There are many benefits to air drying your hair – minimizing exposure to heating tools, for one. For those with curly or wavy hair, air drying is also a way to ensure your waves and curls turn out beautifully. Here are 5 ways to make sure that you’re getting the most out of air drying:  

1. Use a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel instead of a regular bath towel.

Avoid aggressively drying your hair with a towel – this rubs up against hair cuticles, which results in frizz and tangled hair. Instead, dab – and not rub – your hair with an old or unwanted T-shirt for a smooth and absorbent approach, then gently squeeze out the moisture so that your hair is no longer dripping wet.

2. Using the right products.

​Putting some gel – yes, gel – into your hair while it’s still soaking wet can actually help to seal hair cuticles as it dries. After your hair dries, your hair will feel a little ‘crunchy’, but don’t fear! You can easily scrunch this out by gently cupping your hair in your hands and doing a scrunching motion. This will help set the hair, add volume, and reduce frizz and unruliness.

3. Avoid touching your hair while it’s still wet.

Running your fingers through your hair or brushing your hair excessively as it dries will cause the hair to frizz. But if you must, just use product before touching your hair. Using a blow-dry serum on your hair as it dries will help cut down frizziness.

4. Styling your hair while it’s still damp.

For those who want to enhance your natural waves or curls, you can twirl your hair into a tight bun when damp, which will elongate and smooth your natural curl pattern. When your hair is fully dry, release your bun and finger-comb through lightly. Putting your hair in two loose braids as it dries, which using a product with a lotion-like consistency so it doesn’t weigh your hair down, will help to give you loose waves. When your hair dries or is almost dry, take your hair out of the braids, shake your hair around. Be careful not to keep your hair in the braids for a long period of time unless you are going for a very crimped look.

5. Avoid showering before bed if you want to air dry your hair.

our hair is still vulnerable when it’s damp – so when you sleep, your hair can become tangled and knotty which leads to messy hair as it rubs against your pillow. To minimize tangles, use a silk or satin pillow case.
Most people think that air drying hair is all about just leaving it alone, but as you can see, there is a little more to it! Following these simple tips will make a difference in the shine and health of your hair. For more ideas on how to achieve your best hair day, make an appointment with us today.
Ever wondered what’s in your hair products? Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s good for you, and what’s not, especially when a lot of marketing is involved. This can be confusing when you want to find out what’s really in your shampoo bottle, and whether you should be using it on your hair. Here is a list of common ingredients, and what they do:

Chemicals you may want to avoid:

Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing chemicals, such as: 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, methylene glycol, oxomethane, and quaternium-15: Certain shampoos may contain preservatives that release formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat – high levels of exposure may cause some types of cancers! Similarly, hair smoothing treatments may contain methylene glycol or other ingredients that release formaldehyde gas when heated .

 Formaldehyde in hair smoothing products has also been associated with a number of reactions, such as rash, eye problems, headaches, dizziness, and vomiting. Ask your stylist if he or she knows whether a product contains ingredients that release formaldehyde or other ingredients you may want to avoid—or, even better, look it up ahead of time. At Hairloom, we do not use products that contain formaldehyde.


Any product with a scent will most likely have “Fragrance” on its label, which can include a mixture of ingredients that makes your conditioner smell like ocean breeze or vanilla or any number of things. However, businesses are not required to declare what goes into these fragrances as they are considered proprietary – which is why if you have an allergic reaction to a product, fragrances are probably responsible. Look out for products labeled “fragrance-free” if you’re sensitive.


Parabens such as methylparaben and propylparaben is commonly used as a preservative for various hair and beauty products by preventing bacteria and mold growth. Some studies suggest they may contribute to breast cancer development, though they were tests done on animal studies or in vitro studies on cell cultures in the lab. For now, it’s not entirely clear how parabens affect breast cancer risk in humans.
Chemicals that are generally safe:
  1. Cetyl, oleyl, and stearyl alcohols: These fatty alcohols give shampoo and conditioner their thick, creamy consistency. They also have softening properties, making your hair feel smooth and supple. Generally low in toxicity, these compounds are pretty common and hard to avoid.

