I'm not going to say that I just recently HAD a bad haircut but in the end it didn't turn out EXACTLY how I wanted it. So when I found these tips on Glamour.com (CLICK HERE for original article) and thought I would share:
1) Discuss the feel of what you want. This is the easy part, right? You bring in pictures as examples and get into the specifics. But that's not where you should stop. You need to discuss the vibe you're going for. Long layers can be romantic or edgy, for example, and the difference all has to do with technique. So make if you're going for beachy boho, speak up—don't just say "I want to bring out my natural wave." That can be interpreted in different ways, which can lead to walking out with a cut you never intended to get. Got it?
2) Show, don't tell. I'm talking about length here. For some reason, an inch seems to be an every-changing measure of length in the hair world. So show the stylist how much you want taken off by drawing an imaginary line. The visual will be so helpful.
3) Be honest. If you blow-dry everyday or you think you wash your hair too much, don't worry about the judgment, just tell the truth. The hairstylist really does need all the facts to be able to give you what you want in the way that can work for you and your lifestyle.
4) If you don't want to chat, don't sweat it—it's just as uncomfortable for the stylist if you're forcing yourself to talk when you don't want to. You don't have to tell them you'd rather they zip it. Simply grabbing a magazine and saying "Oh, I've been looking forward to catching up on Jessica Simpson's uterus updates!" is enough to set the "I'm here to veg out" tone.
5) Ask about styling, especially if you're getting a brand new style. Sometimes stylists forget to give you instructions and then you're left to figure out a new cut all by yourself. So ask questions. You know, "What do I do when I want to air-dry it now? What's the best way to get body with this cut? What kind of products should I look for?" That kind of thing.
Shia's Tips ~ speaking for someone with naturally curly hair, hairstylists can tell you ALL the time that they know that when they cut your hair to a certain length that it is going to shrink up - yet so many times I walk out with too short of layers or lenght. So instead of telling them the exact lenght you want it go an inch or inch and a half longer in your description. TOTALLY applies to bangs ... no one with naturally curly hair can pull off short bangs because they will curl up to NOTHING (my current problem growing out). Also, this is a big one that I have learned. If someone gives you a great haircut ... stick with them! Even if you can't go in the day you want ... waiting is worth it!
When was your last "bad" haircut?