Everyone has a story about at least one hair appointment that has gone terribly wrong!! EVERYONE!  Communication is key to a great consultation and to getting what you want every time! We’re going to share a few “DO’s & DON’Ts” to help you know how to talk to your stylist to get the look you want.

DO use pictures… they really are worth a thousand words. Have pics ready of things you love and don’t love. Try to use pics with a similar hair type as yours – fine, medium, thick, straight, wavy or curly.  If your stylist “doesn’t like” pictures, change your stylist. That’s ridiculous!

DO take your time during the consult. If you are not 100% sure that you are comfortable, DO NOT move forward with getting your hair done, keep talking and trying to work out each detail.  If you never get to that place with your stylist… DO NOT and I repeat.. DO NOT get your hair done with him or her.  A great stylist will be totally capable of breaking it all down for you until you are comfortable and confident to move forward.

DO break things down by areas of the head. What do you want the bangs or front to look like? The length? The volume or layers? DO the same with color… how much of the hair do you want lighter/darker? How much dimension and where? How often can you get your color done? This will be very significant with the type of color we choose for you.

DON’T be afraid to really say how you feel. This is the single most important tip to getting what you truly want with your hair. If there’s something your stylist suggests and you don’t want to try it just simply tell her/him.  If you are bored with your hair and want something new, tell your stylist. In my opinion a great stylist is always making suggestions to the guest for ways to keep a hairstyle up to date, fresh and fun.

DO tell the truth and “nothing but the truth so help you God” about any chemicals you have put on your hair over the last 2-7 years (depending on the length of your hair). Even if you can’t see the color underneath it still happened and we need to know in order to keep your hair at its optimal condition.

DO discuss the cost before you begin. Great stylists always ask if you’d like to buy. If they don’t, then ask them to go over the pricing with you. You don’t want to be surprised when you check out!

DO Give honest feedback when it’s all done. Sometimes little tweaks need to be made and that’s ok! Have them done right away as opposed to going home and not being 100% excited about your hair.

DO change stylists in the same salon if you feel like you are communicating well and the stylist is not meeting your expectations. Sometimes you need a fresh perspective from another stylist. DON’T worry about hurting your stylist’s feelings, she’s gonna be thrilled you stayed in the salon and didn’t go somewhere else.