safer to get that hair off faster. Talk about the noise the trimmer makes. Let
him play with a squirt bottle in the tub at home, and pretend to trim his hair
with your fingers while he has his bath. You can also take a library book out
on this subject. If they have an older sibling, have them come along to
watch…kids want to be “big kids”, just like their sibling.
Pick the Right Stylist
Choose a stylist that knows how to deal with squirmy clients. Not all stylists
are good with kids (or like to cut kids hair as they are harder to cut). Ask
your stylist if they cut kids hair. I believe that most kids prefer to see who
“mommy or daddy” sees. Kids like familiar places and people. Depending
on the age of the child, the parent or caregiver should be prepared to hold
the child on their own lap or hold their head still for the stylist. Kids tend to
be naturally inquisitive and therefore “bobble-heads”, which is not helpful in
the stylist world. The more relaxed they are, the easier they are and the
more still their heads will be.
Let your child bring their favourite stuffed animal or a small toy ( even your
phone with something to watch). These will help him stay calm and keep
his hands occupied. You might also hide a treat in your purse for afterward.
Before the stylist begins, swing the chair away from the mirror so your child
doesn’t fixate on the scissors. If he refuses to wear a cape, put one on and
show him how it looks. If he won’t sit still, you may need to plop him down
on your lap for the duration. But make sure a friend (or someone else at the
salon) is there to take pics.
If you’re nervous, your child will pick up on it and be more likely to cry
during his haircut.Talk to him about how much fun it will be. Let him know
how great he’ll look and feel after getting a trim. When he sees that you’re
looking forward to it, he will too. Show him pictures of a style that you want
him to have, so he can see other kids with that look.
Book your appointment between mealtime and nap time so your child isn’t
hungry or cranky. Call ahead to make sure the stylist is running on time.
And don’t hesitate to reschedule if your child seems out of sorts or sick that
day. The first haircut sets the stage for years to come. It’s important to
make it a positive experience. Kids don’t remember the modern faux-hawk
style you chose, but they will remember how they felt.
Are you ready for this experience? Contact our hair stylist Deserey for your next hair appointment
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Let’s face it, we are all excited when the day comes that we are getting
ready for our long-awaited, sunny vacation. We pack for the kids, the
family pet, and careful not to forget our favourite bathing suit that makes
us feel “oh so good”. There is something that a lot of people forget about,
their HAIR. Sun and water can be damaging, leading to faded hair colour,
split ends and a brittle, dry texture. A lot can go wrong, your hair colour is
such an investment. Hopping in that beautiful teal-coloured pool, the
chlorine can just strip your hair’s natural oils right out of the hair and cause
it to look dull and dehydrated, not to mention the hair fades quite quickly.
Confused? So, what do you do? That is why I am here to help!!
It all starts in the shower, you need a “Hydrating shampoo and
conditioner”. I LOVE the “MALIBU Swimmers wellness shampoo and
conditioner.” It is 100% vegan, free of Sulfates, Parabens and Gluten. It
has organic aloe that dramatically restores radiant shine and vibrant
Secondly, after the shower, you will need some leave-in conditioner/
detangler on your hair. I like to use the“OSIS Prime prep spray” that has
UV protection on my clients with brunette or Red hair colours.
I like to use the “BLONDEME anti-yellowing colour correction leave-in
spray”on my blondes to prevent the hair colour from going too brassy.
Thirdly, you need a comb that is gentle to comb out your hair. In my
experience, the best type of comb to use is a “Friction-free comb.” I
personally like the comb from the brand “cricket” ( this normally retails for
under $9.99). These are wide tooth combs that are gentle on the hair, since
hair is most fragile when it’s wet, don’t rip a brush through it after
Spritz your hair down.
Spray some water on your hair before you go into
the pool or ocean. Or you can use your leave-in conditioner. It adds an
extra layer of coating, so when you go swimming, your hair isn’t as likely to
absorb all of the chlorinated water. If you’re starting out with dry blonde
hair, there’s a good chance it will be green by the end of the summer.
Unless that is the “look” you are going for, let’s keep your blonde hair
Choose strong hair elastics.
Summer heat practically demands we throw
our hair back, and a ponytail with no part can even protect the scalp from
exposure to the sun. The problem is that pulling it too tight can cause hair
to break — or just “snap the hair off”, particularly if it’s already dry. Pulling
your hair back when it’s wet is even more damaging. Aim for loose buns,
braids and ponytails, and let your hair down before going to sleep at night.
Alternate the way you put it up, too – tie it low one day, high another and
to the side the next. That way, you’re not always stressing the same
Wear a head accessory.
It’s one of the best ways to protect your hair
from the sun’s rays. And if that baseball cap is killing your look? Get a
turban. Cool, printed turbans are very effortless and very chic. You could
also opt for a scarf, a wide-brim floppy hat or a cowboy hat. Keep in mind
that the sun can shine through certain straw hats, so it’s still smart to wear
a protective product underneath.
So, there you have it, my list of faves for you to pack on your next sunny
vacation. Let’s treat our hair like we want to be treated, loved.
Want a few more tips? Contact our hair stylist Deserey for your next hair appointment
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