Learn To Speak “STYLIST” And Get The Haircut You Want

Going to the salon can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know how to communicate your needs to your stylist. They may tell you all the things they want to do to your hair, but how would you even know what it all meant if you weren’t a hairdresser yourself?  It’s time to learn how to speak our language so that you know what to ask for when you’re in the chair, and you know what we mean when we are telling you about a specific cut we want you to try. “SYLIST” is a complex language, and new terms are always added at will, because we know that you don’t know what we are talking about, until now!

The 10 terms listed below refer to HAIRCUTTING. I will cover haircoloring terms in a future post because to add them now would result in one long post, and I know your attention span is as short as mine.

SHEARS : This is what our scissors really are called. It sounds snobby, because it is. A good pair of styling shears costs anywhere from $150 to $1,000+.  Tack on a sharpening fee of about $35 every few months, and you start to understand why a stylist simply cannot cut hair with an ordinary pair of scissors.

RAZOR : This a tool used to cut hair and leave it with a lighter, tapered end. It is also used to remove weight from hair, increase movement and volume, and add choppiness to a style. Razor haircuts are not recommended for people with a coarse texture or curl, but I’m sure there are some hair “artists” out there who have found a way to sell this technique to people as a trend. In my experience, if you want your hair to lay smooth or be smaller, a razor cut is not for you.

FRINGE : This is the European word for bangs and it sounds real fancy. It is also the term that has been used in nearly every cutting class I’ve ever taken in my life. If you feel the urge to use it or want to seem worldly, then please do! And if you want to test your stylist to see if they’ve really been to all those amazing classes they say they have, drop the word “fringe” and see if they know what it means.

LAYERS : Layers are different lengths of hair, geometrically cut into a shape in order to create movement, and decrease volume. They are not things that you have 2 or 3 of, but instead are angled lines that connect the hair at the top of the head to the hair on the sides, or the back of the head.  Layers blend into themselves by laying on top of one another, with the shortest layer resting on top of all the other longer layers, and creating a weight line. If you could get each of your hairs to stand up on end, then you would be able to see the lines that your layers follow and the shapes that they create.

GRADUATION : Graduation and layers work well in tandem, but they do completely opposite things. The purpose of using graduation is to build up weight, and to add strength and volume to a part of the haircut.  A good example is a “stacked” haircut or a wedge. In a graduated haircut, the hair underneath is cut shorter to support the weight of the longer hair that rests on top of it, creating a weight line that sits up and stands out. Graduation connects hair from the bottom of the head, to hair on the sides or the back of the head, and it can be subtle or very severe, depending on the desired outcome.

SLIDE CUT : This is a technique used to create a connection between a very short piece of hair and a very long piece. It is also used for removing weight from the ends or the interior of a cut, and it is achieved by sliding the shears down the length of the hair, like a razor, while relying on the sharpness of the blades to do the cutting, instead of the shears themselves.

TEXTURIZE : This is a term that means adding different lengths into the interior of your cut to help it get more volume or to be lighter. There are MANY different texturizing tools and techniques out there, and as long as they are being done well and with discretion, they can all help make a great haircut even better.

DISCONNECTION : This is when two pieces of hair purposely do not blend together. It’s used in fashion cuts, and a good example of it in a conservative form is fringe (bangs). Disconnection is a technique you request when you want a really edgy cut, or you are trying to accentuate a certain part of your style, like a longer piece on one side, or some really short pieces on the crown.

ASYMETRICAL : This is when a cut, or part of a cut, is purposely left longer on one side. It’s most often done in bobs, bangs, and cropped styles, where one side might be tucked behind the ear or left long to seem more feminine or funky. An asymmetrical cut may use disconnection, but it doesn’t have to.

INVERTED : This is when hair is cut shorter in the back and left longer in the front, also sometimes called an A-LINE.  If you wanted to get real fancy you could have an inverted, graduated, asymmetrical cut with some disconnection and layers, but make sure your stylist also knows what that means, or you may end up looking like you cut your own hair with a lawnmower.

Stylists love to stand out and be creative, so we are always coming up with amazing new ways to cut hair and make it seem cooler than what someone else is doing. The terms I’ve chosen to share with you are the ones I think will be most practical for you to know, and the definitions I’ve given you are pretty standard throughout the hair world. If you have a question about another term you are unsure of, then please ask me about it and I will do my best to explain it to you. My goal is to eventually transfer this list of terms onto a GLOSSARY page, so if you are a stylist and you have a term you think people need to know, then tell me and I’ll be sure to add it onto the list.

