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I took a hairdressing lesson in Toronto and it boosted my confidence

There’s a special kind of magic in sunny days. We’ve all felt it: the surge of confidence, that feeling that you can take on whatever the day throws at you – somehow even your outfit looks better. But the key to great hair isn’t a matter of waving an enchanted magic wand (even if it comes in the form of a very attractive and very expensive state-of-the-art styling tool). The real trick in the art of hairdressing is patience.

Morgan Tully, editorial stylist and founder of Thic Studio, Toronto’s first hair and photography studio, wants to teach people the value of doing their own hair, no matter how arduous the path to get there. “Hair is so important. And it’s such an empowering thing to know how to do it yourself,” she tells me from her bright, loft hair studio. “I often bring my clients back to the idea of ​​Marilyn Monroe and other great icons. They would sit at a vanity table, have a cocktail, and it would take them three hours to do their hair. It was an event,” says- “If we take a little snippet of that and put it into our routine, maybe not every day, but at least once or twice a week, then we start learning the right technique.”

Thic StudioToronto’s Thic studio.

Now, stick with us: we know that three hours is *a lot* of hairstyling time. But it’s not about hours spent in front of a mirror. The key, says Tully, is to slow down and learn to use your hands (or tools) mindfully. “Take a few breaths, relax, and learn how to do it right.”

When it comes to the actual learning, for some, myself included, sometimes video and written tutorials just aren’t enough. Fortunately, there are options to learn first-hand from someone who knows the ropes. At Thic Studio, Tully offers hands-on classes through its roster of stylists, teaching everything from how to properly section your hair to how to use your own hot tools. Ahead, the best tips I picked up from my in-person styling session.

Master the front of your hair first

According to Tully, one of the biggest hurdles when starting out is feeling overwhelmed by her hair. “There are a lot of different factors because everyone has different hair. But one of the main things I’ve noticed is that when people mess up a little bit, they’re like, ‘Oh, I can’t do this anymore. And they put the tool down, put their hair up, and left the house. Tully has a few tricks to getting past this point. The first and most important step is to approach with a calm attitude. The second is to arm yourself with a strategy “Work through the sections of your hair in a way that makes sense. Start at the front, so that at least if you give up, the front of your hair is done.” Especially for someone who has very long hair, you will often run out of time.You can always pin the back if you need.

Section with intention

When it comes to perfecting the blowout, dividing the hair into manageable portions makes the job much easier. “I have a pretty strict routine for teaching people how to cut their hair,” she says. After tackling the front part, Tully recommends following your natural hairline from ear to ear, picking up the top with a clip. “Basically, hair grows in a circle, so you mimic that, taking most of your hair and putting it on top of your head,” she says. “Once you finish the front, you have the back to work on. Then all you have to do is remove the top, blow dry it and you’re done. Really, it simplifies everything.

Technique matters

How you direct the heat and air impacts the end result, even when you’re just blow-drying the hair. “Every strand of hair has cuticles, and if you blow-dry against the cuticle, it will open them up, creating frizz,” Tully explains. “That’s why it’s so important to always blow-dry in the direction of your hair growth, going down with the brush. If you want a lot of volume, you would blow-dry in the opposite direction to create friction. But if you want to have straight hair, you have to dry it down.

If your goal is to keep your bangs perfectly in place, Tully recommends taking a different approach. Instead of blow-drying downward, try directing the heat left and then right again, using either a brush or your fingers. “You want to go in the opposite direction of what you normally would, so that confuses the cowlick.” This trick keeps straight bangs and curtain bangs from looking choppy and takes the look from amateur to professional with minimal effort.

Don’t change hands!

No matter how unnatural it seems (and if you’re not used to it, it seems very unnatural) designate one hand for your heat tool and one hand for your brush. “A hairdresser would never brush with his left hand and his right hand; they’ll perfect the left with the brush, then perfect the right with a hair dryer. Think of it like muscle memory. “We always have a dominant hand, and so the dominant hand, whether you’re right-handed or left-handed, should be your hair dryer hand, because it’s the strongest,” says Tully. “Learn how to hold the brush and hair dryer properly and direct the air the way the hair dryer is designed to work.” His latest nugget of wisdom? “Whenever you think it doesn’t feel natural to you, just focus on skill. And remember that if you keep doing it, it will get easier and easier over time. Good hairstyle!

Shop Morgan’s home style picks

pink and gray dyson hair dryer
Dyson Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, $499 nordstrom.ca

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“I always use my Dyson Supersonic to dry hair at home because it never gets hot enough to burn your hair or create damage.”

ThicThic Daily Hair Perfecting Oil, $55, thicproducts.com

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“As a heat protectant before blow-drying, I recommend using Thic’s Daily Hair Enhancement Oil, which can also be used as a finishing touch to reduce fly-aways and static during the summer months. winter.”

living proofLiving Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, $40, sephora.ca

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“I love using Living Proof Dry Volume Blast to give my roots a boost of volume, which really helps prolong my blowout.”

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