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I’ve been getting tons of questions about my new haircut and color, and what I asked my hairdresser for to get my color. Here’s a breakdown of it all!

All about the hair cut and color I got last week

Last week I got my hair cut and colored, and lots of you are asking what I asked my hairdresser for to get the cut and color that I wanted.

We’ve all been there…you show up to the hairdresser and ask for one thing and get something else. In fact, it’s happened to me many, many times.

I just found this new hairdresser, so I wanted to share a few things that helped me choose the right one and come out of my appointment with a cut and color that I love.

What I did to find a hairdresser that I love

  • Ask for recommendations. We have a town facebook page and I asked on there for a recommendation for a hairdresser who specializes in balayage. In the past, I’ve just asked for hairdresser recommendations, but the more specific you are with your request, the better chance you’ll have at an accurate recommendation. I found out about my salon through this Facebook thread, after it was recommended by a bunch of local women.
  • Look at their work. Most hairdressers have a portfolio now, often on Instagram. Check out their profile and see if they have done hair similar to yours or what you’re looking for. This helps me a ton!
  • Set expectations before you go. When you call or text or email to make the appointment, tell the hairdresser what you’re hoping to do to your hair. Send a picture or two of yourself and your current hair, and some pictures of your inspiration hair. They should tell you if it’s doable or if that’s their specialty or not. If it’s not, tell them you’ll look for a different specialist, and then move along.
  • Ask them if they do a consultation at your appointment. I think most hair stylists do this, but my new girl went above and beyond and I really think it made a huge difference. She sat down with me on the couch in the waiting room of the salon with a full history sheet that she was ready to fill out. She asked me about my hair history, when I last had it cut and colored, if I’d done any at-home color treatment, what products I used, hair concerns I had, etc. She took notes the entire time, which made me know she was listening and cared. She asked for my inspiration photos again, and I showed her what I wanted for both cut and color.

Specific things I asked for to get my cut and color

  • I wanted stay my natural brunette, but add “blonde balayage.”
  • My hair pulls very warm (brassy) so I asked for neutral blonde. She asked several follow up questions about icy blonde vs. yellow blonde vs. neutral blonde. We decided together that neutral blonde was best. I hate “yellow blonde” and that’s what I feel like I got the last few times.
  • Asking for a “rooty” balayage keeps the stylist from going too high and it helps it grow out really nicely. I go in for a cut and color every 6-9 months.
  • I wanted brighter streaks on the front pieces, and my stylist called them “ribbon-y highlights” which I think was a perfect description.
  • I showed some pictures of hair lengths, and she called it out as “armpit length.”
  • We didn’t do any layers, but I didn’t want a blunt cut, so I asked for textured ends. She went over the ends twice and textured them since my hair is pretty thick.

Some expectations that help your haircut and color go smoothly

  • My hair, since moving to Texas, has become much more dry. So my hair had some damage and was more brittle than it has been in the past. She told me that we needed to be super gentle with my color and it might not be as bright blonde as I wanted it because she didn’t want to cause breakage. Trust your stylist and let them do what’s best for your hair.
  • Give them inspiration, but also let them do their thing and remember your hair isn’t the exact same as someone else. My cut doesn’t look exactly like the cuts I showed her (I actually like the cut she did better than my inspiration photos) — because my hair is thicker than the girls in the photo. Go in with an idea of what you want, but be prepared for it to be what works best for your hair.

If you’re local to north Dallas, here’s where I went

If you have any other questions about my hair cut or color, let me know in the comments!

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What I Ask My Hairdresser for to Get My New Hair Color

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I’ve been getting tons of questions about my new haircut and color, and what I asked my hairdresser for to get my color. Here’s a breakdown of it all!

 

All about the hair cut and color I got last week

Last week I got my hair cut and colored, and lots of you are asking what I asked my hairdresser for to get the cut and color that I wanted.

We’ve all been there…you show up to the hairdresser and ask for one thing and get something else. In fact, it’s happened to me many, many times.

I just found this new hairdresser, so I wanted to share a few things that helped me choose the right one and come out of my appointment with a cut and color that I love.

 

What I did to find a hairdresser that I love

  • Ask for recommendations. We have a town facebook page and I asked on there for a recommendation for a hairdresser who specializes in balayage. In the past, I’ve just asked for hairdresser recommendations, but the more specific you are with your request, the better chance you’ll have at an accurate recommendation. I found out about my salon through this Facebook thread, after it was recommended by a bunch of local women.
  • Look at their work. Most hairdressers have a portfolio now, often on Instagram. Check out their profile and see if they have done hair similar to yours or what you’re looking for. This helps me a ton!
  • Set expectations before you go. When you call or text or email to make the appointment, tell the hairdresser what you’re hoping to do to your hair. Send a picture or two of yourself and your current hair, and some pictures of your inspiration hair. They should tell you if it’s doable or if that’s their specialty or not. If it’s not, tell them you’ll look for a different specialist, and then move along.
  • Ask them if they do a consultation at your appointment. I think most hair stylists do this, but my new girl went above and beyond and I really think it made a huge difference. She sat down with me on the couch in the waiting room of the salon with a full history sheet that she was ready to fill out. She asked me about my hair history, when I last had it cut and colored, if I’d done any at-home color treatment, what products I used, hair concerns I had, etc. She took notes the entire time, which made me know she was listening and cared. She asked for my inspiration photos again, and I showed her what I wanted for both cut and color.

Specific things I asked for to get my cut and color

  • I wanted stay my natural brunette, but add “blonde balayage.”
  • My hair pulls very warm (brassy) so I asked for neutral blonde. She asked several follow up questions about icy blonde vs. yellow blonde vs. neutral blonde. We decided together that neutral blonde was best. I hate “yellow blonde” and that’s what I feel like I got the last few times.
  • Asking for a “rooty” balayage keeps the stylist from going too high and it helps it grow out really nicely. I go in for a cut and color every 6-9 months.
  • I wanted brighter streaks on the front pieces, and my stylist called them “ribbon-y highlights” which I think was a perfect description.
  • I showed some pictures of hair lengths, and she called it out as “armpit length.”
  • We didn’t do any layers, but I didn’t want a blunt cut, so I asked for textured ends. She went over the ends twice and textured them since my hair is pretty thick.

Some expectations that help your haircut and color go smoothly

  • My hair, since moving to Texas, has become much more dry. So my hair had some damage and was more brittle than it has been in the past. She told me that we needed to be super gentle with my color and it might not be as bright blonde as I wanted it because she didn’t want to cause breakage. Trust your stylist and let them do what’s best for your hair.
  • Give them inspiration, but also let them do their thing and remember your hair isn’t the exact same as someone else. My cut doesn’t look exactly like the cuts I showed her (I actually like the cut she did better than my inspiration photos) — because my hair is thicker than the girls in the photo. Go in with an idea of what you want, but be prepared for it to be what works best for your hair.

If you’re local to north Dallas, here’s where I went

 

If you have any other questions about my hair cut or color, let me know in the comments!

 

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One Comment

  1. Alyssa Bueltel says:

    Hi Merrick! I am curious if you aSked for any Face-framIng pieces to be cut? It looks like you have a few shorter around your face but i know you said you didnt ask for laYers

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