When you visit a hairdressers, do you dread the question: “What are we doing for you today?”. For some people, it can be one of the hardest questions in the world to answer accurately.
Not only can it feel quite intimidating when you are sat in the chair and your stylist is waiting expectantly, you’re also probably thinking “you’re the hairdresser, you tell me”. However, it is extremely important that you have a decent idea of what you really want, before you step foot in the salon.
Today’s article looks to help you pinpoint your next hairstyle.
Let’s say you are bored with your current hairstyle – where do you find inspiration for a new one?
We only have to look around us to see the latest hair trends – glossy magazines, celebrities, sports stars and popular culture can be huge influences on what we personally desire from our own hair and clothes. Not only that, dedicated online resources (like FashionBeans’ very own hairstyles gallery) collate excellent examples of modern cuts, which you should consider saving to show your stylist.
I often find that customers feel awkward bringing pictures to a consultation but I personally find it an enormous help. What better way to show your stylist how you want your hair to look than to actually show them an image of the finished style?
Even if the image is not exactly how you want it or the model’s hair is not the same texture/density as yours, it’s great to have that image as a starting off point – you can then collaborate with your stylist in order to mould it to your individual specification and needs.
There are several influential factors that need to be seriously considered before you choose your new hairstyle:
This may seem like quite a big list but work your way through it and figure out where you draw the line. Be realistic as it will be easier to make decisions and guide your stylist if you are honest about your answers.
Once you have considered all the factors above, you can then start to really think about how you want your hair to be styled. This can be quite hard, especially if you’re only used to having a simple short back and sides.
Bear in mind that you may need to grow your hair for a while in order to have enough length to get the desired shape, although this is no excuse to walk around with a mound of un-styled hair on your head. You will still need to go and see your stylist to get it tidied up, but you may leave it slightly longer between cuts in order to allow for more growth. This part requires patience, so don’t give up.
It can be hard to come up with a vivid image of the type of hairstyle you would like, especially if you are considering the style as a whole. I always try to break the haircut down into sections, which makes it easier to get your head around:
Of course, your stylist should always be there to help, guide and advise you on what will suit you and your face shape, as well as detailing what’s currently ‘in’.
I personally feel I have a great relationship with all of my clients and love trying new styles with them. One thing I have never been able to wrap my head around is if someone has been visiting the same stylist for an extended period of time and then opts for a new salon and a new stylist just because they wanted to try a ‘new look’.
I would like to think most stylists out there don’t just give the “same again” service – it is a huge part of our job to inspire clients, so give them a chance to help and make them aware during your consultation that you are considering a change.
On the flip side, if your current stylist is not willing to entertain the idea of a new hairstyle or proactively tries to put you off every single idea you come up with, it might be time to try a new one.
For better or worse, the most requested hairstyles we get asked to recreate in the Hooka salons are: TOWIE men, One Direction, David Beckham and Gary Barlow. Some recent examples can be found below:
Below you will find the twelve most popular cuts from the FashionBeans hairstyles gallery over the past thirty days. Remember there are hundreds more listed in our dedicated gallery, which is updated weekly.
Many clients come to the salon for the first time and find it hard to decide what style they would like. Those that don’t have any idea of what they want are generally the clients that you don’t see coming back – but this is down to the individual not having a clear idea of what they want and expecting the stylist to be a mind reader.
This is why I personally feel that it’s so important to consider exactly what you are trying to achieve BEFORE going to the salon. It’s imperative that you come away proud of how your hair looks and know that it reflects your personality and personal style perfectly.
I also find that doing an initial consultation with a new client can sometimes make them feel uncomfortable. But as a stylist I need to find out a lot about them – lifestyle, time constraints, budget and even their personal style – in order for them to walk out feeling confident. Just be honest and practical with your answers and you can’t go wrong, nobody is judging your responses.
Hopefully this article has opened your eyes to possibilities and options available to you when you fancy a change of style. Although some guys know exactly what they want, others need a lot of guidance to reach their desired look. The most important piece of advice I can give you is: remember that even if you don’t know exactly what you want, you ALWAYS know what you don’t want.
Be clear with your stylist and make sure the next time you walk out the salon your cut presents you and your personality in its best possible light.
If any of you are considering a change of hairstyle or simply need some advice, let me know in the comments section below.
Dion is originally from Cerrigydrudion in North Wales. He is qualified to NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing and specialises in creative cutting and colouring for men. He has worked at some of the most renowned salons within the UK, and opened his first Hooka salon in Liverpool in 2006.
Away from the salons Dion has also featured on many TV and radio programmes in both Welsh and English as well being an inspirational lecturer to promote Hairdressing to 14-16 year olds in various colleges throughout the country.
Dion won the title of The Nations Favourite Hairdresser in 2009 and was also a finalist in the first American Crew Face Off competition in the same year. He has been a semi finalist in the Loreal Colour Trophy Mens Image Award in both 2011 and 2012 and has also been the hairdresser of The Killers front man Brandon Flowes when he visited the UK, amongst other well known names.
Find out more about Dion at: www.dionpadan.com
Dion opened the doors to his first Hooka salon in August 2006, located in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool city centre. The second salon was opened around the corner from the famous Matthew Street in January 2011.
Hooka now employs over 20 staff, with all stylists specialising in all aspects of hairdressing for ladies and gents. Both salons are managed and run by Dion and his business partner Ian Sadler. Collectively they have gone on to win many industry awards.
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