What Your Hairdresser Really Thinks: Salon Dos and Don’ts

A good hairdresser is worth their weight in gold. They’re a rare and highly covetable breed whom you may find yourself incredibly invested in – so much so, you contemplate moving cities if your beloved “hair engineer” – gasp – moves to a faraway salon.

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Okay, maybe not quite, but you get my drift: I’m addicted to the high of good hair and so my beloved, talented hairdresser occupies a special place in my heart. I tell her all my secrets and have laughed and cried under her care and then, like my own fairy godmother, she makes my hair look better and better each time I visit. I fully understand and support celebrities spending thousands of dollars to fly their hairdressers with them all over the world. Wouldn’t you, if you could?

But have you ever wondered what your hairdresser is really thinking? The secrets only they possess in their quiet, calm reverie? Read on, for senior Queensland hairdresser Elyse Louise, 22, was kind enough to share her top 5 salon dos and don’ts. Here, Elyse dishes the dirt on big industry no-nos and the appropriate hair etiquette we should all adopt.

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  1. Creepy crawlies: One of Elyse’s pet hates is, understandably, coming across a client with a head full of nits! Gross! As heinous as this is, it does happen, she says, and leaves hairdressers with no option, but to refuse their services and send the client home. Aside from being totally rank, it’s against hairdresser workplace health and safety to work on a nit-plagued ‘do. Elyse says she’s seen young kids through to teenagers with the dreaded infestated hair.
  1. Celebrity lookalike: There’s nothing a good hairdresser hates more, says Elyse, than a client bringing in a photo of celebrity and saying: “Make me look like that”. For starters, you may not resemble your fave celebrity in any way and hairdressers are expertly trained to match your hair style to best suit your individual facial structure and hair type. This means that as much as you might think and hope your hairdresser can suddenly transform you into the likes of supermodel Gisele, it just ain’t going to happen.
  1. Clients with no idea: Another big hairdresser hate is clients who say: “Just do whatever you want”. This is a big gamble: how do you know your hairdresser isn’t a complete sadist who will shave off all your hair just for kicks? Elyse says hairdressers much prefer it when you come into a salon with a strong idea of what you want; otherwise you’re just wasting everyone’s time.
  1. Invest in a change: If you’re looking for a major, new ‘do – for example going from black to blonde – be prepared for the fact that you can’t do it in one session, Elyse says. A big change will take many salon visits to accomplish unless you want less-than-amazing results. So, be patient and persist with it. Hairdressers, as amazingly talented as some of them are, still cannot perform miracles (bugger).
  1. Hairdressers aren’t psychics: The next time you’re tempted to say to a new hairdresser: “Do it exactly the same as the last person” – give yourself a little slap, Elyse says. Hairdressers aren’t mind readers and it’s inevitable they’ll cut and colour your hair differently than the last stylist. Sure, you can carefully instruct them on exactly what you want, but they most likely will not give you exactly the same result as a hairdresser from another salon. Be open to change, or don’t ever go to a new hairdresser.



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How To Cut Your Own Hair

Ever wanted to give your hair a quick trim without burning a hole into your pocket? There are many ways to easily cut your hair at home if you’re looking to save some extra cash. All you need is a pair of professional scissors, a thin comb and damp hair!

What you’ll need: 

– 1 hair elastic

– professional hair cutting scissors

– thin comb

– handheld mirror


1. Part your hair right down the middle of your head, then fasten it at the back with a hair elastic. If you hair isn’t already wet, spray some water on the ends and then comb through gently.

How To Cut Your Own Hair

2. Tie your hair into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Check that it is in the correct position with the handheld mirror. This will allow you to see what’s happening in the back.

Pull the elastic down the length of your hair, making sure that it remains in the centre. Leave around 6-10cm of hair at the end, or depending on how much you choose to chop off.


3. Secure the elastic into your hand, and bring it to front. Making sure that the elastic hasn’t shifted, you may need to repeat this step a few times before you’re happy with the position.