This week I’ve been struggling with a bad cold and it has taken my voice! I was reflecting on how I have lost my voice in my world, yet I have begun to find my voice in my blogging world!  The only voice left to hear more from is YOURS! Please, please, please feel free to leave comments or ask me questions about anything and everything. I want to work towards a part of my blog where I focus on Dear Hairdresser question from readers about hair topics and life issues so don’t be shy. Help me grow my blog and I will help you in return.

 

61 thoughts on “Learn To Speak “STYLIST” And Get The Haircut You Want

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Please do! If we speak the same language then we can be more effective. Are you thinking about fringe or a disconnected tail Tiffany?

      1. Natalie Berglund Post author

        Hi Krista!
        When it comes to washing your hair, less is more! Over washing can dry out the scalp and cause it to start over producing oil. This may cause your hair to become greasier! I recommend going as long as you, and others around you, can stand it. Then right before you wash your hair brush your scalp very good with a paddle brush and try to drag the natural oils through your hair. It’s a great conditioner!

        1. Krista

          No kidding!! I am glad I asked… It makes perfect sense, now that you have explained it! Thanks dear hairdresser 😉

    2. Anonymous

      Hello! I found this article to be super helpful! I’ve recently been wanting a new haircut but still in the “researching” stage. I have medium length curly/wavy hair that can get pretty unruly/frizzy which is no good, of course! I was hoping to get a Kiera Knightely type of soft bang and getting the face framed but I’m not sure if my type of hair will allow for such a fringe? Help!

    3. Bea

      Hello! I found this article to be super helpful! I’ve recently been wanting a new haircut but still in the “researching” stage. I have medium length curly/wavy hair that can get pretty unruly/frizzy which is no good, of course! I was hoping to get a Kiera Knightely type of soft bang and getting the face framed but I’m not sure if my type of hair will allow for such a fringe? Help!

      1. Natalie Berglund Post author

        Hello! Fringe is definitely determined by your hair texture, hair density, and hairline. If you commit to trying fringe I recommend keeping it in the longer side so that the wave is easier to manage – you will most likely need to style them
        Straight. I hope this was helpful and good luck!

    4. Kristy Orr

      Hey, I was with the same stylist for over 20 years! We recently parted ways and there is no way I can ever go to her again. It was a long time coming but I have been paying the price. Ugh! I have not been able to find anyone that I like as much as the way she did my hair. I have been to four different stylist over the past seven months. No one seems to get that I want them to use the sliding method with their shears to take out weight in the hair around the crown area mostly and in the front. My hair has been murdered three different times with the razor. A razor is a huge No No for my thick hair as well as thinning shears are a bigger NO NO!! Crazy Frizzy and just weird with these methods. All I want is a layered Bob with lots of texture (using the sliding method) to take the bulk out! I live in Arlington, Texas. Is there anyone out there????

  1. Hannah

    Love! And… on a side note – I need a cut – maybe fringe? Maybe layers? maybe some graduation? Or maybe I could just trust my stylist (you) to rock my world?

  2. Cindy

    I love your analogy between hair and life…Thinkin’ you’ve got something going here girl! Keep blogging!
    You are a breath of fresh air…plus, who doesn’t like to talk about hair?

  3. Linda

    Bravo, Natalie! It’s good to know what all those terms mean, allowing the rest of us to better communicate with our stylists.
    I’m excited for the upcoming blog on color!

  4. Ryan(girl)

    Dear hairstylist,
    I hate getting my hair trimmed because anyone that trims it leaves my ends with that “chopped” look, but I have to get it trimmed regularly because I get really bad split ends if I don’t. I read everything and idk weather to tell my hair dresser to use a razor when she’s done or to texturize. I’ve gotten layers before and I always end up hating them because I can’t do anything with my hair and I am currently growing them out. Any suggestions?

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Ryan! Thanks for reading my post – I hope I’m able to give you a few pointers about your ends that are helpful. You are on the right track with thinking that you should request that the ends be texturized a little bit. A razor will definitely disturb the blunt looking “chopped” ends but it may also leave the ends looking a little damaged. I think your best bet is to request some texturizing at the ends. Some people have hair that looks “chopped” no matter what they do, especially blondes. Blonde hair reflects more light and it shows every cut. If this is the case for you then the answer might be to round brush the ends of your hair a little bit or use a hot iron to give them a subtle bend. Let me know if you have luck with any of these and if you want to send me a pic of your hair you can (thedearhairdresser@gmail.com) and then I can tell you if I have anymore suggestions for you. 🙂 Natalie

  5. Ryan(girl)

    I didn’t check one of the boxes and idk how to check it without my email so now I did.

