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If there’s one thing I excel at…it’s having great hair appointments. Is this a skill? I say it is! How many times have you left the salon disappointed or upset? I can tell you honestly that in the last five years, I haven’t had a single bad hair appointment. No tears shed over these locks! I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to help you make sure you have an amazing appointment every single time you go get your hair done, whether you’re getting a trim or a full blown platinum blonde pixie.
For my most recent hair appointment, I was going in with some ROUGH roots and scraggly hair. I’m almost embarrassed to post the photo but I’ll do it because I love you guys. Thankfully Toni and Guy was kind enough to treat me to a fresh cut and color! I went to the Galleria Dallas location and it was so lovely, the staff was extremely kind and accommodating, even when I changed my mind about what I wanted to do to my color. I ended up cutting off quite a bit of length to even up my layers and went with a subtle “half and half” color, cobalt on one side and teal on the other.
Before the appointment:
- Do your research. This goes without saying, but don’t book someone without seeing their portfolio first. If you want short hair, don’t go to someone who only has long cuts on their Instagram. If you’re looking for someone to do rainbow hair, look for someone who specializes in that. Know what you want and find someone who excels at that!
- Feel your very best. My number one secret for having a great hair appointment – look your best. Don’t dress like a slob, show up in something you feel great in! If you like to wear makeup, do that too! The lighting in salons is always awful so you want to look nice so when they spin you around to show you your new “do,” you know you look amazing. This is crucial if you’re getting something drastic done like a big chop or color change.
- Eat beforehand. No one wants to be hangry during an appointment. This is especially important if you’re getting more than one thing done – a cut and color is going to take HOURS! Eat before and/or bring snacks!
At the salon:
- Trust your stylist. You chose them for a reason, don’t be nervous. They want you to look your best too!
- Don’t show up empty handed. Even if you aren’t 100% sure what you want, show up with some sort of inspiration photos or an idea of what you’re interested in. It’s hard to leave the salon happy if you’re completely surprised.
- Tell the stylist about your hair past and what you want to achieve. For a long time, I’ve been growing out my hair. I always make sure to tell the stylist what my hair was previously and what I want to have eventually. Even if my hair isn’t quite long enough for what I want, telling the stylist what I want eventually will help make sure I don’t end up taking off extra length or adding layers where there shouldn’t be any.
- Have the right expectations. Know that your hair might not look EXACTLY like the picture you bring in. That will depend on hair texture, health and (honestly) photoshop. You can even ask your stylist if they think your hair will work for that style!
- Be open to suggestions. I’m not saying you have to do everything the stylist tells you to do, but if they have suggestions, definitely consider them. They’re the professional!
- Ask what products they’re using on your hair. Products are EVERYTHING! If you need some help in that department, just communicate! They’ll probably try to sell you the products they sell in the salon, and if you really don’t know what you’re doing it’s probably not a bad idea to buy them. If you’re more experienced, you can probably do some research and/or supplement with products you already have.
- If things go wrong….SAY SOMETHING. Now, don’t be rude about it, but if you want a little extra length taken off, tell your stylist! They aren’t mind readers and like I said earlier, they want you to look and feel your best!
- Don’t freak out if they don’t style it like you prefer. No offense to anyone who has ever cut my hair, but I usually don’t like how it’s styled when I walk about of the salon. This is no fault of anyone but my own…I’m really picky about how my hair looks. I know that when I walk out of the salon, I might not *love* how my hair looks but it’s probably because of how it’s styled. When I get home, I usually make a few changes and it looks perfect! (Well, perfect to me.)
I know it sounds weird, but I truly believe that you can have an amazing hair appointment EVERY time if you follow the above steps.
- Do you usually prep for your hair appointments or wing it?
- Do you get hair appointment anxiety like I used to?