It’s been a good six months of back and forth but I FINALLY decided to go for the chop. Although I love my long hair, a summer of basking in the sun, twisting it and plaiting it had taken its toll and I was left with heavy, lank and dead hair. Not cool. So I hot-footed it to the hairdressers and without hesitation had 5 inches chopped off and I feel amazing for it. My hair feels strong, healthy and thick, and I feel a little more brave.
If you’re thinking of getting a trim or radical new look this weekend, don’t forget these top tips to get the hair you want…
USE BUZZ WORDS
So many times I’ve rambled on about what I want and said things like “choppy, textured and glossy” and ended up with a head full of different lengths and a whole lot of serum. Be clear what you want and be careful what adjectives you use!
It seems obvious but taking a photo of what you want gives the hairdresser a reference of exactly what you want. Take no more than 2 so not to confuse them and make sure there’s a front and back shot.
CONSIDER YOUR ACTUAL FACE
This might sound weird but I’ve learnt my lesson from taking pictures of Kim Kardashian or Penelope Cruz in for colour references and come out bitterly disappointed. Why? Because I don’t look like them – I don’t have an olive skintone or dark features so always choose styles and colour photos based on your own look.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SAY NO
It’s that high pressure situation where your hairdresser is looming over you, sharp scissors in hand and making their own decisions about what would look good. Stop. Make sure you aren’t intimidated into agreeing to something you’re not sure on.
GET A 360 DEGREE VIEW
No one wants a Rod Stewart mullet disaster so make sure you ask to see the back before you leave that chair
DISCUSS YOUR LIFESTYLE
Leaving the hairdressers with a gorgeous new do is the best feeling – you love it! But what happens when you get home? There’s no point having a do that you can’t style yourself so make sure you communicate that to your hairdresser and use words like “low maintenance”.