with your hairstylist is a two way street. You need information and understanding from your hairstylist
and your hairstylist needs information and direction from
you.To assume that your hairstylist knows what you like is
a recipe for misunderstanding and unhappiness. To avoid
communication failure with your hair stylist it's good to
know some hair styling terminology.
all know how difficult it is to describe a picture and
how impossible it is for the other person to visualize
it. When your hairstylist talks about changing your
cutting it shorter, texturing, layering
your hair, adding
some highlights or changing your hair color, he/she leaves
it up to your imagination to see the picture that he is
about. If he/she assumes that you understand and have the
same picture in your mind, then you and your stylist are
a big chance and you run the risk of getting a look you never
wanted. You have to be absolutely certain that you understand
what the results of your cut or color will be.
best way to communicate what is is you would like to
have is to do a bit of home work about your hair style
or hair color. Use a Virtual Hair Styler and try on
hair styles. Short, medium length and long hair. At
the same time you will see yourself in different hair
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in order to avoid any misunderstanding ask
your stylist to explain exactly what she has in mind,
what the effects on your hair will be and what your
hair color will look like. Ask to be shown a picture, or
even better have a look at yourself on the computer
Computer Imaging. A picture is worth a thousand words.
I think the most important aspect
about communicating with your hairstylist is that
he/she is really listening to you. Your stylist needs to
out what you like and dislike and how you manage your hair
at home. An expert hair stylist will always explain the
look so that you can make the decision. Err on the side of
giving more information about your hair because nobody knows
your hair better than you do. Providing as much information
as possible will help your stylist make the proper decision
about the right hair cut, hair style or hair color.
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are a few hairstyling terms and what they mean:
Layering: Ask how long
those layers are going to be. For example if your hair is
one length, you may end up with very short layers on top which
would be totally out of proportion with the rest of the style.
Even if you are not a hair stylist you will know that such
short layers are not going to look right. A good hair cut
is really about the art of layering.
involves using a razor or thinning scissors. You may not want
to have your hair thinned except for some wispy pieces around
your face or the sides or neck.
Trimming: Trimming denotes
cutting very little or only cutting around the back, top or
Undercutting: The hair
around the neck is cut shorter relative to the rest of the
hair on the back of the head. This will prevent the hair from
sticking out in the neck area because hair in this area most
often grows up and easily sticks out.
Blunt cut: Blunt
cutting means cutting sections of hair straight across.
For most people
a "blunt" cut is synonymous with hair which is
one-length and anywhere between chin length to below the
technique of cutting hair can also be used to cut any short
layered hair style. It was first made popular by Vidal Sassoon
and revolutionized hair cutting all over the world. Until
then razors where used and the cut was finished off with
Razor cuts were very well suited for the use of rollers and