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10 Commandments for a Great Haircut

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Arriving unprepared for a hair appointment is a big risk only a few brave individuals may attempt.

On a great day, all may go well at the salon.

But on a bad day, your request to your stylist for a once inch trim may tragically turn into four—plus truly ugly bangs.  Consider the following commandments to a great haircut.

1. Be Nosy:  If you see someone with a haircut you love, don't hesitate.  Compliment them on it (who doesn't love flattery) and then ask for the name of their stylist.

2. Choose Carefully: Check out the salons that have great reviews and amazing reputation.  Always trust good word of mouth.  Pick a few and — this is critical — go to each for a simple wash and blowout without a cut.

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By having a simple service like a wash and dry, you see whether or not you connect with the stylist and the salon.  You can also get a preview of how well the salon is run and check out the work on the other clients.

3. Be Yourself: This is not the moment to dress up or down. Stick to your normal everyday hairstyle so your stylist can check out your actual cuticle shape.  Make sure your hair is clean.  Be sure to ask

4. Bring Backup: An image is worth a thousand snips.  Take along images you found on The Gram or Pinterest.  You can also take along photos of yourself in cuts that you did, or didn't, like.  When possible, take a friend who can watch the stylist and make sure they don't deviate from your desired cut.

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5. Get Real: By definition, great cuts are versatile and look terrific without a ton of styling.  Remember to avoid going with a haircut or style look that fights your hair's texture. You should be happy with your chosen haircut before you even consider styling it.

6. Sit Up Straight: To get the most precise, balanced cut, don't slump, fidget or cross your legs.  As a matter of courtesy to your stylist, stash your intelligent devices, unless you're not in their chair or  their hands.

It's okay to use your devices when you're under a dryer or waiting for color to set.  Or if your stylist gives you specific permission.

7. Cut Before You Color: If you want both cut and color have them done in the right order.  Pre-cut color can look chaotic or, worse, fight the new cut. Get the haircut and then have the color added.

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8. Avoid Impulse Cuts: One of the most dangerous times for getting a spontaneous haircut is if you have a bad breakup.  Or any other major life changes which may trigger an impulsive need to cut all your strands off .

9. Speak Up: Most top salons and reputable stylist have do-over policies.  If you're unhappy, politely let your stylist know. If the cut isn't working after a week, call and ask for a no-charge adjustment cut.

10. Tip With Confidence: Give your stylist 15 to 20 percent; the stylist's assistant, 5 percent, the shampoo person $2 to $5, and $1 or $2 to the coat checker. If someone is rude, feel free to skip that tip.

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If you are going to an exceptional high end salon, you may want to inquire at the front desk about the proper tipping policies.

Summary - 10 Commandments for a Great Haircut

A picture is worth a thousand words. when you visit the salon for a haircut.  Even more importantly is following proper salon etiquette.

This includes always arriving 5-10 minutes early so you can be ready at your appointment time.  It also means staying off your smart devices and arriving with clean strands.

Best wishes to all.


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