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Going to the salon can be fun and relaxing. Change is always exciting. Knowing what you are actually saying to your stylist will help you get an outcome that you love and keep you smiling about it all day. Click the notes for tips on talking the talk….

 “Just a trim” = “Just an inch”

Hair stylists like to cut hair so when you say a trim most stylists hear an inch. If you haven’t gotten a haircut in a while this may be needed, but otherwise pick up your hair and show the stylist exactly how much to take.

 “I want to see some movement” = “Layers”

When talking about layers, the layers in your mind’s eye may be very different than the layers of your stylist’s creative vision. Describe where you want to see the movement on your hair and ask how to style everyday to make sure you’re happy with the result.

“I want it really red” = “Fire engine red”

Everyone views colors differently.  Using food as a reference helps because everyone can relate to the color of food. “I want it cherry,” or “I want it McIntosh apple,” is easier to understand.

 “I want a change, I trust you” = “Be creative”

This is one of the most exciting and dangerous things to say to a stylist. You are opening the door to their creative minds. While the stylist should know what will look best on you or what would be an awesome change, this isn’t always the case. You don’t want to leave the salon crying, so talk it out to come up with fun ideas that you are comfortable with, before allowing them to start snipping.

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

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