We’ve all had bad haircuts. You may have had a hairdresser give you a mushroom head. Duped by the hair dryer and hair care, you may have accepted a cut that requires a lot (too much) maintenance. There is always the “too short”, the haircut that makes people talk, the one that makes you pass for a CM2 student on the day of the class photo. (Or does this kind of mishap only happen to us?)
But it’s not always the hairdresser’s fault. In fact, you can make an appointment with the best hairdresser in town and be unsatisfied after your appointment. It all depends on the approach you take before you even get into the seat – and here are ten ways to ensure you have a great haircut.
1. Start with your face shape
Even if two men have exactly the same thickness, density and length of hair, they will not wear an identical hairstyle in the same way. Indeed, other factors come into play, in particular the symmetry of the face and the head. While you can’t change your facial features (at least not cheaply), you can take your face shape into consideration and choose a hairstyle that will show it off.
The idea is to go against the major feature of your face to make the whole thing more harmonious. Add something angular to the curves, for example, or on the contrary round off a square or long face. However, there are many people who defy these rules and take the side of accentuating the most distinctive sign of their face! But nothing like mastering the rules before defying them. Those who successfully break the codes usually know what they are up against.
2. Copy a celebrity… while remaining realistic
Your thickness, length, density, and hairline are the main variables that determine the types of hairstyles you can achieve (although they don’t say anything about what actually looks good on you). So if you’re planning on pulling out your iPhone to show the hairdresser a photo, be aware that you’ll have to adjust your expectations based on those variables, and you won’t necessarily look like the guy in the photo.
3. Ask the hairdresser for a modification
Instead of showing your hairstylist a photo and saying, “I want this,” ask them what changes they could make based on your hair type. Again, it’s about your thickness, texture, and length, but also your face shape and build. When you watch hairstyle videos on YouTube or listen to expert conversations, you hear them talk about “modified layers” or “modified undercuts” or “modifications of this and that”.
In short, you always have to partially modify the initial idea to adapt it to this or that person, and see what works. So discuss it. Your stylist should be able to explain their idea, and you should be able to step in by indicating what you like or dislike about the proposed method. Make sure you both have the same expectations before you start. In extreme cases, if it’s a brand new hairstylist and you don’t like what you’re hearing, it’s okay to find a respectful way to leave the chair before the start of the cut – tip him for the trouble.
4. Think ahead about how to style your hair
If you’re used to styling your hair with a lightweight, low-profile cream, but the style you’re looking for requires long-lasting hold and shine, try a new styling product first before giving up on the cut. Anyway, it’s good to have a variety of styling products in your closet, because depending on the occasion, you need to be more or less groomed or to express this or that aspect of your personality. Check out our list of the best hair styling products for men; We believe everyone should have at least one cream, one gel and one wax in their assortment. Then, it is the texture of your hair that will play the essential role.
5. Consider your facial hair
When it comes to haircuts and what to consider when determining what will look best on you, hairiness cannot be ignored. Indeed, the beard and mustache play an important role in your overall appearance. You’ll always feel better if your beard and haircut go well together and flatter your face. That’s why it may be that the haircut you asked for is perfect for you, but it doesn’t work with your facial hair.
And this for a number of reasons: maybe the whole thing is too monotonous and lacks balance, or maybe the style itself needs to be reviewed. In addition, a mustache can sometimes attract attention – so for a haircut that throws it, sometimes it is better to go easy on the hair and prefer the beard of a few days. Also, make sure your hairdresser knows your plans. It’s common (and annoying) to end up with clean, faded sideburns when you didn’t plan to shave.
6. Don’t neglect hair care
Healthy hair will always be easier to manage than dry, fraying or frizzy hair. By caring for your hair (regardless of its length) without shampooing too often, you ensure better health. Who can say that your hair doesn’t need a little boost? You’d be surprised at the benefits of using a conditioner that’s right for your hair type, using it once in a while instead of shampoo, and doing weekly masks or scalp treatments. . Do I think you’re going to start doing all this? No. But by choosing one or two of these treatments, starting with using the right conditioner every time you wash your hair, you’ll see a huge difference in the flexibility of your hair and the longevity of your cut. .
7. Take into account the specificity of your hair salon
The most talented hairdresser in the world may not be the best person for your haircut or your style. Those who define themselves as “barbers” tend to deal with short hairstyles (although these salons have more and more employees who work on long hair). So-called ‘stylists’, on the other hand, tend to have a more diverse background and know how to work long hair, using a wider range of tools and products – and they may not be banking on everything. trimmer and razor for a perfect, clean cut.
But there are also cultural factors to consider. I live opposite a Turkish hair salon. When I have short hair and want to refresh my cut, I go there every two weeks and expect nothing less than perfection. But I wouldn’t go to them with shoulder length hair like I currently wear it, because 99.9% of their customers have short hair, and that’s their specialty. You must choose a professional who is used to treating your hair type.
A living room located near a military base will give you the most beautiful zero ball of your life. In midtown Manhattan, you’ll find plenty of cheap little salons that will get you a fit to match your suit and tie in 20 minutes. Want an asymmetrical cut? So look for a neighborhood where people have their hair like that, and find a salon there. Everyone can go where they want – but this is something to consider when planning a quick trip to the hairdresser.
This also goes for “low cost” hairdressing franchises: for me, this is the type of place to take a child to get a haircut, because children have no say and don’t care. of their appearance. A bad haircut is a good excuse to laugh about it with the family, and will make a good memory to tell when we show the photos. If that’s what you want, then have fun.
8. Consider your age
If incipient baldness or thinning hair is preventing you from having the haircut of your dreams, you have to answer a big question: will you accept this hair loss or will you resist it at all costs? Both options are respectable, but the second requires going through some care and treatment. And even then, keeping the same hairstyle for years is not always the best solution. A cut suitable for thinning hair might be more flattering. And if you’re ready to move on to a new stage in your life, a shaved head is a great option.
9. Follow trends with caution
The different “undercut” or “mullet” type styles might suit you, but I prefer that my hairstylist first get his hands on other clients before asking him to do the same for me. It’s not that your specialist isn’t capable of innovating, but by watching how these dozens of people have adapted the trend to their own hair type, you will better understand how to adopt this style in turn. When everyone has given in to this fashion, you can conclude that it is outdated and congratulate yourself on not having paid dearly for it. Trendy styles are always risky, and the goal here is to have something that works for you every time.
10. Have a plan B
Speaking of risks: let’s say you take one. Let’s say you try the latest trend and hate the result. Or maybe your usual hairstylist is on vacation and his replacement doesn’t have exactly the same talent. It’s always good to have a backup plan. The most obvious solution is to shave, but it’s pretty drastic. If you have medium-length hair, it may be wise to avoid experimental styles that multiply layers; that way, you can always start afresh by simply cutting it shorter.
If you already had short hair originally, you can go back to a brush cut or a gradient on the sides. Or, if you’re not too picky, you can always dye or bleach your hair, or even opt for a radically new style. Maybe the next barber dud will give you a great excuse to dye yourself pink. After all, it’s never too late to see life in pink.