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Bella Interview: Scissorz on Getting The Cut You Want

A few weeks ago, Scissorz dropped me a line. She's a cool punk-rock girl living in Florida, where she works as a hair stylist. Fab and I agree that she's got a cool Agyness Deyn look going on—but as you'll soon see, she's got a style and perspective all her own. I talked with her about tipping etiquette, the difference between salon and drugstore shampoos, and more—so much so that I'm going to split this interview into two parts. To start, I asked her about getting the cut you really want at a salon. Read on!

What are the most helpful things a client can do for you so that he or she gets the right cut?
I know that its hard to try to explain what kind of haircut you really want, but if you keep an open mind and bear with it, I know you can.

  • Let's start with choosing a length. Be sure to mention if you have any special needs, like getting all of it back into a ponytail, braiding, etc. Otherwise, I'd recommend really taking a look at your profile (most important for past-the-shoulders hair) and see what that length is doing to your back—you can start to look a little like a hunchback if it hits you in the wrong spot. Use your fingers or hands to show the amount you want taken off, because everyone's definition of "an inch" is different!

For more advice,

  • Next, pictures! Bring as many as you want to. Never, ever feel weird for bringing in one pic to show the bangs you like, one that has nice face-framing hair—whatever is really important to you. Even bring in pictures that you like but think just wouldn't work for you. Nothing helps me to pin down a new client's desires better than a folder full of magazine cutouts! One side note to the pictures: Please, please, please don't get too attached to how a cut looks in an image. Styling can be very very deceptive. It is quite possible that you actually are in love with the styling of the hair and not the cut. This happens a LOT. That's part of why its so good to bring in multiple pictures.
  • Now, time to be honest about your lifestyle. Does it coincide with what will be required for what you want? To look their best, some cuts require color, product, more trims, or just a whole lot of time every morning. Talk to your stylist. Maybe one little tweak on the cut you decided on from the photos will cut your maintenance in half.

Scissorz also had these tips on how to be really happy with your cut. She says they're "kinda random," but I think they're spot-on:

  • Learn to embrace your natural texture. Even though flat-ironing or curling is cool sometimes, its nice not to have to do it. Experiment with product and cuts with your stylist. It may not feel right for a little while, but it will!
  • if you want to make a BIG change, think about why. Are you really unhappy with your hair, or are you just in a rut? Basically, if you just broke up with your boyfriend, now is probably not the time to lop off all your locks or go from blonde to brunette.

Like what she has to say? Stay tuned for more styling wisdom straight from the salon!

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1love 1love 9 years
Great tips!!
syako syako 9 years
FINALLY! short hair on bella. what a surprise.
trace-face62028 trace-face62028 9 years
good tips, thanks scizzorz! I always go into my stylist with a crapload of pictures. Some even of what I do NOT want it to look like. She laughs at me because I'll have printed out this big portfolio from pics I find online with little messages written next to them..
snickerdoodle snickerdoodle 9 years
These are great tips! Sometimes I feel like my stylist is trampling all over me and doesn't really listen to what I want. Usually I love my haircut, but it's rarely what I wanted when I made the appointment! These are great ideas for how to express what I want when I'm sitting in the chair.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
nice tips! :D
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
thanks for the tips scissorz! my bgf is a hairstylist too but he lives in san diego. i have an interim hairstylist (since I only see him maybe once every few months if I'm lucky) so i bring lots of pictures for her...
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I still haven't found a stylist I can trust with my hair. I've got long hair, and have had for years, and every time I've gone into a salon I tell them I just want a trim- about 1/2 inch to an inch- and they'll chop much more than that off. One woman took my bra-strap length hair up to my shoulders without even ASKING- by the time it dawned on me where she had the scissors the hair had already been cut. I was so furious! I trim my hair myself. It's not ideal, but it's better than going postal on some random stylist! For some reason I'm really vain about my hair... I wish I lived closer to Scissorz, she sounds really fantastic.
anniemation anniemation 9 years
I have to say, after years of going to Fantastic Sam's and Great Clips and hoping to be happy and look awesome with what was essentially a $7 bowl cut time after time, getting a haircut really does go by the doctrine "you get what you pay for." A haircut is an anchor to a person's image and appearance-- don't skimp on the price. Find a stylist that understands your face, your natural texture and color, and what kind of appearance fits the life that you lead-- trust me, those angels are out there, just waiting to help you. ^_^
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Ugh, isn't moving the worst? I left my old stylist when I moved, and now I'm scared to get my hair cut. So I look like Cousin It lately. :(
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
yeah she knows what she's talking about. these are all great tips. i' especially taking the "bring a many pics you want" to heart because i always feel like such a dork when i do that but now that i know an expert suggests i'm going to be more comfortable beings pics to the stylist. i have found a great stylist, too bad that i moved from a different state. i missed my hair when she would cut it. :CRY:
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I always bring a picture or have some basic guidelines of what I want and leave everything else to the stylist. They are the ones with the schooling not us. Seriously the more boundaries you give them the less likely you will like your hair Oh I also say dont be afraid to tell them if their is something you dont like or want cut a little differently even after they have blow dryed and styled. That is really the time to get it fixed
rgrl rgrl 9 years
Scissorz sounds like she knows what she's talking about! I wish I lived near her so I could have her cut my hair. I always have trouble finding a good stylist :( Maybe she can give us some tips on finding a good one! :jumpin:
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I wish I could find a stylist that cares as much as she does. I feel when I go, they just act like I'm going in once to get a trim, and will never see them again. You have to GIVE me a reason to come back! She sounds great, and I'd definitely go back to her.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Don't thank me, thank Scissorz! ;)
tati33 tati33 9 years
good tips!
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 9 years
Thanks Bella, this was good advice, and not what you normally get from people when they give you 'tips' on how to get a great cut!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Sweet tips! I already know most of them though. My stylist knows me so well now so it's easy for him to know what I want when I go in. He isn't afraid to try new things on me, and neither am I, because everytime he finishes it looks awesome!
krampalicious krampalicious 9 years
great tips, but i take photos of different cuts into different salons and i still walk out with pretty much the same hair every time. it's frustrating, but whatevs. hair is one thing i don't stress too much about.
lovelylawyer lovelylawyer 9 years
Thanks for the great advice!
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
ahhh very good tips!! im going in at the end of the month and i think im going to try something totally new... MAYBE HAHA ... we'll see what happens when i get there.. but im thinkin with winter around the corner i wanna go a little darker... but this is just a thought! haha
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