Getting the hair cut you want is not always as easy as closing your eyes and visualizing it. If you’ve ever left the salon looking differently than you planned, you know how frustrating a botched cut or dye job can be.

“Style satisfaction actually starts long before your stylist picks up the scissors,” says Matrix Global Artist Franco Della Grazia of New York’s Cutler Salon. “Communication between you and your stylist should start the moment you walk through the salon door.”

Here are some indispensable tips for anyone seeking to get the most out of that next trip to the salon:

• Expect a full and free consultation. A thorough consultation is the best way for a stylist to learn about you and your hair. Most reputable salons will offer free consultations to new clients. It should last about 10 minutes — time well spent if you consider how long it takes a bad cut to grow out!

Remember, time heals all hair cut blunders. But if you don’t feel like waiting, you can take proactive steps to get it right the first time.



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