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You Don’t Like My Hair?!

Don't Like My Hair? You know the scenario. Or maybe you don’t. I do.

About a year ago I left home one morning with black hair and returned that evening with crayon-red-colored hair. I walked in the back door and there was my darling partner doing the dishes in the kitchen. I stood there with a silly grin and expectant look on my face.

She just looked right at me for a minute and turned to finish the dishes. This is one of those moments in a relationship when you want your partner to SAY SOMETHING!

“Well?,” I asked. No pressure on her at all of course.

“I don’t like it.” OUCH.

Cue panic mode. Your partner is someone who has to look at you everyday and you want to look good for them. I like it. Why doesn’t she?

The next bit of fun feedback came from my 8-year-old son when I went to pick him up from school. He climbs into the car and blurts out, “Mom! You look like a freak!”

Gosh. Ok. Well, whatever. Back to black.

I also would love to wear Betty Paige bangs, cut straight across. The girlfriend says no. They don’t look good on me. When your partner says you don’t look good in something, you kinda have to listen, no?

I get men and women in my chair all the time who tell me, “I would LOVE to do XYZ with my hair but my partner doesn’t like it.”

The way out

But there is a way out of this dilemma and I’ve taken it on more than one occasion. Do it anyway. There is always an OUT.

If you color it and they don’t like it, it can be changed. If you cut it and they don’t like it, it will grow back or you can style it differently. There is always a change that can be made and I’ve made most of them.

A couple of weeks ago I bleached and toned my uncle’s hair blonde (his is naturally dark brown and gray). Everyone who knows him says, “Oh, I’ll kind of need to get used to this.” He doesn’t care. Cuz he knows he’s got a niece with little bottles of color and she knows how to use them.

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How to Talk to Your Hair Stylist

Remember that scene in Jerry McGuire where he’s having a meltdown and he’s begging Rod, “Help me, Rod. Help me. Help me to help you. Help ME to help YOU!”

Sometimes I have people come in for a haircut but have no idea what they want. Or they think they don’t. Being the professional that I am, I know that they always have some idea, even if they can’t quite articulate it. That’s where my experience and love of what I do comes in.

But you can help ME to help YOU. Here’s how.

Pre-game preparation

There are so many different styles out there. My approach is to begin by asking elimination questions. (That makes me sound like a doctor but that’s not what I mean.)

Write these down, girls, and post them on your refrigerator so you can spend the night before coming to see me asking these of yourself.

  • Do you want to keep your hairstyle’s length?
  • Do you want to be able to still pull it back?
  • Do you want to cut it short/keep it long?
  • Do you want babydoll bangs, swoopy bangs, or other kinds of bangs?
  • Do you want it conservative or a little funky?
  • Do you blow dry your hair or air dry?
  • Do you use hair product?
  • Have you had a short hairstyle before and did you like it?
  • Have you had it long hairstyle before and did you like it?
  • Which celebrity’s hair style made you consider selling your soul to get it?
  • Do you want to be able to just run out of the house in the morning?
  • Or are you fine putting some time in doing your hair?

Then I pull out the books, we look at pics, and then we talk. About your hair, about your boyfriend/girlfriend, about your job, about that wild weekend in Vermont.

It’s always a good idea and helps me a ton if you do a little research yourself or at least think of the questions before hand. (They’re right there on the refrigerator, girlfriend.)

When it comes to color it’s more of the same.

  • Do you want low maintenance or wash and wear?
  • Do you want highlights?
  • Do you want lowlights?
  • Do you want all over color (meaning one color)?
  • Blonde, Dark, Red?
  • Have you had it light before/have you had it dark before, did you like it?
  • Which celebrity’s color made you turn green with envy?

Look online and in magazines and see what you are attracted too. Can you see yourself in that style or that color?

Even if you think you have no idea what you want or what will look good, we always have a little of what we want and don’t want in the back of our minds. I’m hear to tease it out before I tease your hair. C’mon down and let’s get to it!


Take on the Ombre Trend, Tacoma

Ombre for Tacoma Hair

All the French-speaking inhabitants of Tacoma know that “ombre” as applied to hairstyles is a total ripoff of the French words “ombrage” meaning “shaded” and “ombres” meaning “shading.”

Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends.

This new trend seems to be wildly popular in the world of international celebrities. I have done this technique on some of my clients and they LOVE the results.

Low maintenance

This is ideal for clients looking for a low-maintenance style. There are no harsh lines where the color ends, making the up keep less painful on your pocket book. Your initial cost willl start at $90 but for the appointments to follow, we will only have to retouch your new growth (only $65). Because of being darker at the root and lighter toward the ends means you can possibly go longer between visits as well.

Drew Barrymore ombre hair

This procedure takes about an hour and is not like a foil. This is color fading, not streaks. It’s like your hair was kissed by the sun and I do it with bleach and color. How do I know how much color to use? Cause I’ve been doing this for awhile and it takes as much as needed to cover.

Summer is the ideal time to try something new with your hair. And you should absolutely dive on this one right away before your BFF and her Aunt Suzie show up for your next French 75 bash this way. Oooh la, la.

Fun! Fun! Fun!


Summer Hair

Summer Hair Color

This Memorial Day Weekend post is for all who color their hair dark and want it lighter for summer.  Not for those of the all natural virgin hair.

Summer is coming and for some reason ’tis the season people like to lighten their hair.

The sun naturally does this a bit for us.  Even my black fades quicker in the summer.

Going from dark-dark to light-light

But the question that comes up often is how to go from really dark hair or even black to a lighter shade or even blonde without the damage?

The answer is G R A D U A L L Y.

