One of the major reasons a lot of people talk themselves out of a new haircut is the possibility of regretting it later on... or even before the scissor blades have cooled. So, what, if anything, can you do to prevent the frustration of terrible tresses?
1/ Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration
While you don't necessarily have to arrive at the salon with an entire lookbook (unless you want to), it's really useful for your stylist to have as many visual aids as possible to help them decipher exactly what you want.
Search every related #hashtag on Instagram, scroll through Google images, trawl your favorite blogs, and perhaps even create a Pinterest board to gather the fruits of your hairspiration quest in one place. That way, you'll have plenty of images to demonstrate exactly what kind of look you're going for when you're in the chair.
2/ Talk to your stylist
No, really, talk to them. As we already hinted at above, communication with your stylist is key. Explain what you want as clearly and precisely as you can, then hand over your inspirational photos.
It's also essential to double check with a professional that the look you want actually works with your hair type. They can explain how much work you'll need to do, if any, to maintain your desired look, which may mean you need to rethink your goal. After all, if you're a wash-and-go kind of girl, adapting to lengthy blowout routines is probably not something you'll enjoy. So, don't be afraid to be totally honest about how much effort you want to put in after leaving the salon.
(Side note: most stylists will be happy to walk you through any styling techniques you're having trouble with!)
3/ Fake it first
If you think you want a bob, try styling your longer locks into a faux bob first, ditto for a shorter pixie or a cut with bangs. While this won't give you a perfect idea of what the shape would be like, it will give you a good idea about what kind of length you feel comfortable with.