Splitting Hairs is our monthlong exploration of hair based on a survey of women across America. It’s like you brought a photo to the salon — we’re giving you exactly what you want.

By Victoria Moorhouse
Updated Aug 31, 2018 @ 10:15 am
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When InStyle conducted a nationwide survey about all things hair, 81 percent of the respondents said that their hair makes the feel the most confident. And, what's one thing that can help ensure that your hair does always look great? Listening to your hairstylist.

You don't need to have a therapist-level relationship with your stylist — all you need to do is keep your ears open. In fact, there are several things most hairstylists wish they could tell you, from basic tips, to myths they encounter, to the importance of bringing one special thing with you to the salon. Keep scrolling to find out more.

Look to Celebs That Have a Similar Hair Texture to You

"Be realistic about the style that you are going for. Gathering inspiration images of people with similar bone structure, coloring, hair texture, and taste is more helpful, as these will be more likely to work for you." — celebrity hairstylist Eloise Cheung.

You Don't Need a Cut Every Six Weeks

"This is an absolute myth! If you have a great haircut and are using products that will maintain the integrity of your hair, then you may only need to cut your hair 1-2 times a year (unless you are cutting to maintain a shorter length). Most people assume that you have trim off split ends every 4-6 weeks or you can cause breakage to your hair, but if you are using products that will prevent split ends and are taking the time to care for you hair properly, this is not an issue." — TRESemmé celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan.

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If You're Unsure About Change, Take It Slow

"Don’t dive straight into a drastic re-style if you’re unsure. Yes, hair grows back, but it can be the difference between six weeks, six months, or six years! You can approach it in stages and change it up incrementally, too. Think of all the incredible styles that you can try along the way in the journey from long to short." — Eloise Cheung.

Getting Your Dream Hair Color Can Take More Than One Appointment

"I love educating my clients and don't expect them to know everything, but I wish they knew that color is a science. Not every goal can be achieved in one session. Too often clients have unrealistic expectations. It is also super helpful to be mindful of the skin tone and natural hair type of an inspiration photo vs. your own. A natural brunette will never have the same highlight as a natural blonde." — Diaz, colorist at Bumble and Bumble Meatpacking Salon in New York City.

Bring in Pics of Things You Like AND Don't Like

"As a client, first and foremost, it is important to feel comfortable with what you want coming in for your appointment. Once you come in, we as stylists can give our professional opinion based on what is best with the support of your ideas. Pictures always help. Bring in pictures of things you like and be able to communicate what you don't like. It helps to show what direction we both want to go in to create your look." — Francesca, a stylist at Bumble and Bumble Meatpacking Salon in New York City.

Take Time Finding the Right Hairstylist for You

"Your hairdresser is not the enemy. We’re happy to sit down and have a full consultation before picking up the scissors. It’s very important that your communications are open and that you feel that you are being heard. It’s life — not all personality types get along, so don’t feel badly if you don’t feel that you will get your desired result from the first hairdresser that you talk to." — Eloise Cheung

At the end of the day, this person is responsible for creating a hairstyle that you absolutely adore — and that's a lot of trust to put in someone's hands. So make it a little easier for them by being open and honest, and do your research before sitting down in a salon chair.