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Differences of opinion are the rule in many areas of life - and most definitely with your hair. Many of you, I am sure, have gone to get your hair done and come out with something different than you expected. Whether the difference is small or great, it is frustrating on both ends. As a stylist, I want to make your day every time you see me. I want you to love what I did for you. Why else would I go to work every day? 

Communication is the key in any relationship - especially the relationship you have with your hair stylist. What you think of as a pixie may be closer to what is technically a bob. You may have brought in a picture of a style or color you like, but it still may not have turned out as you hoped. Why, do you ask? Lack of a thorough consultation and communication are often to blame. If you said, 'I want a pixie,' I would ask you to show me and tell me exactly what you consider a pixie. You may have wanted chocolate brown hair, but that's not what you see in the mirror. Your best friend sees gold you see red. Someone is not happy, and I bet it is going to be you. 

How do you avoid this situation? Bring in pictures of what you want, what you like and what you don't like about hairstyles or colors. Think about what it is in the pictures that attracts you. Make sure you trust your stylist and can communicate with them. Let them know ahead of time what you are thinking about doing at your next appointment to make sure they have planned enough time and are ready. It is even a good idea to email pictures back and forth. I know I love doing that with clients. It's fun, and we both get excited for our next visit. 

The outcome of your next salon visit should be positive all the way around. Ensure that it is by going in prepared - and realistic - and take the time to talk with your stylist. Be honest if you are not happy with the outcome. Your stylist can't read your mind any better than your husband can. You have to speak up. We want you to look and feel your best. A stylist's work is like living art walking around town. Everyone should love it!

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