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3. Don't ask me to "squeeze" you in when I'm already booked. I'd be taking time and effort away from other clients. You
wouldn't like being treated that way.
4. Hairdresser school does not teach about counter transference, projection, negative reinforcement, or personality disorders. If
you're looking for a therapist, all I have is a tail comb and an opinion.
5. Some women think that if they keep their hair all one length the way it was in high school, everyone
will think they're still in high school. Guess what? You're not. As you get older, you need to soften the lines
around your face. Layers are the magic remedy.
6. Bodies and hair change as hormones change. If your hair is dry, listless, or brittle, or if it's not
holding your color or style the way it used to, see a doctor. If your hair isn't overprocessed, you could be
pregnant (surprise!) or menopausal (yes, I can tell).
7. A trim is not "just" a trim. It requires my expertise, skill, knowledge, and time. Would you say to
your dentist, "It's just a tooth," or to your doctor, "It's just a leg"?
8. That single bill you stuff into the shampoo person's hands isn't doing her any favors. A dollar bill
doesn't buy anything anymore. You should tip her at least $3—more if your hair is long.
9. If you want to buy a bottle of color and do your own hair to save a buck, you can live with
7. Excel at the Unexpected:
"I'm in awe when a woman rolls up her sleeves
and repairs stuff around the house or fixes a
car," says Robinson, who has been married for
eight years to a fashion editor.
"Helplessness is attractive to some men, but put
up drywall and I'm hooked."
10. Some clients will say, "Cut my hair just like you did last time." That always baffles me. The average time between
appointments is six to eight weeks. I have hundreds of clients. How am I supposed to remember exactly how I did your hair the last
time? If you want a carbon copy of a cut and style you loved, take a picture and show me.
11. Why do you think a child's haircut should cost less than yours? Kids don't sit still. Kids kick.
It's an intense experience.
12. Standing all day and using scissors and a blow-dryer takes its toll—I have arthritis in my fingers,
in my wrist, and 10 percent less hearing than I used to. I am a physical wreck.
13. We see women at their worst. Their hair is wet, they have foils on their hair, they have no
There's nothing for them to hide behind. So they tell us everything. The truth is, I really don't care
what they do
sexually. I'm only interested in their hair.
1. If you want a new cut or style, I'll work hard to make you happy and I'll want you to like it.
After you leave my salon, I'll worry about what you think. (I work on people, not on cars on an
assembly line.) And if you feel like calling to tell me how happy you are with my work, you will make
2. For stylists, tips should be 15 to 20 percent of the total cost of your bill. They are a
significant portion of my pay. If you stiff me, I'll remember. And yes, salon owners who style hair do
appreciate tips and want them.
3. Sure, you can bring your child or your dog in, as long as you control them. One of my clients used to bring her Great Dane in to all
her appointments. He would curl up in the corner and sleep the entire time, so I didn't mind. But if your baby or your dog starts bothering me or
the other people in the salon, I won't be so easygoing.
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And whether you shop from the famous designers shops or your local fashion street you have to learn to make whatever you wear
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Experiment with your looks, accessories and hair and see what suits you, and you can never ever go wrong.
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4. I need to charge you for my time, no matter what you're having done. I am a trained professional.
5. When you leave my chair and walk out of here, you represent me. So it's in my best interest for you to look good.
6. I don't have manicurists or masseuses in my salon because I am not all things to all people.
I'm a hairstylist.
7. I'm not in this business to make hundreds of thousands of dollars. I just want to make a decent,
comfortable living, and at the end of the day, go home.
8. Men will tell you things they won't tell their wives—"my throat hurts," "my back aches." They want a little
sympathy, which maybe they can't get at home because their wives have heard it all before, or they're
not listening. So they tell us. It's the only place they can unload.
9. Hot water removes color. The sun can dry your hair. So protect it as you would your skin. Cover it
when you're outside in the sun. Wash and condition it properly. Spend a little money on the right
10. When a client says she's in a rush, I tell her she needs to schedule her time better. My work takes time.
11. When a client is unusually whiny, most of the time it's because she's having a hard time with her husband or boyfriend, or she's having
problems at work, or she's not getting along with her kids. She should leave it at the door. I don't want her problems.
12. If you cancel at the very last minute, that's lost money to me because I can't fill that appointment with little or no notice.
13. The market is saturated with every possible product to make thin hair thick, dull hair shiny, and curly hair straight. But putting too much
junk in your hair will almost always kill a look. More is not more. Your hair wants to be healthy. That doesn't mean trying to totally recreate
it every day. Just help it a little. Let it do its thing.
14. Do not attempt hairstylist-speak. Do you really know what "thinning" or "graduation" mean? Leave the terminology to the professionals.
