How to get the best haircut of your life
Thu, 15 September 2016 3:13PM
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
“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”
“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.
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
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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