Tuesday, April 9, 2013

for anyone who has taken a picture of Kristin Cavallari into her hair stylist:

This is a guest post by my good friend, Susannah. Well, Suse. I can't call her by her full name. It doesn't sound right. Anyway. She's the gal who can help you get your magazine cutout hair, err the hair style you just Pinned before you came here. Anyway, she's amazing. Enjoy:

Getting the Hair You Want

Hey everyone! I’m Susannah, a hairstylist and beauty blogger over at A Greater Gorgeous. I’ve known Brett for about eight years now, and I’m so excited to be here writing for you!

One of the things I’ve heard over and over again in my time as a professional hairstylist is, “Well, last time I got my hair done I asked for this, but I don’t think the stylist really listened because instead she did this.” We can all relate! You walk into a salon with this great picture in your head of what your hair will look like, and you walk out with something that mildly resembles a mullet in the making.

So why is it so hard to walk out with the hair you wanted? It all comes down to the communication between you and your stylist. Ideally, your stylist will ask all the right questions to figure out what you want, but if not, it doesn’t mean she’s not talented enough to give it to you. Here are a few tips for making sure you feel amazing when you leave the salon:

 - Avoid the temptation to reply “I don’t know” when asked, “What would you like to do with your hair today?” The less information you give, the more I have to guess, and I’m not a mind reader. Anything will help. What don’t you like about your hair right now? What are you hoping to achieve by getting it cut or colored today? How much time are you willing to spend on it in the morning?

 - You may not know what you want, but chances are you know what you don’t want. If you sit down in the chair and find yourself at a loss for the words to describe what you want your hair to look like, start with what you don’t want it to look like. Don’t want it above your shoulders? Tell me. Don’t like warm, reddish colors? Tell me. I can figure out what to do, and you’re more likely to be happy with your hair, if I know what not to do.

 - Bring pictures! I hear so many people say that they think stylists don’t want pictures, but pictures are the most helpful tools you can have. Different people use words in different ways, but pictures give us common ground off of which to work and give me a concrete idea of the results you’re looking for.

 - Be open to the fact that what you want may not be possible in exactly the way you imagine it. Hairstylists aren’t magicians, but we do the best we can to work with what you have. A good stylist will tell you what you need to know about whether or not a cut or color will work for your hair and your lifestyle.

 - If there’s one thing I can stress: unless you feel that you really did not jive with me, give me a second chance. Hairstyling is not an exact science, and that’s mostly because your looks are an emotional thing! It’s hard for us to know exactly what’s going to evoke the right emotional response (joy, confidence) when you look in the mirror. But I really, really want to get it right. If I didn’t get it quite right the first time, please tell me! I know it’s intimidating to tell a professional that you don’t like what they did, but the more you let me try again, the better I’ll get to know you and your hair (and the closer you’ll get to loving it!).

I hope that these tips will help you in your hair endeavors because not only do I know the dread of waking up every morning and feeling like it just isn’t you that you see in the mirror, but I also know the confidence that comes from feeling like your hair looks good! Visit me over at A Greater Gorgeous for more beauty & styling tips.

love & lip gloss,


  1. I'm guilty of telling my hairstylist "Whatever you want to do with it" when I go in for a cut. But I've also had the same hairstylist for the better part of 15 years - I trust her 110% with my hair. Despite my saying 'whatever' when I sit down in her chair, she knows that basically, I want the same hair cut I've had forever, a classic bob, only these days, I prefer it a little bit shorter. And I know that if she does anything new, it will be subtle and flattering.