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How to leave the salon happy!
We’ve all had that moment once in our lives when we leave the hair salon not entirely happy with the results (or, in my case at the age of 13; looking like I was wearing Liam Gallagher’s hair!) This situation can generally be avoided if you follow the tips I’m about to share with you.
There’s a surprising number of elements to consider when getting a new hairstyle. Some women make the mistake of deciding they like, for example, Emma Watson’s new hairdo and walk into the salon requesting the very same style, with no consideration to if it will actually suit them or not. More often than not, it won’t! Linked in with this is the idea of conveying a certain image – you may wish to look like a punk, but if it doesn’t suit you it just doesn’t suit you, sadly!
So, what things do you need to keep in mind? Well, you need your new style to work with what you’ve got – that is, your face shape and features for the cut, and your natural colouring for the colour. As with clothes and body shape, the aim here is balance; if you have a round face shape and a cool skin tone, you would be best opting for a cut that appears to lengthen your face and a colour that balances your skin tone. Your stylist will know what will suit you; trust them, they have a wealth of experience.
For going to the salon I’d recommend wearing your hair exactly as you normally would. This way your stylist can see where your parting is, what condition your hair is in, and how much time and effort you put into styling your hair on a normal day. Let’s face it – you might want that gorgeous new, choppy ‘do everyone has been talking about, but if it requires more than the 10 minutes you usually take to do your hair in a morning, it could end up looking pretty terrible most of the time! Upkeep is definitely something to consider when choosing a new style, and your stylist should be able to guide you with this.
The real key to the perfect hair salon experience is communication. Most salons will offer free consultations for re-styles or treatments, but if you forget to ask for this just talk to your stylist before they get the scissors out. A good hairdresser won’t rush you, but will give you
time to explain exactly what it is you would like to achieve. Take plenty of pictures along too; your vision of pillarbox red might differ from your stylist’s, so a picture helps a lot.
If you’re going into the salon with a certain length in mind, show your stylist precisely where you would like it cutting; don’t just say how much you want taking off. I’ve witnessed tears in a salon before now due to 3 inches being a much larger measurement than the client realised. This is a particularly important point to note if you have naturally curly hair.
A final pointer is, if the stylist has finished and you aren’t happy with the end result – tell them! Most hairdressers will be happy to either make alterations straight away or book you back in for another day. Never leave the salon unhappy though; as a teen I walked around for a whole month looking like a Gallagher brother, and I really wouldn’t wish that on anyone!