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There is a change in the air, and your clients are feeling it too. The weather is getting colder. Daylight Savings Time recently ended, and the light is fading. There is an excited anticipation for the impending holiday season, as well as continuing questions about how the pandemic will affect our lifestyles moving forward. With the seasons and indeed the world transforming before our eyes, many of your clients will be ready for a brand new hairstyle. But with the weather getting colder instead of warmer, clients will often want to forego drastic cuts in favor of more transitional cuts, so we turned to our FHI Heat Educators to help us determine some of the best styles for moving into the winter.
Experts do think that with all the changes of the last year and a half, the pandemic has even modified people’s views of their hair. FHI Heat Educator Vanessa Bautista asserts, “The vibes are changing. Clients are becoming more daring. I think the pandemic has changed people to “live in the moment”, do something daring or they’ve always wanted to dry but finally said ‘this is my self-love’.” If the past is any indication, there IS a change in the air.
It stands to reason that clients would keep their hair long in the winter, and get a shorter cut as the summer brings on the heat. But that is not always the case! Kourtney Kardashian has led the charge this fall for short blunt French bobs with loose ends and wispy fringe. Your clients will love it and will find it easy to maintain, which is always a plus.
As a stylist, you know this truth all too well. People have been cooped up for 20 months, and they are ready for a transformation. Couple the angst of the pandemic with the changing seasons, and your clients will definitely be asking for advice on how to change things up. Expert Bryant Mathis explained, “Fall is the perfect time to make any changes, whether wanting subtle change or dramatic. A lot of my clients coming in right now are wanting change. I think between more people getting out, styles are changing, and there is something about that cool crisp air.” Mathis has been inspired by two different haircuts that his clients are craving: those who want to keep the length but want change and movement, and the French bob.
As for the first cut, Mathis explains “I have been taking inspiration from retro shag haircuts and creating the haircut around that.” The key to a good shag haircut, as you know, is to use your client’s natural texture to build volume. Most of the successful shags fall between the collarbone and the mid-chest area. You can instruct your clients to use our Full-Blown Volumizing Mousse, which will help define their natural curls and build volume. Using Platform 2000 Salon Pro Hairdryer with the diffuser is the best way to style, and they can even finger curl their hair when they are done.
Mathis goes on to say that the French bob is the new “it” haircut, because “it looks fabulous on all hair textures and it’s oh so chic.” Echoing Bautista’s ideas, he advises hair stylists to train their clients with the Platform Pro Styler to create the perfect look with their new French bobs.
This French bob will be easier to maintain, styling-wise, using FHI tools. Use our one-inch Platform Pro Styler for blended waves or for a more sleek look. The styles are endless and super fun to work with. Don’t forget to finish off the look with our Stay Beautiful Light Hold Hair Spray.This will help the look last all day.
Even with all of the change swirling around, some clients will still stay with the tried-and-true longer hair for winter. FHI Heat expert Timothy Delon explains, “With the cold weather knocking on the door, clients will start to grow out their shorter hair. It’s imperative for a nice grow out to remember to let the shorter, funkier layers we put in the summer grow out so I always recommend sniping the ends and touching up one’s face frame but to let the interior layers grow and do what they do organically.” This is where FHI Heat products and tools will definitely come in handy.
Timothy Delon also asserts that curtain bangs are here to stay! “With the holidays fast approaching, this trend of feathering around the face and lovely tousled pieces that frame one’s face isn’t going anywhere, especially since it’s an awesome cut/style to really make your color pop.” The Platform Blowout Brushis the perfect tool for the job of curtain bang creation. With its plasma ionic technology, it will purify the air, eliminating static and frizz. And it is so easy for your clients to handle, since it will dry, volumize, and style all with one tool. Advise them to use the Sheer Remedy Liquid Satin Treatment beforehand, which will help your hair to fall into place as it adds the resilience of silk amino acids.
As always, you have the big job of helping your client find the perfect hairstyle. With all the change in the air, you are the one constant in your client’s life that can give them the courage to make a change, and the knowledge to style a new cut well. The FHI Heat Educators, as well as our tools and products, are with you every step of the way.