There is nothing worse than going to a salon, sitting in a chair for hours, paying more money than you earn in a week and ending up with a bad haircut. Unfortunately a haircut that leaves you cringing everytime you look in the mirror can happen - and has happened - to most of us at some point. The good news is that there is a way to avoid such a mistake and it doesn't take very much effort.

The key to always having a great haircut is having a great stylist that you are comfortable with and who makes you feel at ease.

Researching online is an easy way to find a salon and/or stylist. Asking your friends who they recommend will also get the job done, but works especially well if your friend has they same kind of hair texture as you so that you can tell from their haircut if their recommendation will suit your needs.

Once you find the salon that you think will do your tresses justice, observe the salon from outside (and even sit in the reception area if you're game) and see how the salon runs their business, treats their customers (smiling customers is an obvious but truthful indicator) and the quality of work that the hairdressers are pulling off.

When you have decided on the right salon and have booked your appointment, ask to have a consultation with your stylist which includes discussing your:

  • Face shape
  • Hair type
  • Maintenance
  • At home styling
  • What you like about your hair
  • What you don't like about your hair
  • The length that you are expecting to lose

Don't forget to take photos of haircuts that you like. has 1,000s of styles to choose from which can be printed from the library and taken to your stylist. Remember to choose a photo for the cut, not because the pictured model or celebrity looks fantastic.

You can further avoid the chance of ending up with a bad haircut by uploading your photo to to see for yourself what kind of haircut will look good.

Tips For Getting the Haircut You Want

  • Upload your photo to THS - it's a great way to see beforehand if a style will suit you.
  • Make sure when getting the length of your hair cut that the stylist indicates how much they are intending to take off.
  • A good stylist will ask automatically if a length is fine before they even approach your hair with scissors.
  • Never get a haircut the day before or of a big event and never get a haircut in anger or when you are at a low point and desperate for a change.
  • A new haircut should be a well planned, happy event that is exciting.
  • Don't be afraid to speak up if it looks like the haircut is not going the way you discussed with your stylist. Watch closely as the first few scissor snips are taken, and if they are not going the way you like, kindly ask your hairdresser to stop and voice any concern in a constructive manner. Politely discussing your agreement again will make sure the plan is fully understood by the stylist and will help get the haircut back on track.
  • Ask your hairdresser for their opinion on what they think will look good - but don't be talked into anything you don't want.

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