“I want to try a different hairstyle for the New Year. What do YOU think would look good on me?”

The New Year brings all kinds of resolutions – including new hairstyles. Hairdressers are frequently enlisted to help with these resolutions. The advice isn’t always exactly what a client wants to hear and at that precise moment stylist and client begin to collaborate. Here’s how it works:

Your Stylist’s Vision and Your New Hairstyle

Sometimes the stylist’s ideas of a flattering look for you may not agree with what you had in mind. However, there are reasons to pay attention to those initial words. A stylist’s vision for your new hairstyle is based on both expertise and experience. They are looking at your face shape, bone structure, as well as your hair type and density.

That is perfect for you! Your stylist not only keeps current with the upcoming 2018 hair trends, but he or she pays attention to detail and what looks best on you. But that’s not all.

What You Have to Share

You want to change your hairstyle, so your part of the conversation is to help the stylist create the best look for you. To do this, he or she needs information about you.

  • Do you blow dry? What kind of blow-dryer do you use?
  • How often do you shampoo? Do you prefer specialized styling products or maybe no products at all?
  • How about styling tools such as smoothing irons, curling iron, or hot rollers?
  • What is your profession and personal style?

Your stylist wants to work with you to create something you can manage at home, and that complements your lifestyle. I would not suggest an edgy Emo style for someone who wears Laura Ashley. An extreme example, for sure, but…you get the point!

Pictures are Still Worth Lots of Words


Pictures are always helpful and we love it when you bring them in. But the perfect haircut and style for you is hard to find on just one head in a magazine. You want the perfect look unique to you, not just a copycat version of a model or celebrity.

Peruse through different magazines and Pinterest photos, and choose pictures of different looks. Be prepared to explain to your stylist what you like about each. It may be the fringe of one cut, the layers of another, or the overall length of the third.

Get A Great New Hairstyle

Collaboration, you see, is the key to a successful hairstyle. If you combine all of these ingredients, the chances are that you and your stylist will end up with a shared vision of what looks good and unique on you. Add a comb, scissors, and a talented stylist, and you will be a very happy person as you start your New Year with a fresh new hairstyle. I see it all the time.

Enjoy your hair!!


Michael Anthony Salon DC is considered by many to be the best in the entire DC metro region. We are passionate about doing hair and work with each and every client to create the look that is right for them. Led by Mickey – aka Michael Anthony – each of our stylists is a highly trained professional. Schedule an appointment and find out for yourself!