2. Diethanolamine (DEA): Thickening agent in shampoos and conditioners, helps to form a foamy lather.

3. Mineral oil: Mineral oil, also listed as paraffin oil or white mineral oil, forms a protective coating over hair that locks in moisture.

​4. Petrolatum: Like mineral oil, petrolatum—also listed as white petrolatum and petroleum jelly—is a petroleum distillate, but has a more viscous consistency. Widely used as a topical ointment, it forms a protective coating that traps moisture, and adds body and shine.

5. Pthalates: Diethyl phthalate (DEP), the only phthalate still widely used in beauty products, acts as a solvent for fragrances. According to the FDA website, “based on available safety information, DEP does not pose known risks for human health as it is currently used in cosmetics and fragrances.” But if you still prefer to steer clear of products containing DEP, shop for those whose list of ingredients doesn’t include fragrances.

6. Propylene glycol: Propylene glycol is an alcohol that helps hair absorb and trap moisture, and can function as a solvent for other ingredients.

7. Silk protein: A protein spun by the silkworm, silk acts as a conditioning agent and adds bulk to products. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review has concluded that eight silk proteins—fibroin, hydrolyzed fibroin, sericin, hydrolyzed sericin, silk, hydrolyzed silk, silk extract and silk powder—are safe as used in beauty products.

And chemicals you may want to reconsider:

Sulfates: Often in the form of sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate, sulfates give shampoo its sudsy-ness, and cut through grease and dirt. But they can also strip away natural oils in the process, which can lead to frizzy, dried-out strands, and an irritated scalp. Many shampoos now are created to be sulfate-free as a result of this.

Silicones: Silicones—whose names often end in –methicone or –oxane—form a waterproof coating over hair that keeps it from soaking up humidity, making them common in straightening and smoothing products. The coating also seals moisture inside the hair, and makes it shiny and easier to comb. But some silicones, like dimethicone, can also cause heavy buildup that leaves strands limp and dull. A class of silicones known as cyclosiloxanes is gaining growing attention from the research community, who has begun investigating concerns about whether they can cause cancer or disrupt the endocrine system.

​It can be confusing when shopping for hair products! However putting in a little more effort to read the label when you’re out shopping can help you make better and safer decisions. When in doubt, speak to your stylist about what you’re looking out for; our stylists are always here to help!

Information adapted from

Ash brown and ash grey hair are some of our most regularly requested hair colours. But what exactly is ash?

Ash actually refers to the pigment, or the character of a certain color, rather than how light or dark the shad is. Ash hair colors are cool-toned, with a predominantly blue pigment and hints of green that create the overall colour. This creates an overall smoky and silvery appearance. All ash hair colours are crisp, with a sleek, cool appearance – they are not vibrant or bright.

Why ash hair tones are so popular

Ash hair colours can transform your look! For those who want to get rid of or soften the warmer tones in their existing hair colours – such as brassy, yellow or orange tones – which will bring back shine to the overall look as well.

It’s also a popular choice for those who want a more muted, subtle effect than attention-grabbing pastel colours. 

Who can wear ash colours?

Those with cooler skin tones look especially good with ash hair. Check your skin tones by looking at the veins in your wrist under natural light – are they blue or purple (as opposed to green or greenish blue)? Does your skin have a pink, red or blue tinge?

What are some popular ashy colours?

Two really flattering ash tones are ash brown and ash grey, that work for Asian skin tones. It looks especially beautiful using the balayage technique, which allows different shades of ash brown/grey to be blended seamlessly into the hair.

Just by looking at the colour chart, you can compare the (many!) different shades of brown. Comparing the cool toned browns to the warmer browns will show you just how varied the colour brown can be.

Wondering if you are suited for ashy tones? Call us today for a free consultation!

Perhaps this is your usual scenario: wondering why your hair just can’t be tamed, why it can’t lay down flat, why it’s so poofy, or feeling envy over why your hair just isn’t like your friend’s – silky, straight and smooth.

Have you ever considered that you may just have wavy, curly hair, and you just haven’t been taught to take care of it properly? Many Asians have naturally straight hair, but there is a significant group of us who do have naturally curly or wavy hair!

