On this week's show, we saw two things which are not normally found in a salon: styling hummus and dogs. I don't use foods and organics when I style hair -- mostly because styling products are all well balanced for the hair. Nothing can really beat their benefits. But, obviously, some natural organic ingredients can have great benefits for hair. I've definitely run lemon juice through women's hair at the beach to achieve quick summer highlights. It's an old trick you learn at a young age.
Something a lot of people wouldn't think to try is beer. When I was working at a high-end salon in London, we used to have an unmarked spray bottle full of it. Beer adds great shine, but of course, you may end up smelling like a bar. The stylists went in a slightly different direction during the short cut challenge. They seemed to go for the products that hold the hair in place, but not in the most natural way. It's hard to operate under such time restrictions, but if they'd been able to give it more thought, I think they would have looked more at the benefits of certain oils and how they can enhance the different styles of hair. If you are concerned with protecting the environment, I'd avoid peanut butter for hold and stick to a non-aerosol hair spray, like Nexxus Maxximum Super Hold Styling & Finishing Spray.
As for the elimination challenge, what can I say? You won't see any dogs coming into my salon anytime soon! I've never actually groomed a dog before, but if I ever have the opportunity, I'll probably do something crazy, like a Mohawk. I think we would have seen some more extremes if the contestants only had to style the dogs. It would have allowed them more time. But when they had to split their focus between their dogs and their human clients, everyone's attention shifted. They ended up going the more familiar route on the dogs, which wasn't very imaginative. Dogs don't really let you show off your talent, but at least they can't complain if they don't like your work.