Things Your Hairstylist Wishes You Knew

December 24, 2018


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As any regular visitor of hair salons or barbershops will tell you, a hair procedure, be it a simple haircut or an extensive hair spa, frequently doubles as a bonding session between the hairstylist and them. More often than not, quirky incidents, life problems and steaming hot gossip is served along with a cup of coffee. However, lost amidst the laughter and conversation, are a few thoughts your hairstylist has, but refuses to share with you. We are certain you are rather curious about what these are and here we bring you 10 things your hairstylist wishes you knew.

  1. They really, really wish you would tell them exactly what you want. If you have even an inkling that will allow your stylist to narrow it down from an infinitely long list of possible hairstyles, share it with them. Try your best to avoid telling your hairstylist to do whatever they want unless you absolutely have no clue whatsoever.
  2. When using a salon appointment booking app to schedule your appointments, book a slot that is actually convenient for you such that you can actually show up for the appointment and not bail on it. When you cancel appointments, you are not just disrupting their carefully planned schedule but also leaving them with very less time to cater to the other clients as they would like to.
  3. Hairstylists listen to what you say and even note it down. Yes, this includes your personal life, worries, hobbies, workplace banter and everything else you talk to them about. They do this so they can pick up a conversation easily with you and ensure that both of you have a great time during your appointment. How else do you think your super busy hairstylist remembers exactly what Clarise from Selfridges said last summer about Tim?
  4. If you are not exactly a punctual customer, they feel free to lie to you about your exact appointment timing and you cannot actually blame them for it. Say, you are scheduled for a hair colouring session on Thursday at 2 pm. The receptionist at the salon will feel completely free telling you to show up by 1:30 pm so your hairstylist can get started on you and not waste their time or yours.
  5. It is a popular idea to not wash your hair before getting it done up for any occasion. This, however does not mean you show up to the hair appointment with hair that smells bad due to sweat or dirt or hair that is quite greasy because you haven’t washed it for days. What your hairstylist hopes you do here is that you actually wash your hair the night before. This way, a texture can be built around the hair that is comfortable to work with.
  6. Unless you wish to be laughed at later, don’t attempt stylist lingo when you actually have not much insight into how each word is applied appropriately to each situation. You will end up embarrassing yourself.
  7. Your hair is a lot like your skin. Treat it right. Sun damage to your hair is a very real and rather unflattering situation. Protect your hair from undue damage by covering your hair so as to limit direct exposure to sunlight.
  8. Your hairstyle speaks a lot about you and your hairstylist, so the chances of them not doing their best job on you, each and every single time is minimal. Each person walking out of the stylists’ salon represents the quality of your stylist.
  9. You can always ask for discounts on styling packages that are reasonable- say you wish to get a haircut done as well as colour it. Given the two have pretty similar ending steps you should be able to save about a quarter of the total.
  10. The salon likes babies and puppies as much as any other person: until they get annoying and noisy. Please don’t trouble the salon just because.