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
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.”
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.
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