How to get a haircut you will like

How to get a haircut you will like

How to get a haircut you will like

If you’re one of those people (much like me) who dreads trips to the hairdressers, I FEEL YOU. There’s nothing worse than putting your strands in the hands of a hack-happy, zealous stylist, who sees ‘just a trim’ of your mermaid hair as a chance to give you a ’90s Rachel.

But there are ways to go about making sure you get the cut you really want, so you can leave the salon swishy and happy, no matter how much you spend on the job. Here are our tips.

1. Try and book a morning cut

At the end of your work day, you reach the point where enthusiasm starts to lag, and if Tracey from finance bugs you once more, you’ll hit the floor and weep. Well, that kind of happens to hairdressers, too, as the clock starts ticking to closing time, so it’s worth booking in a morning appointment to catch them up at their sprightliest.

2. Sack off the small talk

Yes, you now have a valid excuse to not drivel on about Hollyoaks; it distracts you from what your stylist is doing, and more importantly, it distracts them, too. Keep the chat to a minimum so they can focus on the job at hand – have plenty of magazines ready and your stylist will take your quiet cue.

3. Don’t be swayed from the look you want

Chances are, you’ve entered the salon knowing exactly what you want, but we’ve had those moments when creative stylists start to give their own input. In places, we really need their advice as they’re trained to know what will suit your features, but being talked into a huge re-style is more than a little risky. Ensure, when they offer advice on your cut, they’re still keeping in mind your initial ideas.

4. Go easy on the lingo

Unless you’re super-savvy with salon lingo for cutting hair, go easy on using hairdressing terms if you don’t know what they mean. For example, feathering and layering can be confused quite easily, but say the wrong one, and you’ll end up with a very different cut.

5. Take some photos to the salon

It sounds obvious, but a few visuals can be more helpful than your own descriptions, so take along a few photos that depict the cut you’d like. Planning this season’s on trend bob? We’ve got plenty of pics you can print off and take, with our huge gallery that features a slew of bobs in every shape.

6. Don’t be afraid to say what you want

From the second your behind hits the chair, be clear about what you want from your cut – use pictures, measurements, and anecdotes of times other stylists got it wrong. No, really, this is a time when being fussy may actually work in your favour, so if they’ve raised the scissors too high, speak up before it’s much too late.

7. Never be late for your appointment

This isn’t merely a courtesy tip, but one that will save your hairdo, too; if you’re late, you’re jarring your stylist’s schedule, so they’ll have to rush through your cut. Not good.

8. Know when it’s time to let go

If your stylist still isn’t getting it – and you’ve given them chances over and over – it may be time to move on from them and find someone who understands you(r hair). We know, she’s your neighbour’s sister’s third cousin and you have deep chats about dogs and stuff, but sometimes, being smart is accepting when it’s not working out.

How to get a haircut you will like


How to get a haircut you will like

As a beauty writer, I’ve heard my share of “hair disappointment stories.” This is what I call those appointments where you don’t leave the salon in tears, but are underwhelmed. Perhaps you expected to feel more understood by your stylist, or you wanted brighter highlights, or an entirely different cut.

The key to finding the right haircut for you is clear communication with your hairstylist. That, and being totally prepared for your appointment. To help you get ready for your new look, we’ve enlisted the help of pro-hairstylist Devin Toth of New York City-based Salon SCK for his best tips on how to get the right cut for you.

Meet the Expert

  • Devin Toth is a pro-hairstylist at New York City-based Salon SCK.

Pull Inspiration

If you’re making a big change to your haircut, you’ll want some solid ideas before actually sitting down in your stylist’s chair. After all, you risk major disappointment if you sit down and tell your stylist, “Cut it all off,” or “Do what you want.” Aside from the magazines that are sitting in the waiting area of your salon, there are a number of things you can do for inspiration: Toth suggests looking at Instagram accounts of pro-hairstylists (his favorite accounts for haircuts include that of Jayne Matthews, Dominick Serna, Holly Seidel, and Lo Shabino), as well as your own personal photo albums. “Take a deep dive down memory lane with a bunch of photos to remind yourself of hairstyles, colors, and lengths that you loved—and hated,” he says.

Look For the Right Hairstylist

The right stylist is essential to getting a great haircut. I find that the very, very best way to find one that is right for you is to ask someone with great hair who they went to. Toth echoes this, adding that you should give your stylist that person’s name. “Knowing which client referred you will immediately clarify the sort of cut and color you are into,” he says.

Check Out Your Hairstylist’s Reviews

If you think you’ve found the hairstylist for you—fantastic! Toth says to remember to do your due diligence and research what has been written up about them. “Look them up on Google, Instagram and Yelp,” he says. “Instagram will show you their aesthetic and work, Google will show you their reviews, as well as articles they’ve been featured in. Of course, Yelp will also show you true reviews.”

He adds that you should remember to read all reviews with a grain of salt. “People are typically more motivated to write about bad experience than they are to write about a good one,” he says.

Schedule a Consultation

A hair consultation is a conversation between you and your hairdresser about the haircut you’re after. “Consultations are meant to get you and your hairdresser on the same page before anything is done to your hair,” says Toth. “It separates the attainable from the aspirational.”

To make the most of your consultation, Toth says to walk in with how your hair looks normally. This tells the hairstylist what it looks like dry or how it naturally dries. He also suggests preparing questions (like, “How long will this haircut take me to style in the morning?”) and bringing any photo references you might have for your look. It’s always show, never tell, when it comes to your hair.

Prepare For the Possibility of Your Hairstylist Disagreeing With Your

There you are, photo in hand and your stylist tells you they can’t make you look like the person in the photo, what do you do? Always consider a professional opinion, but you know your hair and how much work you’ll put into it best. Here are some examples of how to handle a stylist’s dissent.

  • They tell you the cut won’t work with your face shape. While face shape matters, there are many other factors to consider when getting a cut, including your personality and your desires. Thank them for their professional opinion and then say, “But I really want to try this, and I trust you to do it. If it doesn’t look good on my face, we’ll blame me, not you.”
  • They tell you your hair texture won’t work well with the cut. Ask if products and styling tools could make a difference. If your hair is too curly, would it work if you committed to blow drying it? If your hair is too straight, would volumizing spray and a curling iron help?

If your stylist won’t listen, then it may be time to find a new stylist. But keep in mind, a stylist is the skilled professional and is trained to know what they can do and what would work best for a client.

Show With Your Hands

One of the most common disappointments I hear about from those with hair horror stories are when stylists take off far more than you’d discussed. When it comes to length, stylists tell me it’s better to show it rather than say it. Instead of saying you want three inches off, actually, take your hand and demonstrate exactly where you’d like your stylist to cut. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up during your haircut if you feel it’s too long or even too short.

Be Honest With Your Stylist

It might sound obvious, but being honest with your stylist about your expectations for your new look is crucial. “If you’re not honest with your hairdresser about what you like and don’t like, you’ll never end up getting exactly what you want,” Toth says. “The continuous honest dialogue ensures that your hair gets better and better with every visit. You always need to share your nuanced or strong opinions so that your hair continuously improves.”

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up

If you are nervous about the direction the cut or color is going, don’t be afraid to speak up and share your concern. And if you are unhappy with the cut or color once it’s done, you should be able to say so in a polite way. Stylists appreciate honesty. Plus, there’s nothing worse than a regular customer who never returns to your salon, and you have no idea why.

Haircuts are difficult. In fact, we’d say they’re a real gamble sometimes. For some of us, it feels like a constant cycle of going to the salon, crying, growing out the cut and back again. But what if we told you it didn’t have to be this way?

If you find that you’re constantly walking out of the salon wishing that you’d asked for a different cut, we may have some solid advice for you. We spoke to Faevien Yee, creative director at A Cut Above Salon and asked him a few questions on what makes a haircut ‘good’.

Ahead, find out how the right cut can elevate your features, why hair texture doesn’t always matter and legit reasons to avoid the DIY route:

How to get a haircut you will like

First up, let’s talk about face shape.

It’s true that you shouldn’t let anyone dictate how you should look, and that you should be free to try any style you like. That said, there’s no harm in leaning towards styles that are most flattering for your features.

What exactly are these? Well, according to Yee, there are a few general rules for each face shape: “I love short bobs for round and square face shapes—the shape (of the cut) helps to narrow the jaw and accentuate the chin, lengthening the face vertically. This face shape actually looks particularly good with a wavier texture. Alternatively, round faces also look great with long hair that has lots of face-framing layers. It gives the hair lots of movement along with an illusion of a narrower face.”

How to get a haircut you will like

On the other hand, he explains that longer faces look best with mid-length hair that stops around the collarbone. “This length makes the face look shorter. Oval faces are the most versatile shape—those with oval faces can suit all sorts of cuts, be it long, short, pixie—whatever you want.”

While this is only a general guide, the ‘best’ cut really depends on the individual. “When I have a client come in, I look at their face shape, but I also have to think about the reference they give me and what length they are looking for,” says Yee. “From there, I can then gauge on what would suit them best.”

So, what if you’re looking to sport a fringe? Well, contrary to what you might think, Yee says that face shape doesn’t really matter when it comes to bangs! “As long as you cut a length that compliments the shape of your hair, you can pretty much do anything you want with your bangs; whether you want them long, short or micro”.

How to get a haircut you will like

Your hair type is also an important factor in getting a great haircut. If your hair density is on the lower side, and you’re after more fullness and volume, blunt cuts tend to be the solution. If, however, you’re blessed with a thick, dense head of hair, playing around with layering (long and short) is a surefire way to help shape the hair and lighten the load.

On that note, hair texture also doesn’t have to play a huge part in deciding what hairstyle to get. As the stylist puts it, “Nowadays, it’s so easy to change the hair texture. As long as the client is willing to style and manage their hair daily or—if they want their hair to be more low-maintenance— get a perm or hair relaxing treatment, you can do pretty much any haircut on them.”

How to get a haircut you will like

“Obviously, this means that if your hair returns to its natural texture it may not look so good, but if you’re consistent it shouldn’t be a problem,” Yee says. That said, if you’d like to sport your natural texture, then getting a cut that complements that is absolutely necessary.

Aside from a good hairstylist that knows how to best enhance your features, the key to a good haircut is communication. In lieu of one or the other, you’re left with tearful sobs and too-short bangs.

It’s all good and well to walk into any odd salon, whip out a celebrity pic and put your trust in your stylist entirely. However, if you’re not clear about what you want (or if your reference is completely unrealistic), things can go south very quickly. Nevertheless, a good hairstylist takes your vision and makes it reality (with a few creative edits in the mix).

How to get a haircut you will like

So, even if you happen to stumble into the salon with a picture of Zooey Deschanel and the completely ‘wrong’ face shape, as long as you’re in the right hands, communicating with your stylist will have you walking out with what you asked for (roughly).

