I’m sure we’ve all experienced going to the salon for a haircut and then emerging completely unhappy with the outcome. It’s infuriating. It’s embarrassing. It’s also just a bit traumatic. And it can be because of a lot of different things.
Maybe the barber or the stylist was having a bad day and you poor schmuck happened to be sitting on the chair. Maybe it’s their first day on the job and their unsteady hands were caused by all that nervous energy. Maybe you just didn’t say clearly enough that you wanted a fade, not a shave.
Whatever the reasons, a bad haircut is still a bad haircut. Depending on the awfulness of the cut, you can just shave everything off, or you can just wait for the hair to grow out and have a do-over.
Bad haircuts can be avoided. Good haircuts are guaranteed if you’ll just do your homework. Here are three things you need to remember the next time you go for a haircut.
Good Haircuts Tip # 1: Choose a good hair salon.
If you’re looking for a good haircut, you must go to a good salon or a reputable barber shop. Which actually raises the question whether you should go to a barber or a stylist.
You may think that barbers and stylists are the same, because they are in the business of giving good haircuts. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Barbers are professionally trained to cut shorter men’s hair, mostly traditional haircuts. Stylists are professionally trained to cut longer and fuller men’s hair, as well as style, color, curl, and whole lot of other professional salon needs.
Get a barber to do your haircut if you want something short and traditional, like a buzz cut, a fade, or a flat top. And also when you’re on a budget.
If you have longer hair and want to keep it that way, or if you want to try a new hairstyle, or if you want a new hair color, go to a stylist. Stylists can also give you a lot of options in terms of cut, style, color, and shape, and they will be the experts on which styling products to use to achieve a certain result.
Good Haircuts Tip # 2: Choose the right hairstyle.
You’d think men will have an easier time picking the perfect haircut because their hair are shorter. But no. Choosing the perfect haircut is as challenging as it is with women. Wearing the right kind of haircut can greatly impact how you look, so you must choose the one that can enhance your best features, and make the imperfections less prominent.
When it comes to good haircuts, it’s crucial that you take into account the shape of your face.
For example, if you have a round face, you need to have a haircut that looks like a square. That’s short on the sides, with an off-center part. The square haircut will balance out the fullness of the face.
If you have a square face, you want a haircut that’s short and tight, with a lot of volume on top.
Guys with oblong shaped faces will benefit from good haircuts that are the same length at the sides and at the top. Those who have diamond shaped face should go for layers or high-volume hairstyles.
If you have a triangle shaped face, it’s best to go for haircuts that will hide the forehead, so mid-length hair and side swept bangs are your best bet.
When you have an oval shaped face, consider yourself lucky, because this is the shape of face that can rock any kind of haircut. This is the most symmetrical face shape, but if you can help it, try to stay away from fringes or bangs.
Good Haircuts Tip # 3: Communicate with your stylist.
When your stylist asks you what haircut you want, tell them you want the same kind of haircut, or you want to try a totally different one.
Give your stylist an idea about the kind of lifestyle you lead, what kind of job you do, how you like to style your hair, and what products you use on it on a daily basis. Give your stylist enough information about your lifestyle and personality. If it is information you think can help your stylist create the perfect haircut, don’t be afraid to share it with them.
Be clear and specific about the kind of haircut that you want. If you must, bring a visual aid, like a photo or a screenshot, so that they know exactly what style you want.
If possible, make it a picture of yourself sporting the desired haircut. If it’s a picture of someone else, it can be done, but a lot of things will be considered. Like hair texture, thickness, length, and even the hairline.
Remember that it’s your hair they’re cutting. Make sure that you communicate clearly what you want. You don’t want to end up unhappy because he cut it too short or he shaved it too high.
Always be friendly towards your barber or your stylist. You should always treat them with courtesy and respect. Professional barbers and stylists know what they’re doing, so don’t come across as someone who doubts their abilities or knows more than they do. They hold a very dangerous weapon in their hands: a pair of scissors. If you’re rude, who knows what they can do to your hair?
Make an appointment. This actually prepares your stylist or your barber in advance, so they don’t need to rush through the session and do sloppy work.
Last but not the least, set realistic expectations. Stylists and barbers are not magicians. They can’t make you look like Adam Levine just by cutting your hair. They can’t make your hair look exactly like the hair on that other guy. They can make suggestions on what will look great and what will not, and you should listen. If you feel like it’s something that will work for you, go for it!