By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: Health & Beauty | Issue: September 2007
Stephany Fish works with a client.
First impressions are typically made within minutes, and appearance is a largely-contributing factor. These early assessments have a lot to do with posture, dress and grooming. When attempting to highlight their best features, many people focus on the style and color of their hair.
“Your hair really does speak volumes for you,” says Stephany Fish, hairstylist. “People consider hair health and style when forming an impression. Trends come and go, so you need to focus on a cut that really works for you as an individual.”
Stephany, a graduate of the Broken Arrow Beauty College, loves all types of hairstyling and has since she was a young girl. “I have three sisters, and I was constantly doing their hair for various events, special occasions and just for fun,” she says. “I enjoy it very much, so I decided to pursue style as a career.” Stephany is currently serving her clients at Creative Image Hair and Nail Salon located at 91st and Yale in Tulsa.
Stephany’s specialties include haircuts, color, highlighting and styles. “I prefer to be able to style my clients’ hair while they are still in the salon,” Stephany mentions. “I want to know that it looks great when they leave. Styling also gives clients a chance to see the potential of the cut and learn how to do it themselves.”
Stephany routinely provides clients with consultations to determine their potential new styles. Patrons are encouraged to bring photos of hairstyles that have caught their eyes. Doing so helps Stephany create fitting hair designs. Other factors in determining a flattering cut is the shape of a client’s face and his or her features, as well as thickness or fineness of hair and overall texture. Lifestyle, convenience and profession can also contribute to cut and color choices. Depending upon a customer’s career and their personal preference, what is appropriate for one person may not be for another.
The health of your hair is essential to a decent physical appearance. According to Stephany, hair can lose shape without regular trims, which need to be performed every six to eight weeks for maximum effect. For color and highlighting, Stephany uses high-quality products that do not strip hair. Likewise, she uses shampoos and conditioners that are designed for hair that has been color-treated. The line of PureOlogy products are featured in Stephany’s services for their uniqueness. Unlike other products that only saturate the first layer of hair, PureOlogy uses nanotechnology to penetrate all three layers of the hair cuticle, repairing hair from the inside out.
Stephany also has tips and advice for keeping hair healthy and maximizing product performance. “Drying hair with a towel before applying conditioner is one of the best ways you can optimize results,” says Stephany. “Excess water is wrung out, allowing the conditioner to do its work much better.”
Stephany routinely attends hair shows as a means of staying up-to-date in the world of hairstyling. The shows demonstrate new techniques and hot new looks, and they frequently offer stylists the latest in tools, products and equipment.
Creative Image is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The salon is located at 4932 E. 91st Street, Suite 109, on the southeast corner of 91st and Yale. For more information or to set up an appointment, call Stephany direct at (918) 688-0255. She can also be reached at the salon at (918) 492-1862.