Change Is Good

Change Is Good

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
― Andy Warhol

Alisson in  Interlocks’ color-mixing room

For so many of us, our hair is our identity. It’s how we see ourselves and perhaps the one accessory that we are least likely to change.  Chances are if you’ve had long hair your whole life you aren’t going to march in to the salon, sit down and request a pixie cut.  BUT YOU COULD.  Hair does grow back.

However, according to Alisson McHale, Master Stylist & Board Certified Master Colorist, this is the time of year that most of her clients are ready for some sort of change.

Alisson says that most clients who are interested in switching up their style come in with a photo of a look they like.  She shares, “Sometimes we just use the photo as inspiration.  We can see the photo is just too much of a change, but we can use it as a starting point.  If the cut is too short for the client to be comfortable, then we can follow the shape and do some pinning or tucking behind the ears.”


“If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”
― Katharine Hepburn

Master Stylist & Salon Director Vicki Quist is known for switching up her ‘do – FREQUENTLY!  Vicki’s style is constantly evolving; she’s never afraid to push the envelope.  Vicki says that it’s always exciting to have a change of season because clients get a little more adventurous with their look.  She recommends coming in with a plan and “being brave.”. She says, “It’s always better to have a client who is very explicit in their wishes.” She goes on, “Try to move out of your comfort zone, even if it’s just a little.  You might be pleasantly surprised.”

Ginnifer Goodwin is a good example of someone we see as being fearless.  She takes big risks with her look and it really pays off.   However, even though the cut is a big departure, it fits effortlessly with her style.

“Fashion changes, but style endures.”
― Coco Chanel

Alisson believes that for some clients it’s not really a new cut that they need, but some education.  Learning to style your hair in different ways can be as important as making a big change.  OR it can be what makes you comfortable with taking that big leap in the first place.  Portia Di Rossi has been known for years for her long, golden locks, but recently she cut her hair to chin-length.  In spite of the fact there is less hair to work with, she is making the most of changing up the style and the look of her new chic cut.  From stick straight or turned up at the back, it’s a fun / casual look, and we love the way the same style looks swept off her face with soft waves.

For many people, Fall is the time of year to brighten your hair color.  The obvious choice it to go darker or redder, but Alisson says that sometimes it’s fun to do the unexpected.  Actress Elisabeth Moss made a big change by going platinum from her previous look of soft brown.

“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
― Madonna

Grammy-winning singer Adele lightened her locks, which we find stunning against her creamy complexion. (We also love her alluring red lips!)  Alisson says, “If you don’t wish to go light all over, you could add some highlights around your face.  Even that will add some contrast and make you feel like you’ve really refreshed your look.”

Actress Jennifer Morrison deepened her color with a dramatic effect.  Alisson says that this rich shade is also a great choice for Fall.  She adds, “It doesn’t need to be this radical.  You could do this color on someone with light brown hair and it would still make a big impact, just not as dramatic.”

Alisson believes that for many clients, change comes in stages.  Singer / Actress Miley Cyrus is a prime example. She did not just chop off her long brown hair in one fell swoop, she did it slowly.  Alisson admits that the modified Mohawk that Cyrus ended up with is not really going to be work for her average client, but this is one of those great examples of a look that can provide inspiration.

Alisson’s biggest advice about changing your look is to know yourself.  She says, “You have to know that you’re going to be comfortable when you look in the mirror – and remember, change is good.”

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.”
― Drew Barrymore