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.
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.
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.
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.
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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