So the hairdresser insists on a chop...
You may have your hair length goal, you may even be close to reaching it when a pushy and somewhat aggressive hairdresser is adamant on cutting...
Professional courtesy aside, we know that most of our readers (haircare enthusiasts ) know their hair better than their hairdresser, you lived with it, have decades of experiences of it, learnt its reactions growth patterns and tendencies, and know exactly how long and how much this chop is going to set you back.
The only question we'll permit is: 'Do you need it?'
More likely than not you have seen if you're losing more hair than usual, if it's more tangled than usual, or snags too often then if deep conditioning only helps you so much then trimming may well be the best option. (see our previous post on when to trim)
On occasions, you may simply be faced with a scissor happy hairdresser, whose taste and opinon on hair leans them to a tendency to trim, for a neat precise finish. -Or a hairdresser who may just like to cut.
However, if you don't want that finish or don't feel that you need it here's how to tell your hairdresser to back off!! (-politely)
Look them in the eye, and say "no trim today." Short precise sentences give clear directions and will prevent you from being misunderstood. For extra emphasasis shake your head to indicate no, and raise your hand palm open to motion stop all whilst maintaining eye contact. These are clear indicators that a service is not wanted even when language barriers limit communications -as in most dominican salons.
If that fails repeat yourself staying calm in a polite firm tone, and calling your hairdresser by her name. Never losing eye contact. For e.g. "Julia, no trim today"
Avoid saying please or thank you at the end of your sentence when refusing salon treatments and service, often they are mistaken for affirmations, and hairdresser may proceed mistaken your refusal for consent.
If you can't seem to catch your hairdresser's eye, the forget relying on the mirror, and turn and face her to communicate, as above, what you would like. Please note that this a bold move, and will come across aggressive to some, so maintain genuine politeness if you feel forced to this last resort, you can even close your refusal with a tight closed smile, to show that, although your serious, there's no malice intended.
If you've tried this and your hairdresser ignores you no matter what you do then take this as third-party confirmation that you need to find a new hairdresser.
This doesn't only work when trying to avoid cuts, but any service you don't desire.
Happy Effective Communicating.
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