Which, when it comes to my colorful hair history, there is no such thing. I once went from black to white-blonde in two days. Eleven hours total with bleach on my head! We got it blonde but by the end my hair had to be cut to about an inch to get rid of the damage. I didn’t care about the length. I just wanted it blonde.

(I would never do this to a client. I did this with another stylist understanding the consequences.)

The healthy-hair way

But for those who want to keep their locks intact I suggest going gradual. This means that you come and see me with at least three hours to spend in the salon.

I do have to use bleach. Then we see how much color we can lift and what level we can get your hair to.  Then we pick a shade and color your hair, which also may involve putting foils of low-volume bleach in to give a variation of color.

How long can you go before you have to come see me again?  Anywhere from four to six weeks depending on how fast your hair grows and how much you hate looking at your new growth.

The next time you come to see me we can foil again and keep lifting each time, more and more and soon enough, maybe by the 3rd visit you can be blonde and ready for summer.


More Than Just Customers

I’ve been cutting Colleen’s hair for about three years now. She followed me from Seattle and is one of my favorite clients for a number of reasons.

Razor cut and bleach

Colleen Before Bleach & Tone | Front

She let’s me rock my inner artist cuz she pretty much let’s me do whatever I want. About halfway through the cut, she gets this huge, adorable smile on her face and gets really giddy.

Before Bleach & Tone | Side

Before Bleach & Tone | Side

This tends to boost one’s confidence in one’s skills, as giddiness in clients is a good thing. Colleen started out as a client and is now a friend.

Colleen After Bleach & Tone | Front

Colleen After Bleach & Tone | Front

I love this about my job. Sometimes I get to see my clients more often then I do my long time friends, so my clients become my friends.

L . O . V . E      T . H . A . T.

I get to see them about every four to six weeks and it’s almost like a followup and check in of their lives.

I love doing hair, I love being an artist, but this connection I get with people and their lives is what it’s all about for me.

After Bleach & Tone | Front

After Bleach & Tone | Adorable


Why I Use Alfaparf

When choosing a hair color, it’s not just about price. It’s also about taking good care of your hair’s health and getting the best color for your features and skin.

Alfaparf is an Italian company that makes, what I think, are the best hair colors around. Here’s a video of Alfaparf Milano a Cosmoprof 2010. Ohhhh, wouldn’t it be fun to go to Milan and play in this trade fair?

Don’t worry if you don’t speak Italian. Just look at all the beautiful people and fun activity for two minutes.


Inverted Bob: Short Haircuts for Tacoma

This head hugging “inverted” bob is a classic style that can be easily modified to suit any face shape.

Inverted Bob-Hairstyle that's always in styleAdjustments can be made to the fringe or bang area, length and layers to play up some features and minimize others. It can very in length.  You choose each detail and make it yours.

An inverted bob hairstyle is one of the easiest hairstyle to control. Although it is rather simple it is also very stylish. Inverted Bob hairstyles are always in style and always updating themselves.

For baby fine hair can be part of the newest trend. The classic bob haircut’s defining feature is the obvious clean-cut lines at the ends of the hair.There are many variations of the bob: your best choice for fine hair would be keeping the length above chin level.

This cutting style generally referred to as stacked, layered, or graduated hairstyle. The cut can have asymmetrical lines, or be an inverted bob hair style.

Styles are worn with or without bangs, over the face, or with side bangsJessica Simpson with an Inverted Bob Haircut There is also a choice of side or middle parts. Obviously color is not an issue and there really isn’t a face shape that won’t work with the bob.

In my years of styling I have found this cut to be so fun and can be cut in so many different ways.  This one being pretty angled.

Highly angled inverted bob short haircut
Whatever way you decide is yours, you’ll find this classic short haircut to be a blast and will garner you lots of positive attention.


Long Hair Styles Layered

When you’ve worn a long hairstyle for a long time, you wanna change it up, right? Haven’t we all felt this at one time or another?

Long Hair Styles Layered

So what do you do? Easy schmeezy. Go for layers.

We all love Joan Jett and her medium hair style works great with short layers. I can help you find the rocker in you.

I’m currently growing my own hair out for this very reason. I had a short hair style for five years and I loved it, not least because it’s so easy to care for.

But my inner rocker ho was screaming to get out and it was time for a change.

Short Layers in Long Blond Hair

I can do the same for you. Long hairstyles are easier than you think to care for if you go hairstyle long/layer short.

Plop your butt down in my chair and once we get you all chopped up—in a good way—I’ll coach you on how to rock those new layers out with a flat iron, a little teasing, and let’s not forget the shellac (hairspray).

The great thing, girl, is that you’ll still have long hair but you’ll look and feel like a new woman and you’ll shorten your blow drying to manageable minutes.

If you already have long hair with short layers, leave us all comments about your favorite way to wear it.


Hair Salon Magic from Japan

OMG, look at these kick-ass Japanese chicks playing kick-ass rock and letting their freak-flags fly (that’s my mother’s generation’s speak for having wild hair).


Kid’s Haircuts R Fun!

Kid's Haircuts Before
This little guy is Harrison. Daddy Jim wanted Harrison to have a mohawk.

This is Momma Jodi.

Momma Jodi was not so sure.

Kid's Haircuts & Moms

Daddy Jim said, “Just this once. Might as well get it out of the way while he’s little.”

Children's Haircuts Are Cute
Daddy Jim thought the outcome was pretty rad!
Children's Haircuts Make Them Smile
Apparently so did Harrison.
Haircut and Foil-Tacoma Colorist
And finally so did Momma Jodi, shown here after a cut and foil that I did for Momma.

This was really, really fun! I rocked that boy out and am super excited to share these photo’s. Cutting children’s hair can be very fun for all involved in you have a stylist who likes to work with kids. I love it, so bring your little darlings to me.