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How to get the right Haircolor and Haircut for you!

Updated on November 5, 2014

Find the right hairdresser

The goal here is to help you in your discovery process of finding a new hairdresser and getting the hair you always dreamed of. There are some easy steps that you can take and insist that your hairdresser takes in order to deliver on that promise. This lens will share some tips and resources in order to get to your common goal.

In this photo I am showing a color that I do on one of my clients. It is a dark blonde hair color formula with some soft highlighting to break up the color and really show off her hair's movement.

*the photos on this lens are mine*

Doing Hair
Doing Hair

Finding the right hairdresser

The search begins....

The first thing you need to do is find a few hairdressers that you are drawn to. There are so many ways to find a hairdresser now it is almost a challenge to find one just because there are too many options. One of the best ways to find a great hairdresser is ask people who did their hair. (assuming you like it!) You will find hairdressers that have the skill to pull off what you are looking for that way. Then ask the person how they like their hairdresser. Personality is one of the most important aspects of your hairdressing experience.

Another way to find your next stylist is by searching on the web. There are so many websites that lead people to salons and hairdressers that you will be able to search for just the right stylists. Remember search engines use keywords so when you search decide what is most important to you. Try your city or zip and add in a brand of hair products you like and the services you are looking for. For our salon you might find us by typing in Burbank KMS California Haircare Salon.

Once you find the salon read the stylist bios, check their service menu and you may even want to just give them a call and see how you feel after speaking with them.

Many hair salons are constantly trying to bring in new business and will participate in community events so look for a booth at your local street fair or bridal show and will get to meet some of the stylists face to face and really get a feel for if it is a good fit.

As a hairdresser, I am always passing out my card to people that I would want as clients. Some of my best clients are people who I met at parties or shopping or even waiters/service providers. If they give me the type of service I expect, I know they will enjoy the service that I provide.

Please feel free to add your experience or any ideas you may have.

Look for our next posting.... Consultations

the choices
the choices


Now you have found your hairdresser - 'let's talk'

The consultation is one of the most important steps to make sure that both you and your hairdresser are on the same wavelength when it comes to your hair. Each hairdresser will have their own style for this process. Some will say, ' what do you want' and then get started. Some will talk with you for 1/2 an hour about the color red. This is like your first date in a way. Within the first 5 minutes you will know if you will 'click' with this stylist or not. Make sure you come prepared with any questions you may have.

Some suggested questions for your stylist:

How comfortable are you doing this service?

How long will it take?

What is the price? Are there any other costs?

How long will this last? When should I come in for my next service?

What products should I take home with me to maintain this look?

Some questions they may ask you:

Have you had any chemical services?

Do you have any sensitivities to haircolor or any other chemicals? If you have no experience with haircolor you may want to ask for a hyper-sensitivity patch test to ensure that you are not allergic to haircolor. This test should happen 48 hours prior to your haircolor service.

How much time do you spend on your hairstyle?

What at home products are you using?

What challenges are you having with your hair?

At this point your hairdresser will probably analyse your hair-texture, color and condition to find out your natural haircolor, existing color, texture, amount of grey/white hair you may have and any scalp issues that you may have.

This point helps the hairdresser get from where you are to where you want to be.

They will also look at your skin and eye color, make-up color palette, and wardrobe choices.

Your stylist will most likely ask you for what type of service you are looking for, color, highlights, shape of the cut etc.

Once the stylist has made their recommendation about how to move forward make sure you are both in agreement. This is not the time to be distracted by your iPhone, a magazine, or chatting with your neighbor. Look in each other's eyes and make your agreement. 'Let's do it!'

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Leegoal Hair Braid Ponytail Maker Styling Tool(Set of 2,Black)

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Matthew Ray Salon Logo - Burbank

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    • Deannamay LM profile image

      Deannamay LM 3 years ago

      Very good lens.I'm a retired hair stylist and I like your professionalism in addressing hair concerns.

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      Deannamay LM 3 years ago

      Very good lens.I'm a retired hair stylist and I like your professionalism in addressing hair concerns.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I only to go one barber shop where there are two hairdressers work together and they are good and friendly.

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      I like the intro photo. The color variations are so pretty and natural looking.

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @artbyrodriguez: @artbyrodriguez so sorry to hear this. Have you found another option? I'm playing around with bubblews same username its like really basic but very community oriented. Very clear rules. Also tried tekler but sort of got bored.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 3 years ago from Albany New York

      @Hairdresser007: I'm following your plight in the forums. I'm having the same problem and just got my fifth lens locked today. No more lenses for me either. Doesn't make any sense.

