How to Describe a Hairstyle to a Hairstylist


If you have ever had a bad haircut, you know the importance of being able to describe what hairstyle you want to your stylist. A good description of what you want can make the difference between a cut you love and one you don't. Follow these steps to describe the hairstyle you want to your hairstylist.

Things You'll Need

  • Pictures of hairstyles you like
  • Look in magazines, on television and online for styles that appeal to you. Check out websites like Hair Finder for a large collection of hairstyles you might like (see Resources below).

  • Be realistic about the style you choose. Not every cut works for every person. For example, a super short pixie cut may look great on someone else but may not be the right cut for your face.

  • Take pictures of hairstyles you are interested in with you to your appointment. Cut them out of a magazine or print them from the Internet.

  • Talk to your stylist. Get her recommendations on what styles would look good on you, based on your hair texture and facial structure. Be honest about the time you are willing to spend on your style.

  • Use your hands to show your stylist what you want. Show him how long you want your hair to be while it's dry. Hair is shorter when dry, so make sure you are both clear on the desired length before he starts cutting.

  • Look at the results from all angles. Use a mirror to see the back of your hair. Run your fingers through it and shake it out to see how it falls.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't be afraid to speak up if the style you get isn't what you wanted. The time to fix the cut is right then when you are still at the salon.
  • Avoid telling your stylist you want to look like a certain celebrity without bringing in a picture. They may have had several different hairstyles over the years and you want to make sure you are talking about the same one.

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