How to Make the Most of Your Trip to the Hairdressers

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 creamy 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 satisfied, you should speak up! Be polite and just explain your hair hasn't turned out how you expected -  any salon worth its salt should be happy to work with you to correct it.

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


  1. Really enjoyed reading this. I'm thinking about getting my hair cut next week but am still in two minds wether too or not! i always dislike my hair in the shop but once I'm home and can play around with it myself its usually ok!! such a hard life for us gals isn't it??

  2. Awesome tips! Those bad hair day experiences are just part of life, aren't they lol


  3. Going to the hairdresser's is so stressful I find, I only go if I'm desperate! But yep, I definitely take lots of example photos.

  4. Definitely always take pictures! I hate the hairdressers!

    Lovely read and blog. x

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  5. I don't ever go to a hairdressers now without researching styles and then taking about a zillion pages with me just so they know exactly what I want!

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  6. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this! I think it is definitely nerve wracking going to the hairdressers, being vocal is definitely key! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

  7. Great tips. I always bring inspiration pictures on my phone but my stylist has a pretty good grasp of the look I'm going for since I've been working on it for the past year (blonde, blonde, blonde!)

    xo, alison*elle

  8. As bad as it sounds I sometimes use groupon to make sure I'm getting a cheap deal so if it goes wrong I haven't paid a lot, but if it's amazing I know that I've found a hair dresser for life!
    -- // x

  9. I loved this post! I find it hard to trust hairdressers a la hair disaster when i was like 12/13! This is good advice as I've tried to go blonde god knows how many times! Was you happy with yours in the end? xx

  10. With regards to the extra charges, this happened to me. I went in for a cut and blow and we decided to cut my layers a little shorter than usual (which I was totally OK with, loved the final outcome) but then charged me for a full re-style which was close to £20 more than I was planning on paying! Yes, I had my layers cut shorter but I wouldn't have considered this a re-style, the length of my hair overall was still the same!

    Sarah :)
    Saloca in Wonderland

  11. Great tips! I was "bullied" into cutting 10 inches off my hair, which I'm glad I did, but that's not why I went in there!
    xo, Lauren-lee
    Lauren-lee Grace Beauty & Fashion

  12. I loved this! I too suffered some hairsaloon disasters that could have been avoided by simply showing a few pictures beforehand...

    xx, Be || lovefrombe

  13. I have had so many trips to the salon that have been terrible!!! That led me to actually learning hairstyling and cutting so I now do it at home!

    It's such a shame that hairdressers don't actually listen to you - some of them seem to do what they want and I can see a comment above with someone saying they were 'bullied' into cutting 10 inches off their hair - that happened to me too!

    Layla xx

  14. I feel like I've written this! I've had such bad experiences with hairdressers but I'm finally getting there! Yay!
    Victoria xx

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