Always Come in With Dry Curls (Also Known as Second-Day Hair)
Don’t come in with wet or pulled back hair as it defeats the purpose (and wastes time) of the service you want to get done. Curly cuts are called ‘dry curly cuts’ because they’re done when the curls are in full effect so your stylist can see where they will fall when cut. Pulling your hair back or coming in with a blow out before your appointment also alters its shape so you will have to wash it again before the cut at the salon and wait however long it takes to dry 2x. Tragic.
Using The Wrong Product Brings The Hair Down (Literally and Figuratively)
Using too much leave-in and multiple styling products that are wrong for your texture weigh your hair down and cause a lot of build up. Just because it was good for your friend Sarah or a youtube personality doesn’t mean its good for you! Your curl stylist has a lot of experience with products. Knowledge of what will happen long term of how curls react is absolutely considered. If a curl stylist recommended a routine to you owe it to yourself to try for at least 2 weeks to see how your curls react before you decide.
Use Pictures To Show Your Stylist An Example Of Your Desired Look (Just Be Aware She Might Try and Talk You Out Of IT)
As mentioned before, pictures are very helpful for your stylist when it comes to the look you want. Sure, we can describe it to them but the visuals give both parties an equal understanding of the final result. Now you’re probably wondering, “Why would I get talked out of a cut if I show my stylist the look I want?” The answer is because your hair might not be in the right state to make such a change. For instance, if you want a “lioness” round cut but you have a very loose curl pattern in certain areas, you might really struggle with obtaining that look. The stylist will think about home maintenance and ask questions about your routine. If the look needs a lot of daily effort to achieve it may not fit your lifestyle. Or maybe your goal result needs more attention than you thought. If your hair is jet black and you show your stylist a picture of someone with beach blonde hair, you are most certainly not going to obtain that look in one session unless you want to damage your hair. Your stylist can work with you to get a plan in place to achieve your desired look but it may take several visits and home maintenance to get there. However, you should always trust the process and weigh the pros and cons of each service you want. You may want to bring in several pictures of looks you like and discuss them thoroughly with your stylist. Communication is key!
At Home Maintenance (It Just As Important As Regular Salon Visit)
Products or techniques that are not right for your texture can really take a toll on curls not just in the overall look but in the health of hair. If your coming to your first visit or even if it’s for a maintenance cut don’t be afraid to ask your stylist questions throughout the process or even take a video- it’ll benefit you in the long run! If you really liked how your hair turned out during your first visit, take notes of the procedure and the products used so you can try at home. Healthy hair goes a long way if care is practiced consistently. Maintaining quality products on a regular basis is the only way to keep your shape and hair health.
Book Your Appointments Ahead Of Time
Pre-booking keeps your maintenance cuts and color on schedule helping to keep ends from splitting and color from fading. If you’re coming in for a bigger coloring service book your appointment a few days ahead. The receptionist can take into account that the process can take up to three hours. Try to find availability earlier in the day, this way your stylist will be mentally prepared as well as have the right time booked and colors ready. Don’t hesitate to send your stylist’s pictures of your desired look ahead of time.