Hair is a major part of your identity. Whether you stick to one style or you experiment with different looks, what you do with your hair helps demonstrate a little piece of who you are to the outside world. This is why it is so important to make the most out of your hair appointments. So how do you do that? Just like most other things in life, it’s all about asking the right questions. I spoke to a handful of hairstylists to get their expert take on questions they’ve had clients ask or wish they would. See what they had to say and so you can guarantee your next appointment is a major success.

How can we customize my haircut to best suit my face shape?

Unfortunately, just because you like a certain cut doesn’t mean it’ll necessarily work for you and your face shape. “What looks good on Beyonce may not look good on you,” explains Dana Caschetta, hair stylist and national trainer for Eufora International. That doesn’t mean you have to completely say goodbye to the cut you love. Instead, Caschetta recommends bringing in a photo of the cut you’re looking for and ask the stylist to customize it for you. “The little details of the fringe or face framing can be tailored to an individual’s face shape.” Any good hairstylists will know how to make what you want work best for you.

Will the haircut work with my natural hair texture?

The same hair cut can look very different on different hair textures, which is why it’s just as important to talk texture as it is face shape. Of course, you can change up texture by adding a wave or straightening it, but you have to consider if you’re someone who is willing to put in extra time. “If you’re not a woman who spends a lot time on her hair, a hair cut which is not suited to your natural hair texture, will end up being more work for you,” celebrity stylists Nelson Vercher explains.

Will this cut or style work for my lifestyle?

It’s not just about how everything looks. Lifestyle is also a main aspect you have to consider when changing things up. For instance, if you want to cut your hair short, but you work out often, will you be annoyed if you can’t put it up in a ponytail? This is the type of thing you need to talk through with your hairstylists. “When you are in the salon, be sure to sit and discuss your hair before you get sent back to get shampooed,” explains George Gonzalez, celebrity stylist and owner of George the Salon Chicago.

“Make sure your stylist connects with you and understands your needs. It is up to you to make sure you are being heard.” He stresses that you shouldn’t be afraid to say no when discussing this and your stylist doesn’t get what you’re saying. “It is a stylist’s responsibility to understand your language and what you are describing when it comes to your hair.”

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