Just got a trim but want more cut off

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I got my hair trimmed a little over a week ago and only asked her to cut 3/4 of an inch because I didn't trust her yet. I'm sure you're all familiar with asking for just an inch off and the stylist cutting 3!! In any case, I want to go back and ask her to cut more, but I don't want her to think she's done anything wrong and I will pay full price. Any suggestions on how I approach this...certainly don't want to tell her I didn't trust her!;p I just compared my length to a year ago when I was going to my old stylist (who moved) and for me it's just too long!
I would just say something like, "You know, when I was here last week I thought I just wanted a trim; but now that I've lived with it awhile, I realize I'd like it a bit shorter." I don't think you'd be the first person who made such a request, and I doubt she'd even bat an eye.
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In my opinion you should be direct and honest with your stylists. I can understand not wanting to say "I don't trust you", but even If you did i'm sure stylist don't expect new clients to trust them right of the bat anyway. You could always make another appointment and say something along the lines of "I've changed my mind and would like to go a tad bit shorter, is it possible for you to cut x amount of inches.?"
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Thank you both! I suppose I'm just a little embarrassed that I didn't ask for more cut in the first place. I'm nervous that she'll be annoyed so I'm going to try to avoid that by letting her know it's completely my fault and that I intend on paying full price. Just have to come up with the right words-I don't want her to think I expect a discount.
I don't see anything wrong with admitting that you were being cautious with a new stylist. We've all had that experience of the stylist who cuts off twice as much as we asked. I actually had one that I went to for a couple of years who did this every time.
And if you call so soon after going in, I would hope she would give you a discount (or maybe not charge you if she doesn't wash it). It would be a nice goodwill gesture for a client she wants to retain.

A bit off-topic but this reminds me. I had a stylist who did a dry curly cut on me. She told me if it needed any correcting I could come back and she would snip it a bit. So I called a week or so later. I just wanted a couple of pieces trimmed. I wanted to stop by on a Saturday. She made a big deal out of how busy she was and she couldn't do it on Saturday AM. I found this hard to understand as it was going to be maybe five minutes. It seemed like maybe she wanted to give her established clients her attention and didn't value the new client as much.
I just fixed it myself or had DH do it.
Yeah, it was a dry cut and the more I look at it I think it's just some random longer hairs at the base that need to be cut just a bit more. I think I'll start with showing her those and go from there.

Speaking of Saturdays though, I actually purposely avoid making haircut appointments on Saturdays-you never get the attention you'd get on a weekday because stylists are simply stretched too thin that day!
I've had this happen before. In fact, the last time I went I was so nervous about her cutting too much off that I hard her start slow and work her way up. Luckily, that's how she liked t approach curly hair as well. In the end, I still don't think she too enough off, but I could live with it. I think you should do as the others said and just tell her you'd like a little more taken off than you originally thought. It's your hair! =)


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There is absolutely no harm in going back to her and saying that you wore your hair for a week and would like it to be a tad bit shorter. You can even say you weren't sure how much you really wanted taken off, because in the past you haven't had good experiences. You don't need to be embarrassed or tell her you didn't trust her. It's your hair and she's providing a service. If it's been more than a week though, she may make you pay anyway. Heck, even at the end of a haircut when she is done, you can ask her to take off more. I've done that. Yes, I'm a bit worried my stylist would be annoyed, but it's my money so I'm going to get the cut that I want. It's taken me a long time to speak up about things.
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Thank you, everyone! I went back on Friday and told her I wanted another inch off and that it was my fault for not asking for more off in the first place. I let her know up front that I had full intentions of paying full price ($69). In the end she didnt charge me so I gave her a $60 tip and said happy holidays! She gave me a hug and thanked me so I think we're good. She cut off a tiny bit too much but it's a huge improvement. Two weeks and I think I'll love it! Thanks for your advice everyone!
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Thank you, everyone! I went back on Friday and told her I wanted another inch off and that it was my fault for not asking for more off in the first place. I let her know up front that I had full intentions of paying full price ($69). In the end she didnt charge me so I gave her a $60 tip and said happy holidays! She gave me a hug and thanked me so I think we're good. She cut off a tiny bit too much but it's a huge improvement. Two weeks and I think I'll love it! Thanks for your advice everyone!
Originally Posted by DCWavyLady
glad it worked out
that's a very generous tip; I think you'll be one of her favorite clients
Normally I would've tipped 20%, but she didn't charge me so I figured what the heck?!

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