By Popular Demand: One on One Updo Tutorials

Playful Updo

Playful Updo

Lately I have had clients request fresh ways of doing their own hair at home other than how they usually do it every day. My clients ask for ideas to wear their hair on days when they don’t wash and still want to look polished on a regular day at the office or a special occasion. So I came up with a solution. I am now offering one on one updo tutorials in salon. This can be booked in addition to a regular appointment or soley on its own.

What should you expect?

45 minutes for $45 for 3 updo’s. 15 minutes an updo. I figured that this would be a good amount of knowledge without using too much brain bandwidth. I know that I can only retain so much in one sitting. A client could come in over and over and I will always be able to teach them something new. I can customize each session by hair texture (curly or straight), length, and difficulty level.
 During the process, I give the client a hand held mirror and spin the chair around so they can watch every move, every bobby pinning technique, ask questions and take notes.
Take home Starter Kit– I send clients home with a goodie bag including:
– a sparkly hair accessory
-notes printed on paper and email
-a handful of bobby pins, hair pins, rubber bands, and a crocodile clip
-shopping list

This way clients don’t go home and never utilize the new skills they just learned. Also, if they forget the names of any hardware they can just take a sample with them when they shop for more at a local beauty supply store (Sally’s and Target).

In Conclusion:
Practice makes perfect. A lot of times these updo’s look easier said than done. It just takes patience and willingness to make mistakes and learn. Refer to YouTube videos for a quick refresher using the keywords that I teach you.

Cute Girls  Hairstyles YouTube Channel- one of my favs. I get my ideas from Pinterest and

This is a sample of the literature that I send my Clients home with:

FAQ: Do I wash my hair before my hair appointment?

Rachael Washing a Clients Hair

Rachael in Action

It’s complicated. It depends on your hair, your hairdresser, and the service you are receiving.

Your hair… Is your scalp sensitive? If it is too clean is your scalp going to be irritated more than usual?

Your hairdresser… Their preference. Some stylists like dirty hair for up-do’s because it has more grip than slip. Some stylists prefer clean and dry hair that they can create grip with hair products.

Your service… Are you getting color, cut, or style? Are you doing anything dramatic like a major color change or a substantial amount of length off?

Color- Some stylists do a pre-color treatment before coloring to apply the hair color on a clean slate. What is a pre-color service? It is a 2 or 3 step system where the hair is washed with a clarifying or chelating shampoo then conditioned before a chemical service. We use L’anza Hair Care Ultimate Treatment or Joico K-pak Reconstructor. For example, when you are getting your nails done the manicurist removes old nail polish, buffs, exfoliates, moisturizes, and puts a base coat on the nails. Doing this with your hair will result in similar results to a manicure; the color stays on longer without chipping, goes on smoother by evening out the porosity, and looks better overall. This is also a great opportunity to go ahead and cut the clients hair while it is already wet. The stylist has the advantage to color the cut and not cut the color off that you just did.
Personally, I usually do this on people who get one-step color, or they are going from one extreme to another (for example, blonde to brown), cutting a lot of length off, or their hair is in poor shape. I have noticed It makes a huge difference in the long run. Times in which I do not perform this pre-color service are if I am doing highlights and I can do the pre-color treatment later in their service, or if I want to add color to hair that is in it’s natural state, or if someone has a particularly sensitive scalp.

Cut or Style- Most times we wash the hair before these treatments anyway. If you want your stylist to see your hair the way you fix it then I would come to your hair appointment with clean hair. If you have a picture or can verbalize what you want out of the service then go ahead and come in with dirty hair.

Wait, what if I am getting an up-do? If it was my wedding day I would probably want clean hair. If I am going for a second day style because I don’t want to wash my hair 2 days in a row, one day dirty is perfect. If your hair doesn’t look dirty on day 3 or 5 that works perfectly. Does that make sense?

To put it simply, come to your hair appointment with dirty hair because it is most likely we are going to wash it for you. Just please don’t come in with too dirty of hair. Nobody wants to put their hands in that.