The Tell-Tale Sign That You And Your Hairdresser Are A Bad Fit

It appears that the union of a woman and her hairdresser is a two-tie cord that may take a while and serious effort to sever. A survey of 360 women carried out by, as reported by the Daily Mail in 2013, found that on average, British women usually stick it out longer with their hairdressers than they do their spouses — 12 years with their hair maker and 11 years in marriages, on average.

To varying degrees, similar situations exist in other parts of the world, including the USA. One reason for this, according to, is the camaraderie that many women build with their hairstylists over time. This makes it a bit more difficult to just leave and look for a new hairstylist. As a matter of fact, 53% of women in the survey "rated their hairdresser in the top ten most important people in their life," though only one in 10 considered the distance to their favorite hair spot when renting or buying a new house (via the Daily Mail). All these reports speak to one thing — hairdressers are vital in the lives of most women. A good-looking hairstyle and well-kept hair can do a lot for a person's confidence and looks.

But some women aren't as fortunate as others; their relationships with their hairdressers haven't yielded beautiful outcomes, as they should. If you ever need to know how to spot a bad connection between you and a stylist, we've got the answers you've been looking for.

How do you know you've got a bad hairdresser?

One of the most essential needs that hairdressers meet is to listen to your questions and wishes. Once communication is breached, problems loom ahead. 

"My biggest rule is if you sit down in a chair for a haircut and a hairstylist doesn't talk to you for the first five to 10 minutes, run," celebrity hairstylist Brian O'Connor said in an interview with Insider. "If they're too quick to say, 'Okay sure, sounds great. Let's do it,' maybe they're not the right hairstylist for you," he added. 

A good hairdresser isn't just keen on making money, but instead ensures that you are comfortable and pleased all throughout the styling process. So, if yours isn't focused on that, it may be time to let go. Charles Worthington's creative manager, Gorka Arraras, told, "Clients should always feel comfortable to express how they feel about their cut or color and not be afraid of what the stylist will think."

And this makes a lot of sense, considering the fact that stylists who are worth their salt will draw satisfaction from the satisfaction of their customers. "It's also always best to tell the stylist immediately if your cut or color is not satisfactory so that this can be amended straight away," Arraras adds.