Where to get haircut?

While the worst thing about moving might be packing your life into boxes and trying to stuff your cat into a carrier to go across the country (or even across town), I’m here to tell you about another contender: Trying to find the right person to style your hair — especially if you’re picky. I should know — I’ve moved twice in the past six months and it was a challenge to keep my hair looking dope while trying to make new friends and find work. Because for me personally, if I don’t feel good about my hair, I kinda don’t feel good about life.

I’d been with my stylist in NYC for five or six years, Justin at Bloom Beauty Lounge, and we’d not only developed a friendship but a full-on artistic collaboration when it came to my look. He’d taken me from a blunt auburn bob, to long burgundy hair with bangs, and finally to a strawberry blonde lob that I loved. But, just because I was abandoning NYC and Justin didn’t mean I needed to dump my cute hair.

Here’s what I learned in my adventures working with several new stylists — and the best part is, you don’t have to be moving to a new city to try these tips, just moving to a new stylist.

Courtesy Tanya Edwards

Get all the details on your current look.

If you like your look and you have a good relationship with your stylist, do what I did and have them write down how they executed it. Justin whipped up a custom color for me and generously shared the formula for the color and gloss he used. If your current stylist is doing anything unique, have them detail it to you in a text or e-mail. I keep mine on my phone so it’s handy when I try a new salon.

Bring photos.

This seems obvious but still needs to be said. If you have hadn’t had a cut, style, or color in a while, bring photos on your phone of the last time your hair was coiffed to the gods. Point out what you liked about the look to the stylist you’re working with, otherwise, they will just be going by what you have when you sit down in the chair.

Trust your gut.

Finding a new stylist isn’t just about their talent, it’s about how the two of you vibe together. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking up, or feel like your stylist isn’t hearing your feedback, you’re likely not going to be happy with the final result. When you call to make an appointment, tell them it’s your first time and you’d like to talk with the stylist first — and show up early. If you feel like they don’t get you, or they’re rushing you to get your hair washed without even feeling your texture first, it’s totally okay to cancel and leave. Just make sure you’re up-front about this before going in, as some salons may try to charge you for your time.

This is not the time to experiment.

The first time you go in to see a new stylist is not the time to lose six inches of hair and go from brunette to platinum blonde. You need to work with them to build up trust and get into a groove. Treat your stylist like any new relationship. When I first saw Jean at Otto & Grand for a cut and color, I asked for a simple trim and for her to follow the exact color formula my old stylist used. It came out perfectly, and from there we went on to further appointments where we played with the color, trying a pink gloss and a longer look.

Make sure your new salon is in a location to serve your target audience and will bring in plenty of traffic.

You’ve paid your dues and studied hard. After working with other stylists, you are ready to open your own salon. This is an exciting time for any cosmetologist. The first step is to find the right location for your hair salon after cosmetology school. Here are some of the things you need to consider when you are making plans.

Location Is Everything

As the general is with real estate, location is paramount. There’s an immense amount of choice here. Make your decision based on the type of clientele you are looking to target. For instance, do you want to position yourself to service urban clients that live and work in the city? If so, you might be interested in a busy downtown area. Alternatively, you might want a more suburban feel to your new salon. If so, a spot outside a busy city is the way to go.

Consider the Size

Finding a property in the right location won’t work if the size is not right. Think ahead and decide what you will need. Generally, most hair salons require at least four distinct areas – not necessarily rooms – and range between 1,200 to 2,000 square feet. A popular breakdown of the areas are:

  • Reception/retail area: At least 20 percent of the overall space should be allotted for this section. It includes an area for patrons to wait, a place for product displays, and a reception desk.
  • Shampoo area: About 10 percent of the space should be given over to a shampoo area.
  • Service area: Allot 50 percent of your space for a service area where stylists will work.
  • Storage: Storage for any shop is important. Leave at least 20 percent of the space dedicated to storage.

Both urban and suburban salons have their advantages, depending on your clientele.

Urban Salons

A location in an urban setting allows you to cater to office workers who might find it convenient to schedule a hair appointment during their lunch hour or immediately after work. In addition, businesses of all kinds will also populate the area and bring the benefit of drawing potential clients to your door. One downside is that business districts may not be the best choice for night-time appointments. Make sure the area is safe and well lit. That will give you and your customers peace of mind. Finally, make sure there is adequate parking nearby.

Suburban Stylists

You might want to find a location that lies within a more suburban area. In many parts of the country, urbanites have found a home outside the city. In fact, businesses once confined to downtown have moved out to malls of all kinds. One of the most prominent is the strip mall. Finding the right strip mall for your salon is essential to its success. Make sure the vacant space is not due to lack of traffic rather than your good fortune. Sit in the parking lot and tabulate how many people use the strip mall on any given day. Remember, foot traffic to other businesses will act like free advertising for yours.

