Communication isn’t always easy, but when wires cross vis-à-vis your hair, the results can be especially dicey. Fail, and suddenly you have tiger stripes or a quiff that looks like it was accomplished via weed whacker.
Instead, you need a straightforward, intentional way to communicate with your stylist about your hair desires, so you get exactly what you want. Here’s how to do it.
1. Do Your Own Research First
If you don’t quite know what you want and then your stylist doesn’t “get it,” well, that’s not really their fault. Before you book your appointment, do enough research that you can explain clearly what you want. If you’re really stuck on your own, then book a consultation – but be prepared to wait another few days or weeks before your real appointment.
2. Save Pictures to Your Phone
Gather up the evidence and save it to a special folder on your phone. Make sure those pictures include what you want in the back. For long wavy tresses, the stylist can make an educated guess without swinging too wide of the mark, but for a traditional man’s haircut or a wedge, say, you want assurance they know exactly what you’re looking for.
3. Ask for a Mirror
After the cut, if your stylist doesn’t offer you a mirror, ask for one. If it’s a short style and you want to check as you go, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a mirror during the cut as well. That way, you can ensure they don’t go too short or aren’t shaving too much off, for instance.
4. Engage During the Entire Haircut or Style
At the end of the day, though, the absolute best way to communicate with your stylist is to grab your courage and speak up during the haircut or style. It’s hard to say, “Wait, that’s not what I want!” but it’s your hair, and you’re the only one who’s going to advocate for it. If you want something different, or want to stave off a disaster or misunderstanding, then put Candy Crush down and engage with your stylist as they work.
Follow the above steps, and you’re bound to have a great hair cutting, coloring or styling experience. If we missed any crucial steps, be sure to share with us in the comments!
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