“What do YOU think would look good on me?”
This question that hairdressers frequently hear is a very powerful question indeed. The answer isn’t always what a client wants to hear and at that precise moment stylist and client begin to collaborate. Here’s how it works:
Your Stylist’s Vision
Sometimes the stylist’s ideas of a flattering look for you may not agree with yours. But there are reasons to pay attention to those initial words. A stylist’s vision for you is based on expertise and experience. They are looking at your face shape, bone structure, as well as your hair type and density.
That is great for you! Your stylist is paying attention to detail and not just recommending the “hot cut” everyone else is getting. Your stylist’s vision is all about their creativity. It shows that he or she is keeping up on current hair trends. But that’s not all.
What You Have to Share
Your part of the conversation is to help the stylist create the best look for you. To do this, he or she needs information about you.
- Do you blow dry? What kind of blow-dryer do you use?
- How often do you shampoo? Do you prefer special styling products or maybe no products at all?
- How about styling tools such as smoothing irons, curling iron, or hot rollers?
- What is your profession and personal style?
Your stylist wants to work with you to create something you can manage at home and that complements your lifestyle. I would not suggest an edgy Emo style for someone who wears Laura Ashley. An extreme example, for sure, but…you get the point!
Pictures are Still Worth Lots of Words
Pictures are always helpful and we love it when you bring them. But the perfect haircut and style for you is hard to find on just one head in a magazine. You want the perfect look for you, not just a copycat version of a model or celebrity.
Choose pictures of different looks and tell your stylist what you like about each. It may be the fringe of one cut, the layers of another, or the overall length.
Collaboration, you see, is the key to a successful hairstyle. If you combine all of these ingredients, chances are that you and your stylist will end up with a shared vision of what looks good on you. Add a comb, scissors, and talent, and you will walk out a very happy person. I see it all the time.
Enjoy your hair,