“Summer’s over. It’s time to try a different hairstyle. What do YOU think would look good on me?”

It seems like fall is a season of fresh starts. Back to school fever with new clothes, haircuts and supplies can prompt the desire for a different hairstyle. Hairdressers are frequently enlisted to help. 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 yours. But there are reasons to pay attention to those initial words. A stylist’s vision for your new hairstyle is based on expertise and experience. They are looking at your face shape, bone structure, as well as your hair type and density.

That is great for you! Your stylist is paying attention to detail and not just recommending the “hot cut” everyone else is getting. Your stylist’s vision is all about their creativity. It shows that he or she is keeping up on current hair trends. 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 special 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. But the perfect haircut and style for you are hard to find on just one head in a magazine. You want the perfect look for you, not just a copycat version of a model or celebrity.

Choose pictures of different looks and tell your stylist what you like about each. It may be the fringe of one cut, the layers of another, or the overall length.

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

Enjoy your hair,


Michael Anthony Salon DC, a Michael Anthony Select Salon, 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!