If you want a successful haircut, it pays to be organised. Here are five things to do before you even dial your hairdresser's phone number.
Know your texture
"Consider texture first, even before you consider face shape," says Shane Henning, creative director at Noddys on King in Sydney and global master for Goldwell. "If you choose a hairstyle that works with your hair texture, you won't have any problems styling it."
Consider your lifestyle
If you have 30 seconds to style your hair in the morning but your new cut takes 30 minutes to prep, you'll wind up disappointed. So be honest in the salon chair. "Have a really thorough lifestyle consultation with your hairdresser," advises Richard Kavanagh, celebrity stylist and creative director for ghd. "We need to understand you as a person."
Impulse haircutting can bring about post-appointment angst so make sure you think the process over. "You need to be mentally prepared for the change," says Henning.
Be prepared to listen
If your colourist says no, it's probably for your (and your hair's) benefit. "Listen to your hairdresser, not social media," says Justin Pace, colour expert at Papas + Pace and global artist for Redken. "Sometimes it's impossible to achieve a requested outcome."
If there's a celeb whose hair you covet, "bring your hairdresser pictures of shapes that you like," says Joey Scandizzo, celebrity stylist and co-founder of Eleven Australia. "It's good to have reference.
This article originally appeared in the March, 2018 issue of marie claire.