Tips for your hair type

One of the best things about hair is the ability to experiment with style whenever the mood strikes. So, when it comes to making a major switch, like getting a short haircut, we’re here for you.

To really get the most out of your transformation it’s important to take your hair texture and hair type into consideration. Avoid the awkward grow-out phase and get the short haircut right the first time with these cut and short hair styling tips before hitting up the salon.

IF YOU HAVE THICK, WAVY HAIR

Take your wavy textured hair to the next level with an A-line cut.

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Women with naturally thick hair texture should go for a short haircut that makes their hair feel lighter and less weighed down, like a shaved A-line bob. The versatile cut can be styled a number of ways and is perfect for those who want to try out short hairstyle without the commitment of a pixie. To get the look, ask your stylist for a deep part with asymmetrical layers on one side, and shaved hair on the other. Add sideswept bangs that hit at the brow for a layered fringe that requires minimal upkeep. To style the hair, prep using our Pillow Proof Express Primer for heat protection, blow dry and curl the ends using a 1¼-inch curling wand. Seal it in with a light-hold hairspray for touchable bouncy waves.

 

A longer spin on this look is a sideswept bob that falls above the shoulders and is somewhat blunt at the tips of the hair. Create added dimension with the look by asking for an extreme part on whichever side you prefer. For easy styling right out of the shower, let hair air dry using our No Blow Dry Cream for Medium Hair to achieve an effortless wavy texture.

IF YOU HAVE STRAIGHT, FINE HAIR

Take fine hair to new heights with an unexpected undercut pixie.

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Embrace a fine hair type with a bold pixie cut. While it may look intimidating, it’s possible to pull off with a head of fine hair that can cooperate with the piece-y texture this cut demands. To score this short hairstyle, ask your stylist to cut your hair into an undercut in the back and with longer, fuller pieces at the crown that fall into a layered bang. If you’re into something a little more daring, go for a classic disconnected pixie cut. Ask your stylist to cut the sides and the back short, leaving hair longer at the top for a look with pompadour vibes.

We checked in with Redken Artist, Giovanni Giuntoli on the best way to style a pixie, who says the look is all about what products you use. He recommends using a lightweight cream like Outshine to prime your newly short hair and create an ideal looser, softer texture. “Rewind would [also] be great for pixies because it stays pliable in the hair. You can style it by dampening your fingers with a little bit of water and piecing it together. Then finally if you’d like to mist it down and start over, you can reset all of those and then comb it through for a totally different look to go from, say for instance, office to club,” he explained.

IF YOU HAVE CURLY HAIR

Let curly hair shine through with a face-framing bob.

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Super curly hair types benefit from a chin-length short haircut. When brainstorming your cut with your hairdresser, ask for a part down the side with layers that are longer at the chin and shorter in the back. This type of style helps balance voluminous curls without adding bulk. If your hair errs on the side of curly without coarseness, you can also play around with curly bangs. Ask your stylist to keep the cut above the shoulder and cut hair into layers starting at the eyes using a razor at the ends. This will help create a shaggy, wispy effect that gives curls movement. Embrace your natural texture by activating curls with Curvaceous CCC Spray Gel and blow drying hair with a diffuser to keep ringlets defined.

IF YOU HAVE DRY, FRIZZY HAIR

Dry or frizzy textures can benefit from a long bob that offers movement.

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A short haircut can do wonders for hair that is on the dryer or frizzier side, but it’s important to keep it on the longer side and avoid tons of short layers so that the hair can sit nicely without going poufy. Ask your stylist for a shaggy lob(long bob) with a few longer layers throughout and blunt ends. Also, have the stylist go the traditional route and cut the ends with scissors as opposed to thinning shears or a razor, which can leave unwanted frizz behind.

Alternatively, you can also go for an edgier bob if you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous. When consulting with your stylist, ask for a graduated bobwhere the back is curved into a horseshoe shape and layers become longer going toward the front. You can ask for the stacking of the layers in the back to be cut shorter or longer depending on your preference, so the possibilities with this are endless. If your hair is dry from heat damage, this is a great cut that can be used to start fresh and grow healthy tresses. For easy short hair styling, go with a product like Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Oil Serum to tame dry, frizzy ends.

To find out more about Redken’s services and products, use the Salon Finder! Your local Redken stylist can help you map out a game plan for the cut of your dreams.

Why Tone?

Getting your hair toned is a service that’s one of the most important parts of your hair appointment if you’re changing the color of your hair. And sometimes, even if you’re not. Learn more about what a hair toner is, why you need to be including a toning service in your hair color appointments, and how often you should be toning your hair.

WHAT IS A HAIR TONER & WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

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A hair toner is a demi-permanent haircolor that can alter the state of the hair’s color and pH level, says Redken Artist Cody Mittendorf. Colorists use it to help cool down or warm up the exact shade of your hair when you leave the salon. As a service for non-color treated hair, it’s a way to experiment with a little bit of color play without fully committing to a new haircolor. (Demi-permanent means exactly what you think, non-permanent color that will eventually fade.) Toners are also available in clear form, where they act like more of a gloss for hair.

Toner can be applied in between color treatments, not just right after one, so that your color lasts and looks fresh longer.

“One of the biggest things I find with my guests is that if their color isn’t lasting as long as it should, they come in three to four weeks down the road, get a quick toner and leave feeling great and like their color will last longer between services,” Cody says.

HOT TIP: To maintain your shiny, toned hair at home, try using a vinegar rinse for hair.

HOW IS A HAIR TONER APPLIED?

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Toners come in a cream or liquid form, and Shades EQ is an ammonia-free product that your stylist will apply after your color is rinsed out, shampooed and conditioned. The toner will stay on your hair for about 20 minutes before also being rinsed, shampooed and conditioned.

HOW IS REDKEN SHADES EQ HAIR GLOSS DIFFERENT THAN OTHER TONERS?

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Shades EQ can help balance the hair’s imbalanced pH level (Potential of Hydrogen or how acidic your hair is) after a color service, bringing it down to a normal, healthy level. It’s not just for color-treated hair, though. It can help bring balance to virgin hair that’s been affected by environmental conditions, hot tools, and products.

Redken’s Shades EQ is essential to your service, Cody says.

“You 100 percent need it at every service, not just for the condition of the color, but also to help condition the hair,” he says.

However, it certainly impacts color, and will be mixed by your colorist to achieve the perfect shade you’re looking for. Your colorist can customize the formula of your toner to fit your hair type, color, style and strength. And with Shades EQ Natural Ash, blondes can get a more natural tone to their hair that will add depth to their color.

IS A HAIR TONER WORTH THE EXTRA COST?

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Some guests might think of toner as an extra service that they don’t need, but Redken Artist Twylla Jane says that you should talk to your colorist about what you’re trying to achieve. Since it’s often priced as an a la carte service, some guests opt out of getting one to skip the cost, but sometimes (most times) it’s necessary for you to get the exact shade of color you’re looking for.

“Your colorist should be upfront about the price and then have the conversation with you,” Twylla says. “The guest comes in with what they want but we have to tell them what they need to get what they want. There are certain things you need in order to get what you want and toning is part of that.”

Bottom line: Find out where you can get your hair toned, then ask your stylist about your toner, what it costs, what it will do for you, why you need it and how often to come in between coloring services to get it done.

“Toner should always be provided by your stylist,” Twylla says. “It’s like putting the top coat on your nail polish, it seals the whole deal.”