According to Yee, the hair texture, hair type and face shape can affect how the hairstyle looks on the client. “Even if I give the client the exact haircut as the reference, it will look completely different on them. So, I will usually explain that we can do a similar hairstyle, but they should not expect it to be 100 per cent the same—I will make some changes to that it will suit them better. Or, I’ll recommend what I think would look good and usually they accept whatever I have in mind for them (laughs).”

If you’re the type to put your complete trust in your stylist (or you’ve been a loyal client for many years), asking them to ‘surprise you’ can lead to some super fun hair moments. “Usually, my clients will come in and give me free creative license with their hair—which is challenging, but fun for me,” Yee muses.

And hey, even if you don’t like the end result, it’s always refreshing to try something new. Plus, worst case scenario— hair grows back.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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There’s 8 things this hairdresser wants you to do before arriving at the salon

How to get a haircut you will like

After Boris’ announcement that hair salons will provisionally be allowed to open from the 12th April in England, it’s unsurprising that lots of us are now considering a new look. If we can get a salon appointment that is!

It’s likely that, unless you’ve been cutting or dying your own hair from home (we’ve seen mixed results here!), your hair hasn’t been properly refreshed since salons were forced to close again in line with covid-19 guidelines in December 2020.

However, with expectations high, it’s important you’ve done your homework before your appointment to ensure you’re really getting what you want. And, as anyone else who has cried post-hair appointment will know, it’s not always straightforward.

How to get a haircut you will like

So, we called in the experts to find out exactly how to get what you want at your next appointment — no tears, just a gorgeous hair transformation that will put a spring in your step for weeks afterwards.

Maria Galati is Creative Art Director at Taylor Taylor London and, with sought-after salons in Shoreditch, Soho and Portobello, she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to hair.

Here are her top tips on how to ensure you get the cut and colour you want at the hairdressers every single time.

How to get what you want at the hairdresser

1.Take the free consultation

‘If you’re going for a big change then I would suggest coming in for a consultation. Say you want to go from brunette to blonde but aren’t sure which tones will suit you, then you can sit down to have a really good chat.

‘This will help alleviate any anxiety when you come in for your actual appointment. Plus, it will as give you and your hairdresser enough time to talk through the options and allow you to then mull it over before the actual decision must be made.’

2.Do your research

‘Familiarise yourself as best you can with the salon staff via their website. You might be drawn towards somebody you see on the site and will usually be able to see their credentials here as well.’

3.Be really honest

‘It pays to be as honest as possible. If, for example, you want to keep your hair length and your stylist suggests you should go short, don’t be afraid to say no and stick to what you have asked for. They won’t be offended!’

4.Do take advice

‘Though it’s one thing to be honest, it’s also important to take on advice from the stylist. For example, if you want to go blonde but the stylist suggests that certain tones might not work on your hair, or could even damage it, then take their advice as they have lots of training and experience. Work with them to find an alternative you still feel comfortable with.’

5.Don’t leave the salon if you’re unhappy

‘At the end of your appointment, don’t leave the salon if you aren’t pleased with your new hair. Instead tell your stylist if you know that your new style isn’t right for you. We usually book in an hour for hair cuts, which is longer than most people need, so we have time to make corrections and, even if we don’t, we can discuss a plan of action.’

How to get a haircut you will like

6.Bring pictures of your own hair

‘Yes, it’s great to bring a mix of celebrity pictures showcasing hair you admire, but it’s also really useful to bring photos of your own hair when you’ve really liked it. This way the stylist can really build up a well-rounded picture for what you want – and what might work – in relation to your own hair type.’

7.Be realistic

‘Our hair changes over time — for example, due to ageing, after we’ve had a baby and during the menopause — and so a colour you had when you were 20 might not be possible 10 or 15 years later. It’s helpful to understand this, so that you don’t feel disappointed if a certain colour or style isn’t possible. Your hairdresser will always aim to find something that will work much better for the stage your hair is at now.’

8.Stick with your hairdresser

‘Though it can be tempting to move around, particularly if it’s easier to book at a different salon to your usual, do try and stick to the same hairdresser to build a relationship and help them create a picture of what you like and what suits you.

‘The longer you stay with a hairdresser the easier it will become to get the best out of your hair and appointments. Also, be wary when you’re visiting a new hairdresser to not request anything too drastic!’

9.Use good products

‘Ask your hairdresser which products you should be using on your new hair. People spend a lot of money on getting a haircut and fresh colour, but then often don’t use good products to maintain their hair in-between. Prep your hair so that it’s in a really good condition before you come in for your appointment – this makes it easier to work with and will give you better results.’

How to get a haircut you will like

1. Stalk Your Stylist
The best way to ensure you get a good haircut? Make sure you’re going to a good stylist. “Do a bit of homework and research a potential stylist,” says Teddy Antolin, a celebrity hairstylist at Sally Hershberger salon in Los Angeles. “Google the stylist’s name, ask around about his or her reputation.” When you see someone whose haircut you admire, ask where she got it. And before you book an appointment with anyone, type his or her name into sites like and CitySearch, where you might find useful reviews from other clients.

2. Don’t Get Too Hung Up on a Magazine Photo
It’s helpful to rip out magazine pictures of the look you want and bring them to your appointment. “Hairstylists are typically visual, so they have an easier time understanding your thought process when you use visuals,” says Rodney Cutler, owner of Cutler/Redken salons. However, know going in that these pieces of inspiration might not be 100% realistic. “It’s important to remember that, most of the time, the hairstyles you see in magazine photos involve hours of professional styling, which can make a cut look completely different,” says TRESemmé celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak. Rather than get your heart set on a very specific style, talk ideas with your stylist first. She’ll probably have lots of suggestions about similar looks you’ll be able to style on your own at home—and ones that may be more flattering to your face shape.

3. Tear Yourself Away from Those Tabloids
Believe it or not, the salon chair isn’t the ideal place to play “Where in the world is Brangelina?” “If you want a good haircut, I would avoid looking at a magazine while it’s in progress—not because you need to keep an eye on your stylist, but so you keep your head nice and straight,” says celebrity hairstylist Dean Banowetz. Other things to avoid: crossing your legs and yapping on your cell phone. “Doing either of these will offset your body’s balance and you’ll end up with a crooked haircut,” Cutler says.

4. Don’t Micromanage Your Hairstylist
People love to complain about overly chatty stylists, but overly talkative clients can be even more problematic, at least when it comes to getting a good haircut. “Sometimes it can be distracting if the client asks too many questions about the cut during the process,” Roszak says. It’s OK to make small talk, but it’s important to let your stylist relax and get into a groove. “Too many technical questions can break the rhythm of the haircut,” Antolin agrees. If you have specific concerns about the nuances of your new style, it’s better to bring them up before the snipping starts. “Make sure during the initial consultation that you feel completely comfortable with what the stylist’s vision is,” Roszak says.

5. Don’t Just Say, “About Three Inches”
“The client’s and stylist’s perspective on an inch can be different,” Antolin says. “It’s best to physically show your stylist what you mean by an inch. And keep in mind that the stylist might cut the front pieces shorter than that if you want layers.” On the flip side, whenever your stylist uses a term that you think leaves anything open for interpretation—”blunt,” “bob,” “choppy”—ask to see a photo that illustrates what he’s referring to.

6. Be Honest About Your Lifestyle
Only you know how much time you’re really going to spend each morning styling your hair, how good you are at maneuvering a round brush or how important it’ll really be that you can pull your layers fully back into a ponytail. Before you commit to a new style, be honest, not only with your stylist but, more important, with yourself. It’s also helpful to show up with your normal, everyday hair the day of a haircut appointment. “This gives us a good understanding of texture and manageability—so no wacky treatments the day before, or excessively dirty hair,” Cutler advises.

7. Pay Attention to Product Recommendations
It’s easy to write off the salon products your stylist recommends as an obligatory up-sell, especially when your wallet’s feeling kind of empty these days. But with many of today’s layered hairstyles, using the right styling product can make a real, visible difference. “Nowadays, it’s not just about the cut but about the product technology that goes with it,” Antolin says. That said, you don’t necessarily have to buy the exact products your hairstylist recommends, and you definitely don’t have to do so under pressure. Ask questions about exactly why each is beneficial, then go home and do some online research ( is one great source for product reviews). You might come across a great bargain alternative, or you might discover that the salon brand is completely worth a little extra cash.

8. Allow Your Cut a Week to Settle
It’s normal to go into a state of shock after removing even just a couple of inches, let alone doing something more dramatic with your hair. Even if you initially feel like you hate your haircut, establish that you’re going to wait one week until issuing a final verdict. Try styling it a couple of different ways. Wash it a couple of times. If after a week you’re still feeling like the cut’s a huge flop, call your stylist.

9. Know How to Express Your Disappointment
It can be difficult to keep your head on straight when you feel like the hair on top of it looks horrible. But it’s important to keep your cool and talk through a disappointing haircut. “Simply say that this is not quite what you thought it would be,” says Roslyn Baker, owner of the Mahogany Door Salon in Texas. “Calmly talk about options. Playing the blame game doesn’t really solve anything.” Nor does worrying too much about your stylist’s feelings. Remember, it’s not personal, it’s just hair—and he or she has probably been through this type of situation many times before. There’s probably a way to make your cut a bit better, and if not, there are always extensions. Any stylist worth her shears will work with you for free until you’re feeling better. However, if the cut is truly atrocious, it’s probably better to cut your losses and either let it grow out for a bit or pay for a better stylist to fix it.

10. Let a Bad Haircut Make You Brave
Been wanting to try lowlights or see how you look with side-swept bangs? Well, when you’ve already got a haircut you don’t love, that’s the best possible time to get adventurous. “Face it—you already hate your haircut,” Banowetz says. “Why not experiment with a look you wouldn’t have tried otherwise?” You might just end up liking your cut a little better—or, worst-case scenario, you’ll make it even more horrible, and you and your girlfriends will someday be able to look back on these times and laugh.

Spotted the perfect style on Pinterest but not sure how to communicate your dreams to your stylist? Or perhaps you are desperately trying to figure out what to do when a haircut goes astray? Sure, there are always topknots and chanting mantras (it’s only hair… it’ll grow back… it’s only hair… it’ll grow back…) but is there a way to fix it? Just because you and your stylist had a miscommunication, there is no need to break up. Corinna Hernandez, an instructor for Bumble and Bumble stylists, shares her tips for those sitting in a stylist’s chair. Between her travels around the country leading trainings, once a month you can find Corinna at Edo Salon and we’re glad to have her with us today. Here’s her advice.

Do prepare for your haircut. The way to help your stylist give you the cut you want is to collect images of all the hairstyles you find attractive. More than one picture is ok and explaining what you find attractive about the images is also helpful. For example, maybe it’s just the bangs or length that you like, or even just the texture. Every bit of information will be beneficial. Ask your stylist her opinion as well. A professional stylist will know how to look at you and explain (nicely) to you why something will or will not work. If you don’t feel comfortable you don’t have to get the service.

