10 Tips to Help You Get the Perfect Haircut
Dull hair, change of season, wedding, Mother’s Day, graduation — whatever the reason, the opportunity to try a new ‘do or get a basic trim is hard to resist. However, the process of getting the perfect haircut can present two challenges: scheduling the appointment and getting exactly what you want.
Setting up a hair appointment with a stylist can seem like an impossible mission.
The next most common challenge is communicating with the stylist. The main reason for a less-than-perfect haircut is miscommunication between the customer and the stylist.
“Customers and stylists should avoid using technical terms and specific measurements to describe a haircut because they can vary among cosmetology communities and can lead to misunderstanding between the customer and stylist,” says Angelina Biviano Artist Director, Colour & Hair Extension Specialist for Angela’s Mane Attraction.
To get the haircut you want every time, other Angela’s Mane Attraction stylists suggest the following 10 tips for effectively communicating with the stylist:
1. Collect pictures of the style you like and bring them with you to the salon to help explain your ideas.
2. Ask the stylist about the latest styles and what would work with your hair and look best.
3.“Show not tell” how you want your hair to be when the haircut is complete. Use your hands to show the stylist how much you want taken off instead of asking for an inch or two off the ends. This will help ensure that your hair will be cut only to the desired length.
4. Tell the stylist how much time you usually spend on your hair. If you would like to spend less time, be sure to let him or her know. This information will help determine which style best suits your daily routine.
5. Let the stylist know about any hair habits, such as tucking your hair behind the ears and pulling your hair back for work or sports. Taking your habits into consideration will help determine an appropriate hairstyle.
6. Be realistic. While a certain style may look great in a magazine, it may be unsuitable for your hair texture or facial structure. The stylist can usually help you determine if a style is appropriate for you.
7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If the stylist uses a term you don’t understand, ask the stylist what it means.
8. Before the stylist finishes your hair, ask for a hand mirror to check the back of your hair and to make sure you’re satisfied with the cut.
9. As the stylist is finishing your hair, seek advice on how to recreate and maintain the look. Also ask the stylist to record your haircut information, such as the clipper guard number and hair products used on your hair so that you have the correct information for your next visit.
10. Update your products. Ask the stylist for recommendations on which products to use to get your desired finish.
For more information or to find an Angela’s Mane Attraction salon near you, ph 9853.1005