A trip to the salon should always end like it does in commercials: the hairstylist spins your chair around to face the mirror, and you gush over your brand new haircut. Sometimes, however, the trip plays out like a tragedy: you see your new look and immediately want to curl up in a ball and cry. The singer Pink recently blasted her stylist on Twitter, going as far as saying her hair was “butchered.” What exactly can you do in this situation?
Follow these four steps and you can make the most of this situation without going into hiding until your hair grows out.
1. Ask yourself, “Was there enough understanding and communication between myself and my stylist?”
Looking back, most people realize the problem happened even before the hairstylist snipped that first bit of hair. It’s imperative that you describe in full detail the look you want. To make sure the stylist gets your message crystal clear, bring along a visual aid of your desired look.
2. Don’t leave the salon without saying something.
A lot of people are worried about hurting their stylist’s feelings, but stylists have to deal with so many different people on a daily basis, that they’ve developed a thicker skin than you might think. Express your disappointment before leaving the salon so the stylist can make the necessary adjustments.
3. Ask for a second opinion.
Sometimes you look at yourself in a much more critical light than others. If the stylist tried to right the wrong, and it’s still not to your liking, ask your friend for their opinion. You might realize that the only person who doesn’t like your new cut is you.
4. Make the most of it.
When all else fails, hold your head high and make the best of it. If you think a different hair color will make the cut look better, go for it. If you find that using a hair band changes the look completely, stock up on hair bands. If you desperately want your hair to be longer, you can use extensions until your hair has grown out a little.
A lot of celebrities have expressed their dismay with past haircuts, but because they’re smiling and not visibly upset, you barely notice. Confidence can make anyone – and anything – look good.
The great thing about hair is that is grows! Waiting for it to grow seems like a daunting task, but time flies by and soon you’ll see yourself back in the salon chair, waiting for a fresh, new look. Tip: If you feel like it’s time to break free from your current salon, find out the best way to break up with your stylist.