Orange County stylists see a lot of clients who have outdated hair. In Santa Ana, they see a lot of long hair that would be better cut short to give the client a more updated look, but it’s hard to move that client toward change. Ultimately, the client says, "But it took such a long time to grow it out!" Her stylist may not say it, but is likely thinking into what?

Why not change?

Why do people keep the same style for decades? It boils down to simple psychology. People tend to keep their hair in the fashion of a time when they were at their happiest. Take a 70-year-old woman who continues wearing her hair long and bleached blonde. She may think it makes her look younger when in reality it makes her appear overweight and trying to be something she no longer is. There may be nothing a stylist can do to create a peace about change in this type of client. The client will not be happy. The stylist might do best to refuse to style that person’s hair, and this is allowed, by the way.

Change is good.

Have you kept the same color and style for years? It might be time to consider a change. Ask yourself why you are hesitant. It is a big step, and it doesn’t have to happen rapidly. Take gradual steps with color. Try a slight highlight or low light to enhance the color you already have. Ask your stylist for input.

Work with your stylist.

If you and your stylist work together to define the direction for your hair color and style change, agreeing that it should be gradual, you should be able to embrace it with less resistance. A slight color change with the new haircut could be the sugar that makes that medicine (the cut) go down better. Talk it over with your stylist. Hair is more than about good looks; it's how you feel with your new look.

Ask questions.

It is your stylist’s job to listen to you and answer your hair questions. Don’t be silent and never say, “I trust you to choose the right look.” You probably won’t be happy. Answer your stylist’s questions, too. Good stylists know to ask the right questions. They understand that your personality, your mood, your job title, your role in life and more play into how you feel about your hair and hair style. If your stylist isn’t asking you questions, it might be time for a new one. However, if you aren’t asking questions; if you are silent in the chair, that won’t work either.

5/30/2012 08:27:39 pm

Good article bro

8/1/2012 07:47:37 pm

I've been a stylist in Orange County for more than a decade and I love what I do!


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