However, because it’s the norm to see straight and sleek hair, curly haired boys and girls tend to think that their hair is some kind of unruly straight hair that isn’t behaving. That’s far from the truth. Wavy and curly hair just require different hair care techniques, routine and products. It’s time to break the stereotype and belief that straight hair is the only type of hair, especially for Asians.
One popular example is Korean American actor, Sandra Oh, who rocks her natural curls throughout the series, Grey’s Anatomy.

Asian hair definitely does tend to be thick. The cross-sectional area of East Asian hair fibers averages about 30% larger than that of Africans and 50% larger than that of Europeans.

So what can you do about it?

Don’ts for Curly or Wavy Hair

  • Do not brush it – brushing will only bring out the frizziness
  • Don’t use water to try to tame it, this will only dry out your hair

The key is to use the right products and techniques, and to help hair retain moisture. Reddit has a resource /r/curlyhair with a great beginner’s guide to taking care of curly or wavy hair. The guide helps those who are ready to step away from heat styling and straightening, and who want to embrace their natural hair textures. This is a journey that may require you to change up many of your beliefs and practices!

P.S. this routine is also recommended for those with chemically curled hair!

It’s recommended that wavy/curly hair care products do not contain sulfates or silicones. Conditioner is important to help hair retain moisture and shine. Technique is important : for example, squishing hair upwards while conditioning to form clumps of curls or waves instead of simply running your fingers through your hair.

Need help styling your wavy/curly hair? Make an appointment with us today to find out more!

Hair loss can happen for a variety of reasons. Women lose hair for many reasons, some hormonal, others due to lifestyle factors and even daily hair care habits.

One in five women experience hair thinning, and some can start to notice this between age 25 and 35. Women suffer from thinning hair differently than men, often losing hair in a more dispersed fashion rather than in patches. You may also notice some ‘baby hair’, which is actually hair follicles that have stopped growing beyond a certain height, especially at the hairline.

Taking care of your hair

From shampoo to conditioner to scalp treatments, there are a myriad of ways to encourage hair growth and to strengthen your existing hair. Adding moisture to your hair to strengthen it and give it more body is key. Making sure that your scalp stays moisturized will not only reduce flakiness, but reduce hair loss or slow thinning hair.

Meanwhile, here are some hairstyles that look good on you, if you’re experiencing thinning hair:

1. The Short Bob

Short Bob Hairstyles hide hair loss

Want something fuss free? Try the bob. It’s a perfect option for those who want to go short but don’t want a pixie cut just yet. It’s a face framing look that can also frame the face in a flattering way. Bobs are simple to maintain and is a style that’s easy to make fuller; this can help to camouflage any thinning spots. By using a little product, and blowing it out properly with a rounded brush, hair will look thicker and more voluminous. 

Bobs are also versatile, and can be either blunt and layered. The blunt look is edgier and will make you look more fashionable; the layered option is softer and adds volume. Choppy pixie or choppy bob haircuts can help thin hair look thicker with beachy waves;  go sans bangs, side bangs, or blunt bangs to stay edgy.

2. The Mid-Length Edgy Blunt Cut

For those who prefer longer tresses, try the mid-length angled blunt cut also known as the slope. It’s angled because it’s longer in the front and about mid-neck or shoulder-length in the back; the angled blunt cut helps add volume to thinning hair. Keep your hair at mid-length to minimize the appearance of thinning spots. This look is suited for those who aren’t a big fan of curls – it requires less maintenance and has been worn by many celebritiess like Rihanna, Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley. 

3. Play with your bangs and parting

There are ways to hide thinning hair without changing up your look too drastically – bangs and changing up your part are two of them. A bonus of bangs is that it helps conceal hair loss. Though it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, bangs are actually flattering for lots of face shapes and hair types; bangs can highlight your eyes and cover up your forehead, hiding any thinning hair along the hairline in the process. Bangs can also sharpen or soften your look depending on the hairstyle you choose. Blunt, straight bangs are on trend in 2019, especially when paired with an all-round blunt cut. 

Changing up your part by parting on the left instead of the right, or parting in the middle, can actually help to relieve any thinning from constantly tugging on your hair in a certain direction, which is known as traction alopecia. Though it may take some getting used to, it’s a great and easy way to hide thinning at the hair line.

Need more in-depth consultation regarding styling thinning hair, or looking for scalp treatments?

