Getting The Most Out Of Your Hairdresser

Everyone knows that second to your spouse/partner, your next most intimate relationship is with your hairdresser! They are your therapist, your secret-keeper, your escape from the day-to-day hustle, and the one that makes you feel like your most beautiful self.

But have you tapped into your hairdressers’ secret talents? These artists are not just slapping paint on your hair. In fact, they are calculating formulas and mixing colors that are customized for each individual client – the same formula would not bring the same results to different heads of hair! Knowing your hair history, the products you use, your hair goals and color preferences all are things your stylist considers when developing the exact right formula for your hair, or the right tools to use to cut it. Behind the scenes, hairdressers are continuously educating themselves to make sure they bring their clients the best techniques and methods.

To make sure you are getting the most out of your stylists’ talents, follow these three tips

  1. Have an open conversation about expectations.


Hair is not “one size fits all” – just because your friend went from brunette to platinum in one day doesn’t mean your hair can. Most often, it takes multiple appointments to make such a drastic change. Your stylist will tell you what is possible in one appointment to maintain the integrity of your hair.

  1. Let your hairdresser “blend the trend”.

A messy, textured lob can look great on anyone, as long as that “lob” is the right length, with the right shape. Your stylist can look at the shape of your face and the texture of your hair and find a way to make a trend work for you – sometimes wanting to look exactly like a photo can be self-sabotage! While bringing in photos is great, they should serve as inspiration for your stylist to work from.

  1. Be open to the journey.

With the right hairdresser and the right products (…and time, and money!) you can achieve the hair of your dreams. Be open to the journey along the way – whether you are making a big color transition, growing out bangs, going from long to short, or trying to achieve a new texture, your hair stylist is your guide to making the in-between looks work for you.


(Special thanks to Laura in #Newton for the inspiration behind this post. Laura is an Art Director at Davis Hairdressing with a flawless eye for color. She works with all of her clients to find that achievable perfect hair look.)

A Culture of Education

Mary & I shared a common vision when opening Davis Hairdressing 27 years ago – we wanted to be customer-focused. That may not seem like such a “radical” idea in the service industry, but at the time, the salon community was very salon-focused, in the way that the ego of owners (and stylists) was prioritized over the needs of the client.

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Men’s Haircuts; We Like The Direction They Are Going

Men have always had their haircut (or HAIRS cut like my Dad would say, jokingly. Yours too?), but a majority haven’t cared too much about it. Running to the barber every couple of weeks for a “high & tight” or a chain salon for a quickie, neither of which ever came out too great. In the past decade the salon industry has seen a big resurgence of 40’s, 50’s & 60’s men’s styles with classic barbering techniques, bringing men’s haircut styles to the forefront of fashion. Barber shops upped their game, men’s grooming salons hit the market and hair salons with a large, female based clientele have had to learn a few new skills. Move over ladies, there’s something meatier 😉 This years popular cuts: Classic fades & undercuts have been around for decades and continue to resurface here and there, but there has been an influx of young to older gents heading to high end salons for the latest trends.
The undercut has probably been the biggest movement for men’s cuts. Flocking the runways, red carpet & even the field! I personally think it was Julian Edelman who shot that cut to the masses! I mean, c’mon, he looks damn good with it!
Do these styles require a little at home maintenance? Yes, of course, but men’s hair products are just as easy to get a hold of as women’s. Here at Davis, our top stylists recommend using hair pomades & creams to keep your cut looking like it does when you walk out of the salon. With 7 pomades by Kevin Murphy & many options by KMS, we will hook you up! So, for those of you who have been looking for a new look & the man bun isn’t an option, we implore you to check these cuts out!

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair…I mean clip-in hair extensions! By Jennifer Lopez

Do any of you know the story of Samson?

Well I am sure that if you don’t you probably have at least heard of the name. Let me sum it up and we will go from there. Im not pushing bibles, I’m pushing hair! And we all love some hair!