  6. Anonymous

    i’m blind, so taking a picture to my stylist is not an option. i must know the terminology to describe exactly what i want. i scour the internet for descriptions. thank you very much. i want my fringe disconnected and texturizing around my crown.

  7. victoria

    This sounds super stupid, but when you ask for a “trim” does this include touching up shorter layers too? Thanks haha

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      This is a great question! A proper trim is cutting a small amount of hair off the ends of the entire haircut. It should be just as important as a new style.

  8. chamara

    HI
    is there any document which provides the general time taken to do a normal haircut and a style haircut,

    tx

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Chamara – thanks for your question! I have found that the time can vary depending on the style and density of ones hair but generally speaking about 45 min – I always book hour appts with all haircuts so that I have time to perfect the style after the blowdry. Hope this helped.

  9. Steve

    Hi, I just read your blog and it has taught me a few things which i’ve never known. I’m a guy and have had short hair all my life, meaning always going to barbers. I’ve decided to change my look and grow my hair out trying to get it to shoulder length and would like to have a pulled back look. Are there any tips or secrets or great products to use for such a look? Some people have told me I need to train my hair to go back? Is that true, Only thing I can think of is wearing hats are there other ways? Also I noticed my hair not growing any more I think, its been months (6 or so) since I had my sides buzzed/faded and the top short, I’m thinking I need to go get a trim for it to grow longer should I tell them to use shears or is a razor better and is there anything else I should say?

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Steve! Sorry I couldn’t respond to you sooner I hope you are hanging in there with the grow out process. I recommend hair gel if you want to get your hair to look good and move easily into a pulled back style, just be sure that your hair is dry first to avoid breakage. I think if you haven’t had a cut in awhile it’s definitely time. Just tell your stylist that you are growing it out but need the shape adjusted to allow for that. It will probably mean cutting some off the back and just skimming the ends of the top so they are fresh. With hair growing only about 1/2 inch a month it may take awhile before your hair is long enough to pull back. Until then you could use gel or styling paste to push it off your face and begin to train it a little. The idea of training your hair isn’t exactly possible bc hair will only head in the direction it grows out of the head – you can train yourself how to style it though! Good luck!

  10. Cindy

    HI Natalie,
    Thanks for this very informative article. I have thick wavy hair, and have a layered haircut with the back just over my collar. I like clean lines, especially around the bottom, with layering on top as well, but brushed over to the side (not bangs). In recent years, the the ends always look straggly because of the texturizing that is so popular, I am in my 60’s and want to keep a neat and professional haircut that is soft. Is it possible to have a layered haircut without cutting in the ends to make them jagged or will I look like I just stepped out of the 1960’s? Thanks.

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Cindy! You don’t have to be texturized just because you have thick hair – it’s usually a technique that is helpful to “break up” the wave pattern that can seem to take over a short/medium length cut. Perhaps growing the sides longer but leaving the back cut short above the collar would be a nice transition into a new style. By creating an inverted shape (longer in front and shorter in back) you may find that you can strike a nice balance between clean lines and less texturizing.

  11. robin hassett

    4 months ago, I got a terrible haircut where one section of my hair was texturized so much that the color is gone, the cuticle is gone and there is no weight to this section of my hair. I do not have a face that would work with a pixie cut, as I did think about cutting it all off. Do you have any suggestions while I am trying to grow this mess out? This section constantly tangles up and I have to keep combing through it.

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Robin! I am so sorry to hear that you got such an unfortunate haircut. My suggestion would be to find a way of styling your hair so that section is pinned, clipped, or tucked back. If that isn’t possible then I recommend getting very regular trims to help get some blunt ends in that section to add more weight to it. Is your hair bleached ? This could also be adding to the tangle factor bc it is over processed. If this is the case a good protein conditioning treatment can help. I wish you luck with the grow out process. Thanks for reading my post and leaving your question.

  12. Victoria

    Hiya, I am desperate for a new hairstyle. My hair at the moment is very flat and shapeless and in order to keep it off my face I have to pin it back either side. I’ve never had anything done to it before, always just a trim when I go to the hairdressers so I would like a haircut which might keep the hair off my face and give my hair more shape. I’m not sure what to ask for so if you could give me ideas that would be great.

