Worst. Haircut. Ever. We’ve all had one. Like the kind where you go home and ugly cry in your pillow. How do you avoid that scenario in the future? We got together with the amazing team at Perennial Salon to get their best advice on what helps them do their best work.

  1. Be on time. Let’s go ahead and get this one out-of-the-way. It may seem obvious, but being late, even by 10 minutes, can have a huge impact on a stylist’s ability to execute the style you want. They have clients coming in after you, and you don’t want them worrying about that while they’re cutting your hair.
  2. Don’t be in a rush. Allow enough time in your day for the complete service. If you’re unsure of how long it will take, ask the person who’s booking your appointment. If you rush in the door 15 minutes late needing to run out the door in 30 minutes we may not have time to really achieve the look you want.
  3. Connect with your stylist. It’ll make your communication better. Talk about yourself, what you do, and what your interests are. Ask your stylist the same. Developing this relationship quickly will strengthen trust and deepen your understanding of each other. The more a stylist knows about you, the better their sense of your style will be.

  4. Find a picture that matches your hair texture and density as well as the style you want. Have a photo example of what you want and step it up by trying to find a pic that is realistic for you. If you have a ton of thick, coarse hair, Reese Witherspoon’s new ‘do probably isn’t a realistic goal. If you have fine, limp hair, Ariana Grande is not your hairstyle icon. Being realistic about your hair’s limitations will help you find a style that you can love (and that may help you love your hair a little more).

  5. Be open to suggestions. Your stylist knows the styles that will compliment your face shape, but don’t be swayed if your gut says you won’t like it. Your hairstylist went to school to learn how to do this job, and next to doctors, they spend the most on continuing education in their field. If they tell you a style probably won’t work for you, trust them.

  6. Stand up for yourself. Alternately, your stylist doesn’t know exactly how you’ll feel about other style suggestions, and they’re not perfect. Even if your stylist loves a style for you, you should always feel comfortable letting them know you disagree. Speak up, be vocal, especially if you feel uncomfortable. Your perfect haircut is the result of a partnership between you and your stylist.

  7. Be honest about your commitment level to styling your hair at home. This is a big one. Do you like to sleep in? How often do you want to wash and style your hair? Are you ready to change your morning routine? Are you willing to put work into learning how to style your hair? All of these are questions you should ask yourself before committing to a style that is high maintenance. Yes, we should all feel like stars when we walk out of the salon, but can you handle the flat ironing or beach-waving that it takes to make that long bob look good every day? Be honest with yourself and your stylist.

The most pro, pro-tip offered? You should book an appointment now so a stylist can help you find the perfect haircut in person. And now that you know the deal, come prepared on your end and the entire process will be smooth sailing.

Contact Perennial Salon today and get ready for your next great relationship…with your hair stylist!