Do be a few minutes early. If your stylist is ahead of schedule, you may be seen earlier. If not, an assistant may even be able to get you all set up while your stylist finishes with the previous client. This also gives you time to relax, which should be a key part of any salon trip.

Don’t feel the need to prep. You don’t have to wash your hair, your stylist will. (Always a highlight!)

Do let your stylist do their job. We love to visit with you but remember we are concentrating on giving you a great cut and perfectly fine with little conversation. (Avoid a super chatty stylist, she or he may not be giving your hair the proper attention.

Don’t stay silent. During your cut, if you aren’t sure you that are loving the direction your style is going speak up. Your stylist should be able to explain what they have done and are planning next to get you to the look you want. If you do all the above and at the end you are unhappy with your cut, please tell your stylist why. (Just say it nicely!)Your stylist should be able to fix it, or at least not make you pay for the cut. If your stylist gets defensive or mean, it could be because she/he doesn’t have enough experience or knowledge to give you what you want and you shouldn’t return to her/him.

Do tip. If you are happy with your service, it is customary to tip 20%. If you come in for a bang trim that is complimentary, gratuity is appreciated.

How to get a haircut you will like

Tips for Getting the Best Haircut Possible

There are almost 257,000 barbershops and hair salons that sell hair care products in the United States. But it takes more than the best products, or even the perfect technique, to get a great haircut. How can you prepare ahead of time so you’ll like what you get after your next appointment with your hair stylist?

As with most things in life, the first step is knowing what you want, and then how to get it. The next time you go in for a salon appointment, bring these tips with you to help ensure you get the best haircut possible.

Think Ahead

Good news — you’re starting this step right now! Besides thinking about what your ideal look might be, take some time to consider your lifestyle and how that affects your hair. How much time do you have to work on your hair every morning? If your routine is basically get-up-and-out-the-door, are you willing to change that to take care of a fancier hairstyle? You don’t want your new haircut to compete with your daily routine, or to demand more tools or time than you’re willing to deal with. When you think you’ve come up with the perfect new hairstyle, think about what it will mean for your day-to-day.

Start with a Consultation

To get the best hairstyle possible, you can’t simply show up and plop down in a chair while the stylist works their magic. Yes, a skilled hair stylist should be able to tell what kind of cut and style would look good on you, but they can’t read your mind. Before you get your hair cut, have a talk with your stylist about what kind of look you’re going for, as well as how much time and patience you have for maintaining your hair at home. The more relevant information you provide, the better for the stylist to know what you want. If you can find pictures of hairstyles you like to provide visual examples, that’s always ideal. Your stylist can then compare what you say you want with what would realistically look good for your hair type and facial shape, to further advise your style.

Don’t Use the Lingo (Unless You Really Know What You’re Talking About)

Some people think they can communicate with their hairstylists on a professional level and get a better result. However, unless they’ve actually had some formal education on cosmetology, they’re more likely to add to the confusion than they are to clear things up. For this reason, unless you’re sure that you know what you’re talking about, don’t try to use lingo relevant to hairstylists. Try to use more commonplace, down-to-earth dialogue to describe your ideal hairstyle. Your stylist will understand what you’re trying to say better this way. After all, that’s their job.

Set Realistic Expectations

While there’s nothing wrong with having big dreams and aspirations, when it comes to your hair, you should probably aspire to something that’s reasonably compatible with what you were born with. If your hair is a crazy, curly mass, getting a sleek, straight style is going to be a lot of work and may even damage your hair. Instead, try to appreciate and embrace your hair’s natural strengths. And when you find photos to bring your stylist for visual references, make sure the people in the pictures have hair types that are similar to yours.

Trust in Your Stylist

If you have your heart set on a specific look, you shouldn’t feel forced into adopting something because of your stylist’s opinion. However, keep in mind that hairstylists are experts on their craft. A good stylist will take your face shape, features, and complexion into account to design a look that suits your physical appearance best. If your stylist makes a recommendation, you should at least consider taking them up on it.

Pay Attention While Your Hair is Styled

People often visit the salon not only for getting their hair styled, but for chatting with the stylists as well. And while it’s definitely okay to make small talk with your stylist, try to pay attention to what they’re doing too, especially during styling. This way you can replicate their work at home.

With these handy tips, you should be well on your way to getting the perfect haircut.

Posted on January 20, 2020 by Veda Salon – Hair

How to get a haircut you will like

The time for “settling for less” is OVER! For everything in life, really, but we’re focusing on one part of that: getting a great haircut. There’s no reason you shouldn’t leave the salon every time rocking a haircut that makes you look and feel fabulous. Here are our 10 tips from Veda Salon & Spa, the best salon in Colorado Springs, CO, on how you can take charge every time to get the best haircut you ever had.

1: Know your face shape

Ever wonder why a haircut looks great on one person, not so much on another? This has a lot to do with face shape. There are five general shapes: round, square, oval, diamond and heart. Against individual features like cheekbones, chin and forehead, a haircut can range from ultra-flattering to not right at all. You want your haircut to make your face look chiseled, bringing attention to your eyes and mouth. If you’re unsure of your face shape, watch this video to find out. Once you know, you can figure out what cuts will look best on you.

2: Know your hair texture

Just as important as face shape is hair texture. If you have naturally curly or coarse hair, you can’t bring in a picture of Jennifer Aniston and expect to walk out with her smooth, straight locks. No haircut can change your texture. Stick to images of people with the same texture as you, and you’ll find that not only will your hair look amazing, but it’ll be so much easier to manage.

3: Be mentally prepared for change

A lot of things can inspire a haircut: a breakup, new job, big move, or any other life change. We’re not talking regular trims—we mean MAJOR chops, or adding features like bangs or undercuts. If you want to make a dramatic change to your appearance, make sure you’re in the right mental space for it. You may want a spontaneous post-breakup pixie in the moment, but that moment might come and go. If this cut is something you’ve been obsessing over and can’t stop thinking about—then yes, go for it! (If making this decision is stressful to you, we recommend checking out our spa services for the best massages in Colorado Springs, CO!)

4: Consider your lifestyle

If you know you’re too busy to devote time to styling your hair, be realistic about that. Let your stylist know you need a cut that will look fabulous with little-to-no maintenance or styling. If you can make time every day to primp, then you can have a look that is dependent on regular blowouts, curling or straightening.

5: Don’t focus on trends

Almost every It Girl in Hollywood rocked the blunt bob this year, causing a craze of sharp-edged chops across the nation. While we’re all about keeping up with trends, we also know you have to go with what works for you and you alone. Make sure you’re getting a new look because YOU want it and not because you’re trying to keep up with the Kardashians.

How to get a haircut you will likeSource: Aveda

6: Consultation is a must

We need to talk! Before they pick up their scissors, our stylists will always consult with you to help you define your face shape, texture and a game plan for maintenance. They’ll be able to give you a realistic forecast of what you’re trying to achieve and provide suggestions on what will work best for you in the long run. Carve out a little extra time to consult with your stylist prior to your cut, and you will feel more at ease knowing you both are on the same page. Lucky for you, we’ve got the best hairstylists in Colorado Springs, CO who are eager and ready to help you with any hair questions you may have!

7: Bring pictures

Visuals are always a good idea. When you come in, bring some inspo pictures with you. Tell your stylist what you like about the cut and if there’s anything you would change about it to make it your own. This gives your stylist a chance to learn what you want. They can make suggestions and explain to you exactly what the cut entails.

8: Point it out

Show your stylist exactly where you want your length to hit. What you might think is “just a few inches” may mean something completely different to your stylist. “Long bangs” can mean anything from cheek-length to eyebrow-length. Point out where you want your hair to land and your stylist will know what you want.

Safe to say, we’ve learned our lesson when it comes to walking into any hair appointment blindly. Whether it’s the time two inches turned into three (plus bangs) or golden lowlights turned into frosted tips, it’s been a learning curve of splendid highs and tragic lows on the road to discovering the rulebook for pre-cut and color proceedings. Aside from the core tenets of salon etiquette—arrive on time, tip appropriately, keep off the phone—there are a few guidelines of utmost importance that don’t fall under the basics. Getting down to the nitty gritty, here are four essential tips to keep in mind the day of your hair appointment.

Remove Hair Products Before Going to the Salon

It’s never a good idea to show up with heavy product build-up from styling your hair the day of your appointment, especially if you’re getting a dry cut or color. It can cause hair color to go on unevenly, and it can also affect how your hair stylist evaluates your pre-cut hair type and texture.

Leza Duncan, stylist at Salon U in Birmingham, Alabama, gave a welcome exception: “It’s fine to use products you normally use for your everyday blowdry, but stay away from a lot of hairspray.”

Bring Hairstyle Examples

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it until the cows come home. Always bring tangible inspiration that details your vision clearly and objectively. We can’t always describe what type of layers or which shade of color we’re looking for, and a picture is worth a thousand words.

Leza Duncan, stylist at Salon U in Birmingham, Alabama, added: “Be prepared to really communicate with your stylist about what does and does not work for your hair. Start with a length you want, and find pictures of looks that you could see yourself loving.”

Keep in Mind Your Unique Hair Type and Features

If you have thin or super fine hair, that choppy bob with mega volume might not pan out the way you envisioned. And baby bangs with a cowlick smack dab in the front of your hairline likely will not suit just as one might have hoped. No matter how much you love the inspiration, keep in mind whether it will work for your unique hair type, face shape, and so on. It is a rare feat to have a hair cut or color resulting in a 1:1 match to the inspiration, so have an open mind, at the very least.

Wash Hair Before Your Appointment

We gasped when we heard that many clients will show up with hair that hasn’t been washed in almost a week. Though it might seem fine if you’re heading straight to the washing basin, it’s really not good form. If you’re getting your hair colored, clean hair helps the hair color be applied evenly and thoroughly; if you’re getting a haircut, dirty hair can be bogged down with product and dry shampoo, as well as look a tad too greasy to get a good pre-wash consultation. (Washing your hair the day before is completely fine for both of these instances.) A good rule of thumb: If you’re a little grossed out by your hair when touching it, odds are your hair stylist feels the exact same way.

As etiquette enthusiasts, we’re always looking for the proper protocol for every occasion, from everyday tasks like getting our hair done to formal events like attending a wedding. We’ll be locking these snippets of advice in our head as we get ready for our next trip to the salon.

It’s really easy to make sure your haircut is perfect every time.

All that’s required is a little bit of forethought and a few key facts to remember to tell your barber.

So the next time your barber asks, “What are we doing today?” this is exactly what you should say:

1. Tell your barber how long it has been since your most recent haircut

Barbers know how long it takes for hair to grow, so if you tell them how long it has been since your hair was last cut, they can imagine what your hair looked like way back when.

From there, you can either tell them you want it to look the same or describe how you want it to be different from last time.

2. Tell your barber about your lifestyle

To give you a cut you’ll love, your barber needs to know more about you.

