Questions you should be asking your hairstylist

Hair is a major part of your
identity. Whether you stick to one style or you experiment with different
looks, what you do with your hair helps demonstrate a little piece of who you
are to the outside world. This is why it is so important to make the most out
of your hair appointments. So how do you do that? Just like most other things
in life, it’s all about asking the right questions. I spoke to a handful of
hairstylists to get their expert take on questions they’ve had clients ask or
wish they would. See what they had to say and so you can guarantee your next
appointment is a major success.
can we customize my haircut to best suit my face shape?
Unfortunately, just because
you like a certain cut doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily work for you and your
face shape. “What looks good on Beyonce may not look good on you,”
explains Dana Caschetta, hair stylist and national trainer for Eufora
International. That doesn’t mean you have to completely say goodbye to the cut
you love. Instead, Caschetta recommends bringing in a photo of the cut you’re
looking for and ask the stylist to customize it for you. “The little
details of the fringe or face framing can be tailored to an individual’s face
shape.” Any good hairstylists will know how to make what you want work
best for you.
the haircut work with my natural hair texture?

The same hair cut can look
very different on different hair textures, which is why it’s just as important
to talk texture as it is face shape. Of course, you can change up texture by
adding a wave or straightening it, but you have to consider if you’re someone
who is willing to put in extra time. “If you’re not a woman who spends a
lot time on her hair, a hair cut which is not suited to your natural hair
texture, will end up being more work for you,” celebrity stylists Nelson
Vercher explains.
this cut or style work for my lifestyle?

It’s not just about how
everything looks. Lifestyle is also a main aspect you have to consider when
changing things up. For instance, if you want to cut your hair short, but you
work out often, will you be annoyed if you can’t put it up in a ponytail? This
is the type of thing you need to talk through with your hairstylists.
“When you are in the salon, be sure to sit and discuss your hair before
you get sent back to get shampooed,” explains George Gonzalez, celebrity
stylist and owner of George the Salon Chicago.
“Make sure your stylist
connects with you and understands your needs. It is up to you to make sure you
are being heard.” He stresses that you shouldn’t be afraid to say no when
discussing this and your stylist doesn’t get what you’re saying. “It is a
stylist’s responsibility to understand your language and what you are
describing when it comes to your hair.”
hair color complements my skin tone best for this season?

Face shape is to cut what skin
tone is to color. Depending on your skin tone, certain colors and shades of
hair are more flattering. On top of all that, you have to take into account the
time of year it is. “Our skin tones change from season to season so not
only should you ask for a complementing hair color for your skin tone, but to
be mindful of the upcoming season and if your skin will darken or warm
up.” Caschetta explains. “Same goes with heading into winter when
your skin naturally gets lighter.” So instead of simply considering about
your skin tone, remind the colorist that summer is coming, and your skin gets a
certain amount darker, or winter is approaching and vice versa.
hair color tones look best with my eye color?

To ensure you’re getting a
color that will improve your overall look, you should speak with a professional
who can see and evaluate all your undertones, including your eye color. “I
like to look deeper into my guest’s eye color, sometimes I find the tiniest
spec of yellow or deep blue within the iris of someone’s eye and can add some
complementary tones to make it pop,” explains Caschetta. While this
question may not be the most important, taking it into consideration will
ensure that your hair color is that much more unique and fitting to your
overall coloring.
this color affect my natural texture?

While we’re on color, there
can also be negative side effects of coloring that have to be covered with your
colorist beforehand. While this may not be as straightforward as the other
questions, Vecher explains that it is just as important. “As far as color,
if you love the way your natural hair texture feels, before you commit, ask your
colorist what to expect in terms of the quality of hair texture after the color
is applied,” he says. “Color can alter the feel of your hair, so this
question can help you make the best, and right decision.” Even if you’d
rather not have a change in hair texture, if you decide you’re okay with that
possibility and want to give it a go, at least you will have talked it through
with the professional so you aren’t surprised by the result.
is the upkeep required to maintain my cut/color?

Again, you have to know
yourself and the commitment you’re willing to make for a new cut or color
before getting it done. “People get so excited for a change that they may
ask for an extreme cuts and/or colors. Yet they often don’t realize how
frequently they will need to visit the salon to maintain their new style,”
says hairstylist at Bellus Academy Michael Stewart. This is why it’s so
important to discuss this detail beforehand. “Your look should to be
conducive with your lifestyle, schedule, and budget,” Caschetta further
explains. “Opening this discussion about will allow your stylist to make
adjustments to your color and haircut to work within your needs.”
can I recreate this style at home?

We’ve all been there — where
our hair looks perfect and gorgeous stepping out of the salon. But as soon as
we shower and restyle it ourselves, it looks like a completely different
hairstyle. This can be both frustrating and disappointing. Stylists get this!
This is why you need to ask, before leaving, how you can recreate it at home.
“As a hairstylist, my clients are my walking advertisements,”
explains Stewart. “I never hesitate to put my blow dryer and brush in my
clients’ hands to teach them how to blowout their hair.” Caschetta agrees,
“Your stylist will be happy to give you tips and tricks that are easy to
execute at home to make sure the hair doesn’t just look good when you step out
of the salon, but instead all the way until your next appointment.”
styling tools/products will I need to duplicate this look?

This is really an extension of
the previous question about technique and how to recreate your look at home. Of
course, certain salons have certain product lines they carry and use. However,
if you get basic recommendations such as pomade or volumizer, you can shop
based on your own budget and preferences. On top of that, tools are just as
important as products. However, you may want to get into more than just the
basics in this area. Dig into the details and specifics of your look with your
stylist as much as you can — that can make all the difference. “Be sure to
ask about what size round brush or what type of bristles you should use for
your hair type,” explains Caschetta.
is your professional recommendation for home care?

Styling isn’t the only thing
to focus on when you get home. The health of the hair overall is just as
important, if not more. “Taking care of your style or hair color at home
is crucial to the longevity and over-all maintenance of your look,” Caschetta
explains. “Your hairstylist isn’t just trying to sell you product, they
are trying to help you maintain your look until your next appointment. Being
specific with at-home regimen from shampoo to styling and finishing products
can make all the difference.” After all, healthy and strong hair equals
beautiful hair.

Whatever question comes to
your mind, it never hurts to ask. These are just key jumping-off questions.
When it comes to hair styling, communication is key and questions are a great
way to fuel that relationship with your stylist. It’s so important to make sure
you’re both on the same page. After all, hairstyling and coloring are each an
art. Most professionals in the industry take great pride in their work and will
want you to love the result.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.