How To Cut Your Own Hair

4. Cut small parts off at a time. This will make it easier to check if you’re happy with the length, and also to fix up any mistakes along the way. Hold hair firmly between your fingers, then cut.

To avoid blunt ends, hold the scissors vertically and make tiny cuts into the length of the hair.

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  • It is important to keep hair damp, and comb it through so there are no tangles or knots. This will allow the hair to be of even length, and will make it easier to cut. If you do have curly hair, make sure to get it as straight as possible to ensure an even result.
  • Choose scissors which aren’t blunt, and are supposed to be used for hair. Generic scissors for cutting paper, cardboard, etc won’t do since they won’t produce an even cut.

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Hairstyles That Make You Look Younger

Want to look ten years younger? A good haircut can mean looking and feeling younger just by chopping off your locks and styling them a different way. Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz both sport layered hairstyles which flatter their face but also their skin tone. Below are just a few hairstyles which can make you look younger instantly, and some additional tips if you want to embrace a younger look.

Avoid bleach-blonde

The bleach-blonde barbie look is not only outdated but has the ability to make people look washed out. Not to mention the unruly regrowth which comes with maintaining such a strict hair colour. If you want to embrace a light blonde tint, try highlights which work to compliment a particular haircut.


A side-swept fringe and longer more defined layers helps to frame the face and creates the illusion of a younger look. Rounded ends and bouncy locks look sweet and healthy, especially if there is more volume towards the crown of the head.

Avoid monotonous colour

Usually a one-tone hair colour has no depth or definition, which makes people look older than they really are. If you love darker roots but don’t want to go a completely lighter shade, then definitely try balayage. This is where the hairdresser hand paint’s highlights on the bottom of the hair, which gives the illusion of a gradual colour change.

Try highlights

Highlights help to bring colour and youthfulness to the face if done properly. Popular areas for highlighted locks include the layers which frame each side of the face, and also hair alongside the crown of the head near the natural parting. Caramel highlights are perfect for someone looking to spice up their brown locks.


A youthful haircut all comes down to volume and layering. Often dead-straight hair which is very long and has no fringe or layers tends to age a person. Regardless of hair type, texture or length, volume can be achieved by using effective hair products. Hair serums should only be used on the ends of hair, since they are capable of weighing down the hair follicle. Ask for long layers since they are easy to style and will give lots of natural volume to your look.

Avoid brassy tones

Brassy tones can ruin a youthful haircut, and instead feel and look older. Maintain any brassy tones at home by using a purple or violet shampoo and conditioner once a week to keep a gorgeous blonde hair colour. These products work by cancelling out any unwanted brassy, orange or silver tones in the hair.

Regular haircuts

Keep hair looking shiny and healthy by having regular trims. Work with the natural body and texture of your hair and don’t try to thin it out using a special razor. This will only lead to breakage and will leave hair feeling dry and brittle.

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Hair Expo Australia Highlights

Styles were bolder and bigger than ever at Hair Expo Australia this weekend. Showcasing the industry’s most creative talents, hair was manipulated and fashioned in architectural, gravity defying forms. You won’t believe these incredible looks were created using natural hair!

Introduced by feisty host Tabatha Coffey of Tabatha Takes Over, the team at The Art of Hair presented intricate woven braiding techniques.

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Bringing new meaning to ‘helmut hair,’ this look had to be one of the team’s best.

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International guest artist for Wella, Dmitry Vinokurov, achieved amazing height with this complex mohawk.

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Next up were the talented Brits from F.A.M.E; the UK’s independent launch vehicle for young creative stylists.  My favourite of their creations was this sculptural fringed look.

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The GenNext Artisan collection included volumous tiers of cascading hair.

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But the ultimate showstopper? It had to be the floral adorned hair clusters presented at the GenNext ‘La Biosthetique’ collection; where youth culture meets Parisian Haute Couture. Holy hairballs this looked heavy!

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