Tell your barber where you work, what you do for fun, where you go on the weekends, how you wear your hair, whether you put product in it every day, and anything else you think might be helpful.

Essentially, you want your barber to give you a cut that will fit seamlessly into your lifestyle and reflect your personality, Holbrook told us.

3. Be specific about how you want your hair to look

This may seem simple, but most guys aren’t doing it right. Some aren’t even doing it all.

Barbers are experts in their craft, but they aren’t mind readers. You can’t just expect them to fill in the gaps. Don’t just say, “short on the sides, long on the top.” That’s not enough for them to go on.

Here’s some terminology to use to get the haircut you want:

  • When specifying how long you want your hair to be, inches are the best figure (1 inch, 1 1/2 inches, etc.).
  • It can also be helpful to know the specific number of the clippers you want your barber to use. If you don’t know what setting of clippers you prefer, ask your barber to start with a longer setting and progressively get shorter until you find a style you like.
  • Men with longer hair especially need to be clear about how much hair they want cut off. Most will tell the barber just to keep the hair off their collar. This gives a neat, professional look.
  • Men with longer hair might also ask for a layered cut, which gives more movement and dimension to longer hairstyles.
  • If you don’t want your sides to be all the same length, ask for a tapered cut, which means your hair gets gradually longer toward the top of your head.
  • Make sure to specify how sharp you want your hair’s transition from long to short to be. For no transition, ask for a shaved part(long on top, buzzed on the sides). For a more conservative style, ask for a natural or blended transition.
  • For more manageable hair, ask the barber to add some texture to the top. Texturing will thin out the bulk of your hair and is great for anyone with thicker hair.
  • You can either ask for a tapered (natural) neckline or a squared (block) neckline in the back. A tapered neckline will follow your natural hairline, while a block hairline cuts straight across. Most men opt for the tapered neckline, which usually looks more natural.
  • Tell your barber how long you want your fringe (aka bangs) to be in the front, and if you sweep it to the side or style it in any way.

The goal is to be specific enough that your barber will know exactly what you’re imagining.

4. Bring a picture (but only of your hair)

Barbers are visual people and pictures really help barbers visualize what you’re looking for in a haircut and serve as a great guide.

There’s a catch though — the best photo you can bring in to show your barber is a picture of yourself after a haircut that you really liked. A picture of someone else’s hair doesn’t take into account your hair’s individual traits, like thickness, texture, and hairline.

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TORONTO — As lockdowns ease up in parts of the world, seats in barber shops and hair salons are among the most coveted in a reopened economy.

Watching those seats fill in other countries might even elicit envy in self-isolated populations who have yet to take clippers to their own heads.

Even as physical distancing has kept people more apart than ever, there’s still an apparent desire to keep up appearances and get a haircut. That’s because our hair holds a lot of symbolic power, says Allan Peterkin, a cultural historian of grooming and a psychiatrist with the University of Toronto.

“Your own haircut is part of your public face to the world,” he told “Many people have a trademark cut or look. The fact that you can’t maintain that strikes to the heart of the self, that you can’t present the image that you’re used to.”


Not only is that part of someone’s personal brand growing increasingly unkempt, but hair for both men and women is a symbol of youth, he said. It’s why some people might choose to colour their hair. “It’s a symbol of health, vitality and sexuality,” he said, which is why many people “feel like a hundred bucks” after a fresh cut.

Perhaps most paradoxically for a time of widespread lockdown, hair is also a symbol of freedom, he said. Most people in western countries are able to wear their hair however they choose, and under self-isolation and quarantine, that sense of freedom might feel more threatened than ever. “Being able to go to the salon or barber shop is a freedom. When it’s taken away it really does affect people,” said Peterkin.


For many cultures, salons and barber shops have also offered a powerful sense of community for generations, and can even provide a mental health boost. A University of London paper from 2016 found that black men in particular find “wellbeing benefits” beyond the haircut itself in a visit to the barber shop.

“Hair salons and barber shops are hubs of social activity and gossip and news,” said Peterkin.”People have a real connection with their stylist — almost like a pseudo therapist. You may tell things to your stylist that you don’t tell your friends.”


Even with all that long-established meaning, haircuts could take on entirely new significance in the age of COVID-19. More than ever, a new haircut could feel like another kind of deep clean.

“Symbolically, the whole culture is feeling dirty, infected,” said Peterkin. “As (the pandemic) lifts, the whole idea of being allowed to go to your dentist and get your teeth taken care of and then getting your hair taken care of and maybe your skin — that will be part of the cultural, ritual cleansing. We’re back to clean.”

Peterkin thinks the idea of “clean” could go even further for men after the pandemic. Though the last 25 years has seen a sustained movement favouring “scruff” and beards, he thinks the “clean-shaven man” could come back into style, though it can be difficult to predict.

“As part of this face of cleanness and rebirth and youth, we might start seeing shaving again,” he said.

Nicole Lyn Pesce

Hairdressers tell Moneyish that they’ll fix your look for free – but you’ve got to speak up the right way.

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Don’t have a snip fit.

Everyone has suffered an unflattering haircut, perm or dye job at some time. One in five women has left the salon crying after a particularly bad hair day in the salon, according to 2014 survey, with the most common complaint being that the hair was lopped off too short, followed by locks that were dyed the wrong color or were overly processed.

The customer’s always right, but even though Americans spent $43 billion in hair salons in 2016, according to IBISWorld, there’s no need to blow your top like Macklemore if you don’t get what you want.

The “Thrift Shop” rapper reportedly told a crowd at the recent WeWork Creator Awards Global Finals that, “I got a horrible f—ing haircut. You know, just when the barber starts and then, like, four strokes in, you’re like … ‘I got a f—ing bowl cut on my head,’” he said. “You don’t need to lie, I know this s— is wack.”

But stylists told Moneyish that most hairdressers and barbers will do whatever it takes to get you leaving their salons looking and feeling your best – if you know how to ask. And rule number one is, you probably won’t get a “wack” haircut if you actually consult with your stylist – even for just 10 minutes – before he or she takes a whack at you.

“The way to prevent all of this is good communication,” Renee Cohen, senior stylist at Oscar Blandi, told Moneyish. Consultations are almost always free, or hairdressers should always also spend a few minutes at the beginning of your appointment talking through what you want, your daily routine, what styling products you use, your hair texture, etc. This is a must for untangling any knots ahead of time. “I won’t even touch the hair of clients I’ve been seeing for 20 years unless we have a consultation first,” she said.

A picture’s worth a thousand words, so Erika Szabo, expert colorist at the Arsen Gurgov Salon, suggests bringing as many as six to illustrate exactly what you want. “Also, be open to feedback from your colorist on how to best interpret the hair color you are looking for to best flatter your skin tone,” she said.

And celebrity stylist and men’s groomer Kristan Serafino said that she always asks customers to show her how long they think an “inch” is, and they invariably guess too long or too short. “Sometimes what a client says, and what they actually mean, can be two different things,” she told Moneyish.

But if you’re still unhappy with your new look even after flashing a Pinterest board full of #hairgoals, here’s how to address it – and more importantly, get it fixed – without having a full-on blowout with the stylist.

Speak up while you’re still in the chair. The hairdresser can make a few tweaks if she doesn’t have another appointment pending. “Maybe we just need to trim the fringe or shorten the layers,” said Serafino. “Or it could be a simple as styling it in a way you prefer.” And Szabo noted that dye jobs are an even easier fix, because you don’t have to wait for your hair to grow out. “An expert colorist wants their clients to be happy with their service, so they are usually willing to fix the hair color for free so that the client always leaves happy with their new look,” she said. “Sometimes clients want more highlights, so I’ll do some face framing highlights for them to give it a bit more drama. Or I may give them some highlights to lighten them up all over or make them a half shade lighter.”

Refer back to your consult. Phrase your complaints with, “During our consultation we discussed leaving it this length, but it looks a little short,” or, “Could you show me another way to style my hair like how we discussed?” When it comes to color, Szabo suggests being specific, like, “I do not like this color because __” or “This color is not working for me because __.” Or follow the golden rule of softening a critique with a compliment, suggests Cohen, such as saying, “I really like the shape, but it’s a little shorter than I want. Next time, let’s not do it so short,” she said. “But don’t say, ‘What did you do to my hair?!’ because that just puts the stylist on the defensive.”

The customer is always right – but there is a wrong way to complain. (JackF/iStock)

Don’t immediately go to another hairdresser to fix it. “Give the hairstylist the opportunity to make things right – which most will do for free – and talk it through again,” said Serafino. “Sometimes it’s not necessarily the cut; it’s how the client is styling it. So your stylist can show you a tip or trick on how to use the brush or the flat iron, or how to wear your bangs in a different way.” Plus, if you can identify where the breakdown in communication came from, you can stop this from happening again. Just going to another salon not only costs you the price of yet another haircut or color, but there’s no guarantee the next haircut will be any better than the last.

Give the look a chance to grow on you. “Your hair goes into shock. And so do people – we don’t like change,” said Cohen. “So wait until you wash your hair, or wait week or two, just to let the haircut settle in, and you can see how it really is.” Remember “The Rachel” shag from “Friends?” Millions of viewers fell in love with what became the quintessential 90s look – but the woman who was actually wearing it couldn’t stand it. “I think it was the ugliest haircut I’ve ever seen,” Jennifer Aniston told Allure. So it could be that your new cut or color actually looks great, but it’s just not sitting right with you yet.

Save demanding a refund or speaking to the manager as a last resort. Luckily, the horror story of the Wisconsin barber who was actually arrested for clipping a customer’s ear and shaving a stripe down the middle of the man’s head are few and far between.

Your issues should be resolved directly with the stylist. “Sometimes if a customer and a stylist have clashing personalities, or they just really don’t work well together, then you should go to a manager,” suggested Cohen. “If you want your money back [instead of a free makeover] then you are most likely not going back to that salon ever again … because no one else in that place is going to want to touch your hair.”

Come back within two weeks for a fix-up. Serafino says second visits to fix the cut or color are usually free, and a tip isn’t expected if you’re only in there for 10 or 15 minutes. “But if someone spends 45 minutes to an hour really educating you on how to style or blow-dry your hair, you’ve taken up that hair stylist’s appointment, which is money lost,” she said. So it would be nice to throw in the gratuity you would have given otherwise, especially if you’re satisfied the second time around.

But if you’ve waited more than a month for a ‘do-over, you’ve waited too long. “After that, you’re living with that haircut,” said Cohen.

How to get a haircut you will like

Getting a haircut should be a relaxing, enjoyable experience — you shouldn’t be worried about things like whether you need to wash your hair beforehand. Even if you don’t have an upcoming salon appointment on the calendar, keeping your hair clean is important for many reasons, but that’s not to say you should feel embarrassed if you’ve had a particularly hectic week and didn’t get a chance to wash your hair that morning.

