How To Be More Assertive In The Salon
Follow this advice if you want to stop coming out of the beauty parlour with a manicure you hate...
31 January 2019
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It’s an altogether too familiar situation for many of us: Your hairstylist or nail technician finishes up, asks you how you like your new look – and you squeak, “Great!”, before running away.
But deep down, you want to scream: “What have you done?!” Only, you don’t quite have the courage to do anything other than pay the salon (often with a tip, too) and thank them profusely. This is by no means an infrequent occurrence either, so if you’re smart you’ll have a hat in your bag.
Too long have we been cursed with eyebrows or hairdos we don’t like at all, or aren’t really what we asked for – so here are some tips to be a bit more assertive in the salon. It won’t come easily, but it will be worth it in the long run…
There’s a difference between being polite and over apologising. Of course, you should say “please” and “thank you” to whoever’s doing your nails or hair, but there’s really no need to say sorry if you’re asking for a change.
Don’t want that colour polish even though they’ve done one nail? It’s better to say after one nail than five, six or more. Chances are the beauty technician will appreciate the feedback and be more than happy to adjust accordingly – that’s their job after all.
Unfortunately, assertiveness isn’t something you can nail overnight. Chances are, you’ll need to practise until you really feel confident telling people what you want.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it sounds like another excuse to get your nails done, if you ask us.