Pros and Cons of Leasing vs. Buying

You’ve picked out the location where you want to open your salon. The next decision is whether you are looking to lease or buy. As with your choice of location, this is dependant on the funds you have to invest. Buying means that you can qualify for a mortgage on the property. It also means that you need to be very sure of the location and the market trends in the area. Sometimes availability means that other businesses are leaving due to changing conditions. Be certain to do your homework.

Work up a budget to see what you need to reach your goals and stick to it.

Buying Means Less Interference

When you own your space, you are able to make renovations without the interference of a landlord. However, some lease agreements can be adaptable for business purposes. Pore over the lease agreement, and if possible, obtain an attorney’s assistance. A mistake when you sign can cost you money in the future. Remember, rented space should have an extended lease agreement if possible.

Continue Learning

After cosmetology school is behind you and you have your own shop, you still need to take continuing education courses to renew your license. The cosmetology courses also introduce you to changing styles and new information on how to better serve your clients.

Beauty Academy offers online and correspondence cosmetology courses for your convenience. You can even take the course before you pay. We understand how little extra time you have when you are trying to build a business, and we make every effort to simplify the process. Check out our courses, and get started today.

“A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life,” said the fashion mogul Coco Chanel, who, for the record, donned a trendsetting sleek bob.

Dr. Tricia Wolanin, a clinical psychologist, is inclined to agree with the iconic French designer and business mogul.

“The timing of when chooses to get a haircut is key,” she says. “Is it post-breakup to redefine a new you, and release excess burden and baggage? Is it a marking point for a new adventure such as graduation, new job or a notable birthday? Or is she getting this haircut as a metaphor to take time out to care for herself and move into her power?”

Though our motivations for getting a haircut vary (and sometimes, we’re just looking to tame the beast of tangles), we can all agree on one thing: we want a good haircut. Actually, no, we want a fantastic haircut — and for good reason.

“Haircuts are one of the first things people notice when you make a slight alteration,” says Wolanin. “When we take the time to make a shift, others notice. It may be a trim in our bangs, new color, or a whole new style — but our hair makes a statement.”

A great haircut can bear a hefty price tag — yet fall short of expectations.

And haircuts can be expensive.

Celebrity hairstylist Paul Labrecque says on average a great cut in a big city costs “about $150, and will last about six to seven weeks.” Edward Tricomi, stylist and co-owner of Warren Tricomi Salons puts the ballpark figure for a new do at “$130 up to $1,000. It depends on what you are requesting and where you go. I can make that cut last anywhere between three to four months.”

But we don’t always get what you pay for, do we? I don’t know anyone (male or female) who hasn’t suffered a terrible haircut.

What steps can clients take to ensure the best results?

Scour Yelp and other review platforms

If you’re looking for a new stylist, do as much sleuthing as you can on their professional work.

“Look up a hairstylist’s reviews online, talk to current and past clients, visit a salon in person and ask a hairstylist about their experience and portfolio,” hairstylist Chad Seale says.

Many stylists have a presence on Instagram, so be sure to check out their work there, too.

Book a consultation first

One of the best tips I’ve learned over the years, when booking a hair appointment, is to secure that the cut comes with a consultation.

“A consultation should be included as part of the service, and doing one complimentary is the norm,” says Labrecque. “At my salons we generally allow 15 minutes with each client for this process.”

You can also book a consultation with just a blow dry, which Neven Radovic, lead stylist at Ian McCabe Studio, recommends.

“Your hair is a big deal and impacts you daily — you should be comfortable when you are spending your hard-earned money on it,” says Radovic. “I recommend booking an appointment for just a consultation and a blow dry. This way you can get to know the stylist and how they work before doing anything serious. And then if it is a good fit, book a second appointment for a cut/color.”

How to find the best haircut for your face shape

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Be honest about how much time you spend on your hair everyday

Be as direct as you can with your stylist — not just about what you want to change (or keep) — but about your hair routine. If you often throw your hair up in a messy bun because you don’t have the time to deal with it, tell the stylist that so they can create a cut that’s easy to manage.

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“Be honest with your stylist,” says Seale. “A good stylist will know the perfect hairstyle for your face, lifestyle and preferences; however, he or she should also be willing to listen to your concerns and work with you.”

You should also point out if you use or are open to using products everyday as some hairstyles are more high-maintenance (and costly) in this regard.

