Hello, Per­fect Hair­cut!

Whether it’s time for a change or you just want to im­prove the style you’re rock­ing, Cosmo helps you find the right ’do

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Lip­stick smudges, clothes get ripped and nail pol­ish chips. In life, (your beauty-life, at least), hair is the one thing you should be able to de­pend on. “A great hair­cut can make you a more con­fi­dent per­son,” says Brad Ngata, Creative Di­rec­tor and Co-owner of Brad Ngata Hair Di­rec­tion sa­lon in Syd­ney.

Search for a Stylist

Try search­ing on­line to find rep­utable sa­lons in your area, and book in for a one-on-one con­sul­ta­tion to dis­cuss your style ideas—con­sider the tex­ture of your hair and the time you have to style it daily. “See if you feel at ease with the stylist,” says Ngata. “It’s okay not to go through with the final con­sul­ta­tion if you don’t like the vibe or ad­vice.”

To­tally Stylin’

Hair­styl­ists have years of ex­pert train­ing be­hind them, so the best way to know if a cer­tain hair­cut is go­ing to suit you is to ask them. Ngata sug­gests check­ing mag­a­zines for any hair trends you see that you might like to repli­cate. Hair­dressers are vis­ual peo­ple, so take ref­er­ences, pho­tos or mag­a­zine clip­pings in with you to help ex­plain the look you want.

Mak­ing The Cut

“A good cut should sit well, have nicely fin­ished ends, and feel silky to the touch. Don’t be afraid to tell your stylist if you’re not sure about some­thing,” says Ngata. A great cut won’t just look per­fect the day you walk out of the sa­lon—it will be some­thing you can eas­ily style your­self to look great each day. A trim ev­ery six to eight weeks will main­tain your cut.

Speak Up

If you’ve had your hair cut and you’re not lov­ing your new look, there are ways to say so with­out in­sult­ing your stylist’s skills or feel­ings. “Po­litely ex­plain that although you are not judg­ing their tal­ent, you don’t feel as though the cut is work­ing for you,” says Heidi Pfiffner, Art Di­rec­tor at Toni&guy Mos­man. And if you start to see your stylist make some moves you weren’t ex­pect­ing, speak up straight away. “If you no­tice some­thing that both­ers you, don’t be afraid to tell them,” ad­vises Ngata. “They might not have fin­ished, but it’s al­ways good to raise con­cerns be­fore it’s too late.”

You’re only as good as your last hair­cut

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