Being beautiful: Secrets your stylist never told you

March 9, 2013 5:20:18 PM

David Creel -


Did you ever tell your hairstylist a secret or two? Of course you have, because we all know that the person wrapping you up in a luxurious robe and handling your tresses with tender love and care is all ears.  


The salon is one of the most intimate spots you will visit this season, so sit back, relax, and unwind as we slow the world down to make it revolve around you. At least that has always been the vibe I set for the guests in my chair. Think of us as friends who just happen to deliver radiant highlights with a bang. 


But did you know hairstylists have our secrets, too? Well, let me enlighten you with a few hidden mysteries that most stylists keep to themselves. Perhaps I will uncover a thing or two you have been puzzled about for years or answer some of those taboo questions you always wanted to ask.  


Gratuities in the salon are often confusing as women ponder whether to tip or not to tip. Larger salons have a hostess, maybe an assistant or two, and often one person colors while another one cuts. If you aren't dizzy when the final pouf is done, you very well might be lightheaded from wondering which persons to reward and how much is appropriate. In those situations and if you are so inclined, present your gratuity to the receptionist with instructions for it to be divided evenly, with 20 percent being more than generous. One thing to remember in boutique salons, or if you're a guest of the marquis stylist in a larger one, is that the owner should not expect a gratuity, but rarely refuses. 


Don't be hypnotized by those fancy bottles of endless promises that your stylist has in front of you or on a tempting counter nearby. By all means, take something home if your budget permits because nobody knows your hair better than the creator of that fringe, bob or blonde. Just know that the pricey salon potions aren't the only game in town, and the less expensive products on aisle nine at the grocery store aren't marked up three times for a profit and are very often (not always) just as good. 


And remember while it might take weeks to get in with your chosen hair guru, especially if you're a new client, your chances of a quick appointment are better if you ask the receptionist to pencil you onto a cancellation list. When you are ready to become a "regular," know that the most choice appointment slots usually go to those who pre-book. 


I hope these little secrets help you on your quest to be beautified!

Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at [email protected]