    Thanks,
    Victoria

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Victoria!! I would suggest some facial framing layers to help keep your hair out of your face. Most people’s hair grows forward towards their face and will naturally hang out there – but having shorter “layers” are angles cut around your face to frame it , it will help. Another thought is bangs… But I recognize that they are a personal style choice. Hope this helps / feel free to email me photos if you need more insight. 🙂 thedearhairdresser@gmail.com

  13. Anne

    I have very thick, wavy hair. I would like my hair cutting like audrey tautou’s messy pixie but despite trying to describe what I want and taking a succession of photos to various hairdressers, the cuts I get are more precision and 80s style. Please tell me, how do I describe it?

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      I’m wondering if the challenge is more of a styling issue… If this is the case you need to ask them to help guide you on how to style it in a manner that looks similar to the photos you are bringing in. Generally speaking a “messy” look is achieved by cutting different lengths into the hair and requires longer and shorter pieces mixed together to create a look that is not precise. It also needs to be styled correctly and will probably need some hair paste or wax to get that piecey look. Hope this helped! 🙂 good luck

  14. Victoria

    Hi! I want to cut my hair cause ive had it one length for quite a time & it weighs all my hair down & doesnt have movement or volume, but I don’t know how to cut it or ask for it. My hair is very long it reaches my hip, ive got medium hair I think, cause its not supper thin or thick & its between wavy & straight. I want a cut were I dont loose length, that gives me volume & texturizes my hair without looking with very thin hair. Ooh and also i dont straighten, blowdry or curl my hair I just shower & put some styling cream & off I go. I would appreciate so so much if ud help me.

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Victoria!! My sincere apologies for not responding sooner. This is a great question and I think there are a lot of people who relate to you. When you have long hair and you want a change but you don’t want to loose length you are really only left with a couple options that may be noticeable. One is to change the shape of the perimeter line of your cut as in cutting it into a v shape. This will remove length in the front however and could look quite a bit shorter if all of your hair wasn’t pulled forward and resting on your shoulder/chest area. Your next option is to cut layers. It sounds like you would be a good candidate for a subtle angle around your face and some long layers all over. Be cautious to not over layer the hair or the result could be that it’s looks straggly at the ends. 🙁 no good! If you already have wavy hair then adding layers with give you the texture you need and you may not need much more. I always recommend people making a change with long hair find a stylist the is good with long hair. It’s no time to search for a bargain hairstylist.. Invest in a nice haircut – you will be happier with the results. Hope this was helpful!

  15. Molly

    Dear Hairdresser; I have shoulder length hair with layers that I am growing out and every time I suggest a cut to my stylist, she says it is a style not a cut! I have no clue what to do with my hair! I get bored of it and want it something different but not too expensive. Can you suggest some cuts for medium length hair that are pretty, feminine and interesting? Loved the post, super helpful! Thank you so much!
    Love & Hugs,
    Molly x

  16. Iris

    Hi, I have a question about bangs and layers.
    So I have never really been able to get a really “good” haircut, and I recently had the revelation that my head is pointy, therefore all of my hair slides forward at the crown to become one with my side bangs. Only they were not cut to be like that so there are a lot of awkward pieces sticking out. What should I ask my next stylist to do with them? IDK what to do and I need some kind of solution or else I’ll have to endure a horribly awkward hair period waiting for all my layers to grow out…

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Iris! I wish I had better advice to help with the “grow out” process but it’s a real pain to make it through that phase of a hairdo! I can say that a general rule of thumb is the short hair will always push long hair so if your pieces on top that are not part of your bangs are shorter or as short as your bangs then you will have no luck with them doing anything except hanging in your face. You will need to grow them out and until the keep trimming your bangs regularly and use styling products like pomes or hairspray to encourage that hair to stay out of the mix! I hope this helps a little and feel free to email me at thedearhairdresser@gmail.com if you need more advice. 🙂