The story goes as follows;

Samson was a judge that wasn’t all too thrilled with the Philistines and was coming down on them pretty hard. So what do you have to do to take down someone? That’s right, figure out their weakness. Well, it had been rumored that Samson had taken a liking to a woman of the Valley of Sorek (Delilah) and soon after the Philistine leaders went out and offered her money to find out what her suitor’s weakness was.

Well, after Delilah’s persistence Samson finally gave in. He had told his lady love that all of his strength and power was in the locks of his hair and that if it was to be cut it would take away all of the things that made him great. There in the middle of the night as he laid to rest in her lap she cut his hair off making Samson weak and able to be captured by the Philistines.

Here is the hairdressing part ( I know, you’re asking yourself “Where’s she going with this”?!)

Its now spring and summer is following pretty fast. We all know what that means; Yup, weddings, proms, semi formals, bridal showers and galas. The weather is nice and a bit more reliable, wait did I just say that? We live in New England! Maybe that’s not so accurate but you all understand… Anyway, what I am saying is this, as you spend your time at these special events in your life you might want to try something a bit different with your hair without the commitment. Clip in extensions are the way to go. They come in so many lengths and colors not to mention hair textures and the big plus is that they are real human hair which means you can manipulate them how you would your own. Wash, color, blow dry, curl and you can even perm them! Go crazy! Just make sure it blends with your hair.

For those of you who are reading this and thinking that you will look like you are working the main stage at the Glass Slipper, trust me, you wont. Start with them in a cool, wavy ponytail on a night out with girlfriends then ease your way into an event night just so you can get use to the feel of them.


You can get a pack for about $100.00 and you will get enough to lengthen your hair. If you are having difficulties don’t be shy! Bring ’em in! We can give you tips and hints. And don’t forget we now have the wide wide world of the internet! You will be able to figure it out in a jiffy! And always remember whether or not you have long, short, thin, or thick hair, just rock it and have confidence! There is nothing sexier than you radiating positive thoughts and a huge smile on a hot summer night!


Beam Me Up, Knotty! How to make the perfect hair knot! By Jennifer Lopez

Do you feel it in the air? Spring! No, don’t feel it? Yeah, neither do I, however as we all look around we can feel it coming. Fashion magazines are presenting us with new spring lines and even the spring/summer fashion was on display this weekend at the mall. We all want the warm weather to come. And the retailers do too (note all the sad heavy coats and sweaters on sale, pressed far back in the store with bright read tags stating they are an a additional 75% off). As New Englanders we get pumped for the heat. We look forward to strappy sandals, breezy sundresses and a relaxed life style. I know… I got you all wanting a Strawberry Margarita, didn’t I? But as we all know what comes with the heat is the frizz and pain in the you know what effort that it takes for us to look and feel great. So why am I stressing you all out in January, you ask? What? I didn’t mention swimsuits! Whoops. No, Im getting you all prepped with a basic and hot trend for this upcoming season. The Knot! No, really this will save your life. And no, Im not taking about those crazy tight, suffocating ballet buns everyone was wearing. Think lighter, messier and softer. And I do not care what age you are, we all need some softness in our lives. Leave your fierce, tight bun for nights when you are hitting the dance floor. All you need to do is get two hair elastics and if you are feeling like you need the control, get a brush. Start with your basic ponytail, go as high or as low as you want. Next twist the tail part and twirl it into a knot, you want it to resemble a Challah bread bun (if you don’t know what that is, please buy one and enjoy it with a cup of coffee, it will make your life). Take the next elastic and tie it onto the base of the knot, trying to keep the knot intact. Then pull the bun with two hands, going away from each other but not pulling it so much that the bun comes totally undone. Follow up with bobby pins to secure and loose hairs that you don’t think look right. Spray! Or don’t! Remember three words: BREEZY, SOFT, MESSY. Now go give it a try and remember the spring will come, it always does!

Autumn is a great time for change! By Sally Steeves

There is something about Autumn that I think most of us New Englanders love.

