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How to Get The Most From a Hair Stylist Appointment

Hair Stylist Appointment Strategies That Insure a Great Experience

We’ve all left the salon with a haircut that we hate. Often an upcoming hair appointment can be cause for a sleepless night or two. On the top of the worry list is the process of letting go of tried a true hairstyle, and then there’s the doubt about how your new haircut is going to look and will it even match your personality! There are some ways to head off hair stylist appointment disasters. Here are some ways to make sure you and your hairdresser are on the same page.

Hair Stylist Appointment

Understanding the Buzz Words

It is my firm belief that most hair salon disappointments can be traced directly to miscommunication. The hairstyle you’re trying to describe is not what the hair stylist sees. After all, when you think of it, every woman has her own unique idea of what “short hair” is. To one it means chin length, to a stylist it may mean above the ears and to a third person it could mean a buzz cut.

Let’s face it, our language is simply not very precise, so it is vital that you learn the terms you’re likely to hear while you’re hanging around your local salon. Like any profession hair styling has its own insider lingo. To the average client hairdresser-speak can sound like Greek, so how do you get your message across when you describe the look you want? To the rescue this quick hair dictionary.

  • LONG LAYERS lighten the weight of the hair and add swing; achieve a textured look by shortening the top of the hair.
  • TAPERING is a form of layering used to take the weight out of back of hair.
  • SLIDE LAYERS are used mostly on curly hair to reduce bulk from the top layer allowing curls to fall evenly.
  • CHIPPING is also known as point cutting, is used to add texture.
  • TEXTURIZING is done using thinning shears. It adds movement and body by reducing weight from heavy sections, while leaving extra length in others.
  • RAZORING is done with a straight-edged blade to cut or texturize the hair.
  • SLIDE CUTTING uses a very sharp scissor blade to skim over the surface at an angle.
  • SINGLE PROCESS HAIR COLOR is best used for covering gray hair.
  • DOUBLE PROCESS HAIR COLOR is used for highlights and to bleach the hair.
  • HIGH LIGHTS lighten and brighten a solid background hair color.
  • LOWLIGHTS add depth and contrast to a light solid look.

Hair Stylist Appointment

Insist on a Consultation

At many salons, stylists allow a ten-minute chat with new clients before they start cutting. The hair stylist should ask you about your lifestyle and background, what you do for fun and, if you ever had a really bad and/or good haircut, and what they looked like. You should be prepared to discuss your history of chemical treatments.

Hair Stylist Appointment

Bring In Photos

The pictures will give you some direction, but remember that it’s not like picking a shirt out of a catalog. A haircut is very handmade and the hair stylist needs to talk to you about how to tailor it to work for you.

Hair Stylist Appointment

Go elsewhere if You’ve Not been clicking During the Consultation

Same goes for after the cut begins. The most obvious warning sign is when too much is being cut off. You should also be concerned if the stylist is jumping around on your head as he/she cuts, especially at the beginning, which can lead to holes. If that’s happening, I’d get out while you still have some hair.

I have an article Getting the Best from a Hairdresser which can give you some other tips as well, but if you still are having trouble communicating with your hairdresser, maybe it’s time to move along, in that case check out my article Smart Girl’s Guide to Finding the Best Hair Stylist.

  



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How to Talk to Your Hairdresser

How to Talk to Your Hairdresser

Here are some ways to make sure you and your hairdresser are on the same page

It is my firm belief that most hair salon disappointments can be traced directly to miscommunication. What you’re trying to describe is not what the hair stylist sees. After all, when you think of it every woman has her own unique idea of what “short hair” is. To one it means chin length, to a stylist it may mean above the ears and to a third person it could mean a buzz cut.

Let’s face it, our language is simply not very precise, so it is vital that you learn the terms you’re likely to hear while you’re hanging around your local salon. Like any profession hair styling has its own insider lingo. To the average client hairdresser-speak can sound like Greek, so how do you get your message across when you describe the look you want? To the rescue this quick hair dictionary.

  • LONG LAYERS lighten the weight of the hair and add swing; achieve a textured look by shortening the top of the hair.
  • TAPERING is a form of layering used to take the weight out of back of hair.
  • SLIDE LAYERS are used mostly on curly hair to reduce bulk from the top layer allowing curls to fall evenly.
  • CHIPPING is also known as point cutting, is used to add texture.
  • TEXTURIZING is done using thinning shears. It adds movement and body by reducing weight from heavy sections, while leaving extra length in others.
  • RAZORING is done with a straight-edged blade to cut or texturize the hair.
  • SLIDE CUTTING uses a very sharp scissor blade to skim over the surface at an angle.
  • SINGLE PROCESS HAIR COLOR is best used for covering gray hair.
  • DOUBLE PROCESS HAIR COLOR is used for highlights and to bleach the hair.
  • HIGH LIGHTS lighten and brighten a solid background hair color.
  • LOWLIGHTS add depth and contrast to a light solid look.

I have an article Getting the Best from a Hairdresser which can give you some other tips as well, but if you still are having trouble communicating with your hairdresser, maybe it’s time to move along, in that case check out my article Smart Girl’s Guide to Finding the Best Hair Stylist.

  



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Tips on Finding Hairdressers

Hairstylist Blowing Out Curly Hair

Finding the Best Hairdressers

I remember feeling, apprehension, and self-doubt of whether I was making a good decision here. After all, I hadn’t had a hairdresser who wasn’t a hairdresser friend and or coworker for over 20 years! I could go to a number of hairdresser/friends who were located close by. I decided to venture out into the unknown, for a few good reasons – to practice what I preach in my class Finding the Right Hairstyle for You!, to see what someone who doesn’t know what I do has to offer, and to make my life less stressful to get to an appointment

I had moved about 45 min from my hairdresser and this was the worst, annoying, stress inducing, stop and go traffic in the Twin Cities. When teaching a hair style class in the new area of town, I had two students who really had cute hair styles. I asked both who was their hairdresser – both went to the same hairdresser, by the way-and lo and behold, the hair care salon was only 5 minutes away from my home!

I went slow with her, on my first appointment. I let her know my background, and also let her know how I came to making an appointment with her. I wasn’t ready to let her do whatever she wanted at first. I needed to get a feel for what I thought of her abilities and asked her to give me a similar cut to the one I had. (I say similar because there really are no two hairdressers who cut the same.) So I knew she would have to reveal a couple of things to me, her ability to listen to what is important to me, as well as her hair cutting skills and lastly her hair styling techniques. (I say lastly hair styling techniques, because to me no one can style my hair the way I want it styled. Sound familiar?)

I was impressed, but at home I styled it my own way. My first few cuts with her went without surprises. That is, we would talk about and make small changes to my hairstyle that I would be comfortable with..

She has done a great job. I knew she had the ability because I saw her work on other women. She has everything I look for in a good hairdresser – good listening skills, creative and artistic ability, professionalism, consistency and she is priced right. She charges $41.00 by the way.

How do you feel when you have just lost your friend and hairdresser? It can be pretty unsettling, like leaving your well-being to the hands of anyone who has passed the test. They’ve spent their 9 months in school and received a certificate that says they can make your life whole again? Face it. If you don’t do your homework, you are leaving a part of your self-esteem (there I said it, as shallow as you might think it sounds-it has a lot of truth to it) to the wind.

I ate my own words, that is, hooked up with a new hairdresser, by the same way I tell those in my clients to do it.

  



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