Posts Tagged 'hairdresser'

Beauty on a budget: Headmasters Salon

About two months ago, I returned home from a trip to the US; New York and California. Of course, it was amazing, fantastic, wonderful and all other positive adjectives that are associated with an overseas jaunt. However, what most people forget to mention is the crippling lack of finances that comes with returning home. Well, that’s the case with me! Yep, basically every dollar spent over there.

So what’s a beauty lovin’ girl to do as she struggles to get back on her (in dire need of a pedicure) feet? Expenditure on beauty treatments is only going to cause guilt, and in the case of those with boyfriends, those shifty accusing yet bemused glances – come on girls, you know what I mean.

Having always wanted to try out the services of a hair/beauty school, I figured now was the best time and fired up Google to get researching. I’m based in Melbourne, and there were a plethora to choose from, as I’m sure there would be in the other major cities. I have to admit, quality of web page did come into it when deciding who I would go with, I guess it’s the new ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Well, Annoymous, I was going to judge them by their webpage because looks are everything in this business! Plus, I was already nervous about students performing treatments on me…

For a $10 blow wave, I couldn’t go past Headmasters, located in the CBD on Collins Street. As I felt this was such a bargain, I opted for a 10-min treatment too, which was another $10. I had somewhere to be, but gave myself an hour and a half chair time. After being greeted on arrival and shown to my chair, an extremely shy girl handed me some papers to fill in, which resembled a hair ‘medical history’ of sorts asking you to detail all the products you use. Thoughtful, but I wasn’t really in the mood as I wanted fab hair, and fast. And please note, this is a budget service so there’s no coffee/tea offer and some a pile of glossies to read. My hairdressers proceeded to mix up my treatment (Paul Mitchell brand) and my first impression was that she did everything very slowly. I decided to tell her I had somewhere to be, so if she could stick to the time frame that would be much appreciated. She nodded, then went on to paint the treatment into my hair, about ten strands at a time. Yes, the most miniscule amounts of hair were attentively coated in the masque. I appreciated the gesture, but anxiety was rising.

In the end, I had to ask her to rinse the treatment out, and get onto the blow drying as I was really going to be in a rush. She approached my wet hair cautiously and began to blow dry, very slowly. Time was seriously flying by and my hair still a sopping mess. Another girl was called in to help, which was a relief and stress levels were hitting the big time. I was concerned that they hadn’t used any product in my hair (yes, none) before blowdrying, nor after – not even a finishing/fly away spray. I hastily paid and left, running for my appointment 20 minutes late.

Not fully deterred yet, a friend and I booked ourselves in for a $30 dollar facial, again with Headmasters. We were led into a small room partitioned with screens, which had about nine massage table beds ready for clients. On the bed next to my friend, I eased underneath the towels and was introduced to a sweet girl who would be my therapist.

‘This won’t be so bad, sharing is caring,’ I thought. The facial itself was adequate, but once again my therapist did everything incredibly slowly, and spent a fair bit of time away from the table finding things. It was quite distracting really, with a gaggle of other students outside the partition deciding where they would like their next tattoo overpowering the rainforest music being played over the speakers. ‘You didn’t pay for luxury,’ my sing-song voice taunted me.

After an hour, with my mask not even having being applied yet, I was beginning to become uncomfortable. A quick peek to my left confirmed that my friend was nearly done. What was taking so long?! Not being the type of facial that you would want to go on forever and ever because it was just heaven on a plate, I became fidgety and felt myself counting the minutes. After an hour and forty-five mintues, I was done. Unfortunately I just felt sheer relief at the fact it was over and also that I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be. I think that is definitely the key with these appointments – make sure they are the last item on your schedule for the day!

While the treatments were definitely good value, especially considering the time taken to complete them, I’m not sure how regularly I would go back. I thought the budget facial might be good for a bit of low-key maintenance from a therapist, but I think I would rather pay full-price for a professional facial, one that’s more likely to induce drool out the side of my mouth rather than stress. However, my friend loved her facial, and raved about her therapists massage skills, (man, I was jealous, the massage was one of the lowest points of my facial!) so I suppose like most things, it’s just luck of the draw!

I might consider trying another hairdressing/beauty school in the future – I was really hoping this idea would have been my budget-beauty winner! Ahh, maybe next time.

So, have you ever had treatments from a beauty school?
Would you?
I’d love to know what you think about the whole idea.


Vanity Shots: Smudging

Yep, here they are -the shameless (well a little) vanity shots! Some people did ask to see, and in the duty of beauty I need to show you my better-than-expected results from smudging, done last week. After the look of balayage, I was told smudging is how I would achieve it, and yep, I’m happy!

