Cameron Diaz recently talked about how a misunderstanding with her hairdresser led her to a very short cut that saw her burst into tears.
“There was a little misunderstanding,” she explained on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno of her pre-Christmas cut.
“I said, ‘Oh I just want a little bit off’ … and it went from here to here,” she added, gesturing two very different hair lengths.
So, it got me thinking about how to talk hairdresser. How do you ensure that you and your hairdresser are on the same page and you end up with the style that you want.
Me? I’m a pictures girl. I’ve been known to rock up with photos of everyone from Natalie Imbruglia to Victoria Beckham – and most recently, Mila Kunis. But is that a good strategy? Or just setting yourself up for disappointment?
I asked Jason Hartwig, Director of Kundalini Hair in Barton, how to get the fabulous result you’re expecting.
“Taking pictures to your stylist is a great idea. For me, it helps work out what direction my guest is seeking for their look that season. From there, I need to determine whether that’s going to work for them.”
Ah yes, the old reality check story. So, if me and my naturally wavy dark hair turn up wanting a super sleek Jennifer Aniston ‘do’, I should be prepared for disappointment? Or just a lot of time in front of the mirror?
“It’s very important to be realistic about your hair how it is naturally - curly, thick, wavy, straight…all of this has to be taken into account. Colour also plays a big part in the desired look, as do shine, feel and condition.”
Once you’ve explained what you want to your hairdresser, you need to make sure that it’s practical. That sleek bob you have your heart set on might look like a wash-and-go ‘do, but in reality it could take a lot of time to achieve.
“It’s important for me to know how much time and commitment my client wants to spend on styling their hair. I personally prefer to cut my clients hair to their natural direction, giving them the option of a wash and wear haircut, or being able to pump it up and style it for a night out.”
Make sure you know how much effort it’s going to take to replicate your ‘styled’ look once you leave the salon – ask how many products you’ll need, what type of brush you should buy and what kind of time commitment a certain look requires. From there, you can decide if it’s worth the effort or needs to stay in the wishlist category.
Most importantly, if you notice that you hairdresser is doing something you don’t like, such as cutting your hair shorter or dyeing it lighter than you’d discussed, speak up during the appointment. It can be intimidating, but it’s better to fix any problems when you’re at the salon than to head home miserable.
What golden rules of speaking hairdresser do you live by? Have you had any hair horrors you want to share?
Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women.View all Amanda Whitley posts.