I would never consider myself a seasoned veteran of the beauty industry by any means, however, I do feel that I have seen and experienced a great variety of insight within my field (thanks to many years of trudging through the hair world in celebrity-dense West Hollywood).
Let's be real: Hair stylists are taught by the big companies in the industry on how to educate their clients in order to be more profitable. This is a business, after all.
Without a doubt, the best interest of the client's hair is the most important factor, and providing a good end result will definitely secure the stylist's success. However, my personal experiences have led me to be a rebel of the industry in some aspects. I do not believe that a lot of the typical teachings and remedies that your hair guru insists on are necessary, so I have decided to give you my contradicting advice in order to have long, sexy, healthy hair.
-The Myth: You need to get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks in order for it to grow.
-My Truth: I would love to meet a girl with extremely long hair that does not have a single split end. These instructions are based on the idea that if your hair splits, it will break off and you will not be able to grow it out. If you get a trim as often as most stylists instruct (every 6-8 weeks), your hair will never have the chance to grow, and you will consistently stay at that mid-length limbo while paying for a cut every two months. Most of my clients have considerably long hair, and guess what? They have a healthy trim 1-2 times per year!
-The Myth: You need to buy all of these glittery, expensive products.
-My Truth: I have been around the block holding hands with a huge range of expensive products that promise you a magical and costly relationship. Although I do believe that some products could possibly do damage to your hair, especially if wrongly prescribed, I can pretty much guarantee that there is not a $150 conditioner that will fix all of your hair woes. I love an organic, low-cost, common sense approach. Treat your hair like your own skin. How do you prevent wrinkles? Moisture. How do you prevent breakage and splits? Moisture. There are so many lovely oils and remedies hanging out in your kitchen cabinets that will cost you nothing in comparison to salon products full of fake crud. Check them out, google them, and have some fun!
The Myth: Highlights are high maintenance.
My Truth: It is completely the opposite of that. Again, my inner hippie opts for the natural approach. My hand-painted, balayage highlights are the kind that you grow into, not grow out of. As always, I have my clients describe to me what their hair would look like if they were stuck on an island all of their life. Naturally, the new hair at your root would be dark, while the fine hairs around your face and the old hair throughout would be sun-bleached and gradient. I create this look, and then the sun, sea, and hot air will enhance it, allowing my girls to get highlighted only 2-4 times per year. Embrace the grow out. Let nature run its course (with a little hair love from me).
I hope that my opinions can help you to achieve that mane you dreamed of!