Ask Chuck: Say happy Valentine's to him or her with a gift of love

By Charles Colson
Feb. 7, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.

Do you hair stylists and massage therapists keep gift certificates on hand for those of us wanting to get our special someone something extra for Valentine's?

I know I keep them handy, and I'm sure many of the others have them available. It does make that special kind of gift in a more personal way. Most stylists may include hair coloring, perming and even nail care in the certificates. Believe it or not, men really appreciate the certificates also more than they may ever admit.

For example, I remember once when this guy's wife bought her husband a gift certificate for a massage. He even told me it probably wasn't worth her time since he didn't believe in them anyway. I made a deal with him and said I'd work only 10 or 15 minutes on him and if he wasn't satisfied, we could stop the session and call it even. He agreed and accepted my challenge. Would you believe in 10 minutes I actually woke him up to say that his session was over to see if he wasn't pleased. Well, he was more upset that I woke him up and said he couldn't believe that he felt he had already gone to heaven.

So when it came time for the next massage treatment, guess who argued about who wanted to go first? You got it, him, of course. Don't knock it until you've tried it. This is one of my favorite slogans and it proves successful every time.

Chuck, have you heard of any new cuts for Valentine's and going into spring?

As a matter of fact, I did notice one in a new magazine recently. Introducing it from the First for Women's magazine, it is quite stylish and called the Va-va-voom. The name alone would spring anyone into action.

It is flattering since it is a classic bob with long, subtly stacked layers. It creates tons of fullness and body concentrated at the cheekbones. This was mentioned by stylists who have worked with Victoria Beckham. They went on to say that this style creates an illusion where the face becomes slightly broader, which perfectly balances its length.

What do you ask for? Tell your hairdresser you want a classic chin-length bob with very long blended layers throughout the bottom two inches of the cut. This causes the ends to curl under slightly which helps position a flattering volume at the sides. As a pro styling trick, spritz the hair with a flexible-hold hairspray. Would you believe many helpful hair products can be found on (new one for me, too).

Next, set the hair in two-inch sections with Velcro rollers. After the hair is completely rolled, concentrate with a hair dryer blowing directly on each roller, especially at the roots. Then let cool for 10 minutes, and lastly, carefully remove the rollers and tousle hair with finger tips to create best volume effect. Sweep long bangs to the side of your choice and just wait for that Valentine compliment from your lover.

Wow, that sounds terrific, got any more great ideas?

How about going from Va-va-voom to the style now called the daredevil? It is one that is classy yet professional looking for those who just want short hair for a change. This style is quite flattering because it complements the eyes and gives that neat, edgy angle layered effect. It reminds me a lot from an earlier style called the pixie, but this has varied tapered lengths that shape the face well and enlarges the neck area.

What do you ask for? A cut with short stacked, layers on the sides and back. You can have longer texturized lengths in the crown for more volume. Have the stylist feather the ends where they don't look as if they are bluntly cut and appear too bulky.

Most definitely use only the finger tips with low blow drying speeds and if needed, rub a dime-size drop of conditioner slightly through the ends for a more smooth effect. As I have mentioned in other articles, this acts as a perfect sun screen for the hair and will give it luster. Are you the daredevil type and one who keeps them guessing?

Now, you gentlemen who want to look stylish, too. Let a professional do their work of magic and you will be amazed of the compliments from your lover. So love one another, especially on Valentine's Day. All kinds of miracles can happen.

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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