Get inspiration from TV, beauty mags, Pinterest and Instagram

Part of the job of a hairstylist is to know the current trends. If you’re out of the loop, they can fill you in, but if you have no idea what you want, it’s best to do a bit of homework to get some ideas. The stylists we consulted recommend checking out Pinterest, beauty magazines and fashion influencers on Instagram. Save a few pics on your phone to show the stylist what appeals to you.

“It’s always great to show your stylist a picture of something you’re trying to achieve so they have a good idea on how to move forward,” says Tricomi.

Hear out the stylist’s suggestions, but hold your ground

A stylist should have suggestions for what they think will look best on you based on your preferences and lifestyle. But don’t feel obligated to agree.

“If in the end you don’t want the style he or she recommends, they should willingly yield to your decision,” says Seale.

Consider not only face shape, but body shape

No two faces are the same, but most faces fall into one of four categories: oval, long, square or round.

“Each one has different haircuts that look perfect for them,” says Tricomi. “Bangs or no bangs, blunt cuts, or long layers — it all depends on how you cut and structure someone’s new look. When you’re cutting, what is really important is body structure and facial features. A great stylist knows how to balance all of those compliments and give the client the look they’re looking for.”

It’s good to have some idea of these factors before heading in (you can easily do this by following one of the many online guides for measuring both face and body shape).

“Pinterest can help the client look at face shapes and find cuts that are best,” says Tricomi.

2. Choose the most suitable level of stylist

One decision many people get stuck on is what level of stylist to choose – the junior staff, who charge less, or the pricier but more knowledgable senior stylists. Ultimately, it all depends on how drastic an overhaul you are planning.

“If you have challenging hair that has been subjected to disasters in the past — whether that’s colour or cut — and are thinking of a major restyle, then it is essential to choose someone experienced, as they will know what is suitable for you and your hair type” says Craig Taylor, creative director at Hari’s salon.

However, for more routine appointments such as the odd trim or blow dry, a junior member of staff should be more than adequate. And, of course, there are some exceptionally talented juniors out there, so if you find one who is consistently brilliant, there’s no reason not to trust them with a hair revamp.


3. Have a thorough consultation

If a salon doesn’t offer you a consultation before your haircut, or you’re instructed to have your hair washed before the stylist has even looked at it, then walk away and don’t look back. A haircut should always come with a consultation – whether it happens in the days before your appointment, or immediately prior. A stylist cannot possibly look at wet hair and know how it falls naturally; ideally your hair should be worn as you normally style it for the consultation, so they have a good idea of your capabilities.

For a major hair transformation with a new hairdresser, Ken Picton, who owns an eponymous salon in Cardiff, recommends a consultation separate to the appointment, which will give you a chance to mull over any big changes. “If you can, pre-arrange a consultation with your hair stylist before the big day, as it will give you an overall feeling of whether you like them and their suggestions for your hair” he says. “If you are short on time, research a salon that offers hourly appointments or more, as this will allow extra time for the consultation”.

Some people worry that it’s rude or presumptuous to take along photos of the style they want to achieve. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as visual references are often the easiest method to share your desired look.

“Always take inspirational images with you, especially for colour — it’s impossible to know if the colour you’re imagining in your head is the exact same shade pictured by the colourist” says Ricky Walters, owner of Salon64 in London. “Images are a vital reference point when language won’t suffice. If possible create a mood board — it’s rare that you will love an entire look, but you might like the back of one haircut, and the shade of another.”

Even pictures of haircuts or colours you don’t like are useful reference points for your stylist, further honing their understanding of your personal taste.

4. Be realistic about your hair type
The consultation is a time to ascertain whether you have a sensible idea of what can be achieved with your hair type. Managing expectations at this point will help prevent disappointment.

“In terms of the cut and style, most clients are quite realistic about what their hair will do, but when it comes to colour, some requests are unfeasible” says Kai Wan, owner of P.Kai salons in Peterborough. “Certain colours can’t be achieved in one visit to the salon, or at all if the hair isn’t in good condition. Your hairdresser spends years learning the science of this, so trust them.”

By the end of the consultation, you and your stylist should be very much on the same page about what is expected from the appointment, meaning you are much less likely to get a nasty surprise at the end.

5. Don’t be afraid to speak up

Brits live in dread of “making a fuss” — but getting your hair done is one instance where you need to let go of natural reticence and speak up if you’re feeling worried.

Every single hairdresser we chatted to said they wouldn’t mind at all if someone voiced concerns during the appointment, if only because it gives them the chance to reassure clients, or fix issues straight away.

