Hi there! Happy Monday!
I have shared on here before a post called “I Did WHAT to My Hair?” and so today I want to share my tips for avoiding a hair disaster. When you’re going to be spending a considerable amount of time and money at the hair salon, it’s very important that you get what you want.
1. NEVER SAY “JUST A TRIM”
Please, NEVER EVER say this! I like saying “Just a dusting” and showing exactly how much I mean. Please have this conversation before your stylist has scissors in hand.
2. DON’T USE WORDS! USE PICTURES!
I have learned that words that you use to describe color are VERY different from what your hair stylist would use.
Example: “Red Red” to us is “Copper Red” to them.
3. DO YOUR RESEARCH
I like to look online, research certain colors or styles process, maintenance, people with it who have my hair type, talk to my stylist friends (Facebook groups like my mom-groups usually have at least a few!), and then go into the salon. Also, your hair may be too dark to pull a super pale blonde, for example, so have realistic expectations and ask your stylist questions when you arrive at your appointment.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” -Benjamin Franklin
4. USE THE PROPER SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER
I am not saying you need to spend a trillion dollars on shampoo and conditioner, but please consider that if you’re spending $$$ to get your hair done, you should probably spend a little extra to take care of it. I like buying the huge bottles with a pump when Ulta has sales.
5. BE NICE AND BE HONEST
Your hair stylist wants you to be happy!! Can you imagine the anxiety of having to do a big reveal multiple times a day? The thought makes my stomach drop, and I send so much respect to stylists everywhere. Don’t immediately scream “I LOVE IT” if actually you’re unsure, but also be kind!! I was HORRIFIED when I got my hair done this past winter, but a simple toner to tone down the brassy copper and I was completely happy. I know it’s so hard to deal with confrontation, but if something happens please say something! I like “I think I really like it, but I’ll have to see it in natural light and let it set in for a day” which is also the truth. If you’re very uncomfortable, you can also speak with a manager on the phone if you think a mistake was made that needs to be corrected.
What tips do you have for the hair salon? And if you’re a stylist I would especially love to hear from you!
Have a beautiful week!