Make an appointment with us today to chat about your hair needs. 

Hair loss is a common problem that our customers come to us with. Luckily, there are always ways to prevent or minimize hair loss – here are some common reasons that cause hair loss and some solutions to turn it around.

Here are some ways you may find yourself having to switch up your hair care routine:

1. Over-using heat tools

A common culprit, especially with the increase in the variety of tools available now. Hot styling tools, such as your hairdryer, curling wand and straighteners, can make your hair dry, prone to breakage and consequently more likely to fall out. When too much strong, dry heat is applied to the hair it will weaken the hair shaft and, at its worst, it can burn the hair off.

Solution: Use tools that allow you to adjust heat levels

Using hair tools, such as the GlamPalm, that allow you to adjust the temperature could be helpful. This allows you to turn the heat down so you don’t accidentally cause damage to your hair. This will cause less stress to the hair shaft. Using the attachment that comes with your hairdryer can also help to dry hair more quickly, thus cutting down the exposure time to heat.

2. Over-dyeing

In general, When hair is overprocessed, the chance of breakage increases due to damage by chemicals. This causes the hair to completely lose its elasticity. A good technician will know how to gauge whether your hair can stand up to more chemical processing. Solution: Go natural! Just like how we need a holiday from time to time, taking a break from dyeing or styling for a month or so may be beneficial. This will allow you to to see if these processes are the main cause of your hair loss. Pamper your hair with treatments in the mean time to strengthen and replenish the hair shaft.

3. How often you brush your hair

Long-haired ladies: make sure to brush your hair enough. Brushing your hair allows hair that has reached its max growth to fall out, stimulates hair growth and encourages new ones to grow out. We lose around 120 strands of hair a day; each strand of hair has about a 7 year life span.

Solution: Brush daily with a soft bristled brush

Using a good brush helps to stimulate the scalp, which encourages healthy hair growth. However, don’t do it while it’s still dripping wet, as that’s when hair is most fragile. When wet, first spray on some detangler, and then use a wide-tooth comb to minimise breakage. When dry, brushing twice a day is ideal: once in the morning, and then once at night. Short hair doesn’t require as much brushing: depending on how short your hair is, finger combing may be enough.

4. How you wear your hair

Ever heard of traction alopecia? If you constantly tie your hair up tightly, you could be damaging your locks. Pulling your hair back everyday may also be making hair loss around your crown and temples more noticeable. Hair extensions could also harm your hair in this way. Excess tension pulling on the hair shaft leads to traction alopecia, which is basically slowly pulling your hair out due to the force exerted.

Solution: Change up your style

Alternate how you tie your hair – tying your hair up a day here or there is not likely to cause hair loss. Traction alopecia is usually due to tying your hair a certain way for years on end. Combat this by changing from a high ponytail to a low one. You can also part your hair differently and consider styles that allow you to wear your hair down more regularly.

5. Lifestyle & physiological factors

Too much stress or traumatic experiences could lead to hair loss. Cortiosl, linked to the fight-or-flight response, could distort your natural hair cycle of growth and loss. Thinning hair can also be a sign of Vitamin D and B12 deficiency or a lack of protein in your diet. Pregnancy and other hormonal changes, like during menopause, can also cause changes to hair and skin.

Solution: Consult a doctor and make lifestyle changes

Avoiding deep fried foods, including more protein and iron in your diet can help to speed up hair regrowth. Of course, consult your doctor before adding any supplements! Fish oils may also be beneficial.

At Hairloom, we care about the health of your hair. For more insight into how to restore health and shine to your mane, or to create a flattering look for your hair texture and lifestyle, make an appointment with us today.

If you’re used to having long hair, you may find that your short hair may require a different hair care routine than before.

Here are some ways you may find yourself having to switch up your hair care routine:

1. You may not need a comb

… because short hair doesn’t need to be brushed as often as long hair. Using your fingers to comb through your hair is often enough, as short hair is less likely to get tangled than long hair.
Using your fingers also creates a more natural look when styling, for example, when you’re trying to create volume at the roots. A brush may still be a useful tool, though. Consider investing in a small bristle brush, which can be useful when blow drying to create a smooth finish.
For thinner hair, create texture by avoiding brushes altogether and simply manipulate with your fingertips.

