Whether you’re cutting off a few split ends, or chopping off a few inches, walking out of a salon with the perfect haircut requires a little more than just showing up. Before you take that step, check out these six tips to make sure you get the best cut for your buck.
1. Do your research. If you don’t have a salon that you regularly go to, ask around before choosing a salon/stylist to cut your hair. Positive word of mouth is an important part of getting the perfect cut. If you have a salon in mind, check a website like Yelp.com to see what other customers are saying about the salon’s service and prices.
2. Know what you want. Unless your stylist knows your co-worker Michelle, you’re going to need to be a little more specific when describing the cut you want. Bring several reference pictures to show your stylist so she knows exactly what you’re going for. Unless you’re willing to live with the consequences, don’t just encourage your stylist to do what she thinks is best. Google is a great place to find reference images if you don’t know anyone with the exact cut you’re looking for.
3. Think realistically. You’ve probably seen those posters in some salons that say “I’m a beautician, not a magician”… keep that in mind when deciding what kind of cut you want. Although every face shape can handle some type of cut, be realistic. If you have thick, naturally curly hair, a straight, pixie cut may not be the best choice for your hair type.
4. Avoid Distractions. Although you may be tempted to use your time in the salon chair to check your Twitter and Facebook, keep in mind that moving your head back and forth may make it difficult for your stylist to cut your hair precisely. One wrong move, and you may end up losing more hair than either of you intended. It’s also important to pay attention as your stylist cuts your hair to make sure she isn’t taking too much off. Especially if it’s your first time with her.
5. Speak up. If you don’t like the way your cut is turning out, speak up. Don’t wait until your stylist is done cutting your hair to bring something to her attention. If you tell her soon enough, she can make adjustments. Communicating with your stylist is the best way to assure that the experience is pleasurable for both of you.
6. Quick trim. If you’re only looking to trim your bangs, ask your regular stylist. Many salons offer a free trim to any client who requests it.