Ever so often, hair stylists will be faced with someone planning a hair

makeover.  It can be one of the scariest or most fulfilling moments of your career.  It is better if the client can accept what they see or is willing to go through the pain of change.  However, there will be some that will go the whole way and leave looking exactly the way they came in!

Planning a hair makeover should be approached with care and

strategy.  I say this because sometimes the expectations are unrealistic. The hairstylist then has to become the bad guy and inform said client that they definitely cannot do that ice blonde.   If you are planning a hair makeover, here are some things you need to consider:

What is your budget:  

A budget is very important because a drastic change can come with debt.   For instance, if you decide to change your hair colour, make dreadlocks, get a relaxer etc., you have to factor in maintenance money.  This money needs to appear anywhere between six to eight weeks.  This varies from person to person, but the fact is, this is necessary or that new hairstyle will not look so great.

What Materials are required

The materials required to keep up your makeover can either be required before or after. 

An example of costs to consider before: 

braid or dreadlock extensions:  a certain amount of hair is required to do them.  Extension hair prices vary depending on the look you want. The more trendy the hairstyle, the more it can cost.

Examples of costs that occur after:

Hair colour, relaxers, and perms have costs to consider after the makeover.  These take the form of shampoos/treatments etc. required to keep the hair supple.

After Care

You definitely have to consider the aftercare before planning a hair makeover,  This can be the proverbial ‘straw that breaks the camel’s back.  If you, for instance, cut your hair in this popular style that requires you to blow dry and style it every morning but you have to be at work by 7:00 am, good luck.  Or, let’s say you could not curl your hair to save your life, that style is useless on you.  In either case, you must have a budget for regular care.

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In some cases, I have had to convince people to change their idea for a makeover.  The person may be a regular that never has hair care on the budget list or will not afford it based on past experience.  You do get that client who will be overly excited about a hairstyle they saw and start planning a hair makeover.  They will make the change that one time but let their hair go back to ordinary and that’s okay.

By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design