2. Reduce your use of heated products

Because any damaged hair can be a lot more obvious in short hair styles. Discuss with your stylist about a style that doesn’t require a straightener; ask them to work with your natural hair texture. 
This is extra important if you want to colour your hair at the same time, as damaged hair doesn’t retain colour as well as healthy hair.

3. Tame volume with products

A shorter cut can bring out the natural volume in your hair, so investing in products to add texture and hold is key. Short hair requires structure, so getting the right product to style it is essential.
Look for texturizing hair products; our stylists will be more than happy to recommend some for you. Dry matte paste products for shorter hair gives hold and texture whilst for slightly longer hair types a mousse or soft paste can give you a flexible hold.

4. You may need to come back to the salon more often

Maintaining the shape of your hair by heading to the hair salon every 4-6 weeks, depending on your look. Keep in mind your hair usually grows about half an inch per month – so for those used to only popping by the salon twice a year, this can be quite a big change!
Short hair is all about getting the structure, length and thickness right for your face shape is key – your stylist will know what to do to bring out your best features. We will always have a conversation with you to decide what’s best, and what you’re comfortable with before proceeding. 

However, those with less blunt styles can get away with less frequent trips to the hair salon.  

5. Wash your hair daily

…Or at the very least, every other day. Shorter hairstyles require more washing than longer ones, because they can become oily more quickly.
Short hair picks up the oil from the scalp and shows more easily than long hair; although this may also vary according to the condition of your scalp.
To combat any dryness from daily shampooing, try investing in a moisturising masque to help to combat any dryness.

To add shine and gloss to short hair, finish off your shower with a blast of cold water. This can help to close the cuticles caused by hot water during the hair wash, soothing any splintered cuticles or heat damage. Just 5 seconds is enough to do the trick.

Curious to know how short hair will look on you? Ready for a bold new style? Visit us today or call us to make your appointment now.

Classic short hairstyles for women are amazingly versatile and suitable for a wide range of face shapes, hair textures and personal style. Go edgy, androgynous, or soft and feminine – or all of the above, all at once.

The beauty of short hair is that a certain cut can be styled in different ways to convey different moods and looks.

Here are three classic short hairstyles that can be customized to look good for you:

1. Pixie Cut

The pixie – always relevant, always available for those moments you’re done with maintaining a full-length mane.

There are a multitude of ways a pixie cut can be interpreted by your stylist. Go all the way with side-swept, micro bangs, or longer bangs. 

When well-cut, a pixie can also grow out gracefully into a bob. In 2019, the pixie paired with an attention grabbing color is super relevant at the moment.

2. Choppy or tousled bob


There are actually many kinds of bobs, but generally, a bob is simply hair cut to a single length all around. 

Update this look in 2019 with some texture and choppiness. A tousled bob gives a beachy, laidback vibe.

3. Chin-grazing lob


Basically a long bob (thus: lob), pair this look with a center part, or with bangs. Opt for micro or baby bangs if you want to go a little more bold – this is the look that will be popular all year round n 2019, and flattering for most.

Trending this year is also the squared-off lob with thick, square bangs. Take the opportunity to show off those well-groomed brows of yours!

Contemplating a short hairstyle, but don’t know what you’re going for?

We’re always here to chat. Book an appointment today for your free hair consultation with our hair experts.


Anytime you change your look, we believe it’s always good to know what it entails before making the switch!

Being prepared eliminates a lot of unnecessary anxiety, and helps you to embrace and enjoy your new look a lot more.

Here are some tips that may help you before you go under the scissors for your cute new look:

1. You may need to cut your hair more often

Many often opt for short hair because of the ease of washing, drying, and the fun ways you can style it. 

However, short hair does require more upkeep in terms of visits to the salon – every 6-8 weeks is ideal, while 10 weeks is the maximum, especially if your look is a short pixie that is a little more high maintenance. 

It’s important to factor that into your budget and your lifestyle when making a decision about the type of hairstyle you want. 

2. You’ll need to let your hair dry completely before going to bed


Bed head on short hair rarely results in a satisfying look in the mornings. Short hair can become bent in weird angles and become messy or flattened when you sleep on it before it has fully dried.

