9 ways to get a good haircut all the time


There’s nothing worse than walking out of a salon with a haircut you can’t stand. (Especially when you’ve forked over good money for it!) Follow these tips to ensure you never have a hair disaster again.

1. Background check

A good hairdresser is the key to a fabulous haircut. But where do you find them? Jump online to research different salons and read reviews on particular stylists. If you do your homework you’ll know you’re in good hands before you even sit down at the wash basin.

2. Bring a picture – and let it go

It certainly helps to take along a picture of a haircut you want to copy - hairdressers love visual references. However, be realistic about your inspiration and understand that the style may not entirely suit your hair type or face shape. Ideally you and your stylist should discuss the clipping and decide how to recreate a similar look that suits your individual needs.

3. Professional opinion

You hairdresser may also have a few ideas on what cut will work best for you – and it’s definitely worth listening since they’re the professional! Just don’t completely surrender to their suggestions, particularly if you’ve come in with a firm style in mind. Consult together on the cut and proceed only once you both have a clear direction in mind.

4. Honesty policy

When your hairdresser starts asking questions about how often you wash, blow dry or treat your hair – don’t lie! It isn’t a test to see how well you look after it. Being honest about your hair maintenance routine helps your hairdresser create a style that fits with your lifestyle. There’s no point getting a high maintenance haircut if you’re only willing to spend a few minutes styling your hair.

5. Be specific

Don’t want your hair to be cut beyond a certain length? Hate your hair being parted in a certain direction. Speak up! You hairdresser isn’t a mind reader. You should also chime in during the cut if you feel uncomfortable – it’s easier to make adjustments as you go rather than at the end.

6. Stay put

Sitting in the salon chair should be an exercise in posture and poise. Poring over a magazine or your phone (or worse, talking on the phone) makes the hairdresser’s job tricky. Sit with your head straight, keep your legs uncrossed and your eyes forward. No one likes a crooked cut!

7. Heed recommendations

As your appointment draws to a close your stylist will make product suggestions and offer pointers on keeping your new cut in optimum condition. Don’t put it all down to sales spin - within what they’re saying there are gems of style upkeep advice. From there it’s up to you whether you want to buy the recommended in-salon products or find your own alternative elsewhere.

8. Let it settle

Dramatic haircuts can take some getting used to so give your new style a few days to settle in. Wash it a few times and style it a few different ways to find your groove. If you’re still unhappy after a week it’s time to call up your stylist to have “The Talk”…

9. Have “The Talk”

Don’t suck it up – if you’ve had a bad haircut contact the stylist and calmly let them know the hair cut didn’t turn out how you expected. A true professional will offer to have you return for free to try and improve the cut. If the stylist becomes snarky or you think it’s beyond repair cut your losses and delete that hairdresser out of your little black beauty book.