How to Get the Hair That You Want

Happy Monday, friends! We are back from vacation, and it’s good to be home … minus being back in the cold weather. I’m sure it will take me a few days to catch up and readjust! Anyways, since I’ve been on a hair kick lately I wanted to jump on today to chat about how to get the hair that you want.

How to Get the Hair That You Want, Kim Kedinger Photography 2017
I have gone through many, MANY hairstyles and colors, as well as stylists throughout the years. I’m by no means an expert, but I do like to think that I know a thing or two about how to go into a hair appointment prepared. Whether you’re a seasoned hair salon-goer like me or only have gone a few times, these tips will help you and your stylist achieve the style that you desire.

| Check social media pages. In today’s world, it would be pretty odd if a salon and/or stylist didn’t have some sort of social media page. Facebook seems to be the most popular for salons because they can list all their information and share photos of styles created by different hairdressers. This is a good way to get a look at the salon (for cleanliness, product lines, etc.), as well to get a feel for what stylist that you want to see. It’s all about research!

| Schedule a consultation. I don’t mean the consultation that you and your stylist have before your regular appointment. I’m talking about scheduling a whole separate appointment that is solely dedicated to a discussion of what you’re looking to achieve. I did this for the first time with my last hair appointment, and it makes a big difference. There is no pressure because the stylist isn’t going to do anything that day, and you’re able to get all and any questions answered. That way, there’s no surprises the day of the actual hair appointment! Most salons will do this free of charge – just call to ask.

| Bring photos of what you like. Bring even more photos of what you DON’T like. This is not a new concept – a picture says a thousand words. It’s helpful for your stylist to have a visual. What I have discovered over the years, though is that it’s even more helpful to bring photos of hair that you dislike. Create a Pinterest board with photos of what you both like and dislike, and walk through each with your stylist.

| Speak up! Before your stylist gets to work, go over everything again from your consultation so that there’s no doubt in your mind. Similarly, when your stylist is finished don’t automatically assume that the appointment is finished. I have walked out of the salon one too many times unhappy with my hair, and then I get upset about the wasted money and not speaking up. Hair dressers want their clients to be happy and feel confident after an appointment, so they typically will do their best to fix whatever issues you may have. Even if they can’t fix it on the same day, they should work with you to schedule a follow-up appointment a few days later.

There you have it – four tips of advice on how to get the hair that you want. If you only take one thing away from this post, just remember to be specific and thorough with your stylist before he/she does anything. Now, go forth and get that beautiful hair!

What tips do you have for working with your hair stylist?

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  1. 3.7.17

    Welcome back, I hope you had a fabulous birthday and vacay! Your hair always looks amazing, great tips gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

  2. 3.6.17

    I need to get more confident to speak up while there! I’m definitely left the salon before and have wished for a change… buttttt I also just use Great Clips, because curly hair hides alllll kinds of flaws. Yours is so lovely, all the time! It truly looks healthy:)!

    • 3.7.17

      I know that it can be so intimidating to speak up when something isn’t right, but I always remind myself that I’m paying for a service so I want to get my money’s worth! Your hair is so enviable, I just love it.

  3. 3.6.17

    Your hair is SO cute – I love the highlights and low lights! ALSO, it looks like you had the best time for your birthday at Disney! Can’t wait to see more pics! xx

  4. 3.6.17

    I am so scared of trying something new that I usually just end up getting a trip.
    I don’t usually style my hair every morning.. I air dry and I feel most of those cute styles look cute because they are styled.. mine will look blah 🙁

  5. 3.6.17

    It’s so funny that you mention social media, because I know that’s how my stylist is getting most of her clients, from her Instagram page! And I love that you also said to bring pictures of what you don’t like! I feel like sometimes it’s easier for people to understand if they have a hard no of what you will not like.

  6. 3.6.17

    I always bring photos! These are great tips. Speaking up can be hard, but is definitely worth it in the end. Thankfully I found someone I love who gets it right every time and I am never leaving! LOL!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • 3.7.17

      You are so lucky! I had the best hair dresser in our old city, so it has been a struggle to find someone that I trust around here.

  7. 3.6.17
    Pamela said:

    You have such gorgeous hair! These are all great tips! I try to bring ideas of what I like and then tell my stylist to do what she thinks would look best with my hair type. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • 3.7.17

      That’s so smart! Leaving it to the professionals (as long as you have a good level of trust with them!) always is the best option.

  8. 3.6.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Great tips and I hope you’ve finally found a stylist you feel comfortable with, I know it’s been a process! Your hair looks great!

  9. 3.6.17

    These are great tips! I always try to bring photos of the color/style that I like. I hate the feeling of leaving the salon unsatisfied with my hair!

  10. 3.6.17
    Ashley said:

    Once I find a stylist I love, I stick with them and get too nervous to try others! Your color looks amazing in these photos!

    • 3.7.17

      So sweet, thank you! Definitely still needs some tweaking, but I’m much happier with it than I have been in the past few months. You’re so lucky that you have a stylist that you don’t want to stray from!

  11. 3.6.17

    So many good tips– I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to find a salon/stylist I want to try out, just to get a cut, so I can’t imagine how hard it is to find someone when you’re investing in coloring your hair too.

    • 3.7.17

      It all starts with a good cut, though so I think it’s equally as difficult! Hopefully you find someone soon. 🙂

  12. 3.6.17

    I legit asked on Twitter for a good hairstylist and that’s how I found mine! I used tons of pics for inspiration and asked about her credentials. It’s been a great relationship!

    • 3.7.17

      That’s great! It’s fascinating to me how social media is the primary resource of help for this kind of stuff now.

  13. 3.6.17
    Biana Perez said:

    Your hair is so pretty girl! I just did my first color ever this saturday and I agree with all your tips! I brought in a ton of photos on my phone and then like you said, I showed photos of what I didn’t like – so it worked out really well!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston