Psychology of Hair

Psychology of hairEver had that life changing moment–the breakup, lost job, child going off to college, something major–and decided to take it out on your hair? You know the moment. The one when you walk into the salon and want something “different,” whether it’s to redefine yourself, start a new chapter or just be spontaneous?

All too often that moment of inspiration turns into months of regret. While the client is always right, there are those moments when a hair stylist needs to exert a word of caution. As a stylist of more than 30 years, I pride myself on taking time to listen, question and advise. If you really want to cut off eight inches and dye your hair purple, I’m on board, but expect to come in, sit down and talk about your end goal first.

I call it the psychology of hair–it’s not about the craft; it’s about understanding the needs of a client and reading between the lines. It’s understanding what a client means despite what she may be saying.

Hair is an emotional expression of who you are. Sure there are times when you want to be fun and flirtatious rather than professional and polished, but a simple adjustment to your current hairstyle is a lot easier than regrowing your hair for months after an impulsive reaction to one of life’s curve balls. Don’t worry. I’ll be your catcher through the final inning.