Unlike long hair, that can’t be camouflaged by tying your hair into a messy bun.

To avoid bad hair days, allow your hair to dry completely before going to bed.  Of course, you can always rescue it by spraying some water and blowdrying it again, but who has time for that in the mornings? 

3. You may need to change your hair drying routine


Are you used to blow drying your hair immediately after a shower?

Other than allowing your hair to dry completely before bed, it’s actually best to allow your hair to air dry at least 50% before using a hairdryer.

This helps prevent your hair from drying out and minimizes the chances of heat damage. (To really understand the importance of a good blow-dry, head on over to our recent post.) 

4. Invest in a small round brush


Small round brushes will be your best friend when drying short hair.

Its teeth are fine enough to grab even the shortest strands, allowing you to straighten your hair with ease while blow drying. You can also use it to create wavy or curly looks.

5. Despite popular belief, short hair is actually suitable for all face shapes

Yup, even if you have a round face, or any other face shape someone told you wasn’t suitable for short hair. Our stylists will be able to customize a style that will go perfectly with not only your face shape, but your hair texture and head shape too (none of us have perfectly rounded and symmetrical heads!).

Unfortunately, girls are often made to feel self-conscious about a whole lot of things, but hairstyles should never be one of them.

Especially when hair is all about having fun! You should never feel limited just because of misconceptions.

Short hair can often bring out your features, help you feel more confident, light and carefree.

Many girls often go for short hair and never look back again! You’ll be surprised by how versatile it is.

To find out what short hair suits you and your lifestyle the most, make an appointment with us today.

When it comes to Korean men’s hairstyles, Koreans are most innovative in terms of playing with texture, length and color. They don’t shy away from full-bodied hair textures and edgier looks.

You can also broadly categorize Korean men’s hairstyles into either very textured and tousled, or sleek, sharp and streamlined. There’s rarely a middle ground!

Keep in mind though, that most of these looks can be customized to suit your own sense of style and personality. Your hairstylist is key in making sure that you’re wearing your hairstyle, not the other way around.

Here are a few of the more wearable looks:


1. Two-Block Haircut

Sides and back are shaved or cut very short – basically an updated and more stylish version of the undercut. The crown is longer, creating a two-block effect. This look allows for versatility in how you want to style it. 

You can keep the fringe straight, slicked back, or curled. It’s popular for a reason: this look suits most guys’ face shapes and personal styles.

Suitable for: most hair types and textures

2. Riding the wave: Perms

Nope, perming your hair is not just for the ladies. The boys of K-Pop often show us the way when it comes to re-imagining men’s hairstyles. 

Medium length hair with a wavy perm is a popular look. This look is also easier than it seems to maintain and allows room for different ways of styling. Playing with texture is a great way of changing up classic hairstyles. 

Suitable for: those who want to add volume to thinning hair, or want to create a slimming effect.

3. Long Hair

You may be surprised at how you’re able to carry off long hair. Long hair doesn’t have to be messy or fussy – in fact, it can be an easy way to maintain a sleek look. 

Suitable for: Anyone who’s willing to try it (and whose jobs allow them to!) – long hair is actually very versatile.

4. Faux Hawk

Shaved sides with longer hair on the crown – this doesn’t have to be an extreme look. What makes it a ‘faux’ hawk instead of a mohawk is the length of the hair on top. 

While few people can probably stomach the full mohawk, depending on how you style this, the faux hawk is a lot more wearable. 

Style it up for a night out; slick it back for a more professional look. 

4. Ways To Part

Playing with your parting, whether a side part or center part – is an easy way to update your Korean hairstyle. This side parted look is great for those with thinner hair – volume is creating with the quiff on the top, while the sides are slicked down.

Remember the 90’s center part trend? Well, it’s back now. Keep it looking fresh by pairing it with some colour. Granted, not everyone can wear blue hair to work, but you can consider adding color from highlights to browns to update this classic look.

Communication is key when it comes to getting a perfectly-executed men’s haircut.

But the question is, how?

The more knowledgeable you are about what to look out for, the better you can convey your expectations and get the results you want, especially if you’re working with a new hairstylist for the first time.

Of course, you can also download a few images on your phone to show your hairstylist. One thing you can avoid is vague statements such as “short back and sides”; such statements are subjective and may lead to different results than you’re imagining!

