38 Secrets Your Hair Stylist Won’t Tell You

Hair salons share their secrets for saving money, getting a great hair cut, and more.

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The clients I dread the most are those who say things like “Do whatever you want”

Or: “I’m pretty easy to work with.” Nine times out of ten, hair stylists say, it’s not true.

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We know you hate the word bleach

So we hairdressers use words like lightener and decolorizer. But no matter how we prettify the language, if we’re lifting a dark color out of your hair, we’re using bleach. If you’re not sure exactly how much lighter your hair should be, here’s how to find the best hair color for your skin tone.

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Yes, I keep notes about you on your client card, and they can get pretty personal

I may note that you don’t tip well or that you talked loudly about how drunk you were last night. I may also write down that you’re going through a divorce or that you’re into tennis so I can remember to ask you about those things next time.

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After you’ve been late a few times, I ask our receptionist to say your appointment is at 2

But really it’s at 2:30.

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If there’s one rule to live by, it’s this

Don’t make your first appointment with me on a Saturday. That’s our busiest day, and I won’t be able to give you the time and attention you want and deserve. And definitely make sure you’re familiar with these hairstyle terms everyone should know before their next appointment.

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Find out whether your salon offers a discount if you get a cut and a color together

Ask for one if it doesn’t. Doing both together eliminates some steps and should save you about 20 percent, according to most hairdressers. Make the most of your investment and avoid these hair color mistakes that could completely wreck your hair and your wallet.

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It’s fine to use Groupon or another social media site to save money on your hairstyling

But be wary of hair salons that offer deals all the time. That’s not a good sign, and think twice before you buy these things from Groupon.

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Thin hair doesn’t have to be worn short

I had a client who wore her super-thin hair short for years because she thought she had to. I finally talked her into growing it out into a stacked bob, and everyone now says she looks incredible. Hair stylists say if you want to maintain your thin hair, here are the 8 rules to keep it healthy.

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Always dry your hair completely before using a hot tool like a curling iron or a flat iron

If your hair still contains moisture, the iron will damage it, hair stylists say. These are the safest ways to use heat on your hair, according to hairdressers.

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Sometimes when I don’t have a client’s color—either because we’re out of it or because I forgot to write it down last time—I don’t say anything and just mix something new

If you think I’m applying what you had before, you’re much less likely to complain.

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