I'm going from very long to short hair! How can I be sure I'll get the right cut for me? It's a dramatic hairstyle change for me and I want to be sure I get the right haircut.
The key to getting a great haircut is proper communication between you and your hairstylist. Before you go into surgery, you get a diagnosis from your doctor. Likewise, before you get a haircut, you should have a consultation with your stylist, during which you discuss various aspects of your hair and lifestyle.
For example, how much time do you have to spend on your hair in the morning? Are you proficient with a blow-dryer, or do you prefer the natural route? What kinds of styling aids are you used to using? This is also the time to show your stylist any pictures you have of your desired style; she'll be able to assess how suitable they are for your hair and lifestyle and suggest alternatives if it's not the perfect cut for you.
How to consult with your stylist >>>
During the consultation, you should speak up if your stylist doesn't explain what she'll be doing. Don't hesitate to ask her to explain a technique or term she uses. And make sure you're both on the same page when you get down to details. For example, your stylist may interpret "wispy layers" much differently than you do, and her idea of a trim may be a few inches shorter than yours. Always describe what you're looking for using universal terms such as chin-length or blunt cut.
If you're opting for a major change (going from waist- to chin-length, for example), be sure to tell your stylist about your motivation for a new 'do and what you hope to achieve with it. She'll be able to determine whether you are really ready for a dramatic new look or whether you are subconsciously trying to compensate for a traumatic event, such as breaking up with a boyfriend. After all, no hairstylist wants to have an unhappy customer, but it's up to you to help make your time in her chair a success.