At some point or another, we have all gotten hairstyle that doesn’t necessarily work. Maybe you chose a straight style when their hair was naturally curly, or maybe the stylist simply didn’t understand what you wanted. There is an old saying that the difference between a bad haircut and a good one is six weeks, but that is a long time to go with hair that doesn’t do what you want or just doesn’t look good. These tips can help you get the look you want and the style you were expecting.

Realistic Expectations

If you have short, thin hair that won’t hold a curl, your stylist is not going to be able to give you a style that looks like the actress in the photo you cut out of a magazine. Famous people can afford to spend a lot of money on their hair and those photos often show an actress with extensions or hair that has been colored to look fuller than it is. It is also important to remember that magazines often Photoshop the models and famous people on their pages, so the person in the picture may have hair that looks nothing like that. When choosing a photo for your stylist, try to choose one that looks similar to your natural hair. If you have a busy lifestyle and don’t have time to spend with hot rollers, curling irons or straighteners, the photo of the girl with waves flowing down her back may not be the right style for you.

Get the Look You Want

Plan a Consultation

Before diving into a cut, extreme color or perm, arrange a consultation with the stylist. The stylist needs to see and touch your hair in order to determine whether your hair can actually take the processes you may need to get the look you want. For example, if your hair has been colored often, you may not be able to get the straightening treatment you want immediately. It may take a few appointments for conditioning services to get your hair healthy enough for the treatment.

Know What You Want When You Get There

If you spend 15 to 20 minutes in the stylist chair flipping through magazines or hairstyle books, that is time that cannot be spent on your hair. They may have other appointments after yours that they cannot delay. Color, perms and straightening treatments take time so be sure to allow enough time in your day for those services and have photos with you when you arrive of what you are looking for. Many stylists would prefer you bring several photos for them to work with in case your first choice is not suitable for you.

Listen to Your Stylist

If you bring a picture to your stylist and they suggest that the style is not suited for your face shape or type of hair, you should listen to them. They have been trained to understand hair types, textures and what works best with certain facial shapes. They should be able to tweak the style to better suit your look, but if the style is complicated and they know you have an extremely busy lifestyle, they may recommend a completely different style that will better suit your time constraints.

One of the most important things to remember about getting the right hairstyle is the need for communication between you and your stylist. If something didn’t work for you, let them know so they can adjust. Your hair is a walking advertisement for a hair stylist, so they want you to get what you want and feel good about how your hair looks just as much as you do. The stylists at J. Faith Hair Studio can help guide you in your choice of hairstyles so that you get the style that fits your look, your hair type and your lifestyle. Arrange for an appointment by calling us or booking online.