I recently got to spend some time with Sam Hill, the owner of High Five Hair Salon in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has a cult-like following because he infuses the importance of making his clients feel good on the inside first and then transforms them on the outside .
Many of us can struggle with what to do with our hair and how to make the most out of what we have been given.
I joined my friend Cate as Sam transformed her hair and gave us tips. (Watch for Cate’s big reveal at the end!)
Here are some tips from my Q & A session with stylist Sam.
Consider trying straight bangs versus a side swoop for subtle change.
Ombre is still very popular and can be a subtle.
Ombre is a technique where the hair is darker at the roots, and lighter at the ends. A lot of the time this occurs naturally after someone has gone too long between touch-ups, but it also happens purposefully these days, since it became a fashion statement. Ombre is possible on any color of hair, and is very easy to do yourself on natural or color-treated hair.-haircolor.wikia.com
It’s a soft highlight and gives dimension to your hair.
1. Don’t over think it!
2. Use simple chunky braids, wear a pony tail, or try a side french braid.
3. Bobby pin bangs back or twist bangs to the side (Use two bobby pins crisscrossed to hold in place.)
4. Try a Ballerina bun if you want to feel more stylish.
And, by the way, the higher you go with your hair, the more formal the look. However, loose and low creates an informal look.
Twice a week, but you can still get it wet while showering. If your hair is oilier, you can wash more often.
For coarse hair, use shampoo amounts in the size of a quarter. Otherwise, use the size of a dime.
Let go of the stacked bob!
Cutting off long hair is case by case. Courtney Cox is an example of someone who is over 40 and still looks great with long hair.
Also, you want a softer hair coloring versus harsher, chunkier streaks, which are generally for the younger crowd. As we age, many cannot get away with the harsher chunky look.
Talk to people whose hair you admire and ask where they go. Don’t be afraid to approach a stranger and ask. Recognize diverse styles that are done really well.
Bring a visual reference and over communicate what you want to annoyance!
Live with it for a day and then call back. Say something like, “I loved talking with you. My hair is not laying how I hoped. I would love to get it taken care of as soon as possible.”
The tipping standard is 20%, and an additional $1-2 for shampooers.
Ready for the big reveal for my friend?