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2 posts tagged "Shaun Cottle"

Salon Swingers: How To Make A Stylist Switch Without Making It Awkward

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The Quandary: My hairstylist recently raised her prices and I can’t really afford the rate hike. How can I switch to someone else in the salon without it being awkward?

The Expert in Residence: Shaun Cottle, hairstylist and founder of Seagull Hair Salon in New York City

The Advice: “You should never feel awkward switching stylists. It’s not at all uncommon for clients to jump from stylist to stylist for a myriad of reasons ranging from price to availability to just wanting a change…And stylists totally understand that. As for how to bring up the subject, just keep it positive by saying something like, ‘I’ve always really loved the way you cut my hair, but unfortunately the price increase is too big for me to swing. I’d like to try someone else you’ve worked with. Who do you think would be a good match for me?’ This way your stylist will fully understand the situation and be happy to make a recommendation. If she doesn’t have anyone to send you to, choose someone whose work has caught your eye in the salon or check out the stylist bios on the Web site. Whatever you do, don’t avoid your stylist because that will make the situation awkward. And there’s a good chance that your stylist might even offer you a discount to keep you on. We’ve definitely discounted from time to time for clients who have a long history with the salon.” —As told to Kari Molvar

Photo: Buena Vista Images /Getty Images

Do The Wave

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I have the same gripe about my hair as curly girls everywhere: When the layers get long, they have a tendency to go triangular, with too much weight on my shoulders and not enough volume at the crown or on the sides. Needless to say, it’s a challenge for even the most consummate of professionals to deal with. So, after flitting from haircutter to haircutter, I went back to Shaun Cottle at Seagull in the West Village when I decided to pull the trigger on a much-needed trim; he had gotten it right in the past, and just before the shows started, he gave me a cut that I’ve really been loving—even Celia, our beauty editor, noticed the perfect angle in the back and the way the front layers allowed for tiny, face-framing tendrils. In a nutshell, Sean “took out what were long, grown-out layers, brought the back up, and created a more organic, rounded shape,” he explained to me when I marveled at the outcome. Key to keeping up the shape, of course, was the fancy clipless wave iron he used to add definition in the salon; without the clip, you get a more natural-looking curl minus the sharp bend at the end, he told me. My first at-home attempt at duplication was…less successful. I tried reproducing the same effect with my traditional curler and failed miserably, which is when I sought out Goody’s new, very affordable HEAT Wave Creator. It’s part of the drugstore giant’s first-ever hot tool collection, and twisting and holding locks of hair around its wave barrel produces beachy, imperfect waves, as opposed to the ringlets a normal iron creates. Without a clip, it is admittedly easier to burn a finger or two, but I’m getting the hang of it—and I’m happy to report that post-Paris, the style is still going strong.

Photo: Courtesy of Goody