Finding a good hairdresser

I must sound like I’m late on the bandwagon, but I never really had the concept of a regular salon to visit or hairdresser to book until quite recently. I for one, kind of think that having a regular hairdresser is kind of stalkerish. I’m not sure if that’s the way a hairdresser will feel though… but nevertheless I’ve managed to find a regular hairdresser to go to.

What are your points of interest for choosing a hairdresser?

Is it price? Convenience? Having a conversation with them/ healing? The way they cut your hair? The advice they give?

I used to visit Korean hairdressers a lot without a single specific hairdresser in mind because I didn’t have any concept of loyalty or cared who cut my hair as I thought they’d all be the same. I stopped visiting them for some time because it was no longer good quality in proportion to the amount of money I paid. I’ve heard many times from people that with my medium to long length hair, it’s very hard for any hairdresser to mess up, but unfortunately I find that more more frequently I have left the salon with more split ends than I had before walking in.

Anyway, after looking forward to getting a haircut and with some degree of difficulty booking my somewhat busy/ mostly booked out hairdresser, I pulled myself out to the city despite yesterday’s cloudy and sometimes rainy weather to make my appointment. As I was having a casual day out with my mum (had lunch) and seeing that it was time she needed a haircut as well, we decided to go visit KSY on Pitt Street since that’s where we usually go. For her barely touching shoulder hair length we were charged $33. I left her there and then headed to Coles, bought a pack of mints, and then leisurely made my way to my salon. I was a bit early so I sat there and waited for about 5 minutes, got my hair washed and sat into the chair – and suddenly my mum appeared. It was like, “WHAT? Why are you fast???”

My mum’s haircut took about 15-20 minutes from start to finish. We walked in at about 5 past 2 and she apparently left the salon at 25 past. Her hair was barely washed for a minute and despite repeated instructions to the hairdresser to trim her fringe (which I think is very reasonable, we all ask our hairdressers to do that when we get a haircut), he didn’t.

Well, all I can say is that we will never be going back there again. I know it was cheap (but not really), but it should have at least been 30 minutes – or so at least I’d expect 30 minutes for a decent haircut.

There’s no real specific reason for me returning to the same salon, but if I had to pinpoint just a few, here’s why:

My hairdresser cuts according to my hair type

Okay, I get it. Every hairdresser tells me that I have a lot of hair and that if I don’t thin it out it looks heavy yadda yadda. Instead of telling me something I don’t know, my hairdresser doesn’t actually thin out my hair like crazy. In fact he keeps a lot of it as it is (depending on the style) and doesn’t go overboard with it. He tells me how to style or maintain my hairstyle because my hair type isn’t as flexible, rather than saying I have lots of it, which actually has not much to do with anything (unless you hate having a heavy look, which I actually do not mind).

As much as I like the “light” feeling you get from having your hair super thinned, I can’t help but wonder how bad it is for my hair. He’s the only hairdresser who hasn’t gone crazy thinning out my hair like it’s something that needs to be fixed.

I rarely get split ends

Instead of leaving the salon with more split ends than I did entering, I find that although my hair isn’t great (I am really lazy when it comes to hair, I’m sure I damage it all the time, but I rarely do anything to treat it) I don’t have many split ends even after 3 months. I think that’s pretty good.

Trimming, trimming and more trimming

I hate it when hairdressers don’t check your hair and think they’ve got it right in one go and just start styling/drying your hair straight away. A good hairdresser should trim every hair on your head and make sure it is right before drying away. And when they do dry, they should still be trimming afterwards.

I always leave the salon without any hair on my face – or me in general

Up until finding a regular salon to visit, I always thought that it was inevitable to have bits of hair on your face or on your clothes as hair does tend to fly around and settle. I thought that good hairdressers would dust your face off with a dry sponge to get off any hair on your face so that you can leave the salon in ease. I was wrong. It’s possible not to have any sponge near your face and still have no hairs on your face. I’ve visited my hairdresser three times and not once have a found a single trace of hair anywhere near my face, neck or collar. The first time I thought it was a fluke, the second I thought “oh maybe it’s a thing” and the third time I’ve concluded that’s just the way it should be. Yes, this is the biggest factor why I keep returning. It’s kind of sad because it sounds like such a small thing to get you to keep returning, but I really do appreciate the care and thought to actually cut hair and flick it away from you rather than showering it all over you like it’s holy water. No okay, just no.

Anyway, what are your key points for a good hairdresser? Do you have a regular hairdresser? If yes or no, why?

I’ve decided to go short again because my hair has grown a lot. I’m not really keen on having long hair because I’m in a phase where I really cannot be bothered with long hair. This time’s cut was a bit shorter than last time because the back is shorter with the front being a bit longer. This is because I like to tie up my hair when it’s messy or if I’m short on time and can’t style it. I was told it’s best I style my hair with a little bit of a curl on the end, but I’ll see how much time I get in the mornings to do so. Using a hair straightener is always a must though.

It was hard getting a shot of the “short” bits so it still looks like my hair is long. You can tell on the other side that it just touches my shoulders when curled.



I look super weird. Maybe because I actually flipped the photo, because you know usually how the photos are flipped when you take it with a camera phone? But I couldn’t not flip it because the K would be weird. Geez.

I guess I made February’s photo of the month, since this was taken on the last day of February. I will do another photo end of this month. Consider it to be a new project of mine.

I also tried out a new eyeliner yesterday – liquid. Hands down the best to date. Didn’t smudge, fade or do anything. Easy to control and didn’t flake. Will write about it some other time. Love it when you can do eye makeup without having to worry about it melting off your eyes during the day! EASY PEASY.

I’ve also decided that from now on I’m not going to take self photos with my Micro 4/3s. I always turn out looking awful, so from now on it’s just going to be the front camera on my phone LOL. Low res ftw.

Anyway, I’m interested in hearing if you have a regular hairdresser, and if so, why, and where. I always bug people about it because I just want to know lol. Will be back soon with another mediocre review!


One thought on “Finding a good hairdresser

  1. Hey,

    I ahve been reading your blog, i really like how much details you write about your haircuts. Your hair looks lovely and it is rare to hear how your stylist cuts accordingly to your hair. i hatemy hair being thinned too. I have recently been relocated to Sydney from HK and in need of a haircut. Would you mind recommending me to this great stylist of yours? It would save my life! Thank you!

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