How to Be Happier With Your Hairdresser

Hairdresser Cutting Hair Illustrating How to Talk to Your Hairdresser
Be realistic and talk to your hairdresser about what you want and expect. Complicated styles take more effort and time than simpler styles. Your lifestyle and the amount of time to devote to your hair is important to share.


How many times has this happened to you?  You have an image of the hairstyle you wanted in your head.  In fact, the picture you see is so clear that you think there can be no misunderstanding of how you wanted the cut once you finally sit in the stylist’s chair.  Here is a bit of advice of how to talk and be happier with your hairdresser before any drastic changes are made.

With an assuring nod, the stylist tells you how beautiful that cut is going to look as he drapes that plastic cape over and proceeds to wash your hair first.  You can’t wait for him to start once he is about to begin.  If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.  Yet, it is important that both of you completely understand the other.  Therefore, make sure to clear up any confusion by asking your hairdresser questions prior to beginning any work.

Once those scissors go up and hair starts to fall from the back, you peer down in horror what is now on the floor.  Instead of an inch of length, he lopped off at least three inches.  The next thing you know, you end up with a completely different hairstyle than even what you had remotely in mind.  To be happier with your hairdresser, you need to be completely honest about your lifestyle and time limitations for doing your hair to truly come home satisfied.

To best prepare for a new cut, go to the salon wearing your hair naturally.  Avoid pulling it into a ponytail.

Do cut out a few pictures from magazines and bring them along to demonstrate what you had in mind.

Now is the time to talk to your stylist. Do you use a flat iron and normally sport a straight look or let your curls rule? The same goes with straight hair.  Do you use a curling iron for a style with lots of tempting curls or prefer a straight, blunt look?

When your stylist sees you on a typical day and examines your hair, he can get a better feeling for what new style may work or not with your texture, any potential curl, and condition for your head.

Another consideration is  how much time do you like to devote to styling your hair every morning?  If you’re constantly in a rush and want the least amount of work, you need to convey that information to your stylist before he picks up his scissors.  Explaining how much time you want to spend on your hair in the morning is a good indication how complicated a style would please you.

By discussing these questions, you can save yourself frustration and be happier with your hairdresser.  You will be saved from a disappointing cut that may not have made you happy or was even possible for your hair.


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