Don’t get me wrong, we love our summer but Autumn brings change.

Perhaps from the impending school year beginning in September bringing us

a fresh start. For the fortunate ones, it also brought clothes shopping, new

haircuts & maybe even a new you. Those 18 or so years formed our internal clock for

new beginnings for life it seems. Many fear change; not knowing an outcome can be scary!!

For me, its always been a secret time of new resolutions with much less pressure than January 1st

(and much less of a hang over!) It can also be exciting. Change doesn’t have to be huge

shifts in your life either, even small adjustments can provoke new ideas, new

experiences and possibly greater happiness. I encourage you all to make a change

this fall, something you’ve been thinking about…something you’ve never thought

about! At the very least, how about trying a new hair color 😉 Be brave, embrace the

path you’re on & make room for change.

The Hot Hair Trends of Fall 2013- What’s Old is New Again. By Sally Steeves

A couple of things come to mind when I think of the 90’s. Music of course is number one; Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, Alice In Chains… you get the picture. (I know, I know I could write about more poignant subjects like the Cold War ending, Mad Cow disease & scientists cloning sheep, but we are, after all, a hair salon). Fashion would naturally come in second. Flannel, baby doll dresses, Doc Martin boots, big baggy jeans, biker jackets and lets not forget the popular, albeit uncomfortable, body suit tops! And WHAT would a blog about the 90’s be without mentioning The Rachel! Jennifer Anistons haircut that swept the nation & bored hairstylists through the mid 90’s. Everyone had it, errr…right? I did for a brief moment in 1994.Ahh, memories. Why am I talking about the 90’s? Well, get ready! They’re back!Trends this fall are all about them, including overalls and over sized sweaters. Let’s hope the body suit doesn’t make a return, ouch! Will there be a fresh spin on The Rachel? What direction will hair go? Grunge is back people!  I think I’m ok with it; I was getting tired of washing my hair anyway 😉

Top 10 Styling Tips

1 Use spray & scrunch in with hands for a fun and flirty , carefree look. Great when you don’t have time to blow-dry for a quick tousled, sexy finish.

2When blow-drying your hair, pre-dry it with hands & dryer 80% then make small sections. Use a round brush on the sections with hair dryer for full, smooth fabulous hair! Make sure your hair dryer is 1875 watts or higher!

3Exfoliate your hair like we do our skin! Use Kevin Murphy Maxi wash once a week to remove product build up & reveal shinier, healthier looking hair!

4For a twist on natural waves/curls use a curling iron. After washing, put in products and let dry naturally. The next day when your curls have lost their oomph, use a 1 or 1.5 inch curling iron to add a few curls back to your hair. Just adding a few to the back and 2 or 3 on the sides refreshes your look!

5If your hair is oily or you want more volume avoid putting conditioner on your scalp.
6To achieve flippy, swingy hair use a round brush on your ends. Rotate the brush at the ends while blow drying each section, do not hold the brush in place. The movement of the brush enhances the flip!

7For maximum volume at the hairline and through the top of the head, blow dry hair forward. Separate hair as if you are making a mohawk, then divide that into 3 or 4 sections. With a round brush, blow-dry each section forward. When finished, flip hair back & style as usual.

8To reduce frizz for curly hair, use less shampoo and cleanse just the roots. Towel dry by patting it rather then a scrubbing motion.

9Love the look of models who have smooth bouncy blow outs? Blow dry hair as usual with Easy Tiger by Evo to decrease frizz & create smoothness. Next put hair in a Mr. Fantastic hair elastic in a low pony tail, spray in Mr. Fantastic on the ends. Using a curling iron or flat iron, curl the ends. Let hair cool. Take out the pony, loosen & flip. For more body tease. For a sleek look, brush with a boar bristle brush.

10Hate washing & styling your hair everyday? Use a dry shampoo! They reduce oil, add volume & refresh hair! Shampoo hair day 1, then use dry shampoo day 2 and/or day 3! We love Fresh Hair from Kevin Murphy!