Jason Gribbin, who works at his mother’s You Salon, was basically born into the business. “My mother has been a hairdresser for 30 years,” he explains. “And I have a few cousins who are in the business.” And though the in-demand Gribbin is now artistic director and master designer at the Ellicott City salon, he still remembers learning the tricks of the trade as a shampoo assistant at 16. “The first time I turned a hose on, it sprayed across the room,” he says, laughing. “That happens to everyone the first time, and you quickly realize that you don’t ever want to do that again.”
What are some of the new hair trends for winter? During the fall and winter months, we’re seeing a lot of people getting into changing their identity by cutting their hair shorter. We’ve already started to see this trend in celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Miley Cyrus with their new, short looks. During the holidays and the New Year, a lot of people want to make a big change——and they do it by making a change with their hair.
Why is having the right hairstyle important? I tend to think of hair as an outfit——it’s really the outfit you can’t take off. It’s the thing people first notice about you, and we’re often judged by what our hair looks like.
Any tips on breaking up with your hairdresser? I’d love my clients to say to me, ‘This isn’t working,’ and give me the opportunity to give them what they want. As stylists, we have to constantly recommend an evolving look for our clients. If you’re always evolving their look, they won’t want to go anywhere else. I also encourage clients to try the other stylists in our salon. It’s the environment you like, but with a different perspective.
So should we be buying our products at the salon? I always suggest having a salon professional prescribe your hair-care products because they know their products and what’s in them. I think of it like this: I don’t write my own medical prescription. Think of your stylist as your hair doctor——they are writing a prescription for your hair.
Any other tips on hair tools such as hairbrushes and blow dryers? A bristle brush is great for coarser hair. A Denman brush is great for getting curly hair straight. As for blow dryers, look for an ionic dryer——when hair is wet it helps push the moisture out of the hair and speeds up drying time. It’s important to also consider how heavy it is. You don’t want a 10-pound weight to lift unless you want drying your hair to be your morning workout.