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @artbyrodriguez: Thanks for the comment. I have been having my lenses locked sort of non stop. Can't figure out what I am doing wrong. Not planning on writing any more lenses. I'm just waiting for the ones I have to die lens by lens. Check out my blog you may see an article on gray hair and how to color it soon! Thanks for the idea!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 3 years ago from Albany New York

      I've recently made the big decision to let my hair go its natural color, which is gray, of course. I'm finding that I like it! An article on gray hair would be interesting.

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Mommy-Bear: Sounds like you need to find a hairdresser that understands your texture of hair. A great resource you can try is naturally or they have stylists that are trained on their system for cutting curly hair. Going to the salon should be a great experience and we strive to have you walking out feeling like a million bucks!

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      Mommy-Bear 4 years ago

      I have mostly had bad experiences with hairdressers and therefore only go when absolutely necessary. I have very curly hair and hairdresser always underestimate how short it is going to end up.

      Thanks for your advice perhaps now I can go armed with a little more knowledge and confidence.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes, you need the right hairdresser. Some of them just don't listen to what you want. Good tips.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      You are so right you do need to find the right hair dresser the wrong one usually turns out to be a disaster. I know from experience Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Useful thanks. As a natural dark brunette more grey than black I usually get my hair coloured at the hairdressers. Due to economic challenges, shall we say, I am going back this time to doing it myself at home. Will have it cut at the salon. Watch this space!.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Almost nothing gives me more anxiety than getting a haircut! It might be because I haven't found that right stylist yet.

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @Retro Loco: So did you get a good color?

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      I don't care what color it is, I just need more hair.

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Great lens, thank you for the advice! I'm on a quest to find that perfect "retro red" that complements my fair skin and navy eyes. My last coloring was with a new hairdresser who did great work, but I really wasn't satisfied with the shade of red -- it was too orange for me. It's time for a new cut and color, and I'm going back to the same stylist with lots of photos this time. Wish me luck! ~Vicki~

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      James Jordan 7 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @jgelien: Let us know if you find someone who will consult with you and find the best look for you!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      Thanks for all the good tips and information. I have no idea what type of style and cut would be the best for me. Left to my own devices with no direction I'd not do well.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is hard to find a good hairdresser. I found one and she moved to another country. Now, am on search for one. I keep trying but have found no one yet. Your guide is useful.

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      globalvision 7 years ago

      Until your lens I never thought to look on line for a hairstylist. Great lens Thanks.

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      confidentkate 7 years ago

      Good tips. Thanks for writing this informative lens on perfect hair.


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      Werkpaardje 7 years ago

      Great tips, which will work all over the world. 5*

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Living where I am now for about 3 years, I am still searching for the right hair dresser. Thanks for the tips!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      a problem I have had all my life...finding a hairdresser that makes my hair nice...nice lens...

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      Erinlk LM 7 years ago

      Love the "Finding the Right Hairdresser"

      5 stars!!

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      My hairdresser is a good friend who is just finishing cosmetology school. She told me about some of the really BAD things that can happen if a stylist doesn't know (or worse, doesn't think to ask!) about prior colors, perms, or chemicals.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      You have a lot of good information on here, thanks for the tips! I do have a hairdresser I'm loyal to but sometimes I find myself going to another for a fresh new look (although I will always go back to my usual one). Good luck with your hairdressing career! (:

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Wow, you have no idea how much I need a good hairdresser right now. Thanks a million for the great info. and tips!

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      James Jordan 8 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @SusanDeppner: Hi Susan52 Is your hairdresser working somewhere else? I would love to help you find someone where you live. I worked on a national / international level in hairdresser education. I know hairdressers all over the place and would love to help you find someone who can work on your specific needs. You can contact me through our website.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Most hairdressers assume I want the standard short cut that most 55+ sport. I do most of my own clipping. I do not like the fresh cut look on me. Hey, welcome to Squidoo.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My hairdresser just closed her shop, so I have to start over looking for someone I trust. I need someone who can cut "chemo hair," my now very thin hair following chemotherapy. I didn't lose it all and I already wear it short, but it definitely needs work. Any advice?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is very cool! Thanks for sharing :-)

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      James Jordan 8 years ago from Burbank, CA

      @lilflyers3: Haven't seen any activity yet that I am aware of but it is a project I am working on to write more. Blog more. And to have more content for future projects. It is helping me in regard to defining strategies and crystalizing my plan for the business.

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      lilflyers3 8 years ago

      Great lens! Has it been successful for your business?

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      My favorite hairdresser is 300 miles away, so it's a bit of a problem getting my hair cut. I have a backup, but have never found anyone I like as much.

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      Swagger1 8 years ago

      Nice and detailed lens.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I am always wanting to know a good haircut!