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How to get the best haircut of your life

Thu, 15 September 2016 3:13PM

Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid’s long layers. The stuff of everyones dreams. Source: Instagram

We’ve all been there – you go to the hairdresser, convinced this, yes THIS is going to be the haircut that transforms you from your regular self into Gigi Hadid. Your conversation with your hairdresser seems to go great, they start snipping – and suddenly you’re pasting a fake smile on your face, exclaiming “wow, I love it!” when you actually hate your new cut with the fire of a thousands suns.

I’ve had many of these cuts in my life. My favourite was when I was 10 and obsessed with the 90’s supermodels. I wanted a bob cut “like Linda Evangelista”. I was too nervous a kid to ask my family hairdresser to actually make me look like Linda Evangelista, so I just said I wanted a bob. This is what I ended up with:


Hello, I’m the fourth member of Hanson. 

I mean, it looked terrible even when it was styled, right? Let alone the fact that actually I have curly hair, and this was the era before hair straighteners, so there was no real way to keep it straight unless Mum blow-dried it daily (which was never going to happen). I was the poster kid for “this is what happens when you get the wrong haircut”. My foray into terrible cuts didn’t end there, though. I had the accidental mullet, the questionable fringe, the assymetrical lob no one who isn’t Victoria Beckham should have…

So I thought – maybe it’s time I actually found out what you need to do to get the result you want. I chatted to founder and hair director of MOB Hair, Tarryn Cherniayeff, for her advice.

For the love of god, come with pictures


Source: Pinterest

“Pictures are so important, they speak a thousand words,” says Tarryn. “Sometimes words get lost in translation, but with a picture, there’s no questions as to the look your client wants – it’s there right in front of you as a visual reference“. When choosing your picture examples, make sure the celeb or Pinterest gal has a similar hair type and length to you. There’s no point bringing a pic of a girl with masses of wavy, long hair when yours is fine and short!

Never say “just a trim”


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“Just a trim” can mean anything from several inches to teeny millimetres to different people. Instead, Tarryn says be visual again. “Use your hands to show exactly where you want your hair to sit,” she says. She also stresses that length changes depending on the styling. If your hair is naturally curly, but you wear it straight, just know that the amount cut off when it’s curly will look like a lot less once you style it straight.

Be honest


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So you don’t treat your hair on a weekly basis with a lush mask? You’ll totally wait a solid year before getting your next trim? Don’t be awkward about it – tell your hairdresser straight up. “Honesty is key! I want my clients to be honest about their routine at home,” says Tarryn. “Are they actually going to blow-dry and style this haircut daily, or do we need to cut this for someone who is low maintenance, for example”.

Better to come with your natural hair, than styled


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You’d think if you wear your hair straight every day, coming with straight hair to the hairdresser is the go, right? Apparently not. “Personally, I think there is no harm in coming in with your natural hair,” says Tarryn. “This will give your hairdresser more information on how to get you the exact style you want. For example if you have naturally curly hair but wear it straight every day – the hair needs to be cut when curly and then straightened!”

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  • Posted by: Nas007 Enthusiast // Sat, 17 September 2016 04:00am

    I still have nerves when u go for a haircut.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 19 September 2016 07:30pm

    I have recently had my hair cut and I love the style my hairdresser created.

  • Posted by: beccha77 Master Fan // Tue, 11 October 2016 02:07pm

    The fourth member of Hanson, that’s such a good laugh. That picture is priceless!

  • Posted by: lovetoplay Master Fan // Fri, 14 October 2016 06:49pm

    Some great tips and loving some of the hairstyles. I like that neat longer-bob length.

  • Posted by: Bijoux Master Fan // Thu, 9 February 2017 11:51am

    Haha love it! I’ve had some really terrible haircuts in my time which is probably why I avoid hairdressers so much!

  • Posted by: meedee Master Fan // Fri, 10 February 2017 02:01pm

    Thank goodness my daughter is a hairdresser and she looks after my hair now which is excellent for me….doesnt cost me anything :)

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Mon, 13 February 2017 10:13pm

    I always get nervous before I get my haircut

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Tue, 21 February 2017 11:26am

    Always look towards getting the best hair cut.

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