Unlocking Your Dream Haircut: How to Communicate Effectively with Your Hairstylist
We’ve all been there. Sitting in the salon chair, smock draped over our shoulders, anticipation for new hair/new life coursing through our veins. We’ve done our makeup extra carefully because inexplicably we all look our worst with wet hair in the salon chair. The snips begin, the blow dryer comes out, and finally the stylist turns the chair to reveal the final look and… cue sad trombone, deflating balloon, and any other defeated sound effects that come to mind. It’s… only life changing if you were trying to look like a “before” picture rather than the “after.”
That perfect haircut you’ve been dreaming of can sometimes feel like a game of chance. But fear not, because the key to achieving your ideal hairstyle isn’t just in the hands of your hairstylist – it’s also in the way you communicate your desires. Establishing clear, effective communication with your hairstylist is the secret sauce to walking out of the salon with the haircut of your dreams. Here are some essential tips to help you communicate effectively:
Visual Aids Speak Louder Than Words:
Before heading to the salon, gather visual references. Pictures, saved TikToks and Instagram posts, a Pinterest board can all help bridge the gap between what you envision and what you articulate. Show your hairstylist images of the hairstyle from different angles to ensure a comprehensive understanding.
Be Realistic and Know Your Hair:
While it’s great to have an aspiration, it’s equally important to be realistic. Understand your hair type, texture, and its natural tendencies. If you have straight hair and are showing a style meant for curly hair, ask your stylist how it could be adapted to suit your hair type.
Verbalize Your Desires:
While images are incredibly helpful, verbal communication is key. Use descriptive words to convey the length, layers, texture, and overall style you’re seeking. For example, instead of just saying “shorter,” specify how many inches you’d like to trim.
Be Open to Your Stylist’s Suggestions:
Your hairstylist is a professional with expertise in their field. Don’t be afraid to ask for their advice and suggestions. They might recommend adjustments or styles that could better suit your face shape or hair type.
Ask Questions and Seek Clarification:
Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you’re unsure about something your stylist mentions. Clear any doubts about the process, maintenance, or styling routines for your new haircut.
Discuss Maintenance and Styling:
Ensure you talk about the time and effort you're willing to invest in maintaining the haircut. If you have a low-maintenance routine, your hairstylist can adjust the style accordingly.
Request a Dry Cut or Consultation Before the Big Chop:
If you're uncertain about making a drastic change, ask for a dry cut or schedule a consultation with your stylist. This allows you to visualize the length and style better before committing.
Give Feedback During the Process:
Don’t hesitate to communicate during the haircut. If you feel uncomfortable or want a slight change, voice your concerns politely. It’s easier to make adjustments during the process rather than after.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a perfect haircut. Be patient and allow your stylist the time to work their magic. Your dream hair might require multiple sessions or adjustments to get it just right - especially when it comes to big color changes.
Express Gratitude and Provide Feedback:
After the haircut, if you’re pleased with the results, show your appreciation. If there’s something you’d like to be different, provide constructive feedback for future visits.
Communication is the cornerstone of life, and also a successful hairstyling session. By effectively conveying your desires and being open to professional guidance, you'll be well on your way to achieving that perfect haircut you've been longing for. With these tips in mind, the next time you visit the salon, you'll feel more confident and excited about the journey towards your dream hairstyle.
Remember, great communication paves the way to great hair!