3 Things Every Hairstylist Should Know

July 11, 2009 / Daily Life, Opinion / 16 Comments

Just left a hair salon horribly, horribly unimpressed with my hair do. In my sporadic time in Louisiana, I have only ever found ONE awesome hair salon – Studio Gabriella Baton Rouge. And today, I think I have discovered what distinguishes the elite hairstylists from the mediocre ones.

Before I go on with my list, I just wanted to say that I’m not a hairstylist. I’m just a customer who’s exceptionally anal about my hair. Actually, not even hair – it’s just my bangs.

If you’re a budding hairstylist or even a veteran and that paragraph just deterred you from reading on, I can guarantee you will never become a great hair stylist.

#1 Because great hairstylists listen.

Hairstyling is an art, and I understand that you view people’s hair as your canvas – but the reality is that the only canvas you have free reign over is a mannequin’s wig. Real people have their own vision of how they want their hair to look. Your job is to recommend what looks fit or don’t them based on face shape, hair textures etc. Please understand that the customer has every right to reject your ideals. Obnoxiously imposing your style will never get customers to come back.

#2 Because great hairstylists understand the concept of “shape”

I’m not sure if this is just a very sad epidemic with Singapore’s hairstylists or something mediocre hairstylists just can’t quite grasp. But if I show you a picture, it is very likely I want the, for a lack of a better word, “shape” of the hair.

This is where every mediocre stylist seem to fail miserably. I’m not sure what you’re taught in school, but it’s all about the shape. If you can’t create it, tell me. I am willing to pay more to get someone who can.

Shape – done well.

#3 Because great hairstylists do not have to use excessive hair products or devices.

Shape should not completely hinge upon things like wax, tongs, treatment and whatever else. Those are things meant to enhance shape, not create it. Always talk to your customers about things they can do at home to help their hair like this hair loss shampoo for men. Shape should be created by your scissor skills. Don’t have it? Learn.

My new ‘do is just beyond pathetic. It now looks like I can’t get a decent haircut in this country for under $70 and a waiting list – of which I didn’t have time to wait, since I was in dire need of a trim. I’d do anything to go back to Toronto and have my trusted Korean Ahjumma from Kyoung Hee Hair Salon cut my hair again.

So now I’ll be off to the drugstore to find me a decent pair of scissors to cut my own bangs. It’s been a while since I had to bust out my moves. Tsk tsk.