It’s quite a gradual and natural look, which is best for my first time because really, I’m an au natural gal at heart and anything too drastically dark and then light might freak me out! I think next time I might get some of the bottom lightened, just random pieces though to keep with the grown-out, faded and sun-kissed-ends theme!

It was hard to get a pic that showed what it actually looks like, because it can look drastically different in different types of light… so here are 3 pics that give you a general idea… I’m still a bit yeahh.. but nah! when I see the pictures, which again has something to do with using an iPhone methinks! Note to self: get your regular camera fixed! Or buy a new one! Seriously!

So, does seeing this help you understand more? Has it convinced you to try something similar?
Enough that you will forgive the vanity shots?
Remember – you might have to say smudging, not balayage!

Trying to find good light... in my little sister's bedroom - hence the Twilight posters on the walls..

Oh my gosh! How did one of my recent beach holiday happy snaps get in here?!

The Other Balayage

Ladies! Big news! I have finally after several months of wishing and asking, been granted permission into the land of Fabulous Hair, currently residing at Balayage.

I admit, I didn’t try my best to get there, like venturing out of a 20 km radius to find a salon who really knew what they were on about or flying in Rachel Bilson’s hair dresser, but it was still a very frustrating process to ask three hairdressers to bestow balayage upon me.

It went a little something like this…

“Well you know… I’d like you to do balayage to my hair, when you paint lighter dye on the lower lengths of my hair so I look all sun kissed and naturally grown out. Yeah? Nah?”

Blank stare from hairdresser followed by “Umm, kind of. We could just do your foils, and then a semi around the roots?”

“Um, no. It’s like a gradual faded look …. ”

(Resembles disgruntled ape jumping on chair while pointing to computer screen showing picture of some Young Hot Thing with her way-cool hair and then frantically pointing at my head – grunts included.)

And finally settling for what I did not want.

So I decided to try another salon, Shizu, an Aveda salon, which was offering a new client deal of:

-Hair colour
-Aveda hair treatment
-Eyebrow wax

for NINETY-NINE DOLLARS. Win. Even if I couldn’t get the look I desired, at least the roots would be done with a few pretty extras for less than half of what I was paying before.

And ladies! Even bigger news! You hairdresser may just be confused by the term balayage, not the final look you’re after! I’ve totally had my eyes opened and my hair cuticles awakened to a technique I hadn’t heard of – smudging.

After going through the same consultation process as the past, explaining with aforementioned dialogue and pretty pictures, my hairdresser look confused until it clicked.

“Babe, you mean smudging, not balayage – balayage is when you… ” and she explained for some reason which I can’t explain to justice because all synapses were firing and alert once she mentioned this smudging. Smudging?! A few flicks through Vogue and we were both on the same page and I was delighted to feel understood. It’s all a girl wants right?!

Smudging, she explained, is when you apply a darker coloured semi (just one block colour) to the top half of the hair, and then ‘smudge’ it down the hair shaft to get an uneven, faded edge.

It has the same effect as balayge, just an almost opposite technique. One that works well for girls like moi who have a previous history of blonde foils, as the blonde can be kept as the lower half of the colour.

Something I had always wondered was, would they die my hair darker all over and then paint on the lighter strands down below? Well that seems like a bit of redundant effort now that I know about this glorious smudging! Just saying it makes me smile!

After the darker die was left to sit (while I drank some herbal Aveda tea), the hairdresser then rubbed and dragged the colour down a bit, finally applying toner to the ends to clean up my old blonde – all while an assistant gave me a hand massage (right up to the elbows, that’s the ticket!) with some heavenly smelling Aveda cream.

See the darker dye on top of my head?

It was then off to the basin to rinse the colour out, and have my treatment applied. A piping hot towel was left over my locks to intensify the effects and also my relaxation, before a beautiful head massage sealed the experience.

I love it! It’s exactly the look I was after, nothing too drastic and contrasting, more natural than high fashion. I wouldn’t mind the ends being a shade lighter, but for my first dip in the balayage/smudging pool it’s perfect.

I can’t wait for the lower maintenance and more importantly for me, lower cost – yippee!

A picture of the look to accompany the post would be logical, but is unfortunately currently unavailable due to a serious and debilitating condition I have, “Photo-distort-itus”, where the image presented in my reflection is sadly altered for the worse once photographed. iPhone’s do seem to agitate it. Currently campaigning for a cure. Holla at me if you also suffer.

So, to avoid becoming the angry bouncing ape I once was, have the term ‘smudging’ up your sleeve as well – it’s one more word of vocab you can learn when attempting to speak your non-native language – Hairdresser-ese.Te

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