Hi I’m Cathy. I’m the owner and senior hairdresser and stylist at Cathy Lee Hair & Beauty in Albany 0632 Auckland on the North shore.
What do you expect from your Hairdresser? What is reasonable, what is it that will ensure you are a happy client who wants to come back each time you need a hair dresser.
1. Bring photos. Ever tried to draw the hair style you’d like? Nightmare 🙂 If you have an exact idea of what you want your hair stylist to do for you, bring an image. Even multiple say ‘this here,’ and ‘that there’. Try to pick photos of where the hair is a similar texture as yours–the style will be much easier for us that way.
2. There is no such thing as a “wash and wear” haircut. Your hair changes when you wash and dry it. There is no hair style cut or style that will hold its shape perfectly, straight, wavy or curly. You need to put the effort into learning to maintain your hair style.
3. Take note of the hair products we use on you and how to use them. Your hair looks great when you leave the salon. The products are a large reason why. I have many clients who have said about their previous stylist … “I can’t get my hair to do anything like it was when I left the salon”. Either the stylist hadn’t explained the products properly, or the client didn’t listen properly and understand how important they are.
4. Celebrity hair is styled. It is always styled, every morning for every photo shoot. We can get it close, but no haircut on the planet is going to make your hair flow like you see in the magazines. They are great for ideas, but unless you have a stylist every morning like they do, it won’t look exactly like theirs.
5. Don’t change your color too drastically, too frequently. “Color touch-ups are okay every 6-12 weeks. But a big color change like from blonde to dark, or blonde to red should be done 4-6 months after your last color service. Your hair needs time to get healthy again in between each coloring. If you want a different color change every 6-8 weeks, your hair will become damaged and less likely to take the color properly. Remember that your hair has limits–it doesn’t have nine lives!”
6. For updos, dirty hair isn’t always better. Clean hair is sometimes actually easier to work with. You can always give the hair a dirty or day-old look by using lots of good products as the updo is being put together, plus it’s nice to have clean hair for you special day.”
8. For hair color appointments, come with clean and dry hair. If hair is clean, the colour will absorb better. If dirty, it may not go so well. Colours are gentler than they were these days, so dirty hair is more difficult for colour to cut through.
9. If your hairstylist tells you that your request is going to fry your hair, listen. We are not being cutesy and trying to get out of a little hard work. It means your hair will not lay flat, it will not be shiny, and no one is going to envy what’s happening on your head. If you still want to proceed, budget to get a deep conditioner, because what you currently have will not be enough.
10. Don’t blame us if we give you exactly what you asked for. Hairstylists want to make people feel beautiful and happy. If you tell us to take you from golden blonde to a rich brown, don’t get mad at us when you realize you looked better blonde. We take pride in our work, especially when we nail the client’s request, and it’s hard when people don’t appreciate that.”
11. We can make you look fabulous, but we can’t work miracles. As a hairdresser, there can be many pressures, and with all of the reality shows and makeover shows right now, people’s expectations are set higher than ever. A good hairdresser can help you to an extent, and a good hairstyle can make a big difference, but we can never give you a face lift, change your skin tone, or make you look 30 pounds skinnier (believe it or not, we get that request a lot!).”
28/44 William Pickering Dr,
Albany, Auckland 0632
Phone: 09-448 2193