Ask Chuck: Hair cut looking chopped, not blending?....Hmmm

By Charles Colson
Aug. 9, 2012 at 3:09 a.m.

I have been to several hairdressers, and every time my hair looks chopped and won't blend right. What in the world has happened?

For several years now hairdressers have been taught just simple basic hair cuts, no matter what type of hair. However, some have excelled through taking time to educate themselves by completing specialized courses that teach more detail, including many types of hair textures. It is a commandment now that Texas State Board requires us all to take certain hours of continuing education courses annually.

Fortunately, I was taught to cut hair dry or wet and achieve personalized hairstyling for many types of hair designs. As I have mentioned in other articles, a professional hairstyle should complement one's personality and physique. This, of course, gives each person their own individual look. A good professional hairdresser should have attained the knowledge of not only regular sheers, but how to properly use the tapering sheers. If your haircut continuously has lines that show each snip of the scissors, feel free to discuss this matter with your hairdresser. Hair styles should blend whether one has short hair or layered in various lengths. However there is an exception as many guys prefer the fades haircuts which call for designated lines. Haircuts should blend evenly, also, if the texture is fine, thick or coarse. Tell your hairdresser you prefer not to look like everyone else because you are worth the personalized change.

I have taken many trips to several countries and tried to explain to hairdressers in each location how I liked my hair to be colored. Would you believe when examining my hair, I found distinctive levels of color throughout the length of my hair? Tell me what happened.

First of all, it is sad that every hairdresser throughout the world sometimes does not comprehend the same methods of hair coloring. I remember years ago, a lady came to me with this identical problem after visiting seven countries where each had their own method of bleaching and toning her hair. I fortunately blended all the shades by choosing the medium color of the seven and dyed her hair accordingly. She was quite pleased because she was afraid I might choose a much darker shade to cover them all. A much darker shade would have been a catastrophe because she was light complected. At times like this, it is best to get the advice from a professional who specializes in hair coloring. Remember, your hair can make or break you. Which would you prefer?

I am a gentleman who likes to have my hair colored. Should I feel comfortable going into a salon for this treatment?

Most definitely. You wouldn't believe how much of our business may be equally balanced with men and women. If you prefer, a hairdresser might give you exclusive times just so you feel more at ease.

So we hairdressers can cover that gray or blend it better, you will quickly realize the extra body it has acquired. How would you like to look up to 10 years younger? Yep, it happens. I believe you guys will also be amazed with the special attention you would receive with a salon visit. You, too, can keep people guessing and let it be known that only your hairdresser knows for sure. With professional care, a gentleman's makeover can be summed up in one word. Wow.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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