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First time consultations with a new hairdresser are much like a first date… unpredictable, but going into it with the right preparation and attitude can lead to a long, happy relationship.  As in all relationships, communication is key.  It’s often joked about that people share just about EVERYTHING with their hairdresser… but to get off in the right groove together, there are a few key things that are important to share initially.

Let your hairdresser know what you love about your hair and what about your hair makes you want to run screaming into traffic.  If you adore the natural red highlights in your blonde hair, a good hairdresser can suggest options that may enhance it.  On the other hand, if the skinny, lifeless braid you’re sporting has always had you yearning for thicker, more voluminous hair, by all means, speak up.  There’s a lot a great hairdresser can do with cut and texturizing to add volume and body.  However, be realistic; if you’ve tresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, you won’t leave with hair to rival Kim Kardashian’s thick locks.

Be clear about the things that you vehemently dislike.  If short hair isn’t your thing, no matter how much it might flatter your face, or how fabulous a short cut you’d get, you’ll probably never like it.  Don’t mince words about your “no-way, never”s.  But also be willing to listen to suggestions and know what you’d be open to considering, even if it’s something entirely new for you.

You’ll love your hair more if it really suits your lifestyle and schedule.  If there already aren’t enough hours in your day, a wash and go style, or one that requires very little time to look good is ideal.  Let your hairdresser know how much or how little daily time you have – or care — to spend on your hair.  As well as what tools and products you already have.  They can work with you to teach you how to emulate the look you leave the salon with, often using the tools you already have.

Follow these tips and you may find it’s the start of a beautiful relationship!