I Work as a Hairstylist, and I’ll Tell You the Secrets and Tricks That Beauty Salons Use

Hello! My name is Vera, and I’ve been working as a hairdresser for 6 years. I had dreamed of becoming a hairdresser since I was a child: I would often go to the salon that my aunt worked at and I’d try to learn as much as I could about this art.

1. How to take good care of your hair: the tips I give to my clients

Here are several tips that will dramatically improve the quality of your hair.

  • Wash your hair twice. When you apply shampoo first, you only remove the upper part of the hair grease and all the hairstyling products. On the second wash, the product gives all its nutrients to the hair. Don’t rub the hair, because doing this damages its structure. In reality, only the scalp is greasy, but the hair ends are just dusty. The foam from the scalp will remove all the dust just fine.
  • Soak the hair with a towel or washcloth. Just take the washcloth and move it from the roots to the ends. But don’t rub the hair with it, this will only damage it.
  • Use a hair conditioner after a hair mask. It will make the hair shiny. The mask only gives your hair nutrients, but this is not enough to make it shiny.
  • Don’t dry your hair right after washing it. Let it dry naturally for a bit. Afterward, you can use a hairdryer (but only use cool air).
  • Straighten your hair only while also using a hairbrush. An iron should follow the brush. This way you will avoid melting any knots in the hair.


2. Which shampoo is better — a regular one or a professional product

Regular shampoos are only used to remove grease and dirt. Professional products not only do the cleaning, but also help solve some other problems by making the hair thicker and moisturizing it. I did a little experiment: I washed the left side of my hair with a professional product and the other side — with one of the most popular regular shampoos you can buy at any supermarket.

I found out that the regular shampoo, that cost 3 times less, made the hair more voluminous. But after I used it, I noticed dandruff, which I didn’t have after the professional product. Also, the regular shampoo needs to be used with a conditioner, to make it easier to comb the hair later.


3. How to do a hairstyle for a party and why hairdressers like blonde women

The most important thing about any hairstyle is whether it’s neat and clean. When it looks neat, any hairstyle is good. By the way, why do you think hairdressers like blondes? It’s simple: their damaged hair maintains its shape better for updos. And working with straight, shiny hair is really difficult.

Here are some indicators that you are working with a good hairdresser:

  • Your hair should be prepped well — it should be flat-ironed properly.
  • The hairdresser should find the center of the hairstyle and work from there.
  • The hairdresser should avoid using sprays, otherwise, the hair will get sticky.
  • A good professional should ask what you are going to be wearing. If you are going to have open shoulders, the hair should be up, and in other cases, it can be down.


4. Hair dying for children

More and more clients ask to have their children’s hair dyed. Most of them just want some pink ends or streaks. Fortunately, there are a lot of harmless ways to do color like this.

Hair chalk is the safest way to dye your hair any color you want. The chalk doesn’t dye the hair and the color is removed after the first wash. Also, there are some mild dying balms and sprays that come in bright colors.

Remember that some of these products may get your clothes dirty. This is especially true for chalk, because the dust from it falls right on your clothes. And, obviously, use gloves if you don’t want to dye your hands too.


5. How to shorten split ends

Here are some tips on how to prevent possible damage to the hair ends:

  • Use hairdryers and curling irons only after using thermal protection products. The high temperatures remove the moisture from the hair, making it empty and prone to splitting.
  • Don’t brush wet hair because you might pull it and damage it. Also, don’t use old massagers that scratch the scalp and tangle the locks.
  • Every 2 months, get the ends cut. Otherwise, the split ends will go further up the hair shaft and damage the rest of the hair. Always pay attention to the quality of the tools used in beauty salons. If they use blunt scissors that damage the hair while it’s being cut, a few days later you will see split ends again.
  • Say no if your stylist wants to use thinning scissors. This procedure delaminates the hair into several parts and the ends start to split. A good hairdresser should be able to do a good job without thinning.
  • Don’t forget to moisturize your hair. When it is hot and dry in your apartment, your hair is prone to breaking. Use restorative, moisturizing masks and sprays to keep your hair healthy.


6. Silver hair etching

Hair etching is a preparation procedure that is done before hair dyeing. It helps to dye silver hair better and to achieve a more even color.

For etching, hairdressers use an oxidizing agent, which is applied to the silver hair and left on for about 15 minutes.

Why is this method almost never used in beauty salons? First, because not all hairdressers are aware of this method. Second, it takes time. And finally, it costs more money and many clients just want to save money.