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How to get the best haircut from your hairdresser

By Melanie Kruger on 1st August 2018

Searching for the right hairdresser can be like searching for a spouse: find the right one, and you’ll stick with them for life. But until you locate that match made in heaven, visiting the salon can be a nerve-wracking experience – and sometimes, it just doesn’t turn out as planned. Instead of strutting out with the hairstyle of your dreams, you might find yourself saying a polite thank you and then going home to cry – a scenario many of us are all too familiar with, and have no desire to repeat.

Thankfully, a salon disaster is entirely preventable if you take the right steps to prepare for your next cut, and in fact, that perfect hairstyle is more attainable than you might think. To help you get it right next time, the experts at salon software company versum.com share their five top tips for salon success.

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Rather than heading straight for your local salon, take the time to do some research about the most reputable hairdressers in your area

1. Do your research

Rather than heading straight for your local salon, take the time to do some research about the most reputable hairdressers in your area. Ask friends, family and even strangers with beautifully-coiffed hair who they trust with their locks, and get their details so that you can contact them direct.

Once you’ve gathered a shortlist, look them up on Instagram to get an idea of their work, and decide whether you think they’ve got what it takes. This is one of the very best ways to determine how skilful a hairdresser really is – and a great way to get some inspiration for a new cut or colour, too.

2. Choose experience

If you want to get the best haircut of your life, then opt for the most experienced stylist available to you – it really is as simple as that.
 
“If you often have issues at the salon or have been subjected to disasters in the past and are considering a style or colour overhaul, then opt for experience over anything else. A stylist who is well-versed in handling a range of hair types, colours and cuts will know what is suitable for you and your hair type,” says Nick Wicks at Versum. 
 

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If you want to get the best haircut of your life, then opt for the most experienced stylist available to you – it really is as simple as that

3. Go for a thorough consultation

A good stylist should take the time to talk to you about what you’re hoping to achieve, and will invite you in for a consultation ahead of your appointment. They will show you a range of colour swatches and styles to ensure they get it just right – so if this doesn’t happen, then it’s time to walk away.

It’s important that the stylist observes how your hair falls naturally, as well as your natural hair colour and any previous dyes that are on it before they can possibly know how to proceed.

4. Take a photo

It’s easy to assume that a stylist understands the cut and colour you are describing to them, but the only way to be sure is to find an image of your dream look and take it along for reference.

“Hair colours come in such a variety of shades that it can be almost impossible to describe them in words,” says Mr Wicks. “Showing your hairdresser a photo will give them a point of reference, and they will know exactly what it is that you are hoping to achieve.”
 

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The most important thing to remember is to speak up if there’s ever anything you’re not happy about

5. Be realistic

If you have jet black hair, don’t expect to go straight to platinum blonde in one appointment. Transformations as extreme as this take time, and may require a great deal of patience. It might be tempting to find someone who will do it all in one go, but this is only going to leave your hair dry, damaged and in terrible condition– so be realistic about your expectations and listen to the experts.

The most important thing to remember is to speak up if there’s ever anything you’re not happy about.

“Most hairdresser would much rather you tell them if there is any issue with your hair, as this will allow them the chance to put it right. They want you to leave feeling thrilled with both your experience and results, so don’t be afraid to ask questions along the way,” says Mr Wicks.

And if all else fails? Nick says: “Remember, colours and cuts are not permanent, and even the most extreme changes can be fixed. A quick toner on a set of highlights can transform your colour into one you love in minutes.”

With these simple tips, salon success can be yours – and once you’ve found that perfect hairdresser, be sure to hold onto them for life.