HAIR STYLIST DOMEN GASPERIN
I love skincare. It's fun to research and learn about the things manifest in the form of radiant skin as a result of learning well. Of course, it also happens that I totally screw up in the process and then have to deal with the consequences for the next two weeks. All in the name of (popular) science! But lately, I've also been interested in hair, because for the first time in my life I have been confronted with the fact that my mane is not colored and therefore behaves completely different than it did during its bleached period. I was a blonde from high school to my mid-twenties. My goal was always "Northern" blonde. At one point, I even told my ex-hairdresser that I wanted a virgin blonde shade like the one children have. I was a hairdresser's nightmare, I admit. The one who came for color corrections two or even three times because it wasn't quite to my liking. I was the one who came for a haircut and then dissected every little detail front to back and asked for repairs if I wasn't completely satisfied with the cut. I also admit that I was mostly dissatisfied (90% of the time). Why? Because my expectations were unrealistic. I brought a photo of a Swedish model with platinum blond hair that she was born with. Or with a Vogue cover, featuring Kate Moss, with whom I have nothing in common except for the height. Lately, I've been fortunate enough to be able to talk about these mane matters with Domen Gasperin from Pocesalnica. Domen is an uber-cool dude and a great hairdresser who knows what he's doing and is very good at recognizing a person's individual style. That's why you never have to worry about leaving his salon looking like a hair model from the latest "Hair trends of 2019" catalog. We recently went for a beer and debated the mistakes us customers are doing and how to get the results that we want.
ON CORRECT CARE
"People are too quick and consequently not thorough enough with the very important little details. Hair should always be combed during the mask or balm treatment because they like to get tangled during the washing process, especially if they are colored and therefore more open. If you leave them tangled in a ball the mask you're applying cannot even penetrate properly. Another common mistake is to leave the product on the hair for too long and then rinse it out too much. This does nothing for your hair. It's either too greasy or too dry. What usually happens then is that people start combing their wet hair which doesn't go smoothly so they rip them in half or pull them out of the scalp, then try to repair the damage with silicone or oil-based products. The point of hair care is not so much in the number of applied products but in the technique itself. As a result, people are dissatisfied with their purchases, because they are don't know how to use products properly and immediately blame the product itself.
"I would also like to emphasize the importance of owning a good hairdryer. The vast majority of people have very bad hairdryer at home. Possibly one from the eighties era, or that small, traveling one. The most important thing you should watch out for when buying a hairdryer is blowing power. The higher it is, the faster it will push the water out. The point is not that you overheat and dry your hair at a high temperature, but that you push the moisture out of the hair as quickly as you can with the help strong airflow. This way your masks and balms will not be in vain. I advised some of my clients and friends to buy the hairdryer that I use in the salon and they were so grateful as this step really saved the condition of their hair. Also, be careful to always dry your hair from root to tip. "
ABOUT HAIR COLORING AT HOME
"I don't mind people coloring their hair at home. It's clear that a majority still practices this. Especially when it comes to touching up grey roots once a month. I totally understand that. In the salon, I honestly have the least hair colors in dark shades, so black and dark brown, because I am aware that a similar result can be achieved with coloring at home and I see that clients are satisfied with the results. If you're prepared for all the messiness that comes with at-home coloring and the fact your hairline will probably resemble a helmet for a week or so, as the color will almost certainly find its way to the edge of your forehead, then go ahead. My only recommendation for such endeavors is to buy the color at special hairdressing stores."
HAIRDRESSER- CLIENT COMMUNICATION
"Expectations need to be adjusted and wishes made clear. Personally, I much prefer that clients tell me what they want. I am not in favor of the customer coming and saying 'do what you want, something new, something you think will suit me'. Slovenians (in comparison to people abroad) are still very closed when it comes to trying different hairstyles and do not want to stand out, which is why such a request is a double-edged sword for a hairdresser because you do not know exactly what the client has in mind. With a client who wants something different every month, I change one little thing in their existing hairstyle and I know that it will be enough. But the most important thing for a hairstylist to know is what type of hair the person has when he or she walks into the salon and adapts the hairstyle and the technique accordingly. This is definitely the most emphasized thing in all of the biggest and most known salons."
- Ines Sercelj & Domen Gasperin