While finding a qualified hairdresser that you like (opting for a ‘friend with scissors’ doesn’t exactly bode well) is a good start, it doesn’t always guarantee a happy ending. The secret? It all starts in that pre-cut consultation, something international stylist Kevin Murphy insists can never be skipped.
“It’s all about communication and making sure both the client and hairdresser are on the same page, especially with length and styling abilities,” he says. (WATCH: Mia Freedman knows a good haircut…check out her latest ‘sliding doors’ inspired chop. Post continues after video.)
In fact, ensuring that you never have a bad haircut again is as simple as being able to answer three easy questions during that initial chat.
1. How committed are you to styling your hair daily?
Complete honesty here, please.
“It helps when clients share with me how much time and effort they would like to spend styling their hair,” says Murphy.
“You need to know the client is not only going to look good when you are doing it and that every day they can handle it.”
So if you’re a roll-out-of-bed-and-go type of gal, probably don’t go for the cut that requires a minimum 15 minutes of wrangling it into shape every morning. And be warned – short hair isn’t as low-maintenance as you think. Lie to your hairdresser at this point and you could be hating every individual strand on your hand until it grows out.
2. Do you normally wear your hair natural?
Particularly if you’ve got textured or curly hair, the way you wear your hair on a day-to-day basis massively affects the cut that works best for you. Same goes for judging length based on your hair straightened when you actually wear it curly – you’ll get a major shock after that first wash!
If you’re not sure, discuss with your hairdresser options that will work well with both. They can then recommend a shape and cut that you’ll love both the look and the upkeep of. (Post continues after gallery.)