If you’re like most people, you’ve had one or two bad experiences at a hair salon.
Maybe a cut that was too short, layers that were too choppy, or a style that didn’t fit your face. And, if you’re like most people, you might have cursed the stylist who ruined your hair.
But we’re here to tell you a secret: it’s not completely the hairstylist’s fault.
Sure, there are a few bad stylist apples in every bunch, just as with any profession. But most hairdressers truly care about the experience their clients receive.
A major component of that experience—and, in turn, your overall satisfaction—is how you communicate with the people working on your hair. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of five things your stylist wants you to know.
5 Things To Know For Your Next Hair Appointment
1. Dying Your Hair Isn’t A Crime
Many people are embarrassed to tell their salon experts that they dye their hair. Whether you’ve only colored your tresses a time or two or you regularly color, be upfront about it with your stylist. Previously colored hair requires different cleansing and conditioning formulas than virgin hair. Being coy about your dying history will only result in less than ideal results.
2. The Truth Will Set Your Hair Free
Be honest about what you want when consulting with your stylist. The more upfront and detailed, the better. For example, be open with your hairdresser about your lifestyle habits. He or she wants to give you a style you’ll love not only when you leave the salon, but also for weeks to come. If you don’t have a lot of time to spend on your hair in the mornings, be truthful. Your stylist will know what cut suits you.
3. Salon Time Is Money
Occasional unexpected delays are inevitable, but try your best to respect your stylist’s time. They are usually booked solid, so running 10 minutes late could disrupt her/his entire day.
4. There’s No Need To Be Ashamed Of A Bad Cut
Whether your best friend gave you your new ’do on a dare or you went to a shady barber shop, there’s no reason to be embarrassed. Your stylist has likely seen much worse, so have a good laugh and then let the stylist fix it.
5. A Picture Really Is Worth 1000 Words
If you have inspiration for a new hairstyle, find a picture that most closely resembles it. Showing your stylist a picture of what you want is easier than explaining, and it gives her/him a better idea of how to achieve the look.
When you’re ready to refresh your hairstyle, reach out to the beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.