Get the Hair of Your Dreams (Fi­nally!)

Your hair looks per­fect each time you visit the sa­lon, but how is a girl to main­tain the same look af­ter she leaves and is left to fend for her­self?

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With a whole team of ex­perts prun­ing your hair to per­fec­tion and blow-dry­ing it into com­plete sub­mis­sion, it’s no sur­prise your hair al­ways looks gor­geous when you step out of the sa­lon. But the next day, you re­alise your bob’s not as vo­lu­mi­nous; your curls are frizzy; and your at­tempts at re­peat­ing the same scrunch­ing ac­tion your hair­styl­ist did the day be­fore just isn’t work­ing. What­ever the rea­son, your hair’s a shadow of its for­mer self.

This might make it seem like hair­styl­ists are ma­gi­cians, but there’s re­ally noth­ing mys­te­ri­ous about achiev­ing the same sa­lon-per­fect hair on your own. And fun­nily enough, the tricks are sim­i­lar to the ones for a suc­cess­ful ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship.

Find­ing The One

The main rea­son for not be­ing able to achieve your dream hair is a lack of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing. This is most ap­par­ent when you visit a hair­styl­ist for the first time. Much like a first date, you find your­self hav­ing to share the most ba­sic de­tails of your

lifestyle and per­son­al­ity – a much eas­ier task if you and the per­son hap­pen to have chem­istry. And even then, you barely scratch the sur­face of who you re­ally are.

Find­ing a hair­styl­ist that’s for you is no dif­fer­ent from find­ing The One. You have to put your­self out there and “meet” dif­fer­ent ones to get an idea of what your op­tions are. Get rec­om­men­da­tions from friends who have hair­styles you like and try their stylists out. Or go to sa­lons where you’re more likely to find your type. So, for ex­am­ple, if you love K-Pop, a rep­utable Korean hair sa­lon is def­i­nitely worth check­ing out.

Don’t be afraid to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent stylists un­til you find one you like. And you’ll know when you’ve found them. Like an amaz­ing first date, it’s ef­fort­less.

“I can cre­ate a style that suits your hair tex­ture and face shape but there’s so much in­for­ma­tion that can help me cre­ate a style that truly suits you in the long run,” says Ed­ward Chong of Evolve Sa­lon. “Things like how much time you usu­ally put into your hair, how ad­ven­tur­ous you are with your per­sonal style, even your oc­cu­pa­tion… these things take time for a hair­styl­ist to tease out from their clients. So the longer you stick with the same one, the more he un­der­stands you and he’s able to cre­ate some­thing that you can carry and main­tain, and evolve your hairstyle over time,” he adds.

Open com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a two-way street. Sure, a good hair­styl­ist will ask you the right ques­tions to find out what you need, but it helps if you open up to get a look you can main­tain. Ju­nie Tan, co-founder of DUO, says un­der­stand­ing the client’s lifestyle is of ut­most im­por­tance. “For ex­am­ple, even some­thing as sim­ple as know­ing you play sports means I can cre­ate a style that can eas­ily be tied into a pony­tail if you have long hair.” So don’t ex­pect your hair­styl­ist to be a mind reader. If you don’t know where to start, try shar­ing the frus­tra­tions you’ve had with pre­vi­ous cuts.

The more you share, the eas­ier it is for them to cre­ate some­thing that suits your lifestyle. So be re­al­is­tic about what your dream hair means for you. It will also help to bring pic­tures of girls with a sim­i­lar hair tex­ture to yours.

Learn to ask for help

There’s no shame in let­ting your hair­styl­ist know you’re clue­less about styling your hair, and ask­ing them for a dummy’s guide you can fol­low on a day-to-day ba­sis.

Hair­styl­ists usu­ally show you how to style your hair af­ter your cut, but make that time work harder for you by ask­ing them to teach you how to deal with spe­cific sit­u­a­tions. For ex­am­ple, if you’re in a rush in the morn­ing, what can you do when you reach the of­fice to look pre­sentable? Are there styling prod­ucts you can use to make the job eas­ier?

The longer you stick with the same hair­styl­ist, the more he un­der­stands you and he’s able to cre­ate some­thing that you can carry and main­tain.”

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