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Bad Haircuts, Here is How to Avoid Them

Bad Hair Cut

Bad Cut

Bad Haircuts can be debilitating!

Haircuts should be fun and invigorating, stimulating, a lift to your day! It’s an allotted time for you that should leave you a little more exhilarated and definitely looking better when you exit the hair salon, than when you walked through the door. Haircuts, after all, shouldn’t be frustrating or hurt and aren’t like going to the dreaded dentist, or going in for a routine pap!“Bad Haircuts Can
be Avoided”

How your hair looks affects your self-image, so it pays to get haircuts right. A good or bad haircut affects how you are viewed by others and contributes a great deal to your overall happiness in life.

When I was starting out as a new hairdresser years ago, I wanted desperately to make a difference in the lives of my clients. It seemed so easy, just give them the hair styles they wanted and everyone would be happy. I was confident. Naturally then, I wondered why some of my clients weren’t coming back.

One day, it hit me—the haircut the client thought she was describing and the haircut I was seeing could easily be two entirely different images. I soon realized that language was the culprit. When the client said “I want short layered hair,” to me short meant one thing and to her it meant another. Most new hair stylists go through a similar experience early in their careers and learn to iron out differences in language and communication with clients as they become more experienced.

 

Bad Hair Cut

Bad Haircut

A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS . . .

To avoid a bad haircut take the effort to find a few pictures of the haircuts you like before going in for your next appointment. Bring them in to discuss with your hairdresser. Great haircuts can be found in hairstyle magazines or you can even try them out on the Internet. I am a big enthusiast of virtual hairstyle makeovers and have traveled to hundreds of salons and processed thousands of virtual makeovers for women.

I also like Celebrity Hairstyles magazine by Harris Publication, Inc., not only because I’m prejudice, (I write for them periodically,) but also for the variety of wearable, updated haircuts and hair colors they show.  You’ll find them in drug stores or beauty supply stores. If you’re considering a new haircut, check it out and bring in some haircut ideas that will put you and your hairdresser on the same page.

Bad Haircut

Bad Hair Cut

DON’T FIGHT YOUR HAIR STYLIST . . .

As my hair styling experience grew, another problem became evident. Sometimes I understood very clearly what haircut the client was asking for, but knew it wouldn’t work with her hair type, face shape, life style issues or what she was willing to do with it on a daily basis.

Clients don’t always see their own hair objectively or know what will work best with their hair type and face shape. So, with a limited time to spend with each client, it can be difficult for a hair stylist to convince some clients who have their mind-set on getting a specific haircut, into a hair style that better suits them.

If your hair stylist is trying to steer you away from a haircut you want, it’s for one of two reasons; they know it isn’t right for you, or, they don’t know how to do the haircut! Either way, it’s probably a bad haircut in the making.  It’s a common lose-lose situation for both hairdresser and client. You always have the option of getting more opinions, just schedule some consultations and go with your gut feeling.

  





2 Comments »

  1. So true! I have been a hairstylist for 20 years and when I first started out I had a horrible experience such as you mentioned. I was a partner in a laid back country salon and my partners husband sent a very influentual business woman, who was from the other end of the country and in our small town on business, to ME for a hair cut. He told her I was the best in the state of Virginia! The whole experience was difficult from the very beginning. She had a hairstyle that was very unflattering when she walked in to the salon and the style she wanted was the same…sounds easy right? NO! She told me not to cut until I explained what I would be doing. I explained at great length, she voiced understanding. I picked up my shears and she suddenly yelled “STOP!!” and grabbed my arm. “Put those scissors down!” I wanted to jerk her cape off and ask her to leave the salon but I was very professional, laid the shears down and talked her thru this haircut for at least 30 minutes. She at that time expressed to me that no one else had ever explained EXACTLY what they were getting ready to do to her hair. I finished the cut, she was pleased and I was so pleased when she left the salon! Whew! Only to recieve a phone call from her in 6 weeks that she was back in town and only wanted me to cut her hair ever again!!! She traveled for almost 20 hrs for a good haircut!! I never had any trouble with the trust issue again with her!

    Comment by Becky — July 27, 2011 @ 8:29 am

  2. women consider their locks as their crowning glory so the having bad hair cuts among women is complete NO NO. In fact, women spent thousands of dollars each year to maintain a long and healthy looking hair.

    Comment by rhealyn — July 5, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

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