So, I made a quick video explaining, what I think are, the most important things to touch on during a consultation for a hair service.
1. Be on time. Usually, the first "thing" that gets cut from an appointment when you are late is the consultation. Even if you are simply getting a trim, it's still important to be on time, and to have a little conversation about it. I'm also going to mention here that if your consultation happens at the shampoo bowl while your hair is being washed, it might be time to move on. The consultation needs to happen in front of a mirror, with your hair dry (however you came to the appointment) so both you and the stylist can see what your hair is doing.
2. Have a rough idea of what you want. I have clients that spend a few days thinking about what they want for their next cut, and others that just thought about it a moment before they walked in. Both are fine, and it is a good idea to have some concept of what you are looking for.
3. Reflect on the last appointment. Chat about what you liked and didn't like, hair-wise, from the previous appointment. Were the bangs too short? Did you want more of a face-frame? Was the shoulder grazing length perfect? Talk about those details with your stylist so he/she can grasp where to go next.
4. Do some research. It wouldn't hurt to know a tiny bit about color, cutting methods, or styling products before you go to an appointment. This isn't essential, but it may help you make a decision with your stylist while you are sitting in the chair.
5. Know yourself and your hair. Know what works for your lifestyle. How much time to you actually spend styling your hair? How often are you going to return for an appointment. These types of questions are important for the stylist to know the answers to so he/she can create a look that you can replicate based on your time and availability.
6. Bring a photo. I think bringing a photo is a great idea. Stylists are visual, and it's helpful to see colors or cuts that you are drawn to. If you ask for strawberry blonde, that could mean just a hint of strawberry to you, but mean a lot of strawberry to the stylists. A photo will help clear up any confusion. As long as you are realistic that your texture/cut/color may be different and possibly unachievable from what's in the photo, it can be a great tool to start a conversation with.
7. Trust their judgement. Lastly, trust your stylist. Know that you are in good hands, and they want you to be happy with your hair.
See how much time this could take to chat about these things? There are a lot of details to go over!
I hope this helps guide you through a successful consultation with your stylist. Let me know any other questions you may have, relating to a consultation, in the comments below!