We’ve all been there… we go to the hair salon with a very specific outcome in mind, and end up walking out with something we hate, holding back tears as we squeak out a “Love it!”
Most times, a stylist will give you exactly what you ask for. But descriptions can get lost in translation, or perhaps the red carpet cut you lusted after just doesn’t work for your face. Either way, there are measures you can take to avoid getting a haircut you immediately regret.
Bring a Picture… or Two
Without a visual, the hairstylist is left to interpret your convoluted description of the haircut— which I’m sure makes sense to you, but that’s only because you already know what it’s supposed looks like. Bring more than one picture to go over with your stylist, and explain what you like about the style so they know exactly what you’re looking for.
Try the Hairstyle On Virtually
Thanks to modern technology, we can get a good feel for how a hairstyle might look on us before committing to it! There are a ton of virtual makeover sites, but my favorite is the app on the Marie Claire website. They have a really large gallery of celebrity hairstyles (and a ton makeup products) that you can try on your own face when you upload a picture. Check out how I’d look with Miranda Kerr’s strawberry blonde locks. I didn’t think it looked half bad, but I got a lot of strong feedback from family saying otherwise…
Sometimes we fall in love with a haircut that just isn’t meant for our face. This happened to me when I was head over heels for Kelly Rowland’s edgy pixie cut back in the days of Destiny’s Child… All I’ll say is: I wish I could have virtually tried it on before begging my mom to let me get it done.
If something isn’t working for you, SAY SOMETHING. Even if you have a bad feeling in your gut, just ask about where your stylist going with the shears. If you wait until the end to find out “Is she cutting a little too short?” you’re more often than not going to be disappointed. I have repeatedly been unhappy with the way stylists set my hair after I pay extra for a blowout following a cut. Many times, I’ll go right home and and flat iron it to sit how I like. What a waste! Although it may feel awkward, simply asking questions or saying “I don’t think I’ll like that, actually” will save you a lot of turmoil later.
Have you ever been left with a cut you hated?