12 Secrets Your Hair Stylist Won’t Tell You

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Have you ever wondered how easily hairstylists do your hair?

When you watch them snip away layers, while simultaneously chatting, and moving around seems effortless.

You may think as much as you feel like you have them figured out.

But you didn’t know that there are still plenty of things your hairstylists won't tell you, no matter how close you have become with them over the years.

Here are 12 things your hairstylist won't tell you, but you should know.

  1. Keeping notes about their client

  2. Clean your hair before going to Salon

  3. Great Hair Takes Work. Sorry

  4. Change is Good. Embrace Change

  5. Pictures are for references, not exact replicas

  6. They’re the worst clients

  7. You're Asking for the Impossible

  8. Your Hair Is Different Now, Deal With It

  9. I’m not a psychologist

  10. A trim is not “just a trim”

  11. Let me do my job

  12. Ain't Happy Unless You're Happy


keeping notes about their client

#1 Keeping notes about their client

Yes, hairstylist keep notes about you on the client card, and they can get pretty personal.

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

clean your hair before going to salon

#2 Clean your hair before going to Salon

know you’ve heard you shouldn’t wash your hair before getting an updo, because a little grit can help maintain the style.

But hairstylists do not please with hair that’s greasy, tangled, or smelly. When planning to go to the salon, better to wash it the night before, and don’t put any styling products in it. That way, hairdressers can start fresh and create their own texture.

 woman with good hair

#3 Great Hair Takes Work. Sorry

On some level, if you want your hair to look good it's going to take some work. 

Hairstylist may not say this to you, unless you have perfect hair, with a great body, beautiful thickness, and absolutely no issues whatsoever, you will need to do something with your hair to make it look like that photo you brought in.

By the way, hairstylists are pretty sure that the aforementioned perfect hair doesn't really exist.

 windy hair day

#4 Change is Good. Embrace Change

If you ask for a new look, but style your hair the same way you always have, you will likely not be happy with your hair's result, says a hairstylist.

It is true given that it looks like it always did. A haircut is simply the foundation for a great look. Styling is key. 

To embrace something new for your hair, take a look at our JuvaBun, and get a new hairstyle in just a couple of minutes or less.

 beautiful woman

#5 Pictures are for references, not exact replicas

One of the hardest things for a hairstylist when they get across to people is the fact that bringing in a photo of some celebrity they wanted to imitate. 

It really doesn’t guarantee that someone’s hair will come out exactly as what’s on the picture. 

Hairstylist explains that photos are great for getting an idea of what you may want your hair to look like, but you shouldn’t expect it to come out identical. Everyone’s hair is different, including the undertone colors, so leniency is always appreciated.

 hairstylist doing her thing

#6 They’re the worst clients

For some hairstylists, having someone else do their hair isn’t as fun as it is for their clients. For them, someone who works on their hair is hard because each stylist has their own method of doing things. 

Truly they may all studied how to cut, style, and/or dye hair, but that doesn’t mean they all do everything the same.

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#7 You're Asking for the Impossible

Have real expectations with your hair. Sometimes hairstylists were being demanded by their clients to put minutes of styling into a hairstyle. But for them giving great results takes time.

To choose a look that matches the level of effort that you're willing to put in and that matches your hair texture, you may ask your hairstylist for help.

 woman in forest

#8 Your Hair Is Different Now, Deal With It

A salon chair is not a time machine. Over time as we age, hair changes just like our skin and our rear ends. 

We can only really work with the present condition of hair, says a hairstylist. As much as their clients love to have their hair look the way it did 15 or 20 years ago, hairstylist wants them to know that it will be much happier if they work with what they have, at the present moment, instead of focusing on what they once had.

 blond hair extension

#9 I’m not a psychologist

Hairdresser school does not teach about countertransference, projection, negative reinforcement, or personality disorders. Don’t look for a therapist to a hairstylist, all they have is a tail comb and an opinion. Instead, try asking questions your hairstylist wants you to start asking by checking it here.

trimming the hair

#10 A trim is not “just a trim”

For hairstylists, they don’t like to lighten the word “trim”. It requires their expertise, skill, knowledge, and time. They liken it to these... would you say to your dentist, “It’s just a tooth,” or to your doctor, "It’s just a leg"?

hair stylist job

#11 Let me do my job

If you want to do your own hair, buy a bottle of color, and to save a buck, you can live with the consequences. Some clients may demand what to or what to use for their hair.

But remember, your hairstylist knows best when it comes to treating your hair accordingly.

checking the style

#12 Ain't Happy Unless You're Happy

As much as you want to look good and feel good about your hair, your hairstylist sincerely want it more for you. You represent her talent, experience, skill, and good name. They honestly stress about your hair, and they want you to feel good about it. 

They want you to love it, to tell your friends about it, and to come back in six weeks with enthusiasm about it. If you don't like it or love it, talk to your stylist about it. And if you do love it, tell her about that, too.

The salon life is full of mysteries, secrets, and fun hacks, and as a whole, it is an interesting community that helps people feel good about themselves.

Those 12 points are just some of the glimpse into the fascinating world of hairstylists.

How’s your relationship with your hairstylist? Do the points above make sense to you? Comment below your takeaways from this blog post. We would love to hear your thoughts. =) 

Read also: 5 Simple Hair Hacks for Healthier Hair