  17. Mary Lance

    Hi, Enjoyed your article. I’m a senior citizen (just turned 80) , have salt and pepper grey hair which is getting to be mostly salt. ha I quit coloring it because my hubby likes the natural look and it’s easier in the long run. I’ve always had short hair with bangs of some sort that naturally curve to the left of my face. I’ve used the same hair stylist for many years and he comes closer to knowing what I like than anyone else I’ve tried. He’s gotten into this thing lately though about – ( I guess it’s ‘texturizing’) but he only seems to do it on the left side of my hair close to my face. If he does it on the other side, it’s very minumum and not choppy like the left side – but lays straighter. I haven’t brought this up to him yet. Also – I keep telling him that there is a level on the back of my head where my hair wants to separate. A day or so after a shampoo it gets to looking like I’ve got a cap on my head back there! The lower layers are tapered but seem longer than the top ones but get shorter with a bit of a fringe on the neckline. Don’t know if I’ve described it right but 2 or 3 weeks after a cut my hair gets thick and heavy where these long layers in back are and it really bugs me. He’s tried different ways to fix this but just hasn’t hit on the right one yet. I have a good head of hair except it’s getting a bit thinner on top. I am afraid to complain too much to him as he often overcompensates ? in trying to fix the problem and that doesn’t seem to work. My hair is basically straight but gets wavy when the layers from the crown down in back get too long and looks straggly. I don’t use a lot of gel as it makes my hair too oily after the second day. If you can make any sense of all this – I could use some advice as to how to better approach my stylist with these problems.
    Thanks In advance. 🙂

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Mary! Thank you for reading my post. I think I understand what you’re saying and it sounds like the issue is the layers themselves. It’s probably an issue that could be better with a few little adjustments! You probably need to be a bit more layered on your crown and a bit less layered on the bottom. Either that or you need to have the overall length a little bit shorter. I hate to say it but maybe it is time to take your cut to a fresh eye and explain the challenge you’re having and see if they understand. I suggest telling a stylist what you want your hair to do – not what you don’t want it to do. Most stylists will allow a free consultation. Maybe you should look I to that. Good luck.. 🙂

      1. Mary Lance

        Thanks Natalie!
        I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. (not a pun haha) Actually I’ve been struggling for some time now with the idea of going to a different stylist. I just love the guy that’s done my hair for so long – he’s so nice and sweet – but just lately has seemed to get into a rut – so to speak – with my hair. I don’t want to hurt his feelings but I think I do need to try someone different. Perhaps you’ve given me the ‘push’ that I’ve needed. Thanks again.
        Regards,
        Mary

  18. Blue Rose

    Please help new stylist. I don’t know how to connect my sides to the transition area and the top. The back of my styles are great, but the front (on top and sides, especially around the ear) are like what is going on here??

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi !! I totally know what you’re talking about and the best way I can tell you how to remedy this is by over directing the hair in the front to the shorter length in the back.. I will also say that sections go in a cut like that is very important… I usually will section off above the ears and the crown and start with a small section in the back. As you work your way up : dropping sections down : towards the crown make sure you are directing the sides back to start to keep more length on the sides that will eventually combine and blend in to the front layers. Wish I could come and show you myself. Email me with pics of you want more clarity. And don’t give up… Cutting hair well is a craft and you will improve with time! Good luck dear!

  19. Jennie

    Let me explain. I’ve have many perms, spiral, reg with big rods and body waves. My hair at one time a dirty blonde and had highlights put in. Now it’s turning gray and I have my roots done in a dark blond and highlights for the rest. Now I’ve had perms when my hair has been lighten lots of times with no problem and I loved it. When I moved from Atlanta back to Texas I cannot find a stylist that will perm my hair. If I know my hair why won’t they do it? I have never had problems with my hair. And that’s the truth. I know when colored treated hair is permed it doesn’t take or it doesn’t last long, but it really gives my hair body. I take care of my hair. What can I do
    Thanks Jennie

  20. KAREN

    I have super fine hair. I know that a blunt cut is works best for my hair type. Layers, razors and point cutting makes my hair thin straggly and looking like dandylion fluff. Yet if I walk in with a blunt cut say I just want a trim and need a blunt cut NO layers. 9 out of 10 times I am going to get layers and layers and layers. And because it is fine need to keep it trimmed often. But chances of getting a trim are frankly few and far between. Seems I spend most of my time growing out the damage. How do I find out if they know and can do a blunt cut before the damage is done?

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Karen! I totally feel you on this one as I have fine hair also and I am always looking for blunt ends to keep my hair from looking crazy and flyaway! I would suggest that you get a consultation first. Most talented stylists are happy to offer you a free consultation before your actual cut assuming you are willing to come into the shop and have a 15 min conversation. If the shop you are calling is not excited to offer you a free consult I would take that as a sign that you will not get what you want. Layers can be helpful if a person affine hair… But only
      Done well! So if you go in for a consultation and the stylist can give you a good logical explanation of why a certain cut would work for you and how to style it and maintain it then give it a try. If they cannot… Keep moving. You may need to shop around a little but once you find a stylist who will listen to you but also explain to you why they think you need something other than what it is you think you want – then your search is over! I hope this helps! 🙂

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  22. Natasha Carlson

    How would you describe invisible layers? It sounds like it would be very subtle and NOT choppy but all the pics I’m seeing don’t fit that description… Also, could you leave the front out so that it is FULL length? (I have a lot of “baby” hair above my ears and find that when the front is layered or even graduated it looks sickeningly thin and/or bi level. What would you suggest?

