By Kristle Jones
You talk to your hairstylist a lot. From divulging nitty gritty personal details to doling out relationship advice, nothing seems to be off limits when you sit in that salon chair. But exactly what personal details should you share with your hairstylist? We spoke to two leading West Coast stylists, Louise Noack and Billie Rawak, to see what five things hairstylists wish you would tell them.
1. Let me tell you the history of my hair.
According to West Coast color specialist Billie Rawak, hair history is crucial for stylists. “The consultation is a very important part of the hair service for successful results,” Rawak says. “What types of color products or chemicals have been used on your hair?” She says clients don’t always know what kind of color was used in the past—permanent, semi- or demi-permanent, or the brand name—which are all key components for your stylist to know. If a straightening product or perm was used, the brand and type is also good to know.
Why is this important? “It is to ensure optimal health to the hair and satisfaction with the end results of your chemical service,” according to Rawak. Overlapping chemical treatments can damage your hair, creating fried, broken ends. Make sure you go into your next appointment armed with as much information about your hair as possible.
2. I use mousse on my hair and blow dry daily.
A professional hairstylist is trained in a variety of brands and products. West Coast blow out specialist Louise Noack says, “I want to know what they really use on their hair and what their budget is. This way I can point them to the best possible products that are cost-effective for the client.”
In addition to your styling aids, tell your stylist what brand and type of styling tools you use. Are you a flat iron junkie who straightens your strands daily with your BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium flat iron or do you use hot rollers every morning to give your hair a boost?
3. Two years ago, I used box hair color from the supermarket.
It has been said that boxed hair color is like a box of chocolates… you never know what you are going to get. Noack explains that mentioning if and when you have used boxed hair color is a crucial component for her to know when she sees a client. Professional hair color is not only an art, it’s a science, and for the science to work properly, your stylist must know all of the elements that she is working with. It’s vital for the client to tell the stylist because a fairly inexpensive and routine color appointment can quickly turn into a highly expensive and lengthy color correction appointment instead.
4. I have a time crunch.
“I wish that clients would mention when they have a doctor’s appointment or other important appointments immediately after their hair appointment at the time of scheduling,” states Rawak. She recommends not scheduling anything else close to the time of your hair appointment. That way both the client and the stylist can relax and work together without feeling rushed.
That being said, rebooking your next appointment is a key detail to remember before leaving the salon. Scheduling your next appointment ensures that you will be able to get into the salon on a regular basis so that your color and cut stay looking fresh. It will also help you plan future obligations.
5. I brought a picture for you.
A picture is worth a thousand words and this is perhaps even truer at a salon. If you have trouble expressing what you want to achieve at the appointment, bringing a picture or two allows both parties to see the desired result. “Images of hairstyles speak volumes to the stylist’s eyes and ears, allowing you both to share in one visualization,” Rawak says. A good rule of thumb is to bring a few photos and explain what you like and don’t like about each one.
A good stylist will ask you many of these questions, and if they don’t, don’t be afraid to ask them yourself. Remember, to help create the best outcome for your hair, give your stylist the full hair history.