What to Tell your Hairdresser

I don’t mean secrets. 🙂  I just had a wonderful hairperience for the first time in like 6 years.  Finally.  And before I went, I did a lot of research on what to say to my hairdresser.  After my own trip, I narrowed down what is  actually important to say and do if you’re trying something new.

  • Consult, consult, consult.  This shouldn’t be a scissors-in-hand talk.  The two of you should be in front of a mirror talking about what you want, and listening to the feedback of each other.
  • Tell your hairdresser what it is that you want, and bring pictures to demonstrate.  Don’t use words like: short layer, long layer, or thinning out unless you researched what they mean. (I had no idea that some of those words meant something other than what I had always thought!)  Pictures are especially important if you are talking about a color.  Even though colors can be described, they are really a visual thing and nothing speaks louder than words than a picture!
  • Tell your hairdresser what you don’t want, and bring one or two photos to explain.  You obviously don’t need a portfolio of hair you don’t like, but bring a picture or two of a hairstyle/color similar to what you’re asking for, but that falls short of what you want.  I find this helpful because if you’re like me, there is an image in the back of your mind of a “failed” version of what you’re asking for (and you’re afraid your hair might end up looking like that).  That’s the image your hairdresser needs to see.
  • Be honest and realistic about how you take care of your hair, and what you’re willing to do for it.  If you want a textured lob, but your hair is fine and straight and you hate using heat products on it, say so.  Your hairdresser will (or should!) be open with you about if your desired hair will work out, or some options for how to achieve something similar based on how you plan to style your hair on a daily basis.
  • Most of all, don’t be disappointed if your hairdresser steers you away from a fantasy haircut/color you had in mind.  (Or at least try not to be too disappointed!)  It’s better to know it won’t work out before you cut or dye your hair!!  And if your stylist is thoughtful and encouraging, she should be able to come up with an alternative, but possibly similar style/color that will suit your needs.  And in the end, you’ll be happier because it will turn out well!

What do you tell your hairdresser?  Secrets? 🙂



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