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How do you know when it's time for a new style, or maybe even a new hairdresser?

This can be a tricky situation. Personally, I always let my clients know that need to tell me if they are unhappy. You have to communicate with your stylist. If you are unhappy with your hair or you want change, you should voice that to them. Your stylist should also be checking in with you and suggesting changes every now and again to keep your look updated. You should feel amazing when you leave the salon. You also should leave the salon knowing you had a great experience and feel that you want to go back. If either of those things are not true for you, you need a new hairstyle and/or a new hairdresser!

What is a good tip?

First, don't feel that you have to tip your hairstylist. I think that you should tip them if you are happy with your service, just as you would any other service you receive - anywhere from 10 to 20 percent. If your salon also has assistants that worked on you and you want to tip them, that falls around 5 percent. 

Is there an age when long hair is inappropriate?

That depends on the individual. There is definitely not a magic number when you have to cut your hair just because you have reached it! If your hair is long, beautiful, healthy and it flatters your face, most definitely keep it long. Sometimes longer hair on women actually makes them look younger; short hair can make some look older. 

Is there anything women can do for thinning hair as they age?

There most definitely is! Most women fight with thinning hair. Age really doesn't have much to do with that. You want to make sure that your thinning hair isn't due to a health issue such as thyroid problems, so get that checked first. You should be taking a daily vitamin and maybe even a vitamin specifically for hair and nails. There are products that help with thinning hair and will at least help you to keep what hair you have left.

Rogaine makes drops for women that are applied twice a day to the top of your head. You can find these right at Walmart, and they even have a generic brand that works just as well. I also recommend and personally use Nioxin products to help with fine thinning hair. These are products you have to purchase from your hairdresser or a salon.

How does a woman over 60 stay looking "chic" without having "granny" hair?

The key to not looking like a "granny" is to not get a "granny" haircut! Being over 60 doesn't mean that you have to have a certain haircut or even that you have to keep it short. Find a cut that works for you, your lifestyle and your hair type. Consider color in some form - either all over or with foils to just tone down some of your gray. I find that gray hair is going to age you more than anything. Very few mature women are blessed with gorgeous silver/white gray hair that actually looks good on them. If you are one of them, congratulations!

Some of my pregnant friends avoid color treatments. What are the risks involved with coloring while pregnant, and what is safe?

I personally believe it to be safe. Our salon uses Paul Mitchell hair color and it is one of the safest on the market. Today's color has very little ammonia in it. There is as much research that says it is safe as there is that say it isn't. It needs to be your personal choice. There are options for you - like foiling for example, that doesn't touch your scalp. You also can use a semipermanent color that is ammonia free. I must also tell you that Henna or any other "natural" color is not an option and is in fact worse for you and stronger than anything else you could ever put on your head. Make the decision with your doctor and if the answer is no to color, move to foiling only or just rock the trend that is "balayage" color for 10 months.

I hope that my answers helped you and I welcome more! Email me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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