If you’re like most women, one of your biggest concerns with getting a haircut is the lack of consistency. Every time you go to the salon, it’s like they give you a totally different cut. But with a few keen insights, you can consistently get great haircuts every time you visit.
5 Tips for the Perfect Haircut
Few things are worse than visiting the salon and paying a bunch of money for a terrible haircut that you don’t like. If you want to increase your chances of getting a good haircut every time you visit, there are a few crucial steps you’ll need to take. Let’s explore a few of them:
- Find the Right Salon
A lot of people cut hair. But that doesn’t mean you should be letting just anyone cut your hair. Getting the best haircut of your life starts with finding the right salon and hairdresser to accomplish this feat.
Salons are a dime a dozen, so you’ll have to do some online research and/or ask around to get referrals from people you trust. Generally speaking, you’ll find the best results with salons that offer a suite of services (like styling, coloring, manicures, pedicures, etc.). You want to work with a team of people who understand the big picture – not just one isolated element of your beauty routine.
Anushka Spa & Salon in West Palm Beach is a good example of a hair salon that goes beyond the typical offerings. Their stylists are carefully chosen based on their understanding of beauty and health. This leads to haircuts that (a) look good and (b) encourage healthy hair growth. If you aren’t local to the West Palm Beach area, look for similar types of salons in your own market.
- Know When to Get a Haircut
Every person is different, but you should typically get a haircut every five to seven weeks. If you’re on the shorter end of that spectrum, you won’t necessarily need a major cut – just a trim. Even if your hair isn’t out of control, regular styling helps clean up the ends and keep things healthy.
- Consider Your Face Shape
Did you know that every person has a unique face shape? Yes, whether you realize it or not, you have a face shape that dictates which hairstyles are best for your look.
(Generally speaking, common face shapes are oval, round, oblong, square, heart, diamond, and triangular. Not sure where you stand? Use one of these apps to determine your shape.)
Additionally, you may consider your body shape. For example, certain haircuts look better on short people than tall people. The same goes for skin complexion and facial features. The more familiar you are with your body, the better.
- Provide Clear Instructions
If you’re looking for your hairstylist to give you their expert recommendation, go for it! But if you have an idea of the style you want, make sure you provide very clear instructions.
“Sometimes, the ability to communicate well is the best way to get a haircut you want,” beauty blogger Stacey Bradshaw writes. “Unfortunately, many women don’t know how to describe hairstyles they like to their stylists. So, before you go to cut hair in a salon, learn some important haircut terms that will help you ‘speak one language’ with your hairdresser.”
Here are some suggestions for giving better instructions:
- Whenever possible, show rather than tell. Don’t say you want “three inches” cut off – take your fingers and show your stylist what you’re talking about.
- Bring pictures or videos to help explain the look you’re going for. If you’re having your hair colored, bring more than one picture (as lighting and angles can be deceiving).
Give your stylist as much information as you can so that they can provide the perfect look.
- Trust Your Stylist
If you’ve done a meticulous job of finding a hairstylist, rest easy in their ability to deliver. Give your instructions and desires and then trust them to execute. They won’t always be perfect, but they’ll get it right more times than not. Enjoy the experience, make mental notes of what you like, and get ready to flaunt that new look.
Adding it All Up
Your version of a “perfect” haircut is going to be unique to you. Having said that, the more aware you are of what factors impact the quality of your cut, the more you’ll get consistently good results.