How to ask for what you want at the hairdresser

How to ask for what you want at the hairdresser
The results of my latest salon visits

How do you describe a haircut or hair colour to your hairdresser?

If I say textured bob do you think of Marion Cotillard or Victoria Beckham? How dark is chestnut brown? When you say honey blonde is your hairdresser thinking the same colour?

As part of Hair Romance’s Salon Advice series, I want to give you the tools to navigate the salon and to have fun while you’re there. There’s no need to be afraid of the hairdresser. I love going to the salon and here are my tips to explain to your hairdresser what you want to do with your hair.

Bring a picture with you

Bring a picture with you. In fact, take several pictures of hairstyles you like to the salon. Save them on your phone or print them and put them in your bag. Even if you’re referring to a celebrity, don’t expect that you and your hairdresser have the same image in mind. Celebrities are always changing their hair. You might say you want Drew Barrymore’s balayage but she’s been rocking that look for years. Which version are you thinking of? Taking a picture means you can make sure you and your hairdresser are on the same page.

Talk about why you like the picture with your hairdresser

Talk about why you like the picture with your hairdresser. You may like the length of a style but prefer less layers. You may have chosen that photo as the hair colour is perfect even though you hate the haircut. Explain to your hairdresser, “I like this picture because… and then this haircut because…but with this fringe…” etc. Be clear about what you like.

Listen to your hairdresser

Listen to your hairdresser. Your hairdresser is a trained professional and can work with your hair to give you a fantastic haircut. Once they know what you like, they can customise a style to suit your hair type. You may love that fringe, but your hairdresser can see that cowlick on your hairline and they know your hair will never sit that way. Have a conversation with your hairdresser and if you trust them take their advice.

The key to a great result is all in the consultation

The key to a great result is all in the consultation. Be clear with what you want and have a real conversation with your stylist as to how you can achieve that result in your hair. There will be compromises but if your stylist explains why you can be assured of a great style that will suit your hair.

When I go to the hairdresser I often let them decide what to do with my hair and I love the surprise result. This is because I trust my stylist and I know they do a fantastic job.

If you’re not comfortable with the consultation don’t proceed with the haircut. The best result will be because of the expectations at the start. Talk to your stylist and have fun with your hair.

Do you have trouble explaining what you want to your hairdresser? Or are you happy every time you leave the salon?

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