I kind of love the emotional aspect of women and their hair. This isn’t true for everyone, of course, but quite often in my life, and the life of my clients, a drastic haircut would follow a wedding, a birth of a baby, a move to a new state, etc.
If something significant happened in their life, they wanted to do something significant to their hair.
So here we are at the beginning of 2019, are you changing your hair? I’m on the fence (like I always am) about the length of mine. At this moment I want it short and blonde but I’m trying to keep this newer slightly darker, root-y look for a bit longer!
I did have the chance to chop about 7 inches off of my sister’s hair right after Christmas and MAN that was fun. Nothing really significant has changed in her life, and I mean that in the most neutral way possible, but I think she just grew tired of how long it was. Plus her hair grows extremely fast so it’s sort of no big deal to chop it off. Regardless, it’s fun to start a new year with new hair!
It was cute to see Mike, her husband, react to it. He knew she was cutting it but when we saw it he went right over and put his hands through it. It was sweet!
Anyway, if you are planning a drastic change soon, here are 3 things to keep in mind to make sure it will work for you!
1. Be realistic about what kind of time/effort you want to put into it.
I always asked clients what level of maintanence they were interested in signing up for before I did their hair. Whether it was cut or color, I did not want to create a high maintenance style if they only wanted to devote 5 minutes and no product to their daily hairstyling.
2. Bring a photo with you!
I say this constantly but there is almost no point in trying to explain using only words what you are going for to your stylist unless it’s a very specific haircut like “mullet” or “shave it off”. Those are pretty much the only two haircuts that everyone pictures the same thing in their head after hearing the descriptive term. So, bring a photo with you! That’s what Pinterest is for guys! Blonde doesn’t just mean blonde. There are a million variations in the tone, brightness level, amount of blonde, etc. Having a visual reference is the best way to make sure you and your stylist are on the same page.
3. Be open to new products or tools to get the look you want.
Product knowledge was always something I majored on when I did hair. I wanted my clients to understand that they may not be able to get a specific look or feel to the hair without product. This doesn’t mean you have to buy e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g your stylist may recommend, but be open-minded to the fact that products can really make or break a hairstyle. From smoothing frizz to adding out of control volume, it’s usually the products that are the star of the show more than a haircut in itself.
Alright, let me hear it. Are you planning a hair change soon?