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How To Get The Hairstyle You Want

Before plopping down in the salon chair, consider these tips for getting the hairstyle you want from Ansley Meredith, a hair stylist and makeup artist in New York City. "Your hair is your most prominent accessory, so you want to make sure it's perfect— there's nothing that will ruin a day faster than a bad cut!"

Bring a picture  Everybody has a different idea of what a ‘chocolate brown color’ or a ‘layered cut’ is. Having a picture to work from makes it much easier to achieve the exact style you are looking for.

The key to getting the hairstyle you want is clearly communicating with your pro.

Be vocal Tell your stylist exactly how you feel about your hair and what you have in mind. It's their job to make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with your hair when you walk out of the salon.

Talk about yourself  Knowing what you do for a living, how you dress and how you normally style your hair will give your stylist an idea of what look will best suit you.

Reveal your routine Discuss all aspects of your haircare regimen, including how long you spend (or want to spend) styling your hair in the morning, what products you like you use, and how often you shampoo so your stylist can give you a cut that fits your lifestyle.

Bring up the past  Hair typically grows about a quarter inch per month. So if you have longer hair, the ends can be up to four years old! If you've had multiple hair color changes or chemical treatments, tell your stylist— they may use separate color formulas on the roots and ends, even though in the end the color looks totally even throughout.

Proceed with caution Often times, women will want to do an impromptu dramatic cut or color change. Even more often, they end up regretting it. To avoid style regret, find a picture of the look that you like and tape it somewhere where you'll see it on a regular basis (i.e. refrigerator, bathroom mirror or vanity). If you look at it every day for two weeks and still love the idea, then go ahead and do it.

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