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how-to-talk-to-your-hair-stylist-videoWe've got steps to communicate what you want for the perfect hair cut.

It’s no dentist appointment, but sometimes getting your hair cut can be just as stressful. When I told my stylist I wanted a hair cut from a long mane to a short bob, she looked at me nervously and asked at least 400 times whether I was sure. This did not inspire confidence. But after a long conversation, I truly felt she knew what I wanted and we were ready to take the journey together. Now, I love my new short hair.

It’s important to feel confident that your stylist understands what you want, and has the skills to pull it off. Hairstylist Kate, from The Small Things blog, shares how to have a successful conversation with your hair stylist.


1. Don’t Be Late

Kate reminds us that if you arrive late to your hair appointment, there isn’t as much time for discussion. Those scissors don’t have all day. It might be a good idea to even be early – you never know whether your stylist might finish his or her last appointment early and therefore have more time to devote to you.

2. Know What You Want

Even if you arrive on time to your appointment, if you spend the first 20 minutes waffling between a medium hair cut and a short hair cut, that’s time wasted. Kate says even if you plan on putting your do in the hands of your stylist, it still helps him or her to at least have a vague idea of what you’re looking for.

3. Talk About the Last Appointment

Unless you bring it up, your stylist may assume that you liked everything you had done at your previous appointment and would like to repeat that. That’s why it’s important to talk about what you liked/didn’t like, especially if you want to do something different with your hair this time around.

4. Do Some Research

You’ll feel more confident in your hair care decisions when you know more about what you want. Kate gives the example of highlights – lots of stylists use bleach when they do highlighting. If you don’t want that, speak up. That’s when it can be valuable to at least know a little bit about hair care before your appointment.

5. Know Your Face and Your Hair

Hair cuts for round faces may not work on oval faces. Kate recommends looking in the mirror and tracing your face with makeup, then stepping away to look at the shape. It’s also good to communicate the unique attributes of your hair to your stylist – for example, I know mine looks much thicker than it is, so I always make sure I remind my stylist before she gets out her shears.

6. Bring a Photo to Your Hair Appointment

Bring your hair stylist pictures of what you want. This is perhaps the easiest way to make sure you and your stylist are on the same page. Don’t just say, ‘I want medium hair;’ show it! Thanks, Pinterest!

7. Trust your Stylist

This is his/her job, and most stylists studied this in school. They’ll  have insight into what haircut style works and what doesn’t work on you. Listen to them!

It can be daunting, especially if you’re planning on making a big change, to trust your hair stylist with your locks. Follow these steps and you’re on your way to the perfect hair style.

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