When to Break Up with Your Hairdresser

Whether you've been going to your hairdresser for a few months or several years, sometimes it's hard to make the decision to move on. Here are a few ways to tell if it's time to change.

If you've been to your stylist at least three times and you haven't walked out of the beauty salon completely loving your hair, it's time to find a new one. A big factor in finding the perfect stylist is connecting with one who will both listen to what you want and also deliver the result you were envisioning. So, if she convinces you to get layers even though you're against them or cuts your hair way too short, you know she's not the stylist for you.

Mistakes happen on occasion, but if you're the victim of a really bad one (you asked for blonde and walked out a brunette) or experienced a lot of little errors (tiger-stripe highlights one time, an uneven cut the next) it'll be impossible to trust your stylist. Start looking for a replacement.

Sure, sometimes we're all late or have to call in sick to work, but, if your stylist rarely shows up or constantly cancels your appointments, keeping up your appearance can be tough. You shouldn't feel bad about leaving a stylist who can't commit to a schedule.

If you're in the mood to try a dramatically different cut or color, you might want to look for a new salon. If you know exactly how you want to make the change, your current stylist might work, but, on the other hand, she might not think your idea suits you, or she might not have the skills to do what you've asked. It also helps to get a fresh take on your situation from a new stylist with new ideas.

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