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.
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.
Actress Anne Hathaway recently chopped her long locks into a close-cropped pixie for her roll in the upcoming film Les Miserables, which got us thinking about whether we’d ever have the guts to go super-short.
Anne has the bone structure and striking, feminine features to carry it off, but the boyish cut doesn’t work on everyone. Before going super-short, have a thorough consultation with your stylist to discuss whether a pixie works for your face shape and hair texture, bring pictures of pixies you love for inspiration (think Halle Berry, Michelle Williams and Emma Watson), and get tips and techniques for styling your new ‘do.
As for us, for better or worse, we’re too attached to our long locks to make a drastic cut.
Tell us: Would you—or have you—tried a pixie cut?
Pixie cuts have been popping up all over Hollywood, on leading ladies like Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and Cate Blanchett. Thinking of making the cut? “A variety of face shapes can pull off this look,” says Clyde Elezi, owner of The Drawing Room NY. “But this cut looks best on women who have petite facial features.” Have you, or would you, try a cropped ‘do?