Four Questions Every Young Woman Should Ask Her Stylist
Ah, the torment of facing a bad haircut in the mirror. If you’ve ever gone to your stylist for a routine cut and color and left with results that were less-than-flattering, you know the feeling. Sometimes a bad stylist is to blame, and in those instances the simplest solution is to take your business elsewhere. Other times, however, the fault is your own. If you don’t learn to communicate with your stylist, you’re likely to leave the salon feeling dissatisfied on occasion. Learn what questions you should ask to ensure that every visit to the salon is a success.
What is my hair type? Hair comes in different variations and has to be treated accordingly. Ask your hairstylist what kind of hair your have—thick/course, fine/brittle, curly, wavy or straight—to avoid attempting a style you can’t pull off. Maybe you’ve always wanted a playful 20s-inspired bob, for instance; but if your hair is curly, this look may be difficult to attain and would probably require constant maintenance with heat tools. Long layers usually work best with curly hair types. So know your hair! That’s the first step to making sure you and your stylist are on the same page.
Will this damage my hair? Perms, hair dyes and other means of styling that involve heat or chemicals are damaging to hair. Just how damaging these processes may be and whether or not your hair can withstand the damage is a question you’ll have to ask your stylist. For example, someone with dark, fine hair probably shouldn’t attempt the transformation from brunette to blond. Blond hair dyes contain higher quantities of bleaching chemicals which are extremely damaging, especially to fine hair.
How should I style it? After your hair is cut or colored (or both), ask your hair dresser to go through the process of styling it with you. It can be helpful to have a professional tell you how to dry, part and ultimately wear your hair. More importantly, a stylist can recommend specific products and styling tools. This is especially useful if you’re not among the privileged few who look fabulous just stepping out of the shower and letting their hair air-dry (I wish!).
Is this style difficult to maintain? This question regards at-home maintenance but also salon maintenance. Some hairstyles will require a solid hour of maintenance, from wash to wear, every morning. Others may be only 20 minutes away from perfection when you wake up in the morning. Certain hairstyles will also necessitate more frequent visits to the hair salon. Short hair must be trimmed fairly often, while longer locks might only need to make contact with scissors every few months. In regards to hair color, a semi-permanent dye job will need to be touched up long before a permanent one. This can get pricey.