It may be that you cannot find a good hairdresser in your locality who meets your needs. In that event you will be better off without a hairdresser. The unfortunate fact is that, as most beauty shops are set up today, they need to give permanents, to sell cosmetics and to sell extras in order to stay in business. Healthy hair care need not include these extras.
The owners will therefore recommend permanents to customers who don’t really need them because the margin of profit is so much greater in proportion to the amount of time expended than the profit on cutting or styling a curly hair. If you are primarily interested in having a hairdo that follows the natural tendencies of your hair, one that calls for skillful cutting, don’t go to a shop where permanents are the main stock in trade.
In short, you should be sure to consider well before entrusting your head to an incompetent hairdresser or one you have any doubts about. If he does something wrong the results may take months to rectify. If he cuts a strand of hair where he shouldn’t, it may take a long time to grow out, since hair grows only six inches a year.
A bad dye job can be a source of annoyance to you for an indefinite period. As your hair is a part of you, it cannot be changed as readily as a hat or dress. You have to wait for nature’s cooperation to correct the mistake of an unskilled hairdresser.
If you do your own hair regularly or between visits to the hairdresser, be businesslike about your supplies and equipment. Healthy hair care requires that before you shampoo your hair, for example, you have on hand a plentiful amount of each product you use, whether it is a shampoo brush, cream or liquid shampoo, setting lotion, rinses, lacquer, beer or hair groom.
If you cut your own hair or even snip at your bangs occasionally, see that you use good scissors and that they are sharp. Keep your brush and comb immaculately clean at all times and never let anyone else use them. These are very important points.
Whatever you use in pin-curling-hairpins for your curly hair, bobby pins, metal or plastic clips-be sure they are free from rust and from rough edges that might damage your hair.
There are several methods of setting bangs and pageboys. They can be rolled over cotton, facial tissues or wire hair rolls. You might try each of these systems to see which is most satisfactory for you.
In using a home permanent kit, a dye or any other manufactured product, proceed according to the instructions on the package. In short, whatever materials or equipment you may use in caring for your hair, try to approach the job in a professional spirit. The important thing about hair is what it can be made to do in enhancing your appearance and drawing attention away from defects. Lovely hair is itself one of woman’s greatest assets. You may not be able, for reasons of time, distance or expense, to use the services of a good hairdresser.
Even those who go to beauty parlors occasionally or regularly, if they understand the basic elements involved in healthy hair care, can work with their hairdressers more intelligently. We have our hair with us from the cradle to the grave. I hope that you understand your hair so that in dealing with it, as you must every day, you can in truth make it “a thing of beauty and a joy forever.”