An ill-fated trip to the hairdressers is every girl's nightmare. When you're investing time and money into an appointment, it's awful when your locks don't turn out the way you wanted them to. Of course, some hairdressers are absolutely amazing and I've had some truly lovely results from salons I've visited in the past, but at the same time, I've had some real disasters. I thought I'd include a few below:
- When I was around 14 I decided I wanted to give my long hair the chop and told the stylist I wanted it shoulder length. In my head, 'shoulder length' meant bouncy curls cascading gracefully against my decolletage. Unfortunately, my stylist didn't share the same vision and gave me a Matilda Wormwood-esque bob. I cursed myself for not being clear enough and cried the whole way home.
- One stylist accidentally dyed my hair grey the day before my prom. Eight years later and I still cringe whenever I look at pictures.
- A few years ago I decided to treat myself to an appointment at a super fancy hairdressers nearby. Armed with pictures of Mollie King, I went in and requested natural yet light blonde highlights. After almost three hours in the chair, I looked in the mirror to find my hair had been transformed into a moss green mess. My stylist then had the cheek to charge me £120 for it.
To avoid any of the above happening again, I now ensure I prepare myself properly before visiting the hairdressers. Here are the things I believe you should consider if you want to leave your salon happy:
Take pictures with you. Rather than trying to explain to your hairdresser exactly what you want, take some pictures with you so they are able to match colours, etc. Pinterest is a fantastic place to search for inspiration if you're stuck.
Book a consultation if you can. Remember, just because you like a hairstyle on someone else doesn't mean you'll like it on yourself. Before you book an appointment, try and arrange a consultation with your hairdresser. Take your pictures with you and discuss whether your desired style will suit your skin tone and face shape. If the cut you want is unlikely to work with your hair type or the shade you like is a little too light/dark for your colouring, your hairdresser will help you decide on an alternative.
Don't let your hairdresser bully you. Your hairdresser is there to offer advice and give you their opinion on whether or not they think a style will work on you. However, don't let them talk you into getting something you don't want ('You'd look gorgeous blonde, please let me try it on you!') While suggestions are fine, if you start to feel pressured, politely decline and go elsewhere. You're a paying customer, not someone your stylist can experiment on!
Carry out your everyday makeup routine. While it's tempting to rush to an early appointment wearing little to no makeup, try to carry out your usual beauty routine. This way you will see how your new style will suit your everyday face. If you often rock a bright lip/fake tan/fierce contour, ensure you do so when you visit your hairdressers.
Similarly, think about how you wear your hair. Do you often sport a high ponytail or a messy bun? Check your new cut/colour suits these styles.
Pick a cut/colour that suits your lifestyle. When I first became a student and stopped working full time, my blonde highlights became way too expensive to maintain. I opted for a darker balayage and never looked back - I couldn't believe how much money I saved not having my roots touched up every two months.
It's a good idea to take into consideration whether or not your desired cut/colour is appropriate for your lifestyle. Be careful picking something high maintenance (such as extensions or a colour that requires constant upkeep) if you're super busy!
Be vocal if you're unhappy. It can be a bit nerve wracking being honest with your hairdresser and telling them you don't like what they've done. However, hair appointments are expensive and if you aren't happy, you should say something. Be as polite as you can and just explain your hair hasn't turned out how you expected - most stylists will be happy to correct it with no extra charge.
Other things to remember:
- Appointments can be very long. Make sure you take your phone charger, a bottle of water and snacks.
- Don't book in on a day you plan to be busy. You want to give yourself time to achieve the cut/colour you desire - rushing your hairdresser could lead to a disaster!
- Give your stylist a brief overview of your hair - such as how often you wash it, what products you use and any worries you may have.
- Be wary of sneaky hairdressers - if they go to give you a treatment/toner/blow dry, ask how much it will cost. Some stylists like to include services you haven't requested and then charge you an extra £40 at the till (this has happened to me a few times).
- Finally - if your stylist does a good job, leave a positive review on the salon's website or Facebook page (or even on your blog if you have one).
What tips would you give for visiting the hairdressers? x