Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Importance Of A Haircut

If you've been a reader of this blog for a while then you'll know that I'm currently studying hairdressing at college.  It's been a passion of mine for probably more than 10 years, I've been unofficially cutting various members of my family's hair since then.  

This post is more of a prompt to get your hair cut if it needs doing.  Look at it in the mirror (or if it's long enough, pull your pony around to the front of your face) you'll know if it's looking a bit sad at the ends.  

To test the condition of your hair take a single strand and hold it with one hand.  Then with your other hand run your fingers up it from the tip up to the root.  The more uneven the surface it is, the more damaged your hair is.

The photos above are before and after of a haircut I did this week on my friend Jenny.  That girl did not want her hair cut despite her being more than aware that it was literally fluff at the ends.  She straightens it every single day which obviously isn't good due to the extremely hot plates clamping the strands from all directions.  What makes it worse is that typically you go over your hair maybe four or five times.  

I was also shocked to learn that despite her putting her hair through bleach every couple of weeks, she doesn't use any sort of hair conditioning mask to try and retain the moisture and condition it.

Jenny finally agreed to a haircut with all of our encouragement from the other girls on the course.  Her hair is shorter on her right side because she naturally straightens the side of her dominant hand.  I showed her with a comb how much she should really take off and she freaked out.  Once I'd talked her down from the ledge (explained that there really was no point holding onto those sad little wisps!) she just said "do it!"  I blow dried it straight when I was done and boy was there a difference!  Her hair instantly seemed thicker and you can tell by the comparison photo that it's just make her hair magically look healthy again!

The best news is she messaged me today asked for recommendations for good hair masks!  She's turned over a new leaf, I'm so proud!  You should all definitely check your hair and if it's not looking happy, get it cut!!  Shorter healthy hair is better than longer frazzled hair, surely?!

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