How To: Get a Good Haircut

In this post I’ll discuss how to get a good haircut:

Word of mouth. Patron a salon that has received good reviews either online, in magazine directories, or from your friends who have had an encouraging experience. Going to a salon that has received positive reviews and feedback will make you feel more comfortable and at ease.

Check, check, check it out. The salon should be clean when you first walk in. There shouldn’t be hair on the floor and product covered in dust in the retail area. If they don’t care about their working environment and cleanliness, that doesn’t bode well for you and your hair. If you’re skeeved, take your business elsewhere.


Come prepared. The consultation is key to receiving a good haircut. Before scissors ever touch your head your hair stylist and you should discuss what it is you want. If your hair stylist doesn’t ask follow up questions or doesn’t seem to be listening, politely make sure your vision is heard.

Show vs. tell. Stylists are visual people. Showing a picture from a magazine communicates exactly what you want, so try to bring an image with you to your appointment. Bonus points if the model or celebrity has hair similar to you i.e. fine or thick. I always ask my clients to show me a picture of the look they want to achieve, it makes life so much easier and it helps ensure that everyone is happy with the final outcome.

Demonstrate what you want. Measurements may be precise but no one is whipping out a ruler in the stylists chair. If your hair is past your shoulders and you want it to your chin, pull your hair up to that exact point.

Honesty is the best policy. A lot of things about me are high maintenance {my skin care routine for example} but when it comes to my hair I am decidedly low maintenance. I am the definition of a wash and go girl. Stylists need to know your daily grooming habits and lifestyle to determine the best cut. If you want to be able to pull your hair up into a ponytail your stylist needs to know that. So when asked if you blow dry every day, tell the truth. The cut you desire may be high maintenance, and you won’t get the same effect if you let your hair dry naturally.

To thine own self be true. I hate thinning shears, and I remind my stylist of that every time I sit in his chair. If you know you don’t like a certain technique or tool, then stand your ground. If a technique hasn’t worked for you in the past then your hair stylist needs to know. If you can’t come to an agreement or you’re not feeling your stylist or their suggestions, politely decline and seek a second opinion. Every pot has a lid; you’ll find a hair stylist that works best for you.


Keep your head in the game. It is not the time to zone out or flip through a magazine or text your BFF Becky. Be an active participant during your haircut. Watch in the mirror while your stylist is working and don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. You may end up leaving the salon learning a few new tricks to make getting ready that much easier.

Fix it. If you leave the salon feeling happy with your new haircut, only to not like the way it is settling a few days later absolutely call them to have it fixed. Call within a week and your stylist should offer to fix it, at no charge to you. Before you call be sure that you’re actually not happy with the cut and that you’re not just having a reaction to a drastic change. Change takes some getting used to, give it a few days.

What about you? What makes for a good haircut?

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2 Responses to How To: Get a Good Haircut

  1. Sam says:

    Wow. Great post! You need to write a book.


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