Some say rules are made to be broken, but while that sounds edgy and bold, it doesn’t always apply to your hair. Typically, the customer is always right, but at a hair salon, you just might want to leave it to the experts.
While getting something debatable like bangs should really be up to your discretion, bleaching your hair, however, isn’t something you should do on a whim. Keep reading for six times you should always take your hairstylist’s advice.
1. If they tell you your hair can’t handle bleach.
It’s one thing to say your hair won’t look good bleached, or that your hair will be damaged after bleaching, but it’s another to say your hair can’t handle bleach. If your stylist says bleach will cause your hair to fall out, they know. You absolutely don’t want to risk this, so take their advice if this is what they say.
2. If they tell you your mid-cut bob is getting too short.
It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in the moment of haircutting. There’s this adrenaline rush that plows through us as we sit in our stylist’s chair while they chop our mane into a cute bob. But there comes a point when the shortness is too short—something we tend to overlook in the chair when our hair is wet and we’re on a transformation high. It’s one thing if you decide you want to take the length into an entirely different hairstyle altogether, but if you want to keep that cute bob, don’t go any shorter than the shortest your stylist suggests. Dry and style your newly cut hair on your own from home, and if you still feel like it’s not short enough, let your stylist know.
3. If they tell you your hair rejects certain dyes.
Ever had a piercing that keeps getting infected, regardless of how well you take care of it? It becomes irritated, and the actual jewelry itself naturally pulls away from your flesh. That’s a dramatic visual, but just like your skin, your hair, too, can reject. It’s very common for a colorist to apply blonde highlights, for example, only to have them last for just a few washes, or have the color refuse to turn out vibrantly. If your colorist has tried the same shade on you several times to no avail, it means your hair is rejecting the dye. If this is the case, take your colorist’s word for it and move on to a different shade. By continuously attempting with this one, you’re only causing greater damage to your hair with no benefit.
4. If they tell you a certain cut won’t flatter your face shape.
While we understand some styles are more universally flattering or common than others, take your stylist’s word if they say a look isn’t complementary to your particular face shape. Just know they’re not dissing your face or your weight or anything like that—it’s just a plain and simple fact that certain face shapes take to different hairstyles better than others. If you insist you can pull it off, come in with a photo you can show them of someone else who masters the look with your same shape, and hopefully, they can recreate that.
5. If they tell you that you need to chop a certain length to look healthy.
Oh, man, we can count on like six hands how many times we’ve adamantly told our stylist to “only trim an inch,” or to absolutely not cut more than this or that. At the end of the day, your stylist doesn’t get a gold star for every inch they chop in a day (though that does sound like a fun competition). They simply want you to look your best and your hair to look cleaned up. What’s the point in wasting time and money at the salon if you’re only going to do the bare minimum? Obviously, if they want to take you from mid-back-length to a bob, that’s a different story, but trimming two to three inches (depending on how often you come in) is no biggie. It always grows back quicker than we think.
6. If they tell you anything about hair extensions.
Hair extensions are no joke, and you should absolutely listen to what your stylist has to say when it comes to getting them. Depending on your natural hair length, texture, and thickness, these could be risky. Also, there are variations of hair extensions, so just because one type is right for your pal doesn’t mean those will be best for you. And then there’s the price factor, too. Bottom line: Don’t go into getting hair extensions lightly. Consult your stylist (or multiple), and go from there.