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A Reason to Photograph Your Bad Haircuts

Sometimes, I wonder if there is a secret language of hairstylists. For instance, when you say, "Just an inch off the ends," some hear, "Lose six or seven inches, it depends." There must have been a communication issue this weekend, because when I asked my new stylist to trim the back of my hair, he seemed to have heard, "Nice and mullet-y, please leave it there."

So unfortunately, I have another haircut that looks exactly the same. Seriously, you wouldn't know a pair of shears touched my head. But every cloud in hair care has a silver lining, and this so-so trim gave me a great idea.

When you go to the salon, it's always a good idea to point out photos of hairstyles you like. Doing so helps your stylist see what you're looking for. But here's the twist: From now on, I'm going to bring photos of haircuts I haven't liked. This way, it'll be easy to show the stylist what I don't want. This seems like a good way to get what you're looking for, while visually explaining what you don't love. A win-win situation!

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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I'm a cosmetology student and I have to say this is a really good idea. My best piece of advice is to just find a stylist who listens to you and go to them every time. It can really help.
forget-me-not180335 forget-me-not180335 8 years
TOO SMART! will try that out next time! thnx :)
1concon1 1concon1 8 years
speaking of hair..this may be a little off topic, but what is the best ceramic flat iron hair straightener? thanks!
enSue enSue 8 years
* DIDN'T (not did) give you his/her undivided attention. (Sorry.)
enSue enSue 8 years
I'd be too afraid of showing the stylist photos of bad hair cuts/styles that I DON'T want. If the stylist can't hear every word you said or did give you her/his undivided attention, they might think you were requesting the haircut to look like the photo. I cut and color my own hair (inverted bob with tons of layers in the back). I also cut and color my sister's hair and cut my husband's hair. We haven't been disappointed with my own work yet.
NotSoSweet NotSoSweet 8 years
im in school to become a hairstylist and there is nothing worse than a client who wants somthing they CANT have, some ppl just dont get it. we are all born with different hair types and some styles are just a big no-no for certain fad-wanting people out there. If you go to a good salon and really trust your gal (or guy)-This step is crutial- they will take care of you and you should trust thier oppinion. they want the best for you, that way you'll come back :) So when we say NO those bangs or layers probably wont be good for you, just believe us. we dont want you walking aorund like that with our name on it :) If you see someone anywhere, in the mall, ANYWHERE, and they have a nice cut or color ask them who did thier hair and where they got it done. #1 peice of advice- Find someone you like and go to her everytime- also pictures do help.
darlene darlene 8 years
that's a good idea!
courtney422 courtney422 8 years
That's a really good idea! Every time I get my hair cut, it really looks the same.
vinnie vinnie 8 years
i love my stylist, but she always does my hair in a way that i would never recreate so i have no idea what my hair actually looks like leaving the salon!
xoxov14 xoxov14 8 years
I've had such bad luck with haircuts..This past weekend I was going to schedule an appointment to get a much-needed trim...but then I thought about having to pay $50 to be disappointed again. Thaaat's when I decided to just trim it myself. ha! It actually looks better than my last haircut...and I swear it's totally even!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
gosh, this just happened to me. can you go back & say WTF>!?
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I guess I've been lucky. I've had some yuck haircuts in my day, but I don't freak out, it's just hair and it grows out. I just moved to a new city and had the hardest time finding a salon that wasn't full of old ladies. I can see how people bringing in pictures could be rough for a stylist, people ALWAYS want what they can't have. So I always look online and make like a collage of like 10 different cuts (always with the same-ish texture as mine) and bring those in. Then they can look at a BUNCH of different cuts, see what I like about them, find the common denominator and do my hair that way. It's worked so far!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 8 years
Great idea, Bella :)
bhilb bhilb 8 years
Slightly off topic, my hairstylist told me she hates when people bring in pictures of what they want, because most of the time those people leave disappointed. Not because she did a bad job, but because people have unrealistic expectations about their hair, and what it will do. She emphasizes that a picture may be a good starting point to give a general idea of what you're looking for, but unless you have the exact same hair texture as the picture, most likely the cut will look different on you. I, for example, have thin, straight hair with cow licks along the hairline, which is not usually what models/hair models are working with!
emalove emalove 8 years
Good idea, Bella!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Great Idea! I'd just like to find someone who could cut both sides the same length. I've been looking for a good haircut not a stylist, just a haircut. Honestly my hubby does a better job than most - he even colors my hair.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
this always happens to me. i go in, pay $50, and look the same as i did when i came in!
Professorluv Professorluv 8 years
perfect idea!
anna_muffin anna_muffin 8 years
Hehe, that's completely true with those 6 inches instead of 1. It's good idea to take photos, although I probably won't do it...I'm usually okay with any haircut as long as it's layered and with bangs.
redegg redegg 8 years
Good idea, bella! I have gotten four bad haircuts in a row and I bring pictures every time.
azucar_ame azucar_ame 8 years
Hmmmm.......That sounds like a great idea!! * There is NOTHING worse then going to the salon, paying a load, leaving the chair and looking just like you did when you got there!! !azúcar! Ame
loveisreal loveisreal 8 years
That is so true! I also found out from myself that getting RAZOR cuts with those razors is just calling out for damage for your own hair. It was cool having a cute hairstyle all choppy and what not, but when it grow out, I thought i was wearing a broom as a wig...It sucked!
red4bonez red4bonez 8 years
My mom gives pictures to her hairstylist of how she wants her hair to look. After many bad haircuts I started to cut my hair myself and I must say I am always satisfied with my haircuts. I just gave my self a some layers, trimmed my hair about 5 inch and I gave myself long bangs. I like my new haircut. =)
Katharine Katharine 8 years
I just got a haircut I love so I took photos so I can get it again.
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