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Style Tips for Women: Finding the Right Haircut

Updated on March 08, 2016
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I'm a business communications coach who teaches writing, speaking, and leadership skills to adults in the midst of a career change.

Your hair is one of your most valuable assets when it comes making a good impression wherever you go. These tips will help you pick a flattering hair cut to suit your personality and lifestyle.

Make every day a great hair day with these style tips.

Do you have lots of time in the morning to do your hair? Or are you looking for a style that is easy to manage? Talk to your stylist about what you are looking for during your first consultation.
Do you have lots of time in the morning to do your hair? Or are you looking for a style that is easy to manage? Talk to your stylist about what you are looking for during your first consultation.

If you are ready for a new hairstyle, check out these tips on how to find the right cut for you. With a bit of planning, a conversation with your stylist and some good old assertiveness, you can walk away from your next salon appointment looking and feeling like a million bucks. A good haircut can boost your confidence, keep your image up-to-date and, depending on your lifestyle, simplify your daily self-care routine.

You're only as good as your last haircut.

— Fran Lebowitz
"Ooh! i love you hair! Tell me, who does it for you?" Ask friends for hair salon recommendations.
"Ooh! i love you hair! Tell me, who does it for you?" Ask friends for hair salon recommendations.

1. Find a good hair salon.

Finding the perfect haircut starts with finding a good hair salon.

Seek out the advice of your friends whose hair always looks stylish and well cared for. Do they make going to a hair salon a priority? Do they look like they have a cut and touch-up at least every 6 – 8 weeks? If so, then they probably have a hairstylist that they see on a regular basis. Ask them where they get their hair done and if they have a preferred stylist that they work with.

People love getting compliments and they love being recognized as having good taste. Most friends would be more than happy to recommend their favorite stylist to you.

2. Book a hair consultation.

Most reputable salons offer a complimentary hair consultation for new clients.

The video clip on the right discusses some of the things that you and your stylist will talk about before deciding on a haircut that suits your profession, your personality and your private life.

3. Come as you are.

When you go to the salon for your consultation, wear the make-up, clothes and accessories that you normally have on day to day. This will help your stylist get a sense of what cut and color would look good on you.

For example. do you wear sheer make-up or do you wear make-up that boldly accentuates your eyes, cheeks and lips? Do you wear chunky, funky pieces of colorful jewelry or do you have a simple understated look (i.e. a delicate gold chain and stud earrings)? Do you wear open blouses with wide necklines or do you wear scarves and collared shirts that cradle your face and chin? All of these aspects of your normal look will help the stylist make a recommendation that suits your personality.

Bring clippings from your favorite fashion magazines to your first hair consultation. But also be open to suggestions from your hairstylist.
Bring clippings from your favorite fashion magazines to your first hair consultation. But also be open to suggestions from your hairstylist.

4. Bring pictures.

Pictures not only help illustrate what kind of haircut you want, they also give the stylist an idea of your own fashion sensibilities.

In addition to photographs that show what kind of cut you want, bring photos that illustrate any colors or highlights that you're interested in trying out. If possible, look for photos of women in your own age segment. While a pixie-cut may look cute on a 20 year-old, on an older woman it could look entirely different and send an entirely different message about who you are.

If you have photographs of yourself in a hairstyle that you wore once before and really liked, bring those pictures too.

5. Discuss your daily routine with your hairstylist.

Don’t be afraid to talk about what you do for a living. Are you a sales executive that frequently stands in front of an audience doing presentations? Do you work from home while taking care of your kids? Someone doing presentations on stage might need a bolder, highly styled look, while someone who works with kids might need a more practical, low-maintenance style.

Also, ask questions about how often a particular style or color will need to be maintained and then take that into consideration of your overall clothing and beauty budget. Obviously, a precision cut and color would need more regular maintenance than a classic bob with your own natural haircolor. Some hair cuts may require special conditioners and styling products too. Salons usually recommend the products that they sell in their shops, but these can get quite expensive.

If you don't have time to blow dry and style your hair every morning, then don't pick a high maintenance hairstyle!
If you don't have time to blow dry and style your hair every morning, then don't pick a high maintenance hairstyle!

6. Discuss any allergies or chemical sensitivities.

If you have had a bad reaction to a chemical treatment (perms, dyes, straighteners) in the past, let your stylist know during the consultation.

7. Be open to suggestions from the hairstylist.

Finally, be open to suggestions from your stylist. As the salon manager in the video clip says, the hairstylists are the experts. You've come to them for a reason: to find the best haircut for you.

Once your cut and hair treatment begins, relax. If you have taken the time to discuss your personal preferences, your day-to-day routine and you've shown up wearing the same clothes and accessories that you normally wear, you've done your job. You've given the stylist all the information he or she needs to give you the best hairstyle possible.

Leave your worries behind you, sit back and enjoy being pampered for a few hours. You deserve it!

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A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.

— Coco Chanel

© 2012 Sally Hayes

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  • Harriette Miller profile image

    Harriette Miller 5 years ago from Sairee, Koh Tao, 84360, Thailand

    Thanks..Finally I got a good idea.

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    Slaven Cvijetic 5 years ago from Switzerland, Zurich

    I have never known that cutting hair can be almost a science. As a man, I have never spent much thoughts on where I would cut my hair etc. This is valueable information! Voted up Useful and shared!!

    P.S. You have point 6 twice

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    Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    I just cut my hair short to beat the heat an added some curls too to add volume to my hair. And it costed me $140...

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Thanks for these tips. As a guy, I'm totally clueless when it comes to my hair -- you've provided a roadmap for me to follow. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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