Today, I’m just thrilled to share a video interview I did with my stylist, Jaimie Stevenson (nee Juettner) who has been cutting and styling my hair for 4+ years now. In it, we talk about how to grow out a pixie cut, and making the process less painful!
If you’re interested in working with Jaimie, here’s how to find her:
AND. In case you can’t do the video right now, I forgot to ask Jaimie a question that I wanted her to address, so here’s a quick Q&A on a related topic.
Sally: I’ve brought in a photograph and said, “This is the haircut I want.” And I feel like I’m definitely guilty of assuming that whatever it is can happen on top of my head and I know now that’s not true. Can you talk a little bit about that?
Jaimie: Sure! When bringing in a photo, the first question you should ask your stylist should be, “Will this work with my face, my hair.” Things you have to take into consideration are your texture – how thin, how full, is your hair curly, is your hair super straight. So asking all the right questions before jumping into a cut is key.
Sally: And we had talked, too, about how sometimes when you love a picture of a haircut, it’s not really the haircut you love. You can be blindsided by someone’s awesome makeup or their facial structure.
Jaimie: When looking at photos, a good thing to do is cover up the person’s face with your hand and then actually look at just the hair. Is it something you really like? The other thing about photos that’s really tricky is maintenance: Are you gonna style it every single day? Because these girls in these photos are styled for that shot. Having worked doing styling for photography, I know that a simple shot takes a lot of work to perfect. You need to decide if this is a style you can manage to do every single day. Is it something you’re going to want to style? Because a lot of people think that short hair will be easier, and realistically it’s not. It’s more work. It can be quicker work, and you can get good at it. But at first it takes time.
Plus when you take that plunge into a new, short haircut, you need to be patient. A lot of times it takes a few versions to figure out how it will fall into place. So that first cut might not be what you want, but make sure you come back and work with your stylist because it’s gonna take a couple of sessions to tweak it and get it where you want it.
Sally: That’s really good to know. And I also wanted to ask you if you’d discourage people from bringing in photos.
Jaimie: Never – I absolutely love photos! I’ve trained my eye so I can generally tell what types of hair people have in the photos. But I love it because it gives me a visual of what’s in your head, and what you really want to look like.
Sally: And once you get there you can talk about what can really be done and managing expectations?
Thank you for your expertise, Jaimie! Here’s hoping you inspire a few folks to finally take the pixie plunge.