If you've ever walked into a hair salon near you and instantly felt completely out of your depth, don't worry! While it might be tempting to keep your head down and hope for the best, there's no reason why clear communication with your hairdresser should be intimidating.
In fact, it's the key to getting what you really want from them--whether that means a cut that fits with your lifestyle or a new color treatment that makes you feel like yourself again. Whether you're feeling hairdresser-challenged or just want some tips on how to describe how much time you'd like to spend styling at home each week, here are 6 ways to get the most out of your stylist:
The best start is to know what you want and why before sitting down for a consultation. If you're after a particular look, find out which salons are known for creating it, then ask friends or family members for recommendations. If there's no one to ask in person, do some online research: check out reviews on sites like Yelp or Google Reviews and see which salons have the best reputation within your neighborhood.
It is important that you communicate with your stylist, even if it’s a simple cut or color. It may seem silly to bring a reference photo, but this will help your hairdresser know exactly what you want and avoid any confusion.
Ask questions! If there are terms that you don't understand (like "root shadowing"), ask for clarification so as not to be surprised when the final result appears in the mirror. That way, both of you will be on the same page about what's going on with your hair at all times.
We like when you bring pictures of celebrities whose hairstyles appeal to you—they can be from magazines or movies—but only if they're relevant: An image of Beyoncé's Lemonade-era braids won't do much good when styled with long flowing locks versus short wavy ones!
If you're running late for work and need a quick style, your hairdresser will likely recommend something more low maintenance like a bob or lob cut. If you have plenty of time to spend on styling, but don't want to be fussing over your hair all day long either, ask for something with some layers that are easy to style. If you're kind of in between these two situations—maybe sometimes it's too much work and other times not enough—let them know so they can help guide your decision.
It’s important to give your stylist a heads up about any upcoming events that might affect your hair style or color, like a wedding or vacation. This way they can help you pick the right products and techniques to ensure you get the exact look you want.
If you are planning on spending a lot of time in the sun, consider getting a lighter shade of hair color so it doesn't fade as quickly. If spending time near water is on your agenda, ask your stylist if there are any special products they recommend using on wet hair (like conditioner) so it looks great after being submerged in chlorinated pools or salt water!
The fifth tip is to communicate during the cut. If you're not happy with what's happening, speak up! Don’t be afraid to ask questions or say you don't like something.
Also, use the mirror to communicate what you want to see in your hair. This can be done by pointing out certain sections of the cut and saying "I'd like more weight here," or “I love that part but I want it longer." This will help your stylist know exactly what changes need to happen next, making sure there are no surprises when looking in the mirror later on!
Let them know if you have any skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne etc. They need to be aware so they can avoid causing further damage and irritation.
Let them know about any ongoing treatments. If you have been on Accutane or received laser hair removal treatments lately then it’s important for your stylist to know this because it could affect the way in which cutting hair is done.
It might feel overwhelming to take on the task of finding a good hairstylist, but if you follow these tips, it will make your search much easier. You don't have to be an expert in hair care--just ask questions!
The more information you give your stylist about what kind of cut or color you want and what works best for your lifestyle (especially if there are upcoming events), the better they can help you achieve it. And remember: if something doesn't look right during your appointment (and before leaving!), tell them immediately so they can fix it before any damage is done!
We hope these tips help you achieve the style that suits your personality and lifestyle. Remember that it's not just about getting a good cut or color--it's about feeling confident in yourself, and being happy with how you look every day!