“Just ask” advises Ricky. “It’s unlikely the hairstylist has made a mistake, but ask any questions you need to put your mind at rest. Remember colour and cuts are not a tattoo and they can always change direction if you’re uncomfortable. For example, a quick toner on a set of highlights can turn you from hating your colour to loving it in minutes. Hairdressers will never mind a client asking questions!”

Indeed, during or immediately after the appointment is the prime time to speak up if you feel the hairdresser has not followed your agreed brief – they want you to leave feeling happy, so should be more than willing to make amends.

6. Develop a relationship of trust

In an age where special offers and last minute appointments are king, the good old-fashioned loyalty between hairdresser and client is losing ground.

However, it is undoubtedly the very best way to ensure you always love the results of a salon visit.

“When you find a stylist whose work you rate, build a relationship based on mutual honesty and trust” says Kai. “Be upfront about your budget and how much time you can spare as well, allowing your stylist to pick a look with the right level of upkeep.

Once you’ve found “the one”, any hair transformations become far less frightening, as you can work together towards your hair goals, whether that’s growing it long or gradually embracing a new colour.

SOS: What to do if you hate your hair

Sometimes, it’s only after you leave the salon that you realise you’re unhappy with your hair.

First of all, don’t panic – almost any disaster is salvageable, whether it’s brassy blonde or overly-choppy layers.

Phone up the salon and tell them that you are unhappy with your haircut or colour, explaining politely how it differs from what was agreed in your initial consultation. This should be done within two weeks of your appointment. In most cases, you will be offered a free session to fix the problem, says London-based salon owner Jamie Stevens (http://jamiestevenshair.com).

“Most businesses would much rather have a client come back in and have their hair rectified than leaving them unhappy and losing them to another salon” he says.

If you feel that the stylist is the problem, then it’s ok to ask to see someone different or more senior — you’ll have to grin and bear the awkwardness if they’re in the salon during your return visit, but it’s better than putting up with a haircut you hate.

Of course, if the stylist followed your instructions exactly, and you’ve simply gone off the style, then you’re in less of a strong position to complain, although most good hairdressers will flag if a particular cut or colour won’t suit you.

At the other end of the scale, if the hairdresser has caused unnecessary damage to your hair or scalp and won’t fix the problem, then you can go to the small claims court for compensation. Visit www.adviceguide.org.uk for more information, or visit the Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Overall, the key thing to remember is that with hair, few disasters are permanent.


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Haircuts Near Me

Here is what our customers had to say about haircuts on Groupon:

★★★★★ 2019-03-07

“I haven’t been to a professional barber in years and I was unsure if it would be worth it… And I was wrong to ever question if from Steele Barber. Not only do they greet you with your drink of choice, they give you a shirt to wear for the haircut so you don’t get so much hair on yours! Paul, who cut my hair, was a wonderful person and a great barber, would highly recommend!.”-Eric S.

★★★★ 2019-02-28

“Julie gave me just what I needed today, a nice trim & bit of pampering. After a quick consult, she shampooed & massaged my hea; so pleasant. As she trimmed, there was attention to detail & adequate use of hair products. We also discussed the quality of the salon’s choice of Italian hair color products as well as tricks of the trade as they relate to processing. I enjoyed that. Thank you Julie. It was a nice intro to Bella Vita..”-Susan m.

★★★★ 2018-08-16

“The facial itself was awesome but the only thing I would say is that even though this is a new building it was unfortunate that they had to convert a washroom into a treatment room. The toilet tank was covered with a shelf & tablecloth and the sink was accessible but the esthetician had very little room to maneuver in this confined space. Also the spa-bed(?) felt a wobbly, so I tried not to move..”-Lesley d.

★★★★★ 2019-02-11

“I had such a good experience with Lindsey! I used to box dye my hair bright blonde (yikes) and traumatized myself from ever having anyone touch it again after I went back to my natural color a few years ago. I was hesitant to get a balayage, but after reading all of Lindsey’s great reviews, I bought the Groupon! She did an AMAZING job. The most important thing to me was that it looked natural and it seriously looks amazing!.”-Alex S.

★★★★★ 2019-02-24

“One of my favorite keratin treatments thus far. I’ve looked all over NYC and Groupon and this was the best deal. Amy was my stylist, she’s so fun and friendly! I never had a stylist who conversed with me during Almost the whole time of treatment! One thing to know in advance is this Groupon covers only 1 oz of product, if you have longer hair you might need more product, but it’s 100% worth it..”-Yael E.

★★★★★ 2019-01-21

“Quiche is an amazing hair stylist and has magic in her hands. I bought the 1 deep conditioning option, and don’t regret it. She took care of my hair and gave me exactly what I asked for. She also has a private area which is beneficial for Muslim women who wear the hijab. I went in with boring hair and came out with voluminous layers. Will be coming back to her sooner or later. Thank youu Quiche❤️.”-Fatima A.

