7Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist

Hope you enjoy these helpful tips on trips to the beauty salon!

~Crystal

7 Questions to Ask Your Hairstylist, http://www.lifescript.com

The right haircut can slim your face, flatter your features and make you look 10 years younger. The wrong one can shatter your confidence in a single snip. How can you avoid the too-short bob, the impossible-to-style shag and other shear horrors? Hollywood’s hottest hairdressers reveal the 7 questions you should ask to guarantee a great cut every time.

1. Will it look good on me?
When Jennifer Aniston traded in her long locks for an asymmetrical bob, she catapulted into a new category of chic – and women around the country dashed to salons to copy her ’do.

After all, who doesn’t want to look like a star?

“Even celebrities bring in pictures of other celebrities,” says stylist Robert Hallowell, who has worked with stars like Geena Davis and Lucy Liu.

But what looks great on a glossy magazine cover may not flatter you.

“A haircut needs to complement your face shape, bone structure and even the way you carry yourself,” says stylist Adir Abergel, who has worked with Madonna and Jessica Biel.

“Women see a celebrity’s hairstyleand they want to relate, even if it doesn’t work on them,” Abergel says.

A haircut should flatter your best assets while downplaying your least favorite features.

If the look you crave isn’t ideal for you, a good stylist can incorporate certain elements of the cut, tailoring a modified style to your face.

“I always believe in customizing the haircut to fit the client,” says hair stylist Kim Kimble, who has worked with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige.

2. What are your credentials?
All hairdressers should have a state certificate showing completion of cosmetology school.

To go above and beyond, they can earn advanced training certificates, which show they’ve taken continuing education classes throughout the year, explains Kimble.

Even hair guru Hallowell recently returned to the classroom to enhance his skills. Taking continuing education courses shows a stylist is serious about the craft, he says.

One crucial credential can’t be proved with any certificate – a satisfied clientele.

Clients often refer friends to their stylists when they’re complimented on their hair, says Kimble.

If you spy a woman with a great ’do, “literally stop her and ask who does her hair,” Abergel suggests.

He also recommends reading objective reviews of salons and stylists in beauty magazines like Allure.

3. Is it a hard style to maintain?
That layered bob might look great when an expert styles it.  But if your styling prowess is limited and your new look requires a two-hour wrestling match with a blow dryer every morning, you’ll have wasted your money.

Whether you’re a mom on the go or a beautyjunkie willing to devote hours to your tresses, “tell your stylist how much time you’re willing to put into the styling,” Abergel suggests.

You can also ask for a versatile cut – one that looks stunning when vamped up with a curling iron but that will also look good when you can only manage a quick shampoo.

4. How do I style it?
Ask your hair guru for a hands-on styling lesson before you leave the salon. Stylists can see angles of your locks that you can’t.

“I’ve had clients who think they’re blow-drying their hair but are really hitting the plant behind them,” Hallowell says.

If you want a haircut that looks best styled straight and you have curly hair, be prepared to use a flat iron every day, says Hallowell. Ask your stylist to show you how.

Another do-it-yourself tip: “If you want to look great, learn how to use a round brush and a blow-dryer,” Abergel advises.

5. How short will it really be?
Why do women who request one to two inches off the bottom end up with a chin-length disaster?

“Part of the problem is that ‘one to two inches’ means something different to different people,” Abergel says. His advice?  “Show your stylist how much you want taken off on a ruler – it will show you’re serious about not losing the length.”

Hallowell also recommends that you physically take your finger and show the stylist where you want your hair to hit: I want the shortest layer to hit here, no higher than my collarbone.  Arrive at the salon with your hair in its natural state, advises Abergel. That way your stylist can see the movement and natural wave.

If your stylist starts hacking away, stick up for yourself. Tell him or her to stop before it’s too late.

“In the end, you’re the one who has to live with your hair, not your stylist,” Abergel says.

6. Do I have to buy the products?
Be wary of the product pusher who insists you purchase every can of hairsprayor tube of gel used during the appointment.

“You can definitely achieve [a salon] look at home without your stylist’s products,” says Abergel.  Although he’s a fan of Frederic Fekkai’s line, Abergel doesn’t pressure his clients to buy it. “Women know their own hair better than anyone,” he says. “They know what brands work for them.”

7. What’s included in the price?
This situation is all too common: After a cut, the stylist will casually ask if you want a blow-dry. Thinking it’s part of the service, you say yes, only to be surprised with a $20 styling charge.  Most stylists aren’t trying to trick you, but to be safe, “get everything clear in the beginning,” Kimble says. For example, does the price of the haircut include a consultation, shampooand/or conditioner, scalp massage, and styling lesson?  And during your cut, pay attention. If your stylist starts blow-drying or curling your hair and you’re not sure if the service is included, ask.

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