Your relationship with your stylist should always be an open one. Lying won’t get you anything, except a cut or color that you aren’t happy with. Being open and honest with your hairdresser gives you a better outcome. Click the notes to see the five lies you should never tell your stylist. –– Kelly Rowe

I only let professionals color my hair.

Don’t tell a stylist you only have professionals color your hair if what you really mean is that you use box color and pretend to be a professional in your bathroom. Most professional hair colors are interchangeable. Box colors, hennas, and other at home colors are a whole different hair game. Letting your stylist in on the truth can be the difference between something beautiful and something damaged and green.

I blow dry and style my hair everyday.

Certain haircuts don’t look right unless you blowdry and style them, so don’t tell you stylist that you’re a blowdry queen when your’re not. What looks cute when you walk out the salon door may look like a mess when you get home and let it air dry. If you like to natural dry, make sure your hairdresser knows that you want  a ‘wash and wear’ hairstyle.

There is no color in my hair.

While this could be an honest mistake born out of not knowing how fast the hair grows, a lot of clients lie about the color in their hair, mistakenly believing that it was so long ago that it doesn’t matter. Some hair colors won’t work properly if you have old artificial color in your hair.  Give your stylist a full color history for at least the last 3 years.

I can maintain any haircut/color.

Some cuts or colors take a lot of work whether its trims or retouches every other week, make sure you know the commitment you are putting in. If you don’t think you will be able to do this get a variation of what you want. Don’t say you will come in when you won’t.

I haven’t been to any other stylists.

We know it can be awkward if you have gone to someone else and don’t want to tell your regular stylist, but knowing all the details lets us know what you want or what you are looking for; plus, if it’s color we need to know what’s been done. Speak up and move past it. No big deal.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.


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