★★★★★ 2019-03-06

“I scheduled my first experience at Lux and I was very pleased with my experience. I entered into a very clean venue with the fresh fragrance of mint and tea tree permeating the salon. I was greeted by friendly staff and offered a variety of refreshments. My particular services lasted 4.5 hours but I was very happy with the results. I used my Groupon voucher that knocked off a few bucks 😉.”-Jessica P.

Fashion’s Hair Salon opens new location

One of two businesses that was destroyed in a fire two months ago officially reopened its doors to the community Wednesday morning.

“It’s amazing. These last two months were a blur and I’ve been exhausted trying to keep things going,” said Sandy Ramos, owner of Fashion’s Hair Salon. “It’s only been with the help of everyone, from friends and family to the City of Alice and God, of course, for guiding us to this place…It’s amazing to get back to work and have so much support.”

In May, Fashion’s Hair Salon and the neighboring business, Happy Daze Hookuh Lounge, was nothing but a pile of burned rumble after a fire tore through the building they had been at for more than 20 years.

Ramos along with her employees, friends, family and the Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for newest place of business located at 1186 East Third Street.

Don’t be alarmed on finding the new place. Swing by the old business and park. Ramos and her employees are in the green house on the corner of Woodlawn and East Third Street.

“It’s a blessing (to be next door to our old place) because our customers know us here. If they drive by they’ll see us. Now we have a larger parking area,” Ramos said.

Fashion’s Hair Salon first opened in 1988 at another location. It moved to Woodlawn Street in 1991.

“There’s been so much support and love from the community,” she said. “After the fire there were so many people willing in help in any way. We were overwhelmed by the love and support of people.”

Right now, the salon is only taking cash until they can get their phone line set up. This week, they are having a special haircut pricing for everyone for only $10.

Ramos continues to rebuild her business to what it was and more.

What Would You Do: How Slow Is Too Slow For A Haircut?

Should A Slow Stylist Have To Speed Up?

“Time is money” is SO true in the hair industry, but at the same time, artistic creativity can’t be rushed, right? That’s the question up for debate today—is 45 minutes too slow for a haircut? And if it is, how can you speed up? This question sparked a lot of debate. Hear what members of the BTC Fam had to say!

“I know these days on IG you hear about hair appointments that last hours…but I still believe the more clients you get in (done well of course), the more successful you will be. And let’s face it…with all the ‘feel-good stuff’ set aside, I believe most stylists love what they do…but it HAS TO PAY THE BILLS! I have a stylist who works in my salon who does phenomenal work and is quite popular, but takes a long time. Some women’s cuts can take over 45 minutes for a simple layered cut, and that’s without a shampoo or style. How should I address this with him without asking him to compromise his work?”

It’s Not An Issue

“Ultimately how many more clients is he really going to be able to fit in? One or two? Really not enough to make a huge difference, and honestly at what cost? His happiness at work because he now has anxiety to finish fast. His work will suffer 100 percent.” – @timm.morrison

“If I was him and you approached me about taking too ‘long,’ I would leave your shop and take my happy clients with me. A price raise should do the trick and an increase ‘bonus’ for him for as an incentive.” – @level9hairwizard

“I think it’s important in our business to keep our eyes to ourselves. Work on what is important to us and grant others the freedom to create as they see fit. Aren’t we all just trying to do our best?” – @ginagreenberg

Speed Isn’t A Good Thing

“Fast food hair or fine dining hair. It’s your career it’s your choice. I tell my clients all the time I’m not a fast food hairdresser. Sorry. Make reservations. Book in advance. Enjoy the process and proper service required to maximum your salon experience and integrity of your hair.” – @dangdanghair

“I truly believe there is a reason a quality haircut and experience based on education (which isn’t cheap) cost more. Take your time and charge more. Clients will pay more for better quality and appreciate that you take your time. They don’t want to be just another head of hair in your chair. This industry isn’t just about money, it’s about making people feel good about themselves. Human touch is something special and we can offer our guests so much more than just a long layered haircut. Trust me, they will pay for what they feel is worth it. But you have to make it worth it. It doesn’t come down to number of clients, it comes down to how much you make at the end of the day. Eight clients at one hour or 16 at 30 minutes? What difference does it make if you make the same at the end of the day? I’d rather charge more for an hour and take my time than rush through two clients in an hour for the same amount.” – @danielleavila.hair

“If your client feels rushed, or uncomfortable, or unhappy with the service they are receiving, they will not come back, and you also may lose other clients. Women talk to each other. I say, spend the time on the clients and upcharge if necessary. The more time and effort you put into that ‘simple layered haircut,’ the more money you will make in the long run because that woman is going to walk out of the salon feeling fabulous, and she’s going to tell all of her friends about you. There’s your money, and there’s your stylist building themselves a wonderful clientele. I will never rush any of my clients because their happiness is your business.” – @hairbytaylorbarbarise

“Quality is better than quantity. I am priced by the hour, so no matter a cut or color, I make my money whether I have 10 clients in a day or one client that takes all day. It always takes me at least an hour for one haircut.” – @natali.at.jrs.atx

Speed Is Crucial!

