How to explain your hair color/cut goals to your stylist
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Isn’t it the best when you get a point with your hairstylist that you totally trust them and know that they are going to deliver amazing results every time? It’s so nice to be able to mentally check that off the list of things you need to think about.
It can be a process to get there, and sometimes it can be really intimidating to go to a new stylist! Just a reminder: it’s always a good idea to call ahead and see if you can set up an initial consultation with a new stylist, especially if it’s your first time. Typically these are complimentary and it gives you both a chance to meet, talk about what you are interested in, and generally get an idea for whether it will be a good fit. You could also possibly get a rough estimate of price too!
This is not only helpful for you as a client, but it can also be helpful for the stylist! Giving him or her a chance to see your hair and hear about what your goals are before the appointment will allow them to think about the process that’s required to meet your goals. Plus, it might even give you a better idea of how long or short the appointment will be. In general, this is one of the best things you can try to do if you are seeing a new stylist!
The next best thing is to bring in photos. Hairstylists are usually visual people, so seeing images of what color or cut you want is easier than just trying to explain it. There may be terminology that you don’t know which could inhibit you from explaining clearly what you are interested in! With a photo, you can both look at the same image and get on the same page about whether it’s possible or not, and also discuss other important details.
When you are clicking through Pinterest (have you seen my hair board?) looking for hairstyle inspiration for yourself, keep your own hair texture and color in mind. Usually blonde hair shows more details of a cut than brunette or black hair does. So if you have a rich brown hair color but love the look of a blonde haircut, that’s an important thing to go over with your stylist. And he or she may be able to explain that the cut is possible but it may not have the same visual impact as it does on a blonde.
Similarly, when it comes to color choices for your hair, it’s really helpful to have a photo. You may not be able to explain that you want cooler, icy blonde instead of a warmer, golden tone, but you can point it out in a photo. And your stylist will know exactly what your goals are having seeing the exact color you are trying to achieve! It may not be possible, but at least you know you’re both on the same page!
p.s. if you want to learn more, read how to tell your stylist that you’re unhappy with your hair or how to find a hairstylist!