Magazines, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube all provide tons of style inspiration for haircuts and color. As hair stylists, we love it when our clients bring in images that help us understand what kinds of looks they want to rock. These images provide a great start to a conversation about what’s possible.
When it comes to dramatic transformations in particular, it’s important to keep in mind that the color, cut, length, and condition of your current hair makes a big difference in the kinds of look you can achieve in one visit to the salon. Here are some things to consider when it comes to having realistic expectations for your hair.
We’re lucky to live in a time when colorful, expressive hair color is not only acceptable but also possible to achieve. From bold brights and soft pastels to natural-looking highlights, options for hair color have never been more expansive. But it’s important to remember that you may not be able to get the exact color you’re hoping for in a single visit—or at all. For example, if you have dark hair, you may not be able to achieve a platinum blond or pastel look in just one visit. And if your hair is also particularly thin or in less-than healthy condition, you may not be able to get exactly what you want while also maintaining the integrity of your hair.
Whether your look is edgy, sexy, classy, rock ‘n’ roll, or all of the above, the right haircut can help you amplify your style. But not every cut works with every hair type. For example, adding too many layers to thin hair will make it look even thinner. And if you have corkscrew curls, a blunt cut can give you “pyramid head” (not a good look). A good stylist can look at your inspiration picture and help you understand how to come closest to your ideal look while also adjusting for your hair type.
If your hair isn’t the right length for a specific hairstyle, it won’t work. While this might sound obvious, many people love the idea of a look they see on a celebrity or find in a magazine but don’t understand what it will take to achieve it. You may have to grow your hair out first—or cut it. Many women in particular become attached to their hair length and want to change up their look but don’t want to cut their hair. Of course, you should never cut your hair if you don’t want to, but you’ll also have to remember that maintaining the current length of your hair might limit your options.
We all know that some celebrities spend a pretty penny on changing up their looks every week or two. But for those of us with smaller beauty budgets than your average celebrity, we have to make choices based on what our money can buy. Even at a salon where the prices are reasonable, you may not be able to get the perfect hair color without color correcting first. And that means you’ll need to pay for the two separate services. If this exceeds your budget, you may have to wait a little longer to get exactly what you’re looking for. The good news is that a professional stylist can help you achieve a look that makes you feel great in the meantime.
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Realistic expectations don’t have to be boring! At The Electric Chair hair salon in Ocean Beach, we are all about personal expression by way of hair. Whether you have an idea of what you’re looking for or want help in dreaming up a new look to rock, we’re here for you. Our stylists are skilled professionals who are dedicated to helping you achieve a look that works with your hair, amplifies your style, and makes you feel amazing. Give us a call to schedule an appointment or a consultation today. Call (619) 223-1112.