“I average 30 minutes for short hair, 45 minutes for longer/thicker. I have a lot of demand (50+ regular clients per week and wouldn’t fit them in if I was slower!). However, I am very careful to always offer a change/make suggestions and am lucky that I remember personal details about them so even in a short time they still feel ‘special.’ I manage a salon with ‘slower’ stylists and although that’s fine—some clients like a long visit to the salon—you CAN risk people not coming as often because with busy lives, a half-day in the salon is hard to justify! I’ve found that small things make a big difference to time: a good consultation so you are clear on what you’re doing to avoid having to stop and check.” – @emmasilkhair

“I specialize in cutting, so I book 15 minute men’s and 30 minute women’s. I use an assistant to blow-dry when needed. I do an average of 100 clients a week and my clients love how fast they get in and out to get on with their days! But everyone is different in how they work. I have A.D.D so it’s works for me. Just do what’s comfortable for you then keep trying to add people in between or smaller slots and keep counting that money.” – @hairbythelion

“Time is money. Time is also very valuable to clients. I book every 30 minutes with great customer service along with quality. $80+ per haircuts. Density and length of hair play a big factor in time for styling only. Do workshops to help polish techniques. Add value to his work, then both client and stylist will feel rewarded.” – @maribel_617

“I wash, cut (including layering lol) AND blow-dry all in under an hour AND they get an awesome and intimate experience with me. You’re right—time is money, both as an employer and a stylist. You have to be able to work quickly and competently or you can be replaced. It’s unfortunate for the slower stylists, but it’s the truth.” – @whitewitch71

It Happened To Me

“As a new stylist who was just fired for being too slow, this is my perspective. Speed is important. Help him to be faster by observing him cut two or three layered cuts. Then do a layered cut with him on a model and show him where he is losing time. All I needed was a little more guidance. You cannot underestimate the importance of sectioning basics. Experienced stylists manage hair sections so effortlessly that they don’t even know how to teach it and so get mad when beginner cannot control the hair. If we knew how, we would do it! Make him practice sectioning until it comes naturally. If he wants help, help him. If he is unteachable, fire him. But don’t blame bad teaching on the student. We know YOU can do it. But can you transfer your knowledge to the student? THAT is the measure of good training.” – @myjosephwork

Advice For Slower Stylists

“I would let him cut your hair, that way you can experience what his guests are experiencing first hand and decide if it’s worth the extra time he is spending.” – @alishaeisert

“There’s a delicate balance between the stylist and the salon. Maybe monthly digests with the salon owner and individual stylist can help bridge gaps and provide understand in the strength and weakness within the salon and learning to independently identifying that.” – @shearfade

“My sister told me, ‘The faster-paced clients will go to the faster-paced stylists, and the slower-paced clients will go to the slower-paced stylists. There’s a stylist for every personality. When the right client finds their right stylist, everybody’s happy.’ My sister is faster, I’m slower and we’re both busy and happy!” – @shelley_meadows

“I agree you shouldn’t rush perfection, but you need to charge for that extra time. Also, my guests these days are more time-conscious than money-conscious, so I would make sure the guest knew how long their service would take.” – @ktp187

Need more advice? Find out what to do when another stylist steals your work!

Here’s exactly how long guys should go in between haircuts

It’s not down to personal preference. There are few rituals a guy prizes as highly as his haircut. Every month, like clockwork, right?

If you follow that rule, you may not be going as often as you need to — or you may be going too often. That common once-a-month rule is actually much more flexible than you think.

It all depends on the length of the cut you’re looking to maintain. For someone with shorter, razored hair on the sides, in order to maintain that style you will need to go back to the barbershop every two weeks, according to Riki Bryan, a strategist who works with New York City- and San Francisco-based barbershop chain Fellow Barber.

If you have a longer haircut, say an inch or two all around, a month is an acceptable amount of time to go in between cuts.

That’s because hair always grows at the same rate — about 0.5 inches every four weeks, according to GQ. It’s all about maintaining ratios.

