HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL TRIP TO THE HAIRDRESSER
Leaving the hair salon feeling disappointed, it is easier to blame the hairdresser rather than ourselves, yet the truth is, what we tell and share with the hairdresser is just as important as his or her skills. I’ve probably spent more time seated in their chairs than the average twenty-something woman and I’ve certainly learned a few things along the way.
Talk: it seems simple, but as a shy girl myself, I know it isn’t easy for everyone, especially when entering a fancy, trendy hair salon. As a customer, it is important to give directions, and even more important to respond to the hairdresser’s propositions, to be honest when something seems unclear, or simply wrong. The hairdresser’s vocabulary can be a little bit too specific and misleading sometimes -what they call a dark blond is what most people call a dark chestnut hair for instance-, so asking for clarification is a must. However, if a hairdresser’s vocabulary is different from ours, they might not always understand what we have in mind as well: this is when –realistic–photos come in. It is like showing a sketch to a tattoo artist, it helps them visualize the final result before they even try to work on it. As long as the photo doesn’t go too far away from our hair type and/or colour, hairdressers really appreciate this gesture. That being said and in case of a drastic makeover, accepting the process is essential. Sometimes, things can’t all be done at once, and not accepting it can lead to serious regrets. I always like to add a little ‘if my hair can handle it’ at the end of my sentence, just to be sure my hairdresser knows that respecting my hair is my utmost priority. Finally, saying thank you when a good work has been done, being faithful to a specific hairdresser is very helpful: it is like a relationship, the more people see each other, the easier it becomes to talk and the easier it gets for the hairdresser to understand his or her customer’s needs.
Going to the hairdresser can be very stressful and overwhelming, yet since the day I’ve decided to be both more confident and realistic about what I want, I’ve never been disappointed again. As much as I would like to relax and become completely passive in the salon chair, I believe one customer has to be more attentive and involved to leave it all smiley and happy.