To settle this debate, Gina Rivera, hairstylist and owner of Phenix Salon Suites, answered some common questions that many of us have asked ourselves — should I wash my hair before a haircut, color, or styling appointment? — so that we can focus all of our energy on landing on a particular hairstyle before we’re actually in the salon chair (which we all know is the most important part).

Should I Wash My Hair Before a Haircut?

To wash or not to wash all comes down to the type of haircut you typically get. If you get a dry cut, you’ll want to come to the salon with freshly washed hair. “Build up on the hair can weigh it down and the hair may lay differently than it does when it’s fresh and clean,” Rivera told POPSUGAR. If you usually get your hair cut while wet, it’s a different story. “Many stylists will select to wash your hair prior to cutting since most prefer to cut the hair wet rather than dry.”

If you’ve visiting a new salon or stylist and are unsure if they’re going to give you a dry cut or wet cut, you can always call ahead of time and ask. The coronavirus pandemic is another factor to consider: “With COVID-19, some salons are charging an extra fee for washing. This is an item you may want to inquire about when scheduling an appointment,” she said.

Should I Wash My Hair Before a Coloring Appointment?

It’s a little different if you’re heading to the salon for a hair-color appointment and not a haircut. You’ll want clean, dry hair for this type of appointment. “Make sure when showing up for a color application that the hair is dry as well so that the stylist can properly assess your needs and apply the color,” said Rivera.

Should I Wash My Hair Before a Hairstyling Appointment?

For a hairstyling appointment — whether it be for a big event, wedding, prom, or graduation — you’ll want to show up with hair that’s clean, but not too clean. “Often, with updos, washing the hair the day prior is best because it allows the client to come to the salon with completely dry hair that is ready to style,” said Rivera. Second-day hair is easier to work with and holds a style better.

The bottom line: don’t stress it. Your hairstylist has seen it all and won’t judge.

July 15, 2019

This blog content courtesy of Public Health Library

For many parents of children with Autism, getting their haircut can be a traumatic experience for both them and their child. It is a task that needs to be done but the thought of it fill us parents with dread! Over the years we have tried numerous strategies from cutting his hair ourselves at home (with some interesting haircuts resulting!) home visits from hairdressers to visits to the barbers.

Many kids on the spectrum also have sensory issues and hate having their hair cut. It is as if the act of cutting causes them physical pain – like they have feeling in their hair!

Here is what one parent had to say about their experience with cutting their son’s hair

“Over the years we have persevered and whilst it is still something of a tactical operation we seemed to have more or less cracked it. We’ve found an understanding barber who we’ve been going to for a few years now – my son knows them and vice versa. We go as a family and Dad has his haircut at the same time in the next chair with Mom on standby to deal with an impending crisis. He can even tolerate a short stint with the clippers now and the promise of a treat (usually a visit to a café for some cake!) often helps us get though the final few minutes when he’s starting to get fidgety.

How to get a haircut you will like

Haircuts and Special Needs Kids– 10 Tips for Getting Through it!

  • Find an understanding hairdresser. Whether having your child’s hair cut at home or at a barbers or salon, talk to the hairdresser beforehand about your child, their condition and how they may react. You may want to provide them with some information and give them some tips and suggestions on how to handle certain situations (for example speaking calmly and using short simple sentences).
  • Introduce you child gradually to the hairdresser – visit the salon and watch someone they know (a sibling, friend or Dad) having a haircut.
  • Prepare your child for the haircut by marking it on the calendar with a haircut symbol so they know when it is coming. Try to visit at a quiet time of day when you are unlikely to have to wait too long – or book an appointment explaining to the hairdresser that missing the allotted time could have consequences!
  • Use a timer in at the start of the cut so your child knows how long it is going to last.
  • Use social stories to explain about haircuts and to prepare for the visit to the hairdresser.
  • Many children with autism are very sensitive to the noise of clippers. Either ask the hairdresser to use scissors only and/or use earplugs to block out some of the noise. You could also use a personal music player/iPod with your child’s favorite music or stories to distract them and block out some of the background noise.
  • Fidget toys may also be useful to keep your child occupied during the haircut – a favorite toy may provide some comfort and keep them distracted.
  • A weighted lap pad, jacket or hug vest could be used to keep them calm and reduce anxiety whilst in the barber’s chair.
  • If your child is having their hair washed, ask the hairdresser not to use a strongly scented shampoo – taking your own shampoo which will smell familiar to your child maybe be better. You could ask the hairdresser to the water spray to dampen the hair, turning in this into a fun activity for your child (get your child to spray the water on themselves for example.
  • We always find a small reward like a lollipop at the end of the haircut works wonders and can be used as an incentive for the next visit.

Don’t step into a salon without reading these tips

These tips will help you get a haircut that you will be satisfied with

A haircut may seem like a simple process – sit in a chair, get your hair cut and you’re done. But unless you want it cut to your preference with results that make you happy, that definitely isn’t the way to do it. Like most activities, haircuts too require a fair bit of preparation. If you’d like to get a haircut that you like when you see in the mirror rather than one you regret when you’re back home, we’ve got the solution. Before you next haircut appointment, make sure you remember these 5 tips.

1. Understand What You Want

Before you even step into the salon, it’s important to understand what you want from the haircut. Do you want a radical new look by chopping the length? Do you want a runway inspired hairstyle? Or do you just want a few inches trimmed off? Do your research about the look you want, carry a picture of a hairstyle you like and then book your appointment.

2. Maintenance Is Important

Sometimes you may like a particular hairstyle, but the maintenance needed to keep it looking fantastic is far too much. Once you step out of the salon, maintaining a hairstyle is up to you. Keep in mind your lifestyle, exercise habits, commute etc. and how you wear your hair to all of these. If it’s working out too high maintenance for your taste, ask your hairstylist to recommend a cut that’s lower on upkeep instead.

3. Do It Because You Want It

It’s never a good idea to get pressured into a haircut. Just because you got out of a bad breakup or your friend got a new pixie isn’t good enough reason. Emotions dictating your haircutting decisions is rarely a good idea so be clear if you actually want to do it or you like the idea of one. They’re very different and the former is when you should actually head for one.

4. Trust Them

Even though you may have a precise idea of what you want from your haircut, understand that you aren’t the expert here, the hairstylist is. Be open to their suggestions as their expertise enables them to recommend styles and cuts based on a number of factors like your face shape etc. Go in with an open mind and you’ll see amazing results.

5. Don’t Be Quiet

Although this may sound like conflicting advice, it’s important to know the difference between being gently recommended and coerced. While it is necessary to be open to your stylist’s suggestions, they shouldn’t make you uncomfortable. At the end of the day, you have to live with your hair for the next few months so speak up if their decision doesn’t satisfy you.

Last Modified: January 16, 2022

How to get a haircut you will like

If you live in Italy for a while, sooner or later, you’ll need a haircut.

So, what are the steps to follow to get a haircut in Italy?

And what are the main Italian words and sentences you need to know to survive at the hairdresser’s in Italy?


If you want to get a haircut in Italy, the first thing you need to know is the difference between parrucchiere and barbiere.

The difference is pretty smple: parrucchiere is usually for both women and men, while barbiere is just for men.


In some hair salons, especially in small towns, you don’t need to have an appointment to get your hair cut, you can just walk in.

However, if you want to make an appointment, pick up the phone, dial the number of your hairdresser and say:

“ Buongiorno, volevo prendere un appuntamento per un taglio/una spuntatina/una piega/i colpi di sole… ”
“Hello, I’d like to make an appointment for a cut/trim/blowout/highlights…”

At this point the hairdresser will ask you: “ Quando?/Per quando? ” – “When?/For when?”

And you reply with date and time.

If you want to know how much a haircut costs, you can ask:

“ Quanto costa per un taglio ?”
“How much does it cost for a cut?”

Very good! First step achieved.


When you get at the hairdresser’s, you say buongiorno and then explain that you’ve made an appointment and tell your name:

“ Ho un appuntamento alle 9, Garavaglia ”
“I’ve made an appointment for 9 o’clock, Garavaglia”

The hairdresser will probably say something like “ si accomodi ” – please, have a sit .

When it’s time to style your hair, it’s important that you know what you want to do but also understand what the hairdresser tells you.

So, let’s see some of the terms that can come in handy.

Piega – Blowout
Taglio – Cut
Spuntatina – Trim
Tinta/Colore – Color
Colpi di sole – Highlights
Permanente – Perm

These are probably the most common words you usually use or hear at the hairdresser’s. Let’s see how some of other terms are used in context.

Vorrei fare una tinta
I’d like to dye my hair

Hai già un colore in mente?
Do you already have a color in mind?

Vorrei tagliarmi i capelli corti
I’d like a short haircut

Vorrei tagliarmi i capelli. Non troppo corti
I’d like a haircut. Not too short.

Vorrei tagliarmi i capelli. Più o meno cinque centimetri.
I’d like a haircut. Five centimeters off the length more or less.

Vorrei i capelli scalati
Can you layer my hair?

Vorrei la frangia
I’d like the fringe/bangs

Può tagliare solo le punte?
Can you just trim the ends?

Vorrei cambiare pettinatura. Cosa mi consiglia?
I’d like a new style. What do you suggest?

Finally, it’s time to decide how to dry your hair.

Lisci – straight
Mossi – wavy
Lacca – hairspray

Come li asciughiamo?
How shall we dry it?

Li vorrei mossi
I’d like it wavy

Very good. These are probably the most common sentences you can hear when you go at the hairdresser’s to get a haircut in Italy.

How to get a haircut you will like

How to get a haircut you will like

David Alexander is contributing writer for Byrdie and a licensed master stylist with nearly two decades of experience in men’s hair care.

It seems like at least two or three times a day, I have a client who will ask, “How often should I get my haircut?” Well, as a person who makes a living from people getting haircuts, I think you should get your haircut as often as you can afford. Weekly, perhaps? Seriously, how often you should get your haircut depends on several factors, including your budget, hair length, and hairstyle. You will almost always look better (and feel better) after a fresh haircut. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it? To that end, you should get your haircut as often as you can afford, within reason. Here’s how often you should be getting your haircut.

As a general rule, the length of your hair is the primary factor which will determine how often you’ll need to get a haircut to maintain your style. The shorter the haircut, the more frequently you’ll need to head to your barber or stylist (unless you are buzzing your head at home).

Hair generally grows at the rate of half an inch per month (give or take a little depending on the guy). Here’s why you have to get your haircut more often when it is shorter — when it is shorter it doesn’t take much growth for the style to begin to look messy. For example, if you are wearing a classic taper (say, a #1 blade), in just a week or so, the shortest part of your hair is twice as long as it was right after you got it cut. At that point, the outlines are no longer clean and the haircut doesn’t look crisp. On the flipside, if your hair is long, say eight or nine inches, you really wouldn’t be able to tell much difference after a month of growth.

