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
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
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 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
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
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 from a disappointing cut that may not have made you happy or was even
possible for your hair.