Think Before You Make a Big Change – The New York Times

Written by on May 25, 2021

If you’re booking your appointment online, Mr. Ericsson recommends alerting the salon to your plans. If there’s space to add a note, he suggests writing that you want a dramatic change. Including this information, he said, “is really going to help to make sure that your first time with a drastic change is going to have a better outcome.”

Colored hair may require specialized shampoos, tinted conditioners or hair masks to maintain the color and nourish the hair. Shorter cuts might require more frequent trips to the salon for touch-ups. Budget accordingly.

Sophie C’est la Vie, a tattoo artist in Brooklyn and co-owner of the tattoo studio This Time Tmrw, recommends thinking through how your new body art will influence how you are perceived at work. If the tattoo or piercing is highly visible, be prepared for stares and questions, even when you may not feel like dealing with the attention.

There are also financial considerations to large-scale tattoo projects. Some studios require a deposit and may charge you by the hour, the day or the session, Ms. C’est la Vie said. The time it takes to complete a tattoo varies depending on the size and detail of the piece. “A very tiny, minimal outline tattoo could take less than five minutes, where a sleeve could take more than a year, depending on how often a client books for,” she said. You also need to factor in costs like tipping.

“Getting tattooed is such a personal, and I would say, intimate experience,” Ms. C’est la Vie said, so clients should feel welcome, safe and respected.

Consult online portfolios when looking for a reputable salon, piercing studio or tattoo parlor. Approach friends who are happy with their salon experience or have body art you admire and seek recommendations.

Ms. C’est la Vie recommends familiarizing yourself with tattoo design styles. Knowing the proper terminology will help you identify artists who can best produce the particular style you want. For instance, she said, if you want a geometric black-and-gray tattoo, an artist who is an expert at full-color photo realism may not be “able to produce something for you that is more in line with your vision,” she said.

When consulting with your hairdresser, bring a few pictures of your desired cut or color.

Many transformative looks cannot be achieved in one session. If you’re lightening your hair, it might take several salon visits. A large tattoo or sleeve may take a few sessions. Be kind to yourself as you wait it out.

She sent pictures to her group-text thread at every stage: the cut, the bleaching, the finished look. “It was fun to bring my friends with me virtually in a way and to have them there,” she said. “That was by far the best part.”

If he’s working with a client who asks for a transformative style like a bob or a pixie cut, Mr. Ericsson will often first snip the hair so it lays on the curvature of the back. Then they’ll assess.

“We can fix it,” Mr. Ericsson said. “Especially if it’s just a shape thing. You just have to be willing to let go of a little bit more length” to get the desired cut.

Ms. C’est la Vie recommends telling your tattoo artist if you don’t like the finished work. “Give them an opportunity to address and fix the situation for you,” she said. “Sometimes people feel self-conscious or uncomfortable to do this, but it’s the best policy, the most fair, as well as respectful to allow the original artist the chance to rectify the situation.”

If you feel you weren’t treated well during the session or the artist was unwilling to adjust the design, she suggests seeking out another artist to rework it.

Keep in mind that these experiences, while fun, are not designed to have real staying power. “We are sold a bill of goods by the beauty industry that making these kinds of superficial changes to our appearance will change our lives,” Dr. Engeln said. “It’s not going to change your life. It might be fun for a while. It might be interesting, but the way human brains work is we get used to new things and they’re no longer new.”

This content was originally published here.

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