How To Get The Perfect Haircut Every Time

by Stephanie Montes

If you’ve suffered from bad haircuts in the past, chances are you’re so traumatized that a simple trim makes you want to reach for a Xanax. We don’t blame you. But after chatting to Chris Bragg at his LA salon Goddard and Bragg, we had our own internal epiphany–it’s not the stylist, it’s you. The secret to getting the best cut of your life comes down to these 5 easy-to-follow steps. If there was ever a time to follow the rules, it’s now–your hair depends on it.

Rule #1: Ditch The Sweats

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Wear something indicative of your style especially with a new stylist–it helps them understand your overall aesthetic.

Rule #2: Bring Inspo


Bring inspiration images with you. More than one helps the stylist understand what it is about the style that you like.

Rule #3: Explain Your Limits

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Do you straighten your hair every time you wash it? Do you prefer a middle or side part? The stylist needs to know if you're willing to put in time to maintain the 'do or need something that is totally hands-off.

Rule #5: Be Frank


Tell the stylist what you like least and most about your current hairstyle–it helps direct their choices.

Rule #4: Sit Up Straight


Sit up straight and don't cross your legs. Doing so can disrupt the length of the hair and the angle of the cut. Some stylists may even ask you to stand when setting the length–Chris does this with long-haired clients.