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Before You Get that New Hairstyle - ASK QUESTIONS.


You've seen a pix of a hairstyle you love or a celebrity or friend is sporting a style you think would be perfect for you. You are just feeling a need for change. Whatever your reason for wanting a new hairstyle, there are some things you need to think about and questions you need to ask your stylist.

While everyone's hair is different, there are some general questions that you can ask to make sure you understand the cut, color, and the overall upkeep of the hairstyle you are choosing.

What will the upkeep be like?
If your haircut or color requires that you go back to the salon every 6 weeks, but you don't have the time or the money to do so, you probably need to think about an alternative option. It's essential to know that you'll be able to do what's necessary to maintain your new style before you make any big changes to your hair, or you could find yourself feeling remorseful.

Hair Tip: Don't get discouraged right away! Talk with your hairstylist about the different options available to you, and see if you can't come up with a similar cut or color that doesn't require as much maintenance.

Where will the hairstyle fall?
Show your hairstylist where you want your hair to fall when it's styled and finished, instead of telling him or her the length that you want to cut it. If you give your hairstylist a measurement, chances are when your hair is styled it's going to be shorter than you actually want it. Providing a visual is easier because your hairstylist will know where to cut to ensure your hair falls at the length you want it. Also remember to keep in mind how you wear your part as this could have an impact on how your hairstylist ensures the hairstyle falls the way you'd like.

Hair Tip: Pictures and images work well and are great references to bring in!

Will I have to style hair every day to get this look?
This is one of the most important questions to ask. If you only have 10 minutes to do your hair in the morning, getting an elaborate cut that takes you 30 minutes or longer to style isn't going to work with your schedule. Your style may look great at the salon, but if you can't replicate it every day, chances are you will end up dissatisfied with your new hairstyle very quickly.

Hair Tip: If you're set on a hairstyle but it takes more time than you normally allow for your hair, consider changing up your routine in the morning to accommodate this new style.

What do I need to know about dying my hair a certain color?
Depending on the color you want, and how dark or light you're going to go, getting to a certain color could take multiple trips to the salon. It's also important to note that as a general rule of thumb, it's recommended that you get your color re-done every 6-8 weeks to account for regrowth at the root and any color fade. If you can't afford to go back that often, or you don't have the time, you can also consider a root touch-up spray to help cover any root re-growth between your hair color appointments.

Hair Tip: It's often best to stay within two shades of your natural coloring.

What products should I use with my hairstyle?
Different hairstyles require different products, so make sure you're aware of the products your hairstylist is using. Ask if your stylist knows of any products that may address a specific concern or need you have for maintaining your hair. For instance, if you have thin or thinning hair, it may be important for you to ask your hairstylist how to get thicker hair, or you may want to know more about hair loss products. Your hairstylist may be able to recommend a great shampoo for hair loss or another hair loss cure. Hairstylists often know about great new products first.

Hair Tip: Don't be afraid to ask questions! Hairstylists love telling you about their favorite products, and they've definitely done the research to make it easier for you to pick products that will work well with your hairstyle or address your hair needs.

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