A Stylist Reveals Exactly How They Prefer You Complain to Them About Your Haircut

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Communication may be key when it comes to effectively telling your stylist exactly what kind of cut and color you want to be sporting when you leave the salon, but what happens in that very-perplexing moment when you’re still in the chair and know things aren’t going in a positive direction? Neil Cleminson, hairstylist and cofounder of bhave haircare, says don’t take your ‘do to another salon and offers this advice for how to handle the situation when you’re really unhappy.

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Watch Your Color

If you are unhappy with your color, again, let the hairdresser know while you’re still there, or Cleminson says call a week or so later if something isn’t “right,” as most salons will fix your color at no charge. “It’s an expensive exercise not to speak up and walk around unhappy, but keep in mind that there are certain colors that wash out a lot quicker than others such as reds.”

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Be Mindful of Going “Too Drastic”

Cleminson recommends not making any drastic changes with a new hairdresser or a new salon that you don’t know. “If you’re going to make any big changes, make sure it’s with a hairdresser that you know and trust. It’s important that your stylist knows and understands your hair.”

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Communicate Your Lifestyle

“If you’re very active and tie your hair up often, you don’t want to be using hundreds of bobby pins every time you work out, it becomes frustrating. Photographs are a great starting point, please keep in mind that your hair texture, face shape may differ from the photo and the stylist may not be able to achieve the exact look.”

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Be Honest

Sounds simple, but Cleminson says that if you aren’t a fan of your cut, it’s best to communicate your feelings to your stylist while you’re still AT the salon so they can either fix it or book you in for another appointment. “Hairdressers would prefer to have the opportunity to fix it up than lose a client. Most things are quick, easy fixes—especially a haircut.”

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