Choosing a Hairdresser | Sunday Observer

Choosing a Hairdresser

A fantastic haircut, an eye-catching new style and gorgeous hair that is well groomed and exudes health and vitality all play a major part in how we feel, so it’s important to find a hairdresser you trust to care for, cut and colour your hair.

Going to a hairdresser can be expensive, and the outcome is likely to last for a few weeks, so it’s worth really taking the time to find one that suits you.

Understand your Hairdresser

Hairdressers are trained to care for hair and learn how to cut, colour, style and treat it. They should also be practised in assessing which looks are best suited to which face shapes, how to assess hair types and textures, and which colours will or won’t work well with different skin tones and complexions. Added to this they are able to interpret fashion trends and can pass on knowledge about new products and services. Before any hair appointment, you should expect a consultation with your hairdresser. The purpose of this is for them to find out what you want and to decide on a safe, appropriate and effective service to ensure you get the perfect result.

Choose a Salon

Word of mouth is often the best way to select a new salon. Ask around, particularly friends or acquaintances whose hair you admire. Think about practicalities: How you will get to the salon? Do they open at weekends or have early morning and late hour openings? Go in for a chat with one of the stylists – don’t be shy as salons expect this to happen and should be happy to help.

What is a good haircut?

One you can maintain at home! It is really as simple as that. If you are as happy with your hair a week later as on the day you left the salon, then it is a good sign. Cutting hair properly is a skill that requires great expertise. Hair growth varies over different parts of the hair, which means that your cut can go out of shape very quickly. As a general rule, a short, precision cut needs trimming every four weeks, a longer style every six to eight weeks. If you want to grow your hair long, it is essential to have it trimmed regularly – at least every three months- to prevent splitting and to keep the ends even.

How to get good advice

Build a rapport with your hairdresser. Try to communicate well with them so that they can offer good advice. Show them pictures of styles you like on other people, or photographs of looks you like. Talk with them about your lifestyle and how much time you are willing to spend on your hair each day. It is no good asking for a high-maintenance look if you do not have time to devote to styling before you get going each day.