How it all started
Occasionally I’ll be asked for details about my haircut, so I thought I’d do a quick update about it, talk about my thoughts on having longer hair and give tips for talking to your stylist about a hairstyle goal.
My cut is simply a long layered cut. It’s really nothing fancier than that. The color is, most recently, highlighted with lightener and often toned with Redken Shades EQ 9n. The placement of the foils is random, with heavier foils around my face.
I cut and color my own hair. I do not recommend this. I do it because I’m annoyingly picky and it’s pretty simple to do by myself in my bathroom at night. I’m also a professional. My husband will help cut the very bottom in the back for me, now that it’s longer, but I do the rest.
My hair hasn’t been this long, maybe ever? And I know many would still consider this a mid-length cut but it feels so long and feminine to me! I love longer hair! It’s been so fun to play with and wear in ponytails.
So, enough about my cut, let’s have a quick chat about how you can best communicate with your stylist about a certain cut or style you are looking for.
- Bring a photo.
- Bring another photo.
- Have a consultation, in the chair in front of the mirror, and this is the time when you will show the photo. Ideally you trust your stylists’ thoughts and opinions, and if he/she doesn’t think a certain style or shape would flatter your face, you should have a further conversation about what the new goal should be. You can talk about what aspect of the haircut you like (do you love how layered it is? The soft face-framing pieces?) and see if they can be tailored to your face shape.
- Be realistic about your lifestyle and maintenance. Despite wanting to style your hair everyday, do you? Make sure your cut isn’t too demanding because you’ll end up resenting it. On the other hand, a new cut can really be fun to style and it may push you out of a rut!
- Listen to his/her suggestions about products. This can be a touchy subject but if you trust your stylist you should trust their product recommendations. And, if you really can’t afford an entirely new haircare system, ask your stylist to choose just ONE product to start with.
Lastly, if you don’t feel like you can really talk with your stylist about your hairstyle goals or needs, I’d recommend doing some shopping. Hair is a really personal thing, and finding a stylist you trust is the best way to head towards happier hair days!
For a recent tutorial on my go-to hairstyle, see this messy waves tutorial!