Fashionable February: Express Yourself

As anyone who has gotten a really good or bad haircut knows, hair is so much more than just a look: It can be a reflection and reinforcement of who you are.

Your hairstyle says a lot about your personality.

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Luckily, we can easily change our hair in ways that we cannot change any other part of our body. Hair becomes a sign of our identity. So if you want to change your identity, or you want people to see you in a particular way (whether you decide to dye your hair a radically different color or cut it off) a new hairstyle will do the trick! A renewed attitude could be as simple as a trip to your stylist.

Hair (for the most part) is an accepted way of proclaiming your identity. When you get your hair done, it signals that you have changed, that you’re different from who you were before. 

The best part about hair is that…

THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO RULES!

As Rose Weitz, the author of Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us About Women's Lives suggests, "There is no hair color, texture, or style that has any inherent meaning. It is not true that across time, across history and across nations, that everyone thinks blonde hair is sexy and romantic. It’s not like that at all. Our notions of appropriate color, type and style are always a reflection of a particular place and time." Ladies (& gentlemen), these words speak so much truth. As long as we feel beautiful and confident in our hairstyle, that is all that matters! 

With that said, a new color or cut can make us feel like a brand new person. Do you want to feel sexy, cool, or sophisticated? Don't be afraid to change up your look and let those amazing new feelings of confidence come out to play! 

Not convinced yet? Here are a few of my recent transformations:

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know most of my work involves drastic transformations. Although I strongly encourage change, I know that some of you already feel your best with your natural hair color. Natural can be equally as beautiful (of course!) However, trying something new and going outside of your comfort zone can open up new doors to your style and confidence.

My fellow hairstylists: We can make a huge impact on our clients' lives by changing the way people view them. I personally have affected people in such an emotional way that they would cry with joy after seeing their hair transformation. Keep making a difference. Never stop living your dream!

PLEASE COMMENT AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW!

My responses to three of your "Ask Larisa" questions:

1) Steffany A. asked: "You mentioned that beauty school didn't really teach you and only helped you passed the cosmetology board exam. How did you teach yourself on how to do the amazing work you do?? To be so creative with the colors?

LL: I always loved painting and art as a kid. The color wheel is basically the same concept in the hair color world. I played around with different lines and colors until I became fully confident to take in clients. Practice makes perfect. Xo

2) Pamela A. asked: "How do you take such a clear pictures? Do you have a professional camera to show real colors? Sometimes when I take pictures with my iPhone 5, it doesnt show me the real colors, so it looks very warm sometimes when it isn't."

LL: I take photos with my iPhone 6, and  I make sure I take photos in good natural lighting. Xo 

3) Kaylin W. asked: "How did you get your father to also see the same vision you had especially when you were first starting out. What are your tips for people straight out of beauty school?"

LL: My dad never saw the same vision as me, but that's okay. Sometimes you have to do what your heart tells you and have to do what is best for you. After beauty school I suggest taking extra color and cutting classes and find a great mentor that you can assist for & learn from. Xo

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.
— COCO CHANEL