Sometimes, the haircut you want won’t mesh well with your daily routine. If you tell your stylist exactly how you style and care for your hair each day, they can help you avoid a cut that takes more maintenance than you want to keep up with.
If you’re a roll-out-of-bed and go kind of person, your stylist really needs to know that to help craft a haircut that fits your lifestyle.
Ultimately, visuals are still your best bet when it comes to getting the haircut you truly want.
However, make sure you bring in different photos of the same style on different people to ensure your stylist understands. It’s especially helpful if you can find some photos of the hairstyle on people who look similar to you. If you have a long diamond-shaped face but all the examples you find are the hairstyle on people with shorter and rounder faces, it’s tougher to envision (and show!) what it would look like on you.
With photos in hand, you can follow up verbal descriptions of your ideal length, look, and maintenance levels.
These tips will help you communicate better with a new stylist (or communicate a new cut to an old stylist), so you never have to dread getting the wrong haircut.
However, keep in mind that you’re paying a stylist for their expertise. When you describe the style you want, they might tell you that it won’t work so well with your current length, texture, or lifestyle. If this happens, trust that they know what they’re talking about!
Listen to their advice, and consider any suggestions they make for alternative cuts instead. When you and your stylist work together, you can make bad haircuts a thing of the past!