Your curly hair was supported, meticulously styled, and photographed for someone else's Instagram post. Does any of that matter if the cut itself proves to be underwhelming when you get home and live with it day-to-day?
If the cut requires more products, time and energy than you are willing to spend, does the fact the salon was curly hair supportive make a difference?
More importantly, how is this result different from a conventional hair salon? If both places performed a fairly average haircut, social media showcased in a manner that you likely won't replicate, aren't they effectively the same?
Sure, one place may have offered a lot of information and didn't touch your hair with a flat iron, but is that enough? If their haircut didn't deliver exceptional results, are you going to be happy a few weeks later?
Regardless of any particular haircut, salons that choose to spend an impractical amount of time and effort flawlessly styling their work to assist with promoting their business online are not helping you. This is yet another reason why I believe they are all the same.
A hairdresser should not be setting an unrealistic expectation for you or your hair by engaging in styling that primarily seems to support their social media needs.
I have found that this exact situation is all too familiar for many clients. Unfortunately, and regardless of hair type, it defines the salon hairdressing experience for many of them. Sure, curly hair education and product knowledge are important, but without a high-functioning easy-living haircut, things will consistently fall flat. Yes, both literally and figuratively. Some puns are intentional. The problem appears to stem from a short-term creative focus on the version you leave with instead of a thorough consideration of the days, weeks, and months ahead. Let's not kid ourselves here. A haircut that doesn't start as high-functioning doesn't magically get better as time passes. This particular facet, above all else, is paramount and has been the subject of numerous articles written over the years.
As we continue, it must be stated that there are many individuals out there who love the salon-styled, Instagram-ready results they get and that's wonderful. Absolutely, to each their own. I believe the community needs every one of the various options they currently have available to them. Despite the arguments made in this article, some salons cater to a specific type of personal need and that is important to maintain. That said, from the unending queue of clients outside my studio door, it is obvious that there is a growing number of individuals who are seeking an alternative to what is typically offered. If you're reading this, you may be one of them. To that end, my practice has a well-established history of determining the practical failings of conventional salons. Then, through careful analysis and discussion provide something better. I find this approach to be especially vital in our current era of smartphone camera influenced hairdressing. The following is a point I repeatedly make on this website. The benchmark of a great haircut is that it is both functional and flattering independent of the styling efforts a hairdresser opts to engage with inside their salon.
It's simple. If a haircut is reliant on root lifting clamps, heaps of products, and time-intensive rituals, it isn't a great haircut. Too, how is any of that different from a standard salon haircut that promotes a flat iron-dependent aesthetic? As was written in an earlier article, both are unrealistic beauty expectations. Yes, an agreed-upon and reasonable amount of effort at home can make a great haircut come to life, but it should never require it. A hairdresser should not be reinforcing impractical ideals by engaging in styling that primarily seems to support their social media needs. Instead, we should actively encourage a natural, low-fuss, and realistic aesthetic that is better suited for the reality that is a busy, modern life. We are all born with an abundance of natural beauty, both internally and externally. Let yours shine.