Communicating a hairstyle with your hairdresser can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. Some days your communication skills and the hairdresser’s listening skills can be a complete mismatch.

The objective of this article is to provide you with verbal and non-verbal tips that you can try at your next hair appointment.

Follow these tips before your next hair consultation:

1. Write down the things you love about your facial features and things you want to conceal: List at least two features that you want to draw attention to. It could be your eyes, cheekbones or lips. Next, list the features you want to conceal. This might be your forehead or ears.

By communicating these features to your hairdresser, they can create layers around the face that can give the illusion of higher cheekbones or draw attention to compliment your eyes. If you wish to conceal a large forehead, fringes will give an illusion of a smaller forehead in return creating structure by highlighting your cheekbones for a youthful look. It’s endless on what you can create with your own personal hairstyles.

2. Find photos that have complimented your face shape: Having visual examples will give your hairdresser context on what has worked previously. They may be able to update the style or offer an alternative.

Also, find celebrities that look similar to you when it comes to hair and skin tone as this shows a more realistic approach to your new style you would like to achieve. Sometimes we can fall in love with a celebrity who doesn’t have the right skin tone or hair texture type.

3. Break down the steps: 
Give your hairstylist precise instructions, you should say exactly how and what you would like done. Communication is the key as things can be interpreted in different ways, such as “I want one-inch cut off from my ends” – instead show what an inch is to you. We all perceive things differently.

Haircuts are technical and come with industry terms, so ask questions if you don’t understand the latest hairdressing lingo. This will avoid you leaving disappointed and over time you can create a beautiful relationship with the stylist.

Clear communication comes when you understand who you are so you feel confident expressing your hairstyle. We all want that feeling of empowerment when we can clearly communicate to our hairdresser and get a hairstyle that matches your wishes and compliments your outlook and personality.

It’s now your time to shine, practice these tips before your next visit. Everyone can wear a hairstyle that will give you compliments such as lovely, fierce, sassy, bouncy and gorgeous.

Now who wouldn’t love to hear that every day!?

The Weekend Stylist looks forward to working with you and ensuring you will always be looking your best in every situation. Contact me through email to set up our first session today michelle@theweekendstylist.com.

Michelle Fortunaso

Michelle Fortunaso  

Through her 20 years working as a hair stylist for award-winning salons in Brisbane, Michelle discovered that most of her clients struggled to maintain the look they wanted in their day-to-day life. Her clients often told her "I don't know how to style my hair the same way as it is done in the salon!” and "I want to curl my hair, but don't know where to start?”. Knowing that hairdressers don't often have enough time in their appointments to sit and teach these skills, Michelle created The Weekend Stylist to educate her clients and, in turn, to provide the same empowerment they feel when they leave the salon. Michelle is passionate about helping real women of all ages break through barriers, replacing their anxiety about styling their hair with confidence and positivity. Clients can master hair styling with Michelle’s guidance, addressing their areas of concern with practical advice - all using the tools and products they have at home. Michelle's approach gives women the confidence to style their own looks in between salon visits, and better communicate their styling needs at the salon // www.theweekendstylist.com