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Isn't it high time you changed your hairstyle?

Isn't it high time you changed your hairstyle? Photo: iStock photos

Spring's here and it feels like a time for a bit of a style shakeout, but where to start?

How about a haircut? Not the same old same old - but something a bit different? A step beyond the tried-and-true.

Fine in theory, but how do you go about finding the sort of style that's right for you - and how do you let the scissor-wielder know exactly what fresh path you're taking? I asked a couple of Melbourne's top male stylists how to talk hairdresser lingo so you can guarantee the best cut possible.

Nathan Armagnac of OscarOscar salon at Chadstone advises that you bring in a picture of the style you’re after. ‘’Google it on your iPhone or smart phone," he says. "It’s something tangible - a point of reference. Then we can say ‘yes’ it is possible, we can work towards it’ or ‘no it’s not possible’."

Armagnac says if you choose a good salon you’re much more likely to get a good stylist. ‘’I’ve had staff who’ve come from the suburbs before and they haven’t got what Oscar Cullinan [the founder of the chain] calls ‘the level of taste'.  They might technically be good but they can’t seem to get their mind around it.’’

Stavros Tavrou from Rakis on Collins St also advises putting a bit of work in to your new look. "Research the salon that you are thinking of going to," he says. "Have a look at their website and ask around if anyone has been to that salon before. Or even walk past it or walk inside to ask for a price list. That way you can feel the vibe and make the decision if you want to go back and get your haircut.

"Or you could get a recommendation off a friend or work colleague etc whose hair you like and ask them where they go and who their stylist is. Word of mouth is a positive affirmation when selecting a salon or stylist.

He says consultation is the key. Ask your hairdresser to talk the style through and perhaps show an example.

"And be reasonable about your expectations and realistic. Really get to know what your hair is like and listen to your stylists' recommendations.

"When you do find a stylist you like, stick with them. Your hairdresser will get to know your hair more intimately, how you like to wear it, your personality, your style and work with you to create the best haircut. You can also be more open with them when you know them better and let them know if you are unhappy with the style so they can rectify it for you."

What is his most important tip? "Avoid going from hairdresser to hairdresser as there is a hair tragedy waiting to happen along the chain somewhere".

How are you planning to get out of your style rut in time for summer?


11 comments so far

  • Hi Mr Nathan Armagnac of OscarOscar salon at Chadstone - you are in the suburbs.

    Date and time
    September 19, 2012, 4:01PM
    • What a strange comment by Nathan Armagnac about hairdressers from the suburbs not having 'taste'. Surely Chadstone, where his salon is based, is in the suburbs? I live in the suburbs and go to Ashaaki whose owner and staff are as contemporary, 'tasteful' and skilled as any salon I have gone to in cities around the world. And no, I am not being paid to say this - I'm an extremely happy and satisfied customer who is delighted to have such a class of salon near me in the suburbs.
      Hairdressing is a creative industry. There are those with skills but with little or no creative talent and no ability to 'read a face' and create a style to fit the face and personality of the person. And you find these people as much in top city salons as you do in suburban salons.
      After all, how many of us have been burned by going to a 'top' branded salon only to come away disappointed with the result?

      The Suburbs
      Date and time
      September 20, 2012, 6:30AM
      • Any tips for a style balancing longer hair for corporate/business environment : don't want to look like a cop or uni-student

        Jimmah St Kilda
        St Kilda
        Date and time
        September 20, 2012, 7:37AM
        • How about showing readers a style portfolio too!?

          Date and time
          September 20, 2012, 9:36AM
          • I used to go to Toni & Guy very expensive however my hair always looked great. Then I have decided to go to another hair dresser in Merrylands. I have told the lady my hair isn't in a very good condition therefore when she put foils in last thing you want to do is leave the bleach for an hour. Well my hair broke off and still are breaking off. Never going back there again. Learned a lesson that sometimes is best to pay more than less and have hair damaged badly.

            Date and time
            September 20, 2012, 10:47AM
            • I have been to many different salons over the years, mostly high end ones with high end prices and not much satisfaction from any of them. These salons have been in the city and also the suburbs including the salon mentioned by MotherOfMany, where the owner razor cut my hair ALL over and gave me a new lighter colour which required peroxide telling me it would give me a much needed new look. It was ok when I left the salon as it was expertly blow dried with all manner of products but I soon discovered that a razor cut was the last thing my poor angle fine hair needed. My hair was totally wrecked with split ends and very dry. It took 18 months of regular trims and much patience and prayer to recover the damage. The salon I go to now is amazing; in the suburbs, cuts are only $30.00 (for my shoulder length and type of hair anyway..not sure if this price is universal) and the owner actually listens to what you are saying and your needs. My hair now looks amazing!

              Disappointed by many
              Date and time
              September 20, 2012, 11:30AM
              • OscarOscar in Paddington, Sydney is excellent (ask for Kyle). I have to drive for about an hour to get there, and it's pretty expensive, but it's well worth it!

                I love my hair
                Date and time
                September 20, 2012, 1:39PM
                • I pay $18 for a haircut and it looks better than any of the expensive haircuts I have ever gotten. I always have people asking me where I get my hair cut. Anyone who pays more than $40 for a haircut, well a fool and his money .... Just learn to shop around and find a skilled hairdresser. Most of the high end places rely on the fact that their customers are rich and can't be bothered to shop around.

                  expert on everything
                  Date and time
                  September 20, 2012, 1:53PM
                  • One main issue I have with high end places is that they think we all want to look like retro wannabe hipsters. Funky sharp box layers might be edgy but they certainly are not romantic or attractive to men.

                    expert on everything
                    Date and time
                    September 20, 2012, 1:56PM
                    • When I moved here four years ago I was persuaded to change my hair 'style' of 40 years and so opted for a $15 #4 clipper cut. Universal approval and no more time wasted trying to comb a straight parting.

                      Date and time
                      September 20, 2012, 9:06PM

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