Embracing age - How the stylist can make clients look younger

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Gone are the days of the purple rinse. The anti-aging industry is booming. Anti-wrinkle creams, masks and eye creams are becoming a multi-billion dollar industry. And your clients are looking to you to make them look younger for longer.
Without spending thousands of rands on plastic surgery or botox, your client can look years younger by the time she walks out of your salon. Just with the right hair cut and using the right products.
1. Get the color right
Always enhance skintone and eye color. If your client’s skin is pale, choose a shade that has a bit of gold, copper or red in. For a red skin, choose a cool shade or a ash blonde to calm the skin down. Enhance the eyes, by choosing a hair color a shade or two darker than their eyes. If the hair color is lighter than the eyes, it tend to accentuate wrinkles and dark colors around the eyes.  Women’s skin change when they get older.   So you have to adapt your client’s hair color with the changes in her skin tone.
When you are young, you can choose a bold color. As we get older bold colors tend to make our hair look thinner and women older. When adding color, try and keep it as natural as possible.  Naturals is exactly that, while fashion colors will give away that you are trying to cover gray.
Lots of women falsely belief it is easier to hide roots if you go blonde. Too blonde, will emphesise wrinkles and dark circles on the face. Choose the medium blondes, like a Aquerly or The Color nr 8 and lighten the ends to lift her hair away from the face.
Propably the biggest color mistake anybody can make is to try and be somebody else. Give your client what suits them, otherwise it can become a constant battle to keep the locks looking good.
2. Bangs
Bangs are just as good as Botox in disguising forehead wrinkles. They make hair appear fuller and take attention away from thinning hair. Thick, soft beveled bangs are girlish and feminine. Also try a long sideswept fringe, which can erases years and create movement.
3. Texture, Texture, Texture
An older women’s haircut should be age defying, not ageing and you can achieve that with layers and texture. Without layers hair does not move and seem stiff, which can be ageing. Layers should always be delicate and face framing, softening a woman’s appearance, while blunt cuts can adds years. The ends need to be cut every 4-6 weeks and maintained properly to give hair that youthful appearance. An amazing product to use to keep hair young and healthy is Awapuhi Wild Ginger, especially the Awapuhi Wild Ginger Moisturising Lather Shampoo and the Keratin Cream Rinse.
Slicked back hair puts every line on display. A parting in the middle of the head can make women look old and severe. Put the parting on the side and zig-zag it for a more youthful look. Not only is the zig-zag more modern, but it also hides grown out roots. A messy bun or pony, will also deduct years from your client.

4. Embrace your Texture
Use the natural style and texture of your client’s hair. If it is curly, wear it no longer than shoulder-length. If it is longer, it tends to balloon around your head, which piles on the years. To fight the frizz, use Paul Mitchell Curls, it does not only include a shampoo and conditioner, but also Full-Circle Leave in Treatment, that hydrates and detangles, Ultimate Wave that seperates and add texture and Twirl Around that leaves curls soft, bouncy and frizz free.
Curls and Layering will make thin hair look thicker. Put texture in hair, by using a shampoo and conditioner that does not weigh you hair down, like Tigi Epic Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. If you heat style your hair, apply SO Hot to protect your hair. A simple trick to remember is to flip hair upside down and spray with a hairspray like SO Superhold Styling Lacquer. Flip hair up again and use fingers to straighten.
5. Gloss
Hair looks healthy and younger when it is shiny. It reflects light, creating natural highlights and making the face appear radiant. Glossy Hair is a symbol of youth and vitality.
Especially in winter, heat is the enemy of shiny hair. When showering, turn the water lower and if you can, rinse your hair in cold water.
Contrary to popular belief, shampooing your hair frequently, will not rob hair of shine. The secret is to pick the right product to use. Awapuhi Wild Ginger has brought out the MirrorSmooth Kit, which not only give your hair twice the shine, but transform lacklustre locks, into soft frizz-free strands with a MirrorSmooth finish. To get results, the Shampoo, Conditioner and High Gloss Primer must be used together.
6. Embrace who your client are
We cannot emphesise this enough, but for a hairstyle to work, the woman needs to stay true to who she is. She needs to embrace her age and not try to look 21, because that will accentuate her age.
If she is comfortable with her age and who she is, it will show and she would look more youthful and confident.  As a stylist we can try the best we can, but if a woman is not confident in her own skin, there is nothing we can do.

