Young woman selecting the right shade of hair extensions at the salon
What’s involved in hair consultations?
Have you been thinking about a big change lately? Going for a big chop or a new hair colour?
Make sure you set aside some extra time for a consultation. This process, one which breaks down the service you want into manageable and agreed-upon steps to treat your particular hair type, is crucial to making sure you and your stylist are on the same page! So what can you do in preparation for your next appointment? Follow a few of these tips to make sure your appointment goes exactly they way it should!
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1. Bring photos! You know the saying “a picture speaks a thousand words” ? It’s true! HOWEVER, make sure the photo you are using as a reference is one that actually represents your hair type. This is especially true for hair cuts. Your hair type (ie: curly, straight, thick, fine, etc.) may dictate what is possible and understanding the kind of hair you have will help you and your stylist make sure your new do will work for you!
2. Watch out for doctored or edited photos! Please remember that most photos on Instagram and Pinterest have been edited in some way. Lighting, filters, contrast, colour saturation, and other enhancements make the colours look different in some photos and renders differently on various screens. If you have found a picture of a colour you like, remember that it may not be %100 possible to achieve. Be open to suggestions from your stylist as he or she may be giving you sound, expert advice on your hair!
3. Plan a budget. Go in and talk to your stylist ahead of time. Strand tests also can prove to be helpful in getting true colour results. Some colouring services may require multiple sessions to achieve what you want so, again, plan ahead.
JCI hair blog hair consultations strand testThe best advice I can give you is this: be open and be trusting! If you are with a stylist you love, then this should be easy! If you are trying out a new stylist, or a student stylist, then be open to the process. Understand that a thorough consult will help with a great end result!

Hair Blog contributor: Elissa Wolfe, JCI HAD Instructor
Hair Stylists and Colour Technicians are sought out in some of the most exciting and fast-paced industries in the world including film, fashion, TV and photography. The Hair Art Design Program at JCI is the only accredited hair school in BC approved for a 520-hour curriculum. The program is 20 hours per week and offers the option of morning, afternoon, evening or weekend classes so that students can work at their current jobs while retraining for a new career. Our faculty is comprised of top working professionals and guest instructors whose focus is on the future of hair. This is a modern program providing a strong foundation of cutting and colouring techniques.