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4 Tips for Getting the Right Haircut The First Time
We’ve all had at least one regrettable haircut in our lives and probably the embarrassing middle school photos to prove it. And sure, just like Mom told you, your hair will grow back. Eventually. But sometimes that means months of awkward styling to hide the mistake. And often, even MORE money spent on corrective cuts just to get your hair back to where it was in the first place!
But there’s a way to avoid those bad haircut disasters, saving you time, embarrassment and money.
Whether you’re seeing a new stylist for the first time or just considering a bold new look, there’s a method to unlocking your hair’s full potential.
It’s all about the communication.
Outside of the stylist’s technical skill, getting a great haircut is about knowing what to ask for and HOW to ask for it.
Now, a good stylist should be asking you all the right questions and maybe they will, but often times it seems like they’re speaking a different language, am I right?!
So, follow these tips for breaking that communication barrier and getting your best haircut the FIRST time
I realize that sounds counterintuitive. But believe it or not, one woman’s inch is another woman’s…well, you don’t know. It’s better to point out exactly where you’d like your hair to fall. If you’re not sure, specify your limitations. For instance; that you don’t want it to reach above your collar. Or maybe you want to still be able to wear it in a ponytail?
Rather than explaining what you do with your hair when you go out, or even what you want it to look like when you leave the salon, tell them your day-to-day hair routine. Remember the aforementioned ponytail? If that’s the norm for you, tell your stylist. Do you go to the gym every day? Do you wake up early and run out the door, therefore wanting a wash and go type style that also can be fancied up if needed? Or maybe you’re willing to spend 30-45 precious minutes styling your hair before work? Let your stylist know.
Also tell them what products you’re using. You may be using a moisturizing shampoo, when what you really want is volume. Your stylist will be able to analyze (and should) your hair type, take into consideration what issues you might be concerned with and blow your mind with a suggestion you never thought of before. Remember, they’re the experts and that’s why you’re paying them.
This ensures that you don’t leave the salon, wash your hair the next day and end up disappointed because you're unable to replicate what your stylist did. As much as it is about the salon experience, you aren’t paying for a blow out, you’re paying for the haircut.
If you’ve been thinking of changing your style but are unsure the look will work for you, get their feedback. Tell them what you want your hair to look like, not what you want them to do.
If you want layers, don’t ask for ‘one layer’, or use numbers at all (trust me, stylists hate that). Hair has light layers or heavy layers and the look is dependent on your hair texture and length and the techniques your stylist will use to cut them.
Or, say you want a sleek bob with bangs (who doesn’t) but have thin, wavy hair. Maybe you’re going for big and beach-y look but your hair is straight and heavy? Your stylist will tell you if this is achievable through cutting or styling techniques and the right products. This can mean the difference between disappointment in your haircut and just regular old disappointment that you don’t actually have the hair of Connie Britton.
We all have our dreams… But your stylist may be able to suggest a type of cut or styling product that will help you achieve something really close to the look you want and maybe even make it better.
Photos give a clearer idea what you are hoping for and it’s so much easier than trying to describe it in words.
Before your visit, scroll through your Pinterest or Instagram. Another great site for hair-specific ideas is Modernsalon.com. Find some looks you like and have them ready to show your stylist.
Point out what you like best about the look and the stylist will know how they can make that work best for you and your hair type, your personal style, your face shape etc. Is it the color? The length? The texture? Or maybe you just like the bangs?
Remember, your stylist is there to take a look you like and customize it to YOU!
Go in armed with these communication techniques and a realistic set of expectations and you’ll be rocking that perfect haircut and strutting your stuff!
And if you like what you see, make them your regular stylist. It’s liking having a new best friend-for your hair! The longer your stylist knows you and your hair, the better the results will continue to be.