I think the best-groomed guys never really look like they’ve had a fresh haircut unless they change their hairstyle (which I recommend doing at least once a year). So how often, exactly, should you be heading to the barber? Here’s my rule of thumb: For any style where the shortest part of your hair is less than a half an inch, go in for a haircut at least every two weeks (weekly, if you can afford it). Anything over an inch, add a week for each inch of length. If your hair is four inches long, get a haircut monthly, if the shortest part of your hair is eight inches long, head to the barber every eight weeks.

When you go in for your haircut, whether you should get a full blown haircut or just a light trim really depends on your style and how much the hair has grown. I have a client who comes in every two weeks to maintain his classic taper. During his mid-month visit, we simply trim his hair by cleaning up the sideburns, tapering the sides and back slightly, and trimming anything out of place. We do his trims totally dry and I charge him half of the normal rate for a haircut (the trim takes half the time). On his monthly visit, we cut everything and wash and condition his hair. Because of his routine, he never looks like he’s just walked out of the barbershop and he always looks great. For some of my clients with longer hair who wait four to six weeks, I will generally do an entire haircut every time. Because their hair is longer, they also generally never look like they’ve had a fresh haircut. If you are fairly competent, you can likely save a few visits by trimming your own neck and maintaining your sideburns at home.

These are just some general guidelines on how often you should be getting your haircut. Again, I think you should get a haircut as often as your budget will allow and certainly before the haircut has grown to the point that it looks unkempt. I also recommend booking a recurring appointment with your barber or stylist and sticking to the schedule so you’ll always look fresh. Maintaining a recurring appointment also eliminates the hassle of trying to find an appointment (and possibly having to wait longer than necessary) every time you need a haircut.

A salon visit may not be the top priority on your to-do list between work, sweat sessions, and Kombucha cocktail hours, but treating yourself to a regular trim is actually an important part of self-care. ” Your haircut says something about who you are and how you feel inside—it’s part of taking care of yourself,” says Rutger, a celebrity hairstylist for Streeters. “ Getting a haircut can also be therapeutic, so if someone is feeling down, getting a new haircut can work miracles.”

Aside from the usual split ends (which, by the way, you should under no circumstances pull apart), you’ll know it’s time for a trim when your hair looks dry and drab, when curls get bulky, or when tangles seem to be commonplace.

That said, since every hair texture and everyone is different, you should talk to your stylist to devise a plan that’s right for you. “Cutting your hair can feel like buying a new outfit,” says Rutger. “When you wear something new it will boost your confidence and will make you feel good about yourself.” And if that’s not enough of a reason to make an appointment, I don’t know what is.

Why it’s important to get regular haircuts

Aside from the fact that overgrown hairstyles tend to look kind of meh, scheduling regular haircuts can offer overall health benefits for your hair. “In general, breakage and split ends lead to more breakage and more split ends, so by keeping your hair healthy and trimmed, you’re preventing the need to later damage control,” says celebrity stylist Andrew Fitzsimons. “Plus, damaged hair tends to look frizzy and is harder to manage, so your overall style is going to look better and be easier to handle when your hair is healthy.”

Factors that determine when to get your hair cut

“How long you can go between cuts is influenced by a variety of factors and your own personal preference,” says Fitzsimons. “Your hair’s length, texture, width and style all play important roles, as well as the level of stress you’re putting your hair through, including coloring or other chemical processes, heat styling, aggressive styles like tight ponytails and so on.”

1. Length

According to Fitzimmons, your length plays a major role in how often you should get your hair cut .” If your hair is shorter, you’ll want to think about getting a cut every 4-6 weeks in order to keep the style looking fresh,” says . “If you have medium length hair, you can go a little longer-around every 6-8 weeks. Long hair can stretch as long as three to six months.”

2. Texture

Your texture also impacts to length of time you’re able to stretch out your haircuts. Generally, if you have coarse or thick hair, you can go longer than someone with fine or thin hair.

3. Hair health

Things like color treatments, heat styling, and chemical processes all play a role in the overall health of your hair, and therefore impact how often you should get it cut. ” As long as you aren’t putting your hair through chemical processes, rough styling or regular heat styling, you’ll be able to extend the time between your cuts much longer,” says Fitzsimons.

How to tell it’s time for a haircut

Aside from the usual split ends (which, by the way, you should under no circumstances pull apart), you’ll know it’s time for a trim when your hair looks dry and drab, when curls get bulky, or when tangles seem to be commonplace. “A telltale sign of needing a haircut is if you’re having trouble achieving the style you like—you’ll notice it’s just not working anymore,” says Fitzsimons. What’s more, severe frizz can indicate that your hair isn’t at its healthiest or most hydrated, which may mean it’s time for a trim.

How often to get your hair cut based on your hairstyle

1. The buzz cut: 3 weeks

For those women opting for the buzzcut, you’ll need to schedule regular upkeep. Though it takes hair a full month to grow half-an-inch, people are better able to see the growth on a buzzcut because it’s so short to begin with. Rutger says that to remedy this, you’ll require touch-ups every three weeks.

2. The pixie: 6 weeks

The most important aspect of any short cut is maintaining the shape, so Rutger says that it’s really important to get frequent cuts every six week to do so. This also might mean that your excuse to give hair a chop in the first place (“I just don’t want to fuss with it anymore!”) has officially been debunked.

3. The shoulder-length style: 8 weeks

A mid-length cut can hang on longer than a short one. You might start with something slightly above the shoulders and by the time the ends brush your shoulders again, you’ll know it’s time for a trim (like a biological iCal reminder). Rutger suggests that this is likely around every eight weeks.

4. The long cut: 3 months

For those with finer textures, who have one-length cut, you can tend to extend the life of your style for about three months time before seeing your stylist again. If your hair is heavily layered or is a thicker, curlier texture however, you’ll want to shorten that time frame to avoid hair getting bulky. Notice when layers seem to disappear or when you find that the middle of hair is fuller than usual, and you’ll know it’s time for a snip.

It’s common knowledge that hairstylists should get a 15 to 20 percent tip, but what’s the protocol if you hate the haircut? And, how much should you tip for a quick bang trim? For all those odd, confusing situations, TODAY Style asked salon experts for their solutions to bring clarity and peace of mind. See their top tips below!

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What should I do if I’m unhappy with my cut or color?

Most clients totally panic after the shock of not getting what they imagined, says Lorean Cairns, co-founder and creative director of Fox & Jane salons in New York, California and Colorado. People tend to go home and call the receptionist afterward, demanding a refund or angrily complaining that their hair is “unfixable” or “ruined.”

Sometimes the customer might not like the styling, Cairns explained, but would like the cut or color when styled with a different technique.“Stay calm. (When it comes to) hair, everything is fixable. Cuts and colors can be tweaked,” she said. Most often, the adjustment is simpler than it seems — like adding texture to a haircut or a gloss or toner to color. These fixes take about 30 minutes and are quite common. If you have a good relationship with your salon, but aren’t 100 percent happy with the outcome, just calmly state your dissatisfaction and ask to revisit your stylist. “The original stylist is the best person to correct their own work until they get it just right,” Cairns said.

When you’re getting a correction, do you pay and tip again?

This depends on the situation. If you’ve decided that the look you’re going for doesn’t suit you after all, expect to pay again. “You’d be surprised how many times clients dream of going blond or red until they see it against their skin tone. Or, if you decide you should have gotten three inches off instead of a trim, these are not redo situations, but new appointments,” said Cairns.

However, if something went wrong and the results don’t match the consultation (like if your highlights look orange, not blond), then most salons will give you two weeks to come back for an adjustment at no additional charge, Cairns explained. Tipping in this situation would be entirely up to you, but is never expected on a redo or a fix.

I am fully aware that my haircut and color should not be one of my major concerns during a pandemic. However, after months of questionable DIY bang trims and getting sick of seeing my overgrown roots whenever I look in the mirror, I would 100% be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to getting back into my stylist’s salon chair.

And it turns out I’m not the only person who has been thinking about their pandemic hair, either.

According to a survey update on post-lockdown consumer habits by Coresight Research that was shared on WWD on June 15, consumers are getting back to regular activities. In the past two weeks alone, 21% of the survey’s participants got a haircut.

But I can’t lie, even though I’ve been thinking about my next hair appointment since salons where temporarily shut down in March, I’m also hesitant about booking my first post-quarantine salon appointment.

So, is it actually safe to go to the hair salon right now? Will getting a haircut increase my chances of contracting COVID-19?

With lockdown restrictions lifting across the country, I reached out to a population health expert to find out the biggest risks at hair salons, as well as salon owners to discover how they’re protecting their clients and their stylists.

What Are the Risks of Getting a Haircut at a Hair Salon?

The reality is that as long as there are cases of coronavirus in your community, it’s not going to be 100% safe to go to the hair salon.

“The main way that people catch the virus that causes COVID-19 is by breathing while close to an infected person, especially in an enclosed space,” explains Anna Bershteyn, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health. “It’s impossible to keep a safe distance at a hair salon because staff need to be physically close to you to do their job.”

Dr. Bershtyn says that you can lower the risk of exposure by going to a salon that is practicing social distancing by placing the chairs six feet apart, ensuring that your stylist is wearing a mask and eye shield, avoid using the bathroom, and ask for a chair near an open window, if possible.

And think twice before getting into an in-depth conversation with your stylist about the all of documentaries you watched on Netflix while quarantining. “Keep conversation to a minimum because talking can create droplets that spread the virus,” Dr. Bershtyn adds.

What Are Salons Doing to Keep Everyone Safe?

The good news is that if you do decide to book an appointment for a haircut or highlights, salon owners are not taking safety lightly.

While the regulations may vary a bit from state to state, salons are given reopening guidelines by their governors and their state’s board of cosmetology.

“To be a hairdresser in any state, you have to go to beauty school and you have to learn the laws and rules regarding sanitation, so there’s a lot of it that’s already a part of our culture,” says Jason Backe, celebrity colorist and co-owner of STARRING by Ted Gibson in LA.

STARRING is a unique salon because it’s unknowingly been practicing social distancing since it opened in 2019. The salon’s chairs are eight feet apart in semi-private “clouds.” There’s a secure front and back entrance, no assistants or front desk person, and cashless. “When Ted and I came up with the concept of the salon, we were thinking about ‘the salon of the future’ and how that would be an intimate, luxury experience, not a safety precaution,” explains Backe.

STARRING reopened on June 3, and while the salon’s four stylists and clients are all excited, they’re playing it extra safe by taking things slow. “We’re only open five hours a day,” Backe shares. “We have a really small team of four, but we’re working opposite days so if by chance one of us gets sick or a client who has come to see one of us gets sick, not everyone is going to get sick at the salon.”

The stylists are also wearing masks, asking that clients wear mask, aren’t double-booking services, and removing magazines and drinks from the salon.

