Getting a new haircut or dyeing your hair a different color can be very exciting. Sometimes, all it takes is a little change with your hair to feel like a whole new person. But when you have high expectations for how your hair will turn out, it’s vital that you know how to communicate exactly what you want to your hairstylist. Otherwise, you could wind up very disappointed.
To help ensure that this doesn’t happen to you, here are three tips for communicating with your hairstylist or colorist to get exactly what you want.
Talk About The Problems You Want To Address
According to Susan Cernek, a contributor to Glamour.com, one of the first things you should do when talking to your stylist about what to do with your hair is to give them information about what problems you want to have addressed. This could either be problems that you don’t like about how your hair currently is or problems with how your hair naturally grows.
When you start from this point, your stylist will be able to let you know what might be the best solution for you and your hair. Oftentimes, you might not know what some of the options are for addressing your problem. So by sharing with your stylist and listening to their advice or opinion, you may be able to actually get closer to what you want from your new cut or color.
Bring Photos Of What You Like And Don’t Like
It’s very common for people to come to a salon appointment with a picture of what they want their hair to look like. Now, depending on where you’re starting from and where you’re wanting to get in that one session, your stylist or colorist may or may not be able to get you there. However, to ensure that you get at least closer to what you want your hair to look like, Katie Alberts, a contributor to Today.com, recommends that you also bring photos of what you don’t like that’s related to the hairstyle or color that you’re aiming for.
Sometimes, you might want your hair short but not too short, or light but not too light. So by having a photo of what you don’t want, your stylist or colorist can better ensure that they’re doing just what you want with your hair.
When communicating with your hairstylist or colorist about how you want them to do your hair, Hana Hong, a contributor to Real Simple, advises that you speak in very specific terms.
For most people, adjectives about hair can really mean very different things. So rather than saying that you’d like your hair a bit shorter, give your stylist the exact number of inches you think you’d like to take off. This way, there’s no subjectivity to what your stylist will be doing.
Your stylist or colorist really does want you to love your hair. So to help increase the chances of this happening, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you more clearly communicate what you want next time you’re at the salon instead of just expecting them to know what you want like a celebrity hairstylist.