My last salon visit was too close to becoming a traumatic one. I almost got my hair cut off because I didn’t let my stylist know my hair history. Hair History? Yeah, I know it seems irrelevant, but it’s so important in letting your stylist know what your hair has been through. Some stylists ask, but others dive right in without knowing some important details that can be pertinent into knowing what to use in your hair. So, to prevent another 3-4 inches being cut off, let your stylist know these top three hair history tidbits prior to getting your hair styled.
Whether you have color
In my early 20s, I changed my hair color every couple of months. Looking back, I just have to laugh because I had no idea how much damage I was actually doing to my hair. Color is great, don’t get me wrong, BUT it does take extra work. Color automatically made my hair drier. As I grow it out, I have to make sure I put a butter or crème through it, and especially more at the ends. I completely forgot to tell my stylist this, which led to my hair looking dry. My style looked right on the top of my twist, but the ends looked a hot mess because it didn’t get that extra moisture.
When you last had a cut or trim
If I didn’t know the last time I got a cut or trim, that only leaves room for my stylist to assume. What’s the saying? Assuming makes an ass out of you and me, right? Know your hair history, because that assumption will lead to an extra cut that wasn’t even necessary. In my situation, I got my devacut back in June, so I knew I already had a huge cut recently, but for some reason I completely forgot to say when I was asked. This led to my stylist assuming it had been a while since my hair was last cut, because of the lack of history I told her.
How your hair works
My hair has her own routine going on. It loves moisture, but it has to be layers of products to retain moisture – I can’t go with just one product and my hair is fine. Your hair probably works in the same way – it wants to act and do what it wants to do. Understanding how your hair works makes a difference. If you don’t know how it works, that’s okay – let them know that as well. If I’m tender-headed before a stylist tries to even think about putting a comb in this hair, she needs to know that 1) I’m a finger-comb kinda gal, so I hardly ever use a comb to my hair. 2) If you put that comb in my hair, you’re going to have to squeeze the roots at the same time, because I will scream. I’m not saying give them a full list when you come in, but just a slight heads up on what they’re going to be dealing with wouldn’t go amiss. So saying something such as “before you get started I want you to know that I’m tender-headed, and my hair needs extra moisture on the ends.”
What would you tell your stylist?