Only 2 Inches... / by rubi

Almost everyone has a story of going to the hairstylist, asking for 1 inch cut off their hair and leaving with a haircut that ended up shorter than they imagined. That is usually followed by a lifetime of avoiding hairstylists and haircuts all together.

Here's how that happens. Find a friend and ask them to show you with their fingers how much one inch is. Chances are that your one inch will differ from theirs. Sometimes by a lot. Hairstylists hardly take out rulers to measure an exact inch to take off your hair, and even if they did, a clients version of 1 inch is usually closer to 1 centimeter. Also, as much as I hate to admit it, hairstylists are known for being a little scissor happy.

In order to make sure my client and I are always on the same page as to how much they want to cut, I never ask them how much they want cut off. Instead, I show them their hair in the mirror and ask them to show me where they would like the length to reach after the cut. Sometimes, they'll say one thing and then when they start to visualize it in the mirror they end up changing their mind. Use the mirror instead of measurements (unless you're donating).

image: Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, 1952