Since 0.5 inches can be up to double the length of the shorter sides of a close-cropped, clippered haircut, to maintain that shape you must go within a few weeks. However, if your hair is two inches or longer, that ratio of growth after a month is going to be much smaller, and no one will really notice a 0.5-inch increase in hair length.

Basically, the longer your hair is, the longer you can go without getting it cut. However, we’d still follow a plus- or minus-two-week range from a month schedule.

After six weeks, you’re going to need at least a trim, no matter how long your hair is.

What is a Barber #2 How long does it take?

5 Years

After 5 years of cutting hair in my so called barbershop, I had finally decided to pursue a barber license. During school hours I’d learn the fundamentals for passing state board. The technical stuff. BUT, the more important things were being learned outside of school. Every day, after school, I’d take my tools back home and practice. Whether it was on my dad, my brother, or someone random, I was being exposed to different textures of hair, different cow-licks(swirl on top of your head), and different personalities.( Don’t get me wrong by this time I had a small understanding of hair. So I’d charge accordingly.) I was learning how to better myself without even knowing it. I was learning how to cut hair, how to market myself, and even how to communicate with my client.


ANYBODY can be taught how to cut hair, but you can’t teach someone how to interact with another person.

5 years of personal experience and an additional 10 months of school, I had finally gotten my license. Years of late night cuts for the homies, no social life, neck pain, hurt knees, skipped meals, mental exhaustion, sleepy days, hand aches and a tired body are what got me to where I am today. Don’t get me wrong, my journey is just one of the many other out there in the world. The timing is different for everybody, but the more I’m in this industry, the more and more I realize that my learning has just begun. I am nowhere near where I want to be and I know that I have much more to learn.

10 Years (Present)

As of today, I have been cutting hair for 10 years. Never did I expect the grind to barely start. For so long I thought, “once I get this license it’ll be a walk in the park.”


My grind is barely beginning. The “years of late night cuts for the homies, no social life, neck pain, hurt knees, skipped meals, mental exhaustion, sleepy days, hand aches and a tired body” are still continuing today as much as they were back then. Believe it or not, much more has been added to the list. MUCH MORE.

Despite the list of problems(or whatever you want to call them), this industry… this craft… this lifestyle has pulled me in so deep that I don’t even want to imagine my life without cutting hair.

Hair Salons In Hong Kong: Where To Get Your Hair Cut And Styled

Elaine Swanson, 3/F, 9 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2543 8999, , www.elaineswanson.com

Popular with both local residents and hotel guests, The Mandarin Salon (which is located on the 24th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong) is well known for providing quality services as its clients take in the amazing view of Victoria Harbour. Its trained stylists stay up-to-date with the latest trends to create looks and styles specific to each individual. We recommend the Philip Kingsley treatments that address hair and scalp problems caused by stress and humidity. Goodbye frizz, hello glossiness!

Offering a private urban sanctuary, Shhh is dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of hair through a multi-sensorial beauty experience. From its hand-blown glasses to the bamboo mops that date back to 1894, everything in the space was thoughtfully selected to create a minimalist-yet-detailed ambiance. From cuts and colouring to perming and styling, its stylists will spend time on the details (it’s all about the little things!) to ensure you get the look you’re after.

Shhh, G/F, 94 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2915 1001, , www.shhh94.com

AUBE, which has more than 200 salons in Japan, has made its way to Hong Kong. Its expert Japanese stylists all have extensive experience and strive to turn their client’s beauty ideas into reality. It also offers a combination menu to make getting multiple services much more affordable. The best part? You can get an organic head spa treatment and a pedicure while you relax at the shampoo stations that lie completely flat! New offers and promotions are posted on its site often, so check it out to see what’s on before you book.

AUBE, various locations across Hong Kong, www.aube-hongkong.com

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2017 by Team Sassy and was most recently updated on 9, October 2019 by Manisha Nair.

Haircuts in Hong Kong

Experience The Best Hair Salons in Central, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and More

Tired of the same old hair cut? Need something fresh but not sure where to begin? For most it’s easy to just scroll through the latest hairstyles and pick out something you might like, but will it suit you?The truth is that not all styles will suit us, especially since models often use a variety of hair products to create a defined style. Some of the most disastrous haircuts are by unskilled hairdressers who end up creating styles that simply do not suit your hair type. Not all cuts are meant to be created on every hair texture and facial structure.

