Health and Beauty by Imogen Thorpe: Communication key to ensure day is perfect

Come rain or shine this summer you’ll want to look your best for that special occasion lined up.

Whether it be a wedding or your prom, your hair becomes a priority in your mission to look jaw dropping!

We’ve probably all been in that situation where we’ve made a trip to the hairdressers with a beautiful style in mind for that special day, then walked out resembling something off television’s Big Fat Gypsy Wedding!

It’s not uncommon. It’s a story I hear far too often. But the one thing confuses me more than how the stylist did a “bad” job is why on earth didn’t you say anything?

Communication is such a vital part of your trip to the hairdressers.

Letting the stylist know exactly what you DON’T want is just as important as explaining what you DO want.

When you feel like you can’t communicate to your stylist, it’s time to look elsewhere – especially for that big day.

Finding a stylist can be just as difficult as finding that perfect dress.

Start as you would with shopping for that beautiful outfit. Window shopping!

Ask around salons for prices, and even better, ask for a portfolio of previous work.

Viewing pictures of a stylist’s show work, weddings, proms etc. will give you a really good idea of their style of hairdressing. A variation of different styles and techniques indicates a talented, versatile hairdresser who is more likely to achieve the style you have in mind.

Once you believe you are happy with your chosen stylist, before booking your hair up appointment and practice, it’s a great idea to book in for a blow dry. This is a great chance for you to get to know the hair stylist and for them to get to know both you and your hair.

If you’re unsure about what styles you’re wanting on the day of your special occasion, have a good look online for styles that you prefer. Try, where I have recently uploaded a variety of styles for special occasions such as weddings and proms.

Taking pictures of the styles you like will help you both to come to a compromise on a hair style you love and what will complement the features of both your hair and your facial structure.

Remember, this is your day, your hair and your memories.

Make sure you are not left unsatisfied when a little extra communication can provide you with such a huge difference.