15. Some people are just too large or their cheeks too round for the style they want. They should look at themselves in the mirror
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1. Stand out in a Crowd:
"Don't wait for a special occasion to show off your inner and outer style," says Robinson.
"Reveal your individuality every day in your wardrobe but also in what makes you happy and
what you believe in."
2. Find the Jeans for Your Body:
"I can only hope it's a pair from Gap," says the 42-year-old designer. "But nothing looks more
effortless than denim jeans with some ease -- to me, that's the essential element of looking stylish."
3. Invest in Good Jewelry:
"I love a woman who buys her own pieces," he says. "The best jewelry usually comes with a
story, so there's a special light in her eyes when she's wearing it."
4. Know How to Buy a Suit for a Man:
"Men see the big picture, but women take time to see the details when shopping," asserts
Robinson. "Train a man to zero in on the points that matter -- or just buy it for him. He's bound to
5. Lead a Conversation:
"Maybe it's because I'm a Southern gentleman at heart [he's from Southern California], but to me,
the ability to steer language eloquently is stylish and seductive. Great conversation makes a
woman more beautiful."
6. Trust the Classics:
"A great slouchy blazer and a button-down shirt or a crewneck sweater are not boring
if they are well fitted and paired with pieces that are singularly yours. The result is, you
look put together as well as special."
For an Indian bride, the wedding day is the most important day of her life. Most girls have
lots of dreams for this day, since it marks the beginning of their journey into womanhood.
Different kinds of beauty rituals are associated with the wedding day, as her female friends
and relatives gather together to prepare her for the most special occasion of her life. Almost
all the girls wish to look their best and epitomize beauty on their wedding day. In India, the
beautification of the bride consists of sixteen parts and covers almost every part of the body,
right from the head to the toe.
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about the Solah Shringar of an Indian bride.
The first shringar of the bride, bindi has a strong religious
implication and is a sacred symbol of a married woman. To make
the bindi look utmost attractive, you can even decorate it with red
and white dots around it and along the eyebrows.
A sacred symbol of suhaag, sindoor or vermillion is applied on the center parting of the hair and is a part
of the shringar of a married woman.
A hair accessory, Maangtika is worn on the central parting of the hair of the bride. It is mostly
made out of gold.
Kajal or kohl is one of the most popular solah shringar. It is basically applied on the edges of the upper
and lower eyelids, enhancing the bride's eyes and making it attractive and appealing.
Nath or the nose ring completes the look of the bride, making her look
traditional and ethnic. Made of gold, it is generally worn on the left nostril and
is supported by a gold chain, which extends just behind left ear.
After the face, next comes the neck of the bride. It is adorned with
beautiful haar or necklace, which is usually made of gold and
embellished with diamonds, pearls or stones.
Ear rings or karn phool adorn the ear of the bride. Mostly, the ear
ring flaunted by the bride is made out of gold and is extremely
beautiful and heavy.
Mehndi signifies the essence of love in wedlock and is essentially applied on the hands and
feet of the bride, to strengthen that bond of love. It is one of the most special pre-wedding
rituals in India.
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Bangles or choodiyan adorn the wrist of the bride and are usally made of
glass, laakh or gold. Conventionally, brides adorn their wrist with red
Baajuband or more popularly known as armlets are worn on the
upper arms of the bride and are similar to bangles in their
appearance. Mughal, Rajasthani or Jaipuri are the most popular
designs of baajuband.
The fingers of the bride are adorned with exotic rings. Aarsi is the thumb
ring which the bride wears. It mostly has mirror embedded on it and
enable the bride to have a glimpse of herself as well as her life-partner.
Apart from the make-up, hair style plays an imperative role in determining the look of the bride.
Mostly, the hair is tied in the braid style, with hair accessories and flowers accentuating the look.
Kamarband is a waist band that is tied on the
waist line of the bride. Made up of gold, it is
embellished with stones, diamonds and
precious gems and is beautifully designed.
Made up of silver, it is a thick chain that is tied on the ankle and is adorned
with tiny bells that make enticing sound. Bichuas or toe rings are similar to
rings worn in the fingers of the hand, but are worn in the fingers of each foot.
Itar is a special fragrance that is applied on to the bride. It emits a
special aroma and that helps the bride stay fresh despite the long
elaborate rituals performed.
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Made in bright bridal colors, such as red, maroon, gold or green, bridal dress comprises of saree, lehenga and salwar
kurta. It truly brings out the eternal beauty of the bride.
1. I'm a beautician, not a magician. I can give you Gisele Bündchen's haircut, but I can't give you her face.
2. Come at least five minutes early. If you're running late, please call ahead. Show me some basic respect.
This is a business, not fun and games.
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