Caring for Your Hair and Skin: A Guide

Two Tips to Follow When You Have Your First Appointment With a Personal Stylist

Are you ready for some change? If you want to change your style, consider what you need to do when meeting with a stylist for the first time. 

Bring photos of you wearing outfits that you like and dislike wearing 

If possible, you should create a folder of photos on your smartphone, that feature images of you wearing outfits that you love, as well as any outfits that you don't feel you look good in. Showing these to the personal stylist at the beginning of the appointment will help them not only to see what your figure looks like while wearing certain garments but will also give them an idea of the type of outfits you are drawn to and feel comfortable wearing. This, in turn, will allow them to avoid suggesting outfits or garments that are too different to your current personal style or that they know you would feel uncomfortable wearing (even if these items would technically look good with your hair colour, complexion or body shape).

For example, if most of the images that show outfits you like wearing feature garments that are loose and flowing, then the personal stylist might avoid showing you any clothing that is very clingy and tight. They might, however, suggest subtle ways to accentuate your figure a bit more in flowy garments (such as wearing a skinny belt with a billowy, loose-fitting dress to emphasise your waist). Likewise, if the images of the outfits you disliked and feel unhappy wearing all feature bright colours, the personal stylist might show you clothing in muted or pastel shades instead, that will still suit your colouring.

Wear your hair and make-up in the way that you normally do on a day-to-day basis

When you go to this appointment, it's best to wear your hair and (if you use it) make-up in the way that you normally do on a daily basis. The reason for this is that if, for example, you go bare-faced and with your hair tied into a ponytail, when you usually wear a face of vibrant-coloured make-up and your hair down each day, the suggestions the personal stylist makes might look great with your pared-back look, but might not complement your usual day-to-day hair and make-up style. The stylist might, for example, put you in very colourful outfits that do a great job of brightening up your complexion when you're not wearing make-up, but which give you a slightly gaudy appearance when you wear them with, for example, the bright red lipstick or smoky eyeshadow you wear most days.

By opting for the same hairstyle and type of make-up you usually wear when you have this appointment, the personal stylist will be better able to select accessories and garments that will look good with your daily beauty-related choices, and you will be more likely to be satisfied with the outcome of using their service.