Hairdressers often lack the cutting skills required to have a shape perform without styling. Instead, their stance typically is, "If a client wants the cut to look right, they will need to style it as I do." It's all too easy to see the problem here. These hairdressers see themselves as artists and not as conscientious service providers. A hair professional should work in a manner that helps each client achieve what they are after within the parameters of that client's aesthetic preferences. Good hairdressing should always consider a client's existing routine and skill set, then offer them work that can absolutely be duplicated at home. It serves no purpose, unless specifically requested, to over style a clients hair in a way they aren't comfortable with or lack the desire (or skills) to do themselves. A client who comes in for a haircut is often seeking just that, a haircut. A cut that they themselves can manage. A haircut that can grow out exceptionally well and make them feel beautiful. For the client who prefers a natural aesthetic, an overachieving style is entirely unproductive and inconsequential.
In fact, the haircut may have missed the target entirely if a client isn't ever able to have it perform outside of their salon visit. To support this, a hairdresser must develop both strong cutting and communication skills. Both of these must be offered and performed to a much higher level than any finishing skills. As stated earlier, most salons are primarily concerned with their styling. They feel every client represents the salon and needs to look perfect walking out the door. This is entirely misguided. Clients don't represent a salon. Hairdressers should use their skills to reflect their client's needs on an individual basis and not default to a means of styling that the industry has promoted for way too long.
Time is a great commodity. Busy lives require that the time and money spent at the salon should yield results that support a chosen lifestyle. While certain clients have tools at home to style their hair when specifically needed, what they all want is a cut that actually looks amazing on the days they don't have the time or desire to put in the effort. Hairdressing should always strive to meet this goal and by doing so, a client will be rewarded with an experience that brings contentment for days, weeks and months ahead.