It goes without saying that all moms are pretty amazing, I mean, for starters–they carry us around inside their bodies for nine months before we’re born, they still manage to love us through our teenage years when both our attitudes and eyeliner are out of control, they’ve been there for us through heartache and to tell us when we’re dressed ridiculously–and even after all of the gray hairs that we’ve given them (s/o hair color), they still manage to love us.
While all moms are pretty awesome, moms that are hairstylists are particularly badass–not only are they able to do your hair (free of charge) even when they’re not working, but they teach you a lot of things about hair care that most people don’t know about. So I am here to share with you some of the most important hair (and life) lessons that I’ve learned from my hairstylist mom (her and I pictured below.)
1. Hair stylists double as therapists.
Stylists are the keeper of some of their client’s deepest secrets, salon visits almost always double as therapy sessions.
2. You dye an Easter egg, you color your hair.
Related: you pluck a chicken, you tweeze your eyebrows. You just do.
3. You really shouldn’t buy products labeled “To Be Sold Exclusively In Professional Salons” from a drug store.
Here’s why: When a big chain store like Target or Duane Reade sells a product that has a label that states that the product should only be sold in a professional salon, this is known as diversion and it is likely that the product has expired.
4. Your hair’s health comes first.
I know you’d love to go from box-colored black hair to platinum blonde in one salon visit, however, if you’d like to hold on to those healthy locks of yours, understanding that such a fete is a marathon – not a sprint, is key.
5. Less is more.
You can always take more length off of your hair, but you can’t as easily put it back on.
6. You can’t get a clear picture of what your hair actually looks like until its dry.
Wait to truly judge your cut and color until your hair is completely dry.
7. A styled blow dry really is an art.
If your stylist can successfully smooth, straighten and style your hair using solely a blow-dryer and a round brush, don’t let them go.
8. Stylists are weekend warriors.
And by that I mean, any good stylist gets a thrill out of waking up bright and early on a Saturday to face the busiest day of their work week.
9. Have a special event, prom or wedding?
Make sure that your glam team for your big day is made up of people that you trust. And don’t forget to bring your veil to the trial appointment!
10. Having a mom that does hair doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll always have a fresh cut and color.
It’s like that saying “the shoemaker’s children always go barefoot”, your hair will get definitely get done, it may just take a little hounding. Hair stylists are busy people, okay? Below, a picture of my mom from the 80s with massive hair!
11. A hair stylist’s clients often become like family.
“Hey Mom, how’d you meet Aunt ____?” “Oh, I’ve been doing her hair for forever.”
12. A strong work ethic and a positive attitude go a long way.
Because any successful stylist didn’t build their loyal clientele by being lazy and grumpy.
13. Confidence is key.
Even if you’re scared to try something new for the first time you have to keep a straight face and act like you are the #bossbabe that you are. If a stylist doesn’t trust themselves, why should their client trust them? This (obviously) is applicable to other aspects of life as well.
14. Leave the bang trims to your stylist.
‘Cause there are levels to this – literally.