Here are 5 tips to help you get the right men’s haircut for you:

1. Chat with your hairstylist about what they can do for you

Every hairstylist comes with their own experience and expertise. Ask them for their opinion and see what they recommend: don’t be afraid to be as specific as you can. “Can you tell me more about what look I’m suited for? How will the back and the sides look?

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length and choose the technique you prefer. These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand.

Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so ask if you're unsure of what they're doing or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want.
Every hairstylist comes with their own experience and expertise. Ask them for their opinion and see what they recommend: don’t be afraid to be as specific as you can. “Can you tell me more about what look I’m suited for? How will the back and the sides look?

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length and choose the technique you prefer. These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand.

Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so ask if you’re unsure of what they’re doing or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want. Can you show me some examples?” These questions can help you to get a clearer picture of whether you’re both on the same page.

You may have done your research, but in the end, your hairstylist or barber is the one who has spent hours cutting countless heads of hair, so they will be knowledgeable about what would work for your specific hair texture and head shape.This is also the time to show your hairstylist some of the looks you have in mind.

However, it may also turn out that he or she believes that what you want may not work for you; be open to what they may have to suggest instead. It’s much better to work with a hairstylist who can be honest with you, it shows that they have integrity and confidence in what they do!

2. Use keywords to convey your desired look

Using keywords to describe the ‘mood’ of what you’re going for or the type of overall style you want to carry may be helpful too. Consider keywords such as Korean, romantic, hipster, retro, fashionable, conservative. Don’t hesitate to use films or actors as examples.

3. Indicate The Length

Using a word like “trim” can also be subjective. Use clipper guard numbers as a guide if you are familiar with them.

If you’re not sure, ask the hairstylist to see the guards and compare. However, if you have longer hair, show them by holding a few strands in different areas between your fingers. If you’re both still unsure, ask your stylist if he or she is comfortable with reducing the length until you’re happy. Better to not cut enough rather than too much.

4. Know the different ways your hair is finished on top

Be familiar with how your hairstylist will finish the hair once it’s at the right length – there are various techniques that your stylist may use. 

These provide different resulting textures and layers so it’s best to have an idea beforehand. Not every hairstylist will use these techniques, so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure of what they’re doing, or what their particular preference is to achieve the look that you want.

Choppy: hair is cut at 45° angles at different lengths to provide a texture that’s varied. This can create the illusion of volume for thinner hair and makes it easy to style messy looks.

Layered: longer hair rests on top of short hair. Ideal for thinning or finer hair as it creates the appearance of depth and volume.

Razored: this technique reduces volume and sculpts the hair with a razor blade. Best done by a professional with a good eye and steady hands! It’s also the best way to thin out and flatten hair so it can grow back naturally.

Thinned: thinning scissors are used to reduce volume by selectively reducing length and thinning out the hair. It’s great for thick hair, but hair may grow out unevenly over time.

5. Think about how you want the back to look

Learn the basic techniques that your stylist can use to finish the back, sides and and hairlines. These are the little touches that come together to create a sharp and well-executed look.

Get to know some basic terminology:


Referring to the back of the neck, the style of nape typically comes in three forms: blocked, rounded and tapered.


This is the way that the hair length diminishes down the back and sides, creating a fading effect which is why it’s also referred to as a Fade. Comes in high, medium and low.


A blocked nape is good for thin necks, but may require more frequent visits for touch-ups as it may grow out quicker.


Simply a blocked nape but with rounded, softer edges. A little more forgiving as it’s not angular, but of course still requires regular visits for touch-ups.


The tapered look is the most common and is often paired with faded sides. It’s popular for a reason: this look grows out most evenly and requires less upkeep as compared to the other two looks. Also helps to make thick necks appear narrower.


The arches refer to the hairline around the ears. High arches are ideal for smaller ears and offer a neat finish. However, like blocked napes, they may grow out more unevenly and require regular touch-ups. A natural arch simply follows the hairline, meaning that it grows out well and can be forgiving for long periods between your trip to the salon.

Side Burns:

You probably know this one already. Be sure to talk to your hairstylist about how your want your side burns finished if you’re clean shaven.

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