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So what can you do to make sure that you always achieve a great hairstyle? Getting the perfect women’s hair cut means finding the right salon and hairdresser in Central Hong Kong to create the ideal style for you – and this is where the BloomMe App comes into play! While finding the best stylist in the city can be a daunting task, some of the best hair salons across Hong Kong from Central to Causeway Bay can help you chop away those split ends and give your hair a little extra TLC. From Paul Gerrard Salon to Toni & Guy, some of the best Hong Kong hair salons will help you find a style that will compliment your natural hair with their unique cutting skills.

Finding The Best Cut For Your Face Shape

The perfect cut involves more than just taking off some length. Before you head to your appointment, consider which women’s hair cut that’s popular in Central Hong Kong will suit your face shape. By measuring the width between your brow, cheekbones and your jawline can help you determine which cut will flatter your features naturally. From your bone structure to hair color and texture, these factors will all influence your end result. Here are some of the best styles for your face shape that you can find at one of the many hair salons in Central Hong Kong using the BloomMe App.

Round Shape

A short hairdo with layers for a spiky effect will complement the roundness of your face shape. The choppy length will add more volume to the crown and lengthen your face. You want to avoid a length that will hit your cheekbones since more volume needs to be at the top of your head to even out your face shape.

Heart Shape

Long, layered waves will flatter any heart face shape since adding longer layers creates more volume around the chin and cheeks where your face tends to be slimmer. Adding fullness to the lower layers will emphasize your chin less. Any waves should be kept from the ears down to keep your hair cut more balanced.

Oval Shape

If your face is longer with more fullness around your cheeks, cutting straight bangs across your brows will create the illusion of fullness around your crown and forehead. Blunt bangs with a straightened medium-length bob is the perfect cut to balance your facial features.

Long Shape

To flatter your longer face shape, try a shoulder-length cut with longer layers for added volume. Long strands with a side part and sweeping fringe will add fullness to emphasize your cheekbones and balance your facial features.

Square Shape

A tapered short bob is ideal for a square face to add more shape and dimension. Keep your bob crisp with a flat iron for an even edgier look to make your jawline less prominent. Balance out your forehead with side bangs with a wispy texture cut.

Diamond Shape

Similar to the heart face shape, a medium-length cut that hits the shoulders will add a face-slimming effect to counterbalance your angular face shape. Adding more layers will break up the volume around your face, allowing more structure to balance out roundness

On-Trend Hair Cuts

While haircuts and styles change each season, certain looks inevitably become popular all year ‘round. We’ve listed some of the top cuts that are on trend now at the BloomMe App that you can consider before visiting hair salons in Central Hong Kong, Causeway Bay or Wan Chai.

Don’t want a new cut? Try changing up your hair parting to suit your face!

Texturized Lob

Looking for a low-maintenance hairstyle? It’s no wonder why the lob is a popular style amongst top celebs. ‘Lob’ stands for a long bob which flatters any face shape if you’re looking to keep your hair length. The haircut has layers cut in with loose waves to add more volume and definition. This is perfect for color-treated ombré hair as it looks best when styled with a wavy hair-do.

Long Bob With Full Fringe

A fringe can always complement a lob depending on your facial features. Those with elongated face shapes can create a versatile look with a lob and a full fringe. From sleek and straight to beach waves, a fringe can flatter any style you’re going for.

Choppy Layers

For noticeable layers, choppy layers can be suited to all hair lengths. You can either have a longer fringe or wispy bangs thinned at the ends for a flattering look. This style is ideal for those looking to keep their original length but who want more volume all around.

Medium-Length Cut

For a haircut that falls at the collarbones, the medium-length cut is a texturized blunt style ideal for fine-to-medium hair, especially if you’re considering growing out your locks. The overall shape is very subtle for those looking for a low-maintenance style and who love their natural hair texture.

Full Fringe

A fringe is an instant style statement. For a blunt-cut, the full fringe is not for the faint-hearted. This hair cut creates bangs straight across your forehead for a sleek look. Paired with naturally wavy hair, the full fringe can look great with any hair length and style.

Pixie Cut

For the most daring, the pixie cut is a bold style statement. This cut is ideal for those with thicker hair since it will add more texture to your crown. The super-short style requires plenty of maintenance and upkeep. Using the right products will help keep your up-do in place all day.

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Whether you’re looking for a monthly trim or a complete hair makeover, all of these hairstyles and more can be achieved at one of the many professional hairstylists and hair salons in Hong Kong, from Central to Causeway Bay and beyond. With the countless hair salons that our BloomMe App lists, you’ll be sure to find one right around the corner. The only problem is deciding which of our top salons to visit!

Having a hard time deciding? Check out our users’ favorites! At BloomMe, we love to help you connect with skilled hair experts for the best experience possible, whether it’s in Central, Causeway Bay or Wan Chai. Download our app and get ready to book your appointment today!

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