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Don't set yourself up for failure

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How do you set yourself up for failure at the salon? I want to address this not to offend you but to educate you. I want each of you be able to go to your next hair appointment and leave with the style that you have always wanted. There are many factors that play into the outcome of getting what you want and also being realistic about your options.

If you walk into a salon with a negative attitude, you are not going to leave with what you want even if the stylist does just what you asked for. You came in with doubt, fear and negativity, and that is what you will leave with. Isn't this true in all areas of our lives? The old saying "you get what you give" or "treat others how you want to be treated" - well, it is true. You should most definitely tell your stylist how you feel, what you like and don't like and even past services you received that you didn't like. They need to see the full picture to get to know you and what it is you are looking for. But attitude is everything, so go in with a smile and positive attitude and I can assure you success.

Are you being unrealistic about your expectations? We have to be honest with ourselves about what our hair will and will not do as well as what we have for time in our day to put into our hairstyle along with the budget we have to maintain our hair. All of these things need to be considered when trying to find the perfect hairstyle. I love when clients bring pictures to show me what they like and don't like. The problem is that most of the pictures in magazines come with gorgeous models with thick, perfectly styled hair. None of that is realistic for most of us. These models spend hours in hair and makeup and most likely have hair extensions. The photos you bring work when you understand that and realize you are not going to get exactly what the picture shows. If you don't realize that (or don't want to), then you just set yourself up for failure.

Have you ever gone to your stylist and said, "Do whatever you want?' Think about it - this person has been your stylist for years. They know you, your family, your lifestyle, the things you like and don't like. If you are happy with this stylist and what they have been doing, give it a try. You may be surprised at what they have to say and what they can do. They most likely have not offered a big change to you because you have never been open to trying something new before. I can tell you I do my best work when people are open minded and trust me.

Hair stylists have a hard job, and in order to make it in this industry you have to love what you do. What we want is to make people look and feel good when they leave the salon. I know going in what needs to happen and I never set myself up for failure, so why should you?

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