0 NUMBER HAIR CUTTING: What do the numbers mean when I get a haircut?
You’re at the salon, and the hairdresser asks you, “So how much are we taking off?” They lay out a comb on your head and start cutting. And then they ask again: “So how much do you want it?” It’s tempting to just let the stylist do whatever they want because we don’t have time for haircuts anymore, but that’s not always a good idea. A bad cut can leave you with uneven lines or choppy layers—and if it happens more than once, you might be tempted to just shave it all off! Here’s exactly what those numbers mean when you get your haircut so you can make sure what you’re getting is what you want…
Before we get into the numbers, let’s set one thing straight: The numbers you see on your haircut aren’t really about length.
The numbers you see when getting a haircut are actually about time–and how much of it it takes for your stylist to cut your hair. That’s because most stylists charge by the hour rather than by what they think is fair market value for their services (like doctors do). So they use these codes as shorthand so they can get paid fairly while still being able to give customers what they want in terms of style and price point.
To understand how a hair stylist cuts hair, you have to understand how they make their money
The best way to understand how a hair stylist cuts your hair is by understanding how they make their money.
Stylists are paid by the hour, which means that they make more money if they spend more time on your hair and do a good job of it. The more satisfied you are with your cut and style (and therefore, the less likely you are to go elsewhere) also helps increase their income.
What does it mean when a stylist says “I’ll give you an inch off the ends?”
The stylist may also tell you that they’re going to give you “an inch off the ends,” which means they’ll be cutting away dead hair. This can help your hair look healthier and fuller. However, the stylist won’t actually be removing any length from your locks! The inch refers only to how much will be trimmed off at the bottom of each strand–not how much money this will cost or how long it will take for you to grow back into those inches again (although both are important factors).
What’s the difference between “blunt” and “rounded?”
In the world of hair, there are two basic types of cuts: blunt and rounded. A blunt cut means that your stylist will just trim off all your hair to the same length in one swoop. It’s a good option if you have curly or wavy hair because it helps keep those curls from getting too long or frizzy.
A rounded style is tapered at the ends so they’re not blunt but rather more gradual as they get shorter toward the back of your head (or wherever else). This can be a great look on straight-haired people who want some volume at their crowns without having any layers cut into their locks–it’ll still give them a nice shape without being too dramatic!
Why do some salons charge per inch while others charge by the half inch?
The answer to this question depends on your salon, but generally speaking, salons tend to charge by the inch. That means that if you want a haircut that’s 2 inches long (which is about the length of my hair when I let it grow out), a stylist at a traditional salon would charge $10 per inch. If you were looking for something shorter than 2 inches in length, they may charge less.
In contrast, some salons have adopted a system called “the half inch.” Under this system, if you wanted your hair cut down from 8 inches to 6 inches (a 4-inch difference), then instead of paying $16 ($8 x 2), you’d pay only $8 ($4 x 2). This can be confusing because some people think they’re saving money when they go with this option–and yes! They are saving money…but only if their stylist charges by half-inches!
You don’t have to fall for a bait-and-switch. Be sure you know what you’re getting before you sit down in that chair!
- The stylist should tell you what they are going to do.
- The stylist should give you a price quote before the haircut starts.
- The stylist should be able to explain why they are cutting your hair the way they are and how much time it will take for each step of the process, so that there are no surprises when it comes time to pay up!
If you’re getting your hair cut, it’s important to know what you’re paying for. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your stylist should be happy to explain how they do things and answer any questions you have before starting work on your hair. After all, they want their customers to be happy with their new look–so if there’s something about the process that doesn’t seem right or doesn’t make sense, speak up!
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