We’ve all had the misfortune of the bad hair cut. You tell the stylist to remove “an inch”, only to find a foot of hair sheared off 30 minutes later. Whether you leave the salon in tears or. It’s traumatizing. Humiliating. Unfathomable and what’s worse, there for everyone to see!
Fortunately, there are ways to ensure that we get the haircut and style we desire.
Choosing a Salon
It’s simple when you think about it. The first thought must be be prepared to spend a bit extra. And, color is not cheap either. If you’re new to a city or traveling or just in need of a change of cut or stylist (I know, how do you break up with your stylist anyhow?), start by talking with friends and googling businesses ~ chances are that previous customers have left reviews of their experiences. If you like what you see, call ahead for a price check and schedule an appointment. A quality haircut will cost more than your basic Dorothy Hamill 1970’s chic. Deal with it and cut back elsewhere (one less martini @ that hot new resto perhaps).
Stylists actually prefer customers bring in pictures since most people can’t completely verbalize what they want. It’s a good idea to do the same when choosing a new color. Your version of brunette could be very different than your colourists.
Before leaving for your appointment, it is vital to print off a photo of THE haircut you desire. This allows the stylist to have a visual representation rather than having to explain every detail. Not having a photo allows for a bigger chance that you will get yet another bad haircut. And, at the very least is really just a guarantee that you get hair that looks nothing like the fantastic new hair cut you visualized in your head only an hour ago.
At the salon
Upon arrival, show your stylist the photo of ˜the best haircut’ you want. They will more than likely make a few suggestions based on your hair type and skin tone.
But won’t that hurt their feelings?
Do not be afraid to speak up if he/she suggests something you really don’t want. Remember, this is your haircut. It’s a hairdo (as-I-say). You are paying for the cut and will have to live with it for at least a few months. This is especially true when shown the colour chart ladies.
DON’T sit back with a magazine while your hair is being chopped away
But I thought the photo would be good enough. Stylists on occasion like to put their own touches to a cut even with direct instructions. Instead, watch and study what is being done and say something if you don’t like what is being done. And don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re apprehensive. Remember, stylists would rather have a happy customer than someone leave their salon in tears!
What about you? Have you ever had a horrible hair cut that left you traumitized?