The only hard and fast rule that should be followed when it comes to getting a haircut, is that it should be tailored to the individual.
BY CEVEL REGIS
If you haven’t heard of Astrel Medina, then I suggest you check out her out on all social media platforms. Astrel is the owner of Astyled Salon located in Chaguanas, Trinidad and she is the stylist responsible for some of the beautifully textured / curly-styled tresses we see bouncing through our streets.
During her high school years Astrel honed her craft as a “hobbyist hairstylist” and took the plunge into doing hair professionally over the last five years. Astrel is full of passion for what she does and when asked why she chose to become a stylist, her response was “ You know what... I genuinely love seeing people look their best-- I love seeing the way that looking good affects their confidence, their interactions and their general sense of well-being. As a stylist I get to be actively involved in that process, using skills that comes so naturally to me.”
Given Astrel’s endless expertise, she is well poised to dispel any myths around haircuts, which is why Siksè Women reached out to her for advice on how often should one get a haircut and what to do in case you get a bad one. If you were thinking of chopping off your hair anytime soon, don’t do anything until you’ve read this…
Q. How often do you need a haircut?
A. Oh my... this is one of my pet peeves... needing a haircut can be separated into getting your ends cut to remove dead, split and damaged ends, and getting your ends cut to maintain a particular length or shape/haircut. The first depends largely on the texture or size of a person’s individual hair strands, which can be fine, medium or coarse, whereby the finer the hair strand the easier it is to fray or split, therefore the more often it needs to be cut. Secondly, it depends on how and how often the hair is physically manipulated (combed, brushed, twisted, flat ironed etc) whereby hair that is manipulated more frequently, tends to fray faster so it needs to be cut more often.
General guidelines based on hair texture and manipulation are every 6 – 8 weeks for fine hair (and or highly manipulated hair), every 8 – 10 weeks for medium hair (and or averagely manipulated hair) and every 10 – 12 weeks for coarse hair (and or lower manipulated hair).
Maintaining a length or shape depends mostly on how fast the hair grows but generally shorter cuts such as a tapered or pixie cut, need to be cut more frequently (every few weeks) to maintain their shape!
Q. Do you have to get a blowout before getting a haircut?
A. The only hard and fast rule that should be followed when it comes to getting a haircut, is that it should be tailored to the individual i.e. consider the desired outcome, the present condition of the hair, how the hair is styled, the texture of the hair etc. For instance, an individual with dry brittle hair is not a good candidate for a blown out haircut. An individual with curly hair, who wears their hair curly 100 per cent of the time, with a consistent curl pattern can get a wet cut. Whereas, another individual, with curly hair who also wears their hair curly 100 per cent of the times, but has very inconsistent curl patterns, is perfect for a dry curly cut.
Q. Should you wash your hair before you go to the hairstylist?
A. You wouldn’t go to the dentist without brushing your teeth. Or visit your gynecologist without taking a bath, so similarly don’t go to the hairstylist without washing your hair. While your hair doesn’t have to be freshly washed, the oldest it should be is about a week old. Not only is it poor hygiene not to, it reflects poorly on you and will ensure your name gets put in the do-not-rebook list! In addition to which, especially with textured/curly hair, the more days you go between washes, the more difficult it is to detangle, which increases the length (and cost) of your service.
Q. What should you do if you think you got a bad haircut?
A. This would depend on the type of ‘bad’ lol. If it’s the angle or shape of the cut you should let your stylist know what you think and give them a chance to fix it. If it’s shorter than you liked or wanted but the cut is still fine, let your stylist know and grow it out. But if it’s bad as in ‘jacked up’... please let your stylist know but research and visit another hairstylist that you can trust to give you a corrective cut.
Astrel’s most recommended package is the Curly Girl Rehab service. This packaged service was created for the curly girl who is struggling to figure out how to take care of her hair, what products she should use, how to style her hair (even after watching countless YouTube videos), how to keep her hair moisturized and how to get it to grow! It includes detox, cleanse, treatment, cut and style. Clients also receive personalised product, technique and regimen recommendations. It takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to get it done. You can get the Curly Girl Rehab as well as other services at the Astyled Salon!
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