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hello! I would describe invisible layers as shorter pieces placed strategically within a haircut. They are used to create volume and support under pieces of hair that will lay over them or to decrease bulk and weight while still maintaining longer lengths on the crown. There is certainly a right reason to use them but i would caution against searching for a cut with “invisibile layers because it is trendy. If you are curious about this type of style i would make sure that whomever you are consulting with can give you a good explanation as to why the layers are helpful for the style you want and exactly what the result will be. Good luck and please support me and my blog by becoming one of my followers.

    2. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hello again! I can sympathize with your struggle with baby hairs and wanting to find a solution. I think that you may be a candidate for this type of layering because it takes into account the individuals hair growth, density, and texture and tries to create a style that truly doesn’t look layered. I think it is very important for you to find a stylist who can work with you and the specifics of your hair. You will also need to make sure the stylist sees your hair in its natural state. My suggestion is to get a consultation and describe to the stylist what you want your hair to do and express your concerns. A good stylist should be able to have a conversation with you that helps you both formulate a plan and decide on stye that is perfect for you.

  23. ***

    Hello. I need some advice. Can u help me? I am from a country that Hairstylists dont have proficiency.
    i have a cool skin tone so most of color is not good for me, I have a picture from a girl that I like hair color very much, can u help me? I want to send u that picture and one of my pictuere and u say me how can I get to that color. please answer me with email. so I can have your email and send u pictures.

  24. Anonymous

    Thank you very much. I found your article extremely helpful and I hope that this time I will succeed in getting the haircut that I want.

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  26. Ursula

    Is it possible to get layers without thinning shears? They always make the ends look very frizzy. Really like a stacked bob but my hairdresser says she has to use them to get rid of the sharp line and blend in layers. Is there a way I could tell her to cut it to make my curls more defined without the frizz? Thank you

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hello!! Layers are never made with thinning shears actually – they are made with angles. I can understand a stylist wanting to use thinking shears to help blend in the layers of a stacked bob but I also know that many stylist will use them to hide flaws In a haircut.. such as sharp lines that could be adjusted with a better shape. That said.. curly hair is NOT the best type of hair to break out the blending shears for specifically bc it can make it look frizzy or fuzzy. The best advice I can give you here is to find a stylist who specializes in cutting curly hair. There are many different techniques stylists can use but you need to find an expert. Good luck!

  27. Diane De-Groot

    Dear Hairdresser I am going Hairdressers tomorrow and dreading it my Hairdresser who I have been with for ten years has left to have a baby so the girl that cut it before is cutting it tomorrow but last time my hairdresser said she had left the numchucks on as I had to go back because I could not manage it please help with what this means as I am one fuss pot when it comes to my hair yours sincerely Diane

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Diane. I’m sorry to hear of your anxiety about visiting the hairstylist. I have never heard of the term “nunchucks” in regards to hair but it doesn’t sound favorable. My suggestion is that if you are not able to communicate your needs to this new stylist and fell confident that she/he is listening or is qualified then ask for a new person. You may also want to ask your old stylist to recommend someone that could work well with your hair type. Good luck 🙂

  28. Anita C

    Dear Natalie, I have short fine hair . If cut well, it looks thicker and is relatively easy to style. I’ve been trying a hairdresser for the past six months as my long term hairdresser retired. I find I have wispy thin ends now and not the look I’ve had. She appears to be using scissors, not a razor but it’s not a blunt cut and is pretty limp. Could the type of scissors she uses be causing the problem?

    1. Natalie Berglund Post author

      Hi Anita! I suppose it’s possible that your new stylists shears are not as sharp as your previous stylists shears and could be giving you a slightly different weight on the ends, but I don’t think it would be enough of a difference that it would be so noticeable. The thins I would ask you are had your health changed this year or have you begun any new medications? Are you coloring your hair? Is tour hair longer than you were wearing it before or maybe layered differently? There are so many reasons that could be contributing to the change in your hair. My best advice when trying to get comfortable with a new stylist is to give her a chance ( which is seems you have done ) and make sure you have had a conversation with her or him about the concerns you have to see if you can find a solution. If you are still unhappy after trying to communicate with the stylist then try someone new.

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