Everyone has a story when it comes to a bad haircut. Whether it’s a result of an inexperienced barber who didn’t understand your hair type, an impulsive decision, or a bad style choice, we’ve all been there.
To avoid getting stuck with a bad haircut, take the time to talk with your barber before they get the scissors out—discuss the look you’re considering, your hair type, face shape, and get their opinion on the right style for you.
In this article, we cover the 7 questions you need to ask a barber before they cut your hair.
7 questions to ask a barber before they cut your hair
- Is this hairstyle going to suit me?
It’s easy to see a picture of a certain hairstyle and think it’s something you’d like to try, but it’s important to chat to an expert to make sure you’re not headed for a constant bad hair day. Talk to your barber about what you’re hoping to achieve and they can guide you towards a solution that will complement your face shape and lifestyle, so you don’t end up with a mop that looks like it belongs on someone else’s head.
- How much at-home maintenance is this hairstyle going to require?
How many times have you walked out of the barbers feeling fresh, with an extra pep in your step, only to see a mess in the mirror the next morning? It’s always wise to opt for a hairstyle that you can upkeep at home, with the right products and grooming routine, so talk to your barber about how much time you can realistically commit to keeping your tresses in check so you can walk out with a cut that’s manageable for you.
- How often will I need to get my hair cut?
Arguably one of the most important questions that you should ask your barber. Some hairstyles need a lot of love to stay looking good, while some are more low maintenance, so no matter what style you’re going for, make sure you get the lowdown on how regularly you’ll need to come back and get trimmed.
Factor in your budget and schedule, and weigh that against your desired look before you take the plunge.
- Are you experienced with this type of haircut?
Most expert barbers are well versed in every type of haircut, but it’s always handy to suss out how comfortable they are creating the specific look you’re going for. Often, looking at some before and after shots can be handy to make sure you’re on the same page before you get started.
- Can I donate my hair?
Want to put that excess hair to good use? A lot of barbershops now work with NGOs that collect hair and recycle it for social purposes, such as cancer foundations creating wigs for chemotherapy patients, so chat to your barber about options for donating your locks.
- What kind of products should I use to keep my hair healthy?
Your barber may suggest products to keep your hair looking suave without you needing to ask, but, if in doubt, ask - good products can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining a fabulous mop.
- How much is this haircut going to cost me?
Let’s be frank. Getting stung with an eye watering bill you weren’t expecting is never fun. And while it’s worth paying for quality, it goes down a lot easier when you know what you’re in for.
While the cost of cutting your hair is one price, additional services like shampooing, blow-drying and styling are all extra. So make sure to get a rundown of the cost before you get going.