I have always loved MOP- or Modern Organic Products.
The products just work well and make the hair feel like hair is supposed to feel. They work on every hair type and because they are concentrated, you don’t need much and a little bit will last a very long time. Recently on the hunt, I came to the conclusion that MOP is no longer readily available. I think the price point was a challenge for hairdressers, a hard sell in today’s lower budget economy. Also, the education provided to salons by the company was less enthusiastic than it could have been. Perhaps it was a little intellectually advanced for many of todays hairdressers who really didn’t take the time to convey enough information to their clients about WHY MOP is a wonderful product line.
I highly recommend almost all of their products, but there aren’t many to be found anymore.
The best of the best is MOP Mixed Greens Shampoo and Conditioner. It works well in CO arid, dry climate because it cleanses the hair without stripping the natural oils that serve as a great barrier from the elements and nutrition for the scalp to stay healthy. They also have (had) Lemongrass Shampoo, serving the fine hair client. No weight added, no drying effect that is common in other combinations marketed for finer hair. The idea behind the competitors product is if you reduce the oils weighing the hair down, you will be left with volume. In other words, dry out the hair and it will fly away. This doesn’t work because it causes the hair to feel drab and unhealthy. Not a desirable effect on someone who doesn’t have much hair to begin with.
I am sad to see MOP dissipate into the ether, it is truly one of the best product lines out there. In the mean time, I will be scooping it up at every opportunity to make sure it is still available for my clients as long as possible. Oh, not to mention, it’s what I prefer to use!
As a client it is very helpful to your stylist if you have at least a vague idea of what you want, and what you don’t want. Make sure that your hair will actually do what you are asking as well. When you go into the salon, and you say, “Do whatever you want”, you and I both know that isn’t what you really want. My (maybe even rude) joke is- ok, lets do a blue mohawk. The point is, you don’t want just whatever, you want something specific, even if you aren’t sure what that is.
It is our job, behind the chair, to notice certain things about you in order to ask the right questions and suggest options you might be interested in. What kind of clothes you are wearing gives us an idea of the comfort level you select in your every day activities. Are you wearing a scent? Makeup? Which car in the parking lot is likely yours? – I wouldn’t ask this but I would try to guess. Which magazine did you select? Did you sit down and start looking at your hair or are you looking at me instead, trying to figure out if you trust me…
Then the conversation- keep in mind this is haircut specific:
1st question- How long do you want to spend on your hair every day?
2nd question- Do you wear product? Do you want to wear product?
3rd question- How do you feel about the texture of your hair?
4th question- How much length do you want to lose?
5th question- Do you pull it back/up often? Do you want to?
6th question- Ad nauseum until we get to an understanding of what you do/don’t want, and whether or not we can get there given any limitations.
Clients beware! Sometimes you can’t have what you want the first go-around. It takes a little bit of growing into the shape and lengths you desire, but each cut will get you closer to what you want.
I have said this before, and I will say it again- Always quote the work before you begin. Let the client know, I charge $x amount for this service and this is what it includes. This cures the uneasiness the client may feel while you are doing their hair, and they can always choose not to have the service if they don’t have enough money with them.
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