You know that feeling of excitement you get when you come across a picture of a hairstyle that speaks to you? Screams to you! Right away, you start imagining yourself wearing the style. Everything about it feels like it’s perfect.
In the days that follow you call your stylist and make an appointment to get your hair done. The style you saw is still on your mind and you’re overly excited to get in that chair at the salon and walk out slaying everyone in your path.
Then what happens? You get to the salon for your appointment and hop into the chair. When your stylist asks what you want done, you go into a 5-minute dissertation about the style you saw the other day in a magazine or on a billboard. You’re doing your best to describe it to her, but when you make eye contact it is clear that the two of you are not on the same page.
Now you’re wondering if your stylist is secretly a hater, when in fact, she simply can’t follow what it is you’re trying to describe. The terms you’re using, along with your animated hand motions, are not giving her what she needs to bring this fantasy style of yours to life.
So what are you to do? Take a picture.
Stylists near and far will tell you the unmatched benefits of bringing a picture in when trying to achieve a new hairstyle. Whenever you’re trying to verbally convey the details of an image that you hold in your head to another person, there is going to be room for misinterpretation.
You may use the term feathered, and the listener, in this case, your stylist, may interpret that to mean layered or vice versa. An image that you both can see and analyze is going to eliminate a great deal of ambiguity that may be a factor when you’re only working with words.
Take pictures whenever you can. And yes, that’s plural. You want more than just one front facing picture. Different angles are what the goal should be. However, if you can’t get an image of every single angle of a particular cut or style, try to at least get images of the front and the back.