Talk It Out First
Always make sure your stylist takes at least a couple of minutes to discuss what you’re looking for and size up your hairstyle and texture before you’re sent for a shampoo (once hair is wet, it’s more difficult to analyze). If you’re contemplating a big change, consider booking a consultation before you commit. It will ensure you have plenty of time to discuss your options.

Picture The Possibilities
A picture really is worth a thousand words, so bring images of the styles you like. When you’re flipping through a magazine, tear out pictures of women with face shapes and hair textures similar to your own.

Tell The Whole Truth
A thorough stylist will quiz you on your lifestyle and grooming habits, but if he or she doesn’t, speak up. If you’re willing to spend only five minutes on your hair in the morning, you don’t want to wind up with a style that looks amazing…after 30 minutes of straight-ironing.

Ask for Clarification
If a stylist says he plans to “give your hair more bounce” or “add movement,” request a translation. Does he want to cut more layers? Create bangs? And avoid talking in measurements. Ask her to show you where your longest layers will be—your collarbone? Shoulders? Chin?

Make a Return Visit If you love your hair when you walk out of the salon but can’t re-create the look at home, don’t hesitate to make a follow-up appointment.

I hope you find this helpful for your next appointment and we hope to see you soon!

Jodie Reece