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    Default Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    If you are a stylist would you appreciate getting instructions about haircut amounts in months instead of inches? If you are not a stylist, have you ever tried it?

    For example "trim off 2 months of growth" or "I want my hair to grow back to this exact same length within 2 months" instead of saying "trim 1 inch"?

    I was thinking about this the other day and thought it might be less ambiguous ... I might try it someday!

    With inches there is so much room for interpretation - not all hairs end in the same place so if I ask for a 1" trim it's not clear if that's 1" off the longest straggly hairs, or 1" off most hairs. There's also shrinkage... for curlies and wavies it's not clear if 1 inch means 1" of dry stretched hair, 1" of dry unstretched hair, 1" of wet stretched hair, or 1" of wet unstretched hair (all of which would be a different length on me).

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    Default Re: Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    I think it might be just as ambiguous because peoples hair grows at different rates at different times in the year. I would just physically show them how much you want cut.

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    Default Re: Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    Since everybody has a different growth rate, I think "two months' growth" would be even more ambiguous.

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    Default Re: Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    giving a time frame of growth is even more ambiguous. The stylist could just assume your hair grows fast and chop off 5 inches instead of one.
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    Default Re: Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    By all means, SHOW the hairstylist exactly how much you want cut off. Bring a small slip of paper, cut to the size you want to trim off. Don't rely on your hands to indicate you want "that much" trimmed.

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    Default Re: Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    hmm good points ... it is tricky to show the amount if you like wispy ends but maybe I just need to elevate a section of my hair before I show the amount ... I usually want to keep the layers somewhat wispy at the tips so I couldn't just grab a section of hair and section off an inch with my fingers (that would look too chunky if she cuts it in the same way that I'm holding it).

    I actually didn't specify any inch or month amounts for my last haircut... just pictures of the cut I wanted, and talking with her about what I liked in the pictures and what I didn't like ... that turned out really well too.

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    Default Re: Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    An inch is a totally standard measurement. Every ruler has the same inch on it.

    A "month of growth" isn't standard, so I don't think it would work. I wouldn't try it anyway.
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    Default Re: Specifying haircut amounts in months instead of inches??

    On second thought I'll probably just stick to the strategy that worked so well for yesterday's haircut...bringing various photos of haircuts that look like what I want, and talking with her about what I like in the photos, then let her figure out what type of cutting is needed to get the shape I want. The haircuts that I like are rather complicated with different elevations and angles and whatnot...I seem to have good luck if I stick to talking about the overall shape and let her figure out the low-level details. But my stylist is an awesome communicator and asks me for a clarification if something is ambiguous...that helps too!!

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