While many salons are following similar protocols, for larger spaces, only booking a small number of clients is not a financially viable long-term solution. “Currently we are not double-booking clients and only operating every other chair,” says Riawna Capri, celebrity stylist and co-founder of Nine Zero One Salon in LA. “This may not be financially feasible for many salons in the near future. Hopefully there’s a resolution soon, otherwise the hair salon industry will diminish. Something has to give. Is that a vaccine? Is that us raising our prices? Right now the future is unknown.”

Nine Zero One also re-opened this month, returning to its original location in West Hollywood. “Making things more intimate, more of that family vibe is how we started,” Capri says. “Some of that got lost on Melrose Place [the salon’s second location]. It feels amazing for us the staff to be back home, and also for our clients.”

Capri shares that the salon is currently not doing blowouts as an extra precaution. In addition to spacing out clients, Nine Zero One stylists are working in morning and evening shifts and all staff members are wearing masks. “People should expect longer appointment times and expect a possible higher ticket than normal because there will be more work to be done and more color to be used.”

Clients will wait in their cars if they arrive to their appointment early, have their temperature taken and apply hand sanitizer at the door, and wear a mask at all times while in the salon. It’s also recommend that clients don’t wear extra layers of clothing and leave their bags in their cars or at home. “We will not be hanging up any coats because we don’t want them hanging next to anyone else’s coats,” Capri says.

Molly Black, co-owner of Gem Salon + Spa in Saint Paul, Minn. is following similar precautions to Nine Zero One. While Minnesota allowed salons to reopen on June 1, Black waited until June 17 to reopen to ensure safety measures were properly in place.

“Because our services are non-essential, it seemed unwise to add to the risk and potentially undermine all the effort and sacrifices being made to battle the pandemic,” she explains. “And because everything was changing so fast, we wanted to be sure we were not reopening on someone else’s agenda. We needed time to reach a consensus as a team about how to proceed.”

In addition to social distancing and extra sanitation in the salon, Black says that Gem is offering virtual consultations ahead of appointments to minimize exposure time. “Virtual consultations have taken the guesswork out so we can be more prepared and efficient during the actual appointment.”

What Should You Do Before Going to the Salon

Your personal health is your responsibility. Before booking an appointment, check with your salon to see that they are following the safety guidelines set out by your state. Salons will typically have their policies and appointments guidelines on their websites, but if you’re unsure about anything, call and ask questions.

Once you do go to the salon, wear a mask, wash your hands, and if you don’t live alone, check in with your family to see how they feel about it. “Make sure that everyone you live with is comfortable with you going, because everyone will share the risk,” duggests Dr. Bershteyn. “If you decide to go, bring a mask that fits well, eye protection, gloves or a disposable tissue for high-touch surfaces like door handles, and hand sanitizer.”

And please, cancel your appointment if you feel sick, or else you’re putting the salon’s health and business at risk.

So, what’s the most important factor to consider when you’re deciding if you should get a haircut?

“Most of all, look at the number of cases in your area, think about the risk and who around you is vulnerable to the disease, and make sure it is a risk you are willing to take,” says Dr. Bershteyn.

How to get a haircut you will like

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Haircuts and hairstyle maintenance have always been things I have. dreaded.

In my mental chamber of horrors lurk bad haircuts, bad hair days, “oops-my-bad-I-just-woke-up” hair—which is why I went about with a shaved head during my junior years in high school. That way, I didn’t have to worry about anything to do with hair.

But during my senior years, I’d somehow gotten more conscious of how I looked. I began to worry about my hairstyle, at times catching myself staring into my mirror like the Lady of Shalott, transfixed for long moments while combing and re-combing, and even administering the occasional splatter of gel. This may explain why I sometimes had to run late to class, with or without taking. shortcuts.

Now, to avoid this education-depriving ritual, I keep my hair short, which means I frequently need to get haircuts.

Making hair decisions

Cutting hair can be symbolic of change, a rite of passage, a shedding of the before-you—and a pop culture trope that continues to be repeated: Tris in Insurgent, Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and, famously, Mulan in Mulan (huh).

This may be the first time you’re away from home and able to make hair decisions without your parents having to weigh in. So if you’re going for a major change in hairstyle, be confident and bask in instant gratification as you admire gravity pulling your chopped-off hair to the floor.

If you are more risk-averse, consider revisiting past photos of yourself and reliving your haircuts of yesteryear. Maybe you’ll find an on-point hairstyle of yourself that you want to reassume.

Make sure, however, that your desire for a haircut doesn’t come from impulsive urges (e.g. ‘I got dumped and, therefore, I’m going to shave everything off’), because it takes time for hair to grow back, and the novelty of a different look can wear off quickly.

Alternative ways of getting a haircut

I have never tried cutting my own hair, lest I Van Gogh myself. I don’t want to have my floormates cutting my hair over some toilet in the shared bathroom, either.

Fortunately, safer alternatives exist—on campus (On the Fringe), just outside campus (check out those along Wesbrook Mall), or a bus ride away to other parts of the city (I like to head to Nick’s Barber Shop).

Vancouver is also the workplace of many haircut apprentices, and services provided by these hairdressers-in-training can come at a lower price. Students at Blanche Macdonald Centre’s Learning Laboratory and Vancouver Community College Salon & Spa, for example, provide hairstyling services and hair treatments at local campuses.

“What kind of haircut do you want?”

When confronted with this question, I used to stutter, give a nervous laugh, and stare back at the hairdresser. Just, uh, shave the sides and trim the top. oh, and the back.

Here are some solutions I’ve learned:

Research beforehand

Check out the hairstyles you like and affix a recognizable name to them, like a crew cut or a pixie cut, if possible.

Show photos of your desired hairstyle

Bringing multiple photographs of yourself or someone whose hair type or face resembles yours can help the hairdresser understand what you want. Remember to tell the hairdresser what it is you like about these references, such as the angle of the bangs. This information can help the hairdresser grasp your desired hairstyle.

However, try to be understanding if the hairdresser’s area of expertise doesn’t quite include your ideal hairstyle. Oftentimes, people use filters and Photoshop to alter the look of their hair and create unrealistic expectations of what hairdressers can do.

Hand over the reins

If you’re not feeling particularly attached to any hairstyle in general, go with the one that the hairdresser thinks best suits you. After all, it’s not their first time cutting someone’s hair. hopefully?

Snips of conversation from the haircut process

Explain what you want visually

Your definition of “shorter,” for example, may be different from the hairdresser’s, which may lead to you losing more hair than you would have liked. Use your fingers to show exactly how much hair you want to have clipped off.

Raise concerns

If you’re witnessing a widening disconnect between how you look and how you thought you would look, don’t be embarrassed to talk to the hairdresser. Consistent communication helps you to avoid shrieking, when the cape is whisked away, “What did you do to my hair?”

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A cheap haircut in London is pretty hard to come by- unless you know where to look! So if you want to find out how to get a cheap haircut in London, you’ve come to the right place.

Haircuts at top salons can set you back well over £100, with colour coming in at hundreds more. It’s hard to justify spending that much on your hair if you are on a budget. And even if you’re not on a budget, it’s a lot of money to spend on your hair multiple times a year.

But before you get those scissors out for a home styling session, remember that you can get haircuts at London salons for next to nothing. With trainee haircuts starting from £3, you can certainly find a haircut for a snip (if you’ll pardon the pun!) of the usual price.

When getting a cheap haircut in London, you will usually be seen by a trainee, or a senior tutor who is demonstrating a certain cut of technique to a trainee (or trainees). This means that the haircut is likely to take between 3-4 hours, depending on the cut and or treatment that you are having. So make sure you have the time to dedicate to the cut before putting yourself forward to be a model.

Will I get a bad haircut from a trainee?

The key thing to remember is that trainees are always supervised whilst they are cutting hair. The reason that trainee haircuts can take 3-4 hours is because they must check every layer with their senior stylist before moving on. And if there is a wrong snip made? You can be sure that the supervisor will fix it.

The trainee is also likely to be on their absolute best behaviour if they are having their work checked by their boss. Remember, they will have observed countless haircuts and trained on fake hair before being deemed fit to work on a real head of hair.

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How to Get a Cheap Haircut in London

So without further ado, here are 8 salons that offer very cheap haircuts and colours. You may recognise some of the names!

Toni and Guy Academy- St Giles

Toni and Guy has got to be one of the biggest names in hairdressing- and luckily, you can get a haircut at their academy for a super cheap price. Cuts and colours are completed by trainees from Monday to Friday at 9.30am and 1.45pm. Haircuts cost £5, and colour from £20, which is just to cover the costs. Head to their website or call them on 020 7836 0606 to get a trainee appointment.

Vidal Sassoon Academy- Victoria

The Vidal Sassoon Academy has been training the best of the best for decades- it’s possibly one of the most well-known academies in London. Trainee haircuts are between Mondays and Fridays at 9.15am and 1.15pm. You can pay from just £3 for a cut if you are a student nurse, and from £13 for anyone else.

If you were to go to a Vidal Sassoon salon, you could expect to pay between £66 and £150 for a haircut and finish. So to pay £13 is a serious saving! Head to their models wanted page to sign up.

Jo Hansford- Mayfair

Jo Hansford has a reputation for being one of the best colourists in London- she hosts training school two nights a week. With colours on Wednesday nights, and cuts on Thursdays. A colour will cost around £20-35, and a cut will be around £10. Head to the website to make an enquiry.

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London School of Barbering- Farringdon & Liverpool Street

One for the boys, The London School of Barbering actually has slots for FREE haircuts with a Junior Barber Trainee, with Senior Barber Trainee cuts costing £3, and Master Barber Trainee cuts costing £3-6. Go to their website to book online at either of their two London barber schools.

London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy- Camden, Chiswick, Croydon

The London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy (LHAA) has several locations throughout London. To make an appointment, call the salons on the numbers listed on their website. A Level 2 cut and finish will be £10, and a Level 3 cut and finish will be £18.

Hob Academy- Camden Town

The Hob Academy is a training school based in Camden Town that offers model slots for their apprentice academy and their graduate academy. The model slots are available throughout the week from Monday-Friday, and you can head to their website to register your interest. Cuts are free and colour from just £15.

You will have a full consultation as though you are heading to a normal salon, but if you model for a seminar, remember that you will be required to have a big change or something creative done to your hair- so if that’s not for you, go for the apprentice or graduate options instead.

Rush Academy- Covent Garden

Rush Academy haircuts for women start at just £5, and haircuts for men are free! Colour is also available at this salon which is around £25 to cover the costs. Go to their website to fill out the form for models and someone will get back to you.

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Blue Tit London- Clapton

Blue Tit has model appointments available from Monday to Thursday- Haircuts are from £10 and colours from £20. Head to the model contact page on their website to book an appointment.

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How to get a haircut you will like

There’s no definite time when it’s okay to cut your baby’s hair – just use your judgment.

“In some cultures parents shave a newborn’s head; in others it’s customary to wait until a child can speak to cut his hair for the first time, so there’s no hard and fast rule,” says Lyuba Konopasek, assistant professor of pediatrics at the New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

But unless you’re following custom or tradition, it’s probably best to wait at least until your baby can support his head when you hold him on your lap, which is around 3 months. This will make his first haircut a lot easier on everyone involved.

