YOUR STYLIST NEEDS TO KNOW THESE 5 THINGS
Hairstylists are experts in hair. With one glance, they can determine your hair type and texture, and will most likely already be thinking of creative ways to style it. What they can’t tell from looking at you are your lifestyle and styling habits that could be affecting your hair and its needs. That’s why taking the time to do a proper consultation with your stylist is so important.
How Long You Go Between Washes
Many clients go to the salon with clean hair, which doesn’t give your stylist an accurate representation of how oily or dry your scalp is. Talk to her about how often you wash your hair or how long it takes to get oily. Understanding your scalp condition will help her to know which types of products to recommend and ingredients to looks for in your hair care.
The Time You’re Willing to Dedicate to Your Styling Routine
Your stylist needs to know how high maintenance you’re willing to go with your cut or color so it’s important to really think about the time you want to spend on your hair every day. Be realistic about how much time you have to allocate to styling each day or how often you’re willing to go to the salon for color touchups or cuts. If you’re low maintenance with your hair but are really into a certain look, your stylist can work with you to give you the version that works best within your parameters.
Your Workout Routine
Specifics on your favorite workout classes and the frequency at which you go are also important for her to know. If you’re someone who works out and shampoos daily, you may opt for a low maintenance cut (see above) or opt out of the fire red hair color that could wash out from frequent washing. She may recommend products with ingredients that protect from dryness due to over-washing, something to protect hair from chlorine if you are a swimmer or from UV-rays if you are work out outside.
All Past Chemical Treatments
Be upfront with your stylist and let him know what you’ve previously had done in your hair within the last 2 years. Chemicals from certain treatments remain in your hair even after you stop doing them and are only completely gone once hair is trimmed off. If your stylist isn’t aware of your history, your hair can become damaged by a new treatment or color. It’s good to take note of how your hair has reacted to chemicals and/or coloring in the past so he can customize your new treatment accordingly.
Your Pain Points Between Sessions
Describe your hair’s characteristics. Do you have cowlicks, do you have trouble styling your hair when you let it air dry? Mention if your last cut was difficult for you to manage and why — even if your current stylist was the one who gave it to you. Often times, if you’re finding your hair is difficult to style, it may actually be your haircut and not the hair itself. Finally, let your stylist know your hair goals and maybe some of the challenges you face in achieving them.
Getting the right cut and color requires an open conversation with your stylist. Then, it’s all about your hair care. Find out the just-right formula for you with our online consultation.