The Way Forward

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The TPO George has new owners. Marius and Neal has taken over on the 1st of June. Marius a hairdresser will be the rep in the area. During the last 30 years, he owned 14 salons and is still a partner in a salon in Melkbos Strand. Neal is a photographer by trade and will run the TPO in Meade Street with Herchell.
Our area stretch from Keurboomstrand to Riversdal, Lainsburg and Beaufort West to Oudshoorn and Uniondale and all places in between. Our ultimate goal is to visit our whole area on a more frequent basis.
We have listened to your feedback and nearly doubled our stocklevels in the last 2 weeks. If there is any product you would like us to stock , please let us know. Our aim is to give our customers the best service possible and to stock whatever you need, without having to wait while we order it.
We believe we can only be successful, if our salons are successful. Our long term plans include cutting courses, product knowledge and even business orientated courses.  We are planning to do product knowledge on Tigi from 13-15 July 2015.  Keep an eye on facebook for more info.  Contact us if you would like us to come and see you about any product we stock.
We have spend a lot of time and effort to create a facebook page and a website with a blog to keep you, the hairdresser, ahead of new trends. Like our facebook page (TPO George) and come back to www.tpogeorge.co.za for a new blog post every Friday. The website is still a work in progress as we continiously add products.
A few exciting launches is happening in the next few weeks. We are stocking furniture since this week. Remember the furniture on display is only that, display only.  We still need to order what you need from Johannesburg and it will take a few days to get here.
We are in the process of getting the license for Moroccanoil. According to the licensing agreement we would not be able to supply Moroccanoil to salons in Knysna and Plett, only to the rest of our area.
Nioplex is launching this week. We will send out more information about this product via email, our facebook and on the website. Niophlex is an amazing product, a protecting and strengthening treatment for all chemical processes.
Awapuhi Ginger and Moroccanoil is also launching new products, keep an eye on our website and facebook for these.
When in George, come and visit us at the TPO, 88 Meade Street, just down the road from the Woolworths. With his experience as a salon owner, feel free to contact Marius with whatever problems you have, whether it is color or product related. For orders call Herchell on 044 873 4120 or email her on orders@tpogeorge.co.za.

The low bun, chic and stylish

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When we think of a bun, we usually think of the topknot or a classic ballet bun. The low bun has had a major makeover, it is not old fashioned or boring anymore. Jennifer Lawrence wore it to the Oscars and if it is good enough for Dutchess Kate (Middleton), it is defenitely good enough for us mere mortals.

Use your imagination when styling low buns, add jewels, style it sleek and low, tuck and roll hair, use ombre for an old Hollywood elegance, loose and messy, combine it with braids or wear it on the side.

From the runway, to the red carpet, low buns have suddenly become chic and stylish. Seeming to be quite complex, it is very easy to create. The modern low bun is elegant and stylish.   It can be styled anywhere on the head, the side, middle, anywhere from the ear to the nape.

As you need less length than you need for a top knot, more clients can wear it. Low buns are more forgiving on a client with a larger forehead because it softens the hairline. It is the perfect disguise for a bad hair day, the messier the low bun, the better.

The following is how to make a basic bun.  Make a pony in the nape area with an EZ bubble to ensure there is no noticable marks.  Divide the pony in two or four, and turn it piece by piece around the eleastic until you get a bun and pin it.  Use a shine spray, like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny to give the hair extra shine.