Last year I asked my personal stylist Lisa Eldridge if I could interview her for the 50 Shades of Health blog. I am always in the need of hair tips and advice, and she is a plethora of information. The post was so well received being the second most read post on the blog. So, of course, I asked her if we could do a follow-up interview. She gracefully agreed.
Lisa has been a stylist/colorist for nearly 30 years. What impresses me about Lisa is that she is very passionate about her work and listens to her clients. She works with you, learns your vibe and style, studies and knows your hair, determines which color work best for you, and makes great suggestions on cut, style, extensions and more.
1. Does cutting your hair make it grow faster?
Cutting your hair doesn’t make it grow faster. It makes it grow better. Our hair has its’ own rate of growth, but if we aren’t trimming dry ends they tend to break off, so it seems as if it’s not growing. Having regular trims prevents breakage and dryness that can make hair look damaged and unhealthy.
2. How often should you cut your hair?
The general rule of thumb is to trim hair every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on condition and style. Longer hair can go up to 8 weeks.
3. Is dying your hair bad for it? What are some benefits and some drawbacks?
Coloring your hair isn’t bad if it is done right. This is where I say get thee to a professional. Some benefits of color are control, as grey hair tends to be wiry and unruly, bodifying as a bit of texture makes for volume especially on fine and/or thin hair. It can make us look and feel younger, which isn’t a bad thing. Drawbacks can be choosing the wrong color for your skin tone, applying the color incorrectly or too often, creating unnecessary damage.
4. How often should you dye your hair?
The schedule for color is variable, depending on how fast it grows and your tolerance for it. Discuss with your stylist the best schedule for you, but, generally speaking, the time frame is 4 to 6 weeks for the average person.
5. Any tricks of the trade for hiding the grays in between visits?
Hiding the grey between visits is now much easier with dry shampoo sprays that have color in them. They leave no residue, stay in until washed out and cover that breakthrough growth that’s impossible to hide the week before your next appointment! Bumble and Bumble and Eufora Touch Up are two good ones.
6. What do you think of natural shampoo and dye products?
There is nothing wrong with natural, but be aware that sometimes the grey coverage with so-called natural dyes can be less effective, depending on your hair texture, the amount of grey, and color you are using. Sulfate free shampoos are all the rage and are effective at blocking color fading, just remember to wet hair thoroughly and use your hands to suds up before applying.
7. What colors are hot for summer 2014 and fall 2015?
Right now the hot colors are baby pink, lavender, chocolate and wild red enhancements-panels of different reds applied over pre-lightened hair.
8. Do box colors work?
The biggest problem with box color is that a non-professional is using it. Application on ones’ own hair is difficult, even for stylists! (It’s hard to be accurate while trying to color the back of your head.) As a result, many people will apply it all over their head instead of only on the new growth. The biggest problem with this is damage. Full strength color doesn’t belong on previously colored hair, only on new growth. The ammonia content in box color is much higher than what we use in the salon, so the possibility of damage is greatly increased. There are so many things that can go wrong, such as choosing the wrong color and getting undesirable results; corrective color in a salon can cost much more than having it done right the first time. So…skip the Starbucks, once in a while and visit a pro.
9. What styles are hot for summer 2014 & fall 2015?
Curls are a hot trend right now, and dramatic cuts from long to short.
10. What tips can you give to prevent hair shedding?
Shedding hair isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. Do you see bald spots? If so, a visit to your MD is a good idea. Normal shedding is 80 to 100 hairs per day, which may seem like a lot, but remember; you are replacing what you shed. Taking a supplement, such as biotin can help boost hair growth. Like anything else, beauty of your hair comes from the inside out. Take care of your insides and your body will take care of your outside!
11. How often should you shampoo your hair? How often should you condition it?
We usually recommend shampooing and conditioning every other day. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it’s a good idea to give your hair a break, mostly from the hot tools used. Also, shampoo can be hard on the hair so use the right one for your hair type. You will find that if you shampoo a bit less often, your hair may look and feel healthier. Try rinsing thoroughly with warm water and skipping the shampoo once in a while.
12. Do you recommend dry shampoos for those in-between wash days and if so, which ones do you recommend?
Dry shampoos are a great idea for in between regular washing. They will help the hair look and smell fresher, and save some wear and tear from styling. Dry conditioners can be very helpful in making the hair look shinier on the off day. My favorite is Pureology.
13. How do you suggest you dry your hair? Do you recommend air dry vs. blow dry? Should you ever towel dry your hair?
Be careful when towel drying not to twist the hair, as it can be easily broken when wet. I recommend pat drying from top to bottom, in the direction of hair growth. Air drying is less damaging, but not very practical for most, so…when blow drying hold the dryer 6 to 8 inches from the hair, and keep the dryer moving. Don’t let the heat sit on any one section too long, or you will burn it. I see more blow dryer burned hair than hair burned with other hot tools!
14. Should you comb your hair when wet? How should you comb or brush your hair after you wash it?
When wet, it’s best to comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb to more readily remove tangles. Treat wet hair very gently, as it stretches when wet and is more easily broken.
15. What are your current, favorite products on the market?
16. What are your current, favorite tools?
17. What product options would you recommend for hair types:
- Dry & Brittle – Aveda Dry Remedy line or Aveda Damage Remedy.
- Oily – Oily hair can use any of the Tigi shampoos and conditioners with the exception of Dumb Blonde, Eufora Pure Cleanse shampoo.
- Normal – I recommend Aveda Color Conserve with or without color, as it is gentle, or the hydrating options in Eufora, or B&B.
- Chemically Treated Hair – Chemically treated hair should be using shampoo/conditioner for chemically treated whether it’s color or relaxer.
- Keratin Treated Hair – Keratin treatments are not chemical in nature, but sulfate free shampoo should be used to keep from stripping out the keratin, avoid products with alcohol.
18. What style options do you recommend for the following hair types: Fine, thin, thick, wavy, and curly?
Styling options are particular to the hair and the person. A consult is best. However, to increase volume on fine and/or thin hair, I prefer mousse and volumizing spray over a volumizing shampoo as these can be too drying. If the hair is extremely thin and/or fine, or just doesn’t seem to get long enough, consider extensions. They can be a wonderful addition.
19. Any tips to keep the frizz out?
There are many products to fight frizz, one of the best being a keratin smoothing treatment. Not cheap, but remember it can last up to 3 months. It might be worth it to you to trade beating up on your hair for one salon visit! Other options include products made for fighting frizz: Moroccanoil is a great option, they have a frizz control spray and oil to control frizz. Eufora Beautifying Serum, Bumble &Bumble Invisible Oil, Aveda Smooth line are all good choices.
20. When are extensions a good idea? What advice would you give about extensions? How often should you get them done?
Going back to extensions, they can be a great idea for getting long hair right now without the growth time; they add thickness to fine and/or thin hair; different colored extensions can be used for a different look with no damage to the hair. As to what type is right for you, discuss with your stylist. I prefer the tape-in type. They are virtually undetectable, comfortable, are affordable and look great. They can be applied to shorter hair than some other methods so they are versatile; installation is quick and painless, saving client’s time and money. Clip ins are a nice option if you like more regular change, are easy to maintain off the head and can last longer since you may not wear them 24/7. It takes a bit of practice, but they can be a nice addition to the beauty arsenal!
Lisa Eldridge, Joelle’s Salon Day Spa, 11740 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, 92128. Direct number: (619)370-5246
Lisa takes appointments on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There is no charge for a consultation.
Interview by| Gina Cafasso