Some salons have a minimum age requirement, so call ahead to check before bringing your baby.

Of course, if your baby has a lot of hair and you feel it needs trimming before you want to take him for a real haircut, you can do the job yourself at home. Just be prepared for a less-than-perfect outcome.

A good, clean pair of shears will make it easier to cut quickly and evenly – old scissors can pull hair, causing uneven cuts. If you plan to trim your child’s hair regularly, consider purchasing shears designed for cutting hair.

If he struggles or is just too fidgety, try again another day. Or you can try doing the trim while your baby’s sleeping to keep things neat and safe. (Many parents also use this technique to cut their baby’s nails.)


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By Nicholas Rotherham
Newsbeat reporter

There are few things that threaten to bring you out in a cold sweat quite like a shaky-handed hairdresser.

Their fingers have the power to destroy your social calendar for weeks to come, at least.

And yet at the moment hairdressers in the UK aren’t required to have any qualifications.

That may change as MPs debate whether the industry needs greater regulation. But for now, what are your rights if your stylist gets it wrong?

You don’t have to pay

If you look like you’ve lost a fight with a New Zealand sheep shearer at the end of your chop, you can refuse to pay.

Hairdressers provide a service and in law are governed by the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982.

This means they have to carry out their job to a good standard.

So, if you’ve gone in asking for a Kim Kardashian-style cut and come out looking more like Kim Jong-un, you’re entitled to keep your money in your pocket.

But be warned, if the salon thinks your review of their handiwork has more holes in it than your head then they could take you to court to claim what they think they’re owed.

If you do find yourself in a stand-off akin to a Clint Eastwood western another option is to pay under protest.

This means you pay for the haircut, with the intention of claiming the money back later.

Make sure though that if you go down this route the hairdresser is aware you’re paying in protest. It’s best to have a witness, or even better, get it in writing.

You can claim damages

What’s that old saying? “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.”

Even if it looks like they’ve used a lawn mower to cut your hair, you should first give your hairdresser another shot at getting it right.

As counterintuitive as this may sound if you take them to court you’ll need to show you’ve been reasonable.

By all means ask the salon for a discount as a goodwill gesture, but this should be your first port of call.

Should your hairdresser agree to give it another go, you should tell them in writing that you reserve the right to get someone else to do the work if it still hasn’t been done to a reasonable standard.

And keep a copy of the letter.

If the hairdresser can’t or won’t put things right, then it’s time to try another salon.

You might be able to claim compensation from the first hatchet job if this leaves you out of pocket.

Don’t be shy

As a nation we’re not known for our bluntness.

We’d often much rather smile sweetly and save the river of tears until we get home.

But in this instance it pays to be brave and upfront.

If you give the impression you’re happy with your haircut, then you’ll haveaffirmed the contract .

Once this is done, you’ll lose the right to withhold payment and can only sue in court for damages.

To avoid affirming the contract you must shout if you notice things taking a turn for the worse.

By letting them continue you’re seen as accepting what’s going on up top.

Take pictures

Whatever you decide to do, if you want any money back, you’re going to need evidence.

So although you might not feel like it, it’s time to take a selfie. And then another.

Taking pictures of your new do and writing down the date and time of the cut will help you further down the line, whatever you decide to do.

It’s worth remembering that although many stylists have undergone training, you don’t have to have any qualifications to start your own hairdressing business.

The Hairdressing Council says 7,000 hairdressers are signed up to its voluntary register.

That’s out of around 250,000 people who work in the UK’s hairdressing industry.

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How to get a haircut you will like

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If you are like me you get a little nervous before a haircut. For me the nervousness comes from the fear that I may not like what my hair looks like after the cut and then there is nothing I will be able to do about it. There is no way to put the hair back on after it is cut off!

It is even more nerve wracking to get a haircut when you have to communicate with your hairdresser or barber in a foreign language. To help make this process a little easier, this post introduces a number of important English vocabulary words and phrases related to getting a haircut. I hope this helps ease your nerves next time you get your haircut in the English-speaking world.

First of all, you need to know where to go to get your hair cut.
If you are a man you can go to a hair salon or barbershop, for a haircut.
If you are a woman you can go to a hair salon for a haircut.

The people who cut hair at these places are called:
a hairstylist (or stylist) – a person who cuts men’s or women’s hair
a hairdresser – a person who cuts men’s or women’s hair.
a barber – a person who cuts men’s hair

Before you get your hair cut you are going to need to make an appointment. Here are some common phrases to use when scheduling with a barber or hairdresser.

Do you have any openings today?
What times do you have open for appointments today?
Is there anyone free who can cut my hair now/at 3:00pm/in the next hour?
When is your next opening?
Can I make an appointment for a haircut today?

At your appointment your hairdresser, stylist, or barber is likely to ask one or more of these questions:

What are you looking to do today?
What are you looking for today?
What do you want me to do to your hair today?
How much do you want taken off?
When was your last haircut?
Do you want a wash/a shampoo?

Now, you are going to have to talk with your hairdresser, stylist, or barber about what you want them to do to your hair! Here are some basic requests you can make (all of these requests/questions can be phrased as statement too):

Start your request with: I would like…

… a cut (This means you want some amount of hair cut off and you will have to be more specific about how much.)

… a trim (This means you only want a little bit of hair cut off, to make your current hairdo neat, but you don’t want to change your hairstyle entirely.)

… a wash and cut. (This means you want your hair washed before it is cut. The wash usually costs extra.)

… a wash, cut, and dry (or style). (If you want your hair to be dried and styled before you leave the salon, you will want to ask for that.)

Other hair treatments you can ask for include:

I would like…

… to get a perm. (This is a treatment that makes the hair curly)
… to have my hair straightened. (This is a treatment that makes curly hair straight.)
… to have my hair dyed or colored. (This involves changing the color of ones hair.)

Lastly, here are some other commonly used terms at a hair appointment:
bangs = This is a hair cut with short hair across the forehead. (This term is used for women’s hair only.)
buzz cut = This is when hair is shaved very short. (This term is used primarily for men’s cuts.)
layers = This is when hair is cut in many different lengths.
split ends = This means the ends of your hair are split in two and damaged.
“Chop it all off.” = Chop is another word for cut. This is a request to cut off all of one’s hair and make it very short.

How to get a haircut you will like

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Changing up your hairdo can be fun, exciting — and very, very nerve-wracking. A completely drastic cut has the potential to totally change up your look for the better or force you into temporary hibernation (those jagged bangs seemed like such a good idea at the time).

Thankfully, there are a few key pointers to consider before you sit down in the salon chair and get chopping. INSIDER spoke to celebrity hairdresser and beauty expert Sunnie Brook (her clients include Allison Williams, Elisabeth Moss, and Sophia Bush) about the best tips for getting a dramatic new haircut.

Consider your lifestyle.

A super edgy new look can be thrilling — but will you have the energy to maintain it? When Brook first sits down with a client, she likes to ask about their lifestyle, their profession, and how much time and maintenance they want to devote to their hair.

“Do they blow dry their hair [or] air dry? Do they have long hours at work? Do they work a corporate office job? Are they in the creative industry? These are big-picture questions,” the hairdresser told INSIDER. “Once I have a clear idea of those then I move onto how to customize their cut to help them communicate to the world their best self.”

So, basically, you have to be really realistic with your own day-to-day routines and personal style before you take the leap — otherwise, you might be stuck with a little more upkeep than you’d prefer.

Cut the stress from your next hair appointment.

How to get a haircut you will like

Is there any feeling worse than going to the hair salon determined to walk out with Robin Wright’s chic pixie-only to end up with a style that’s matronly, not modern? Avoid ever having a haircut-gone-wrong again with these tips.

Ask Yourself A Few Questions First
Before going in for a cut, Ted Gibson, founder of Ted Gibson Salon (he’s worked with stars like Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie), suggests running through a list of questions that will help you decide which cut will work best for you: Do you need to be able to pull your hair back into a ponytail (for workouts or other reasons)? How much time are you willing to dedicate to blowing your hair out in the morning? What other styling tools do you currently use/are you willing to use to maintain your style? Answering these questions honestly will help keep you from choosing a cut that doesn’t work with your lifestyle.

Print Out Photos of the Style You Want
Patrick Melville, founder of Patrick Melville Salon, encourages women to gather a few pictures of celebrity looks they like. Again, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions: whether the cut will work with your face shape, how much primping time it will require each morning, and if you can realistically recreate it at home. If the style passes these litmus tests, then take a photo of it with you to the salon. Melville says it can also be helpful to bring a couple of pictures of celeb cuts that illustrate something specific you don’t want.

Book a Consultation
Both Gibson and Melville say a consultation is key to getting a cut you’ll love. During the consultation, you should find out how long the stylist has been working as a hairdresser, what credentials they have, and what hair types/styles they have experience with. Their answers will help you determine if the stylist is going to be a good fit for you and the cut you want (it can actually be a good idea to schedule the consultation a day or two before your cut so you can walk away and find someone else if you’re not getting a good vibe from this stylist). Keep in mind that a good stylist will also ask you questions to determine if a particular look will work for you—so if your hairdresser is practically silent during your consultation, you might want to find a new one. Some other pointers for the consultation: Come in with those photos you’ve gathered, and make sure to rock your hair’s natural texture (and wear it dry). This will give the stylist a better sense of how your hair falls.

Explain What You Want
When asking for a certain style, you should include as much detail as possible about it. Don’t just ask for a shorter style, suggests Melville; say exactly how many inches you’d like taken off. The same applies to bangs, layers, angling, and any other aspects of the style: Try to explain exactly what you want, how long you want it to be, and where you want it to fall.

If Necessary, BYO Products
Salons offer a variety of hair-care products designed to best suit your texture and needs, but if you have specific concerns, you shouldn’t hesitate to bring your own. “I have clients who are allergic to certain things who bring their own products,” says Melville. “Some women have very delicate hair or prefer products that are sulfate and paraben-free.”

If You Hate It, Be Honest
If you notice that your style isn’t coming out the way you pictured it—either during the cut or after—Melville says you shouldn’t be afraid to let the stylist know. Telling them that you don’t like the direction the look is taking while the cut is happening gives the stylist a chance to fix it. (And if you’ve asked a lot of questions during your consultation, you’ll likely feel more comfortable speaking up about concerns.) Even after you’ve left the salon, you should feel free to come back within the next week or so if you have any lingering concerns—good stylists are always willing to fix anything you don’t like.

Ask for Styling Advice
Your locks look gorgeous when you’re walking out of the salon—so you’ll want to take steps to make sure you can recreate that amazingness on your own. Melville suggests asking your stylist if there are any particular techniques, tools, or products you should be using. The more detailed the info you get, the more likely you’ll be to love your look for the long haul—not just for the 24 hours following your salon visit.