Bump It – Styling hair with volume

Yes, I grew up a Jersey Boy, where legend has it “big hair” is infamous, as it might be in Texas (wherever that is). Maybe my appreciation for tall tresses stems more from my early start as a stylist during the “Dynasty Era” when we permed every one’s hair, and encouraged it up and out as far as it would go. To this day, though, I love a Gal who isn’t afraid of a teasing comb and a can of hair spray So let’s take a look at the subtle reason this woman looks so fetching here in this photo. 10646877_10152688938428679_4702258610890954009_n

Yes she is reasonably attractive and the fact that she is wearing heavy makeup makes you linger for a second when you glance at her. But even though her hair doesn’t scream “I’ve been styled”, it has been back combed which adds to the overall allure. You can’t deny it. It makes a girl a woman. It takes a haircut to another level. I’d say 60% or more of client’s in my chair ask for more volume. Well, here it is. No need to go crazy or formal. It’s really quite simple. BUMP IT!

Independent Stylist Kevin Dodson, currently located at Deco Hair Studio in the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach, bordering Del Mar, is a premier stylist in the San Diego area.  

No Rules – Textured and Layered Hair

new blogHow can or would you ask for a cut like this? You can’t. This is shear (no pun) creative, free flowing artistry. Hair cutting, coloring, and finished styling is reaching the point in 2014 where there are fewer definitions and no boundaries. However, if you study this image, there is balance, imagination, texture and a degree of realism considering the models’ hair. There is nothing artificial about the finished photo. She could look like this every day. Whoever cut this thoroughly understood where they were starting from and probably were amazed when they finished that it was as incredible as it is. “No rules” does not mean you can hang a star on any whack job. A good haircut will always be defined by how it reacts for the client each and every day she wakes up to it. Styles, even on the runway look so casual, but that’s only because there was a lot of talent that was the contributing factor. Casual-messy-tousaled? yes.Beautiful and attractive- indeed!

Independent Stylist Kevin Dodson, currently located at Deco Hair Studio in the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach, bordering Del Mar, is a premier stylist in the San Diego area.  

Dare to Cut It – Medium Length Layers

american-horror-story-season-4-cast-confirmedThis is a picture of Jessica Lang from last season’s American Horror Story. I fell in love with her haircut and marveled at it every episode. I have done variations of this on numerous women and it always results in a surprisingly exciting and drastic change without sacrificing a lot of hair.

So many females where I live on the coast in San Diego California wear their hair very long and casual. “It has to fit into a pony tail” is the main restriction. No one really stands out as an individual as far as I’m concerned. They all look terrific when they leave the studio with hair I’ve blown and styled, but long hair takes time and effort and I don’t see many women around town looking like they’ve put that effort in on their own. Still, most clients sit in the chair and say they’d like a change to their hairstyle, but are reticent to sacrifice any length. This is why I love this cut. Let me break it down for you:

The first thing I say is, “We can keep the length”. Well, maybe that isn’t exactly true. You can hang on to most of the length is more of a truism. Since the front becomes more open, you need balance with the length in back so you don’t end up with the dreaded “mullet”. So now we’ve established confidence because we still will have “long hair”. The shape in back will change from either the straight bob line, or if it was severely “V’d” to a softer “U”, rounding towards the shoulders. This trim will add weight and lessen the amount of layering, which translates into less styling time.

The next confidence builder is we will be keeping long layers and preferably the long bang. If we don’t already have the long bang, we don’t trim the fringe this cut so we already are making that big change. Where the cut becomes unique is when we angle the side hair from the bang length to the back section, whacking off the corner that was just hanging in front. This opens up the whole neck and collar bone and the hair “hugs” in, very soft, stylish and feminine.

Obviously there is more to the execution of this cut (every client’s hair and head is unique), which is why you need to come and see me!