So I’m copy and pasting this from another blog but I did write this. It’s on a LGBTect blog that I’m part of.
with the new job and the free topic this week I thought I would address a topic I see a lot. Getting your first trans haircut! What I mean by this is the first haircut you get when you’re trying to pass as your target gender.
So this might not fully apply to all the genderqueer folk out there, I’m sorry for that but most people in the world are going to read you as male or female so this is going to deal with being addressed, reacted to and what to expect when being treated as male or female.
So let us begin!
What to expect:
So lets start with the basics. When you go in to a salon you’ll give your name, wait for your stylist to come over and greet you and head to the chair. Give a name your comfortable using, something that fits your gender identity.
Now you’re in the chair. What are you there for? What do you want done with your hair? As you doing a clipper cut and going super short? Semi short? Long hair with some layers?
If your brought a picture this is the time to show your stylist what your goal look is, discuss how they’ll be going about it and what you really want.
For the Gals:
Your hair will either be washed or just sprayed down with a water bottle before being cut. At the end, unless you don’t want it styled it will be blown dry and styled for you. Products will be recommended for the health of your hair and continued up keep of your style. Its all a pretty easy process. Sit back, enjoy some chatter or read a magazine.
To the Men:
If us guys are getting our hair washed it comes at after the cut most of the time. If you’re getting a clipper cut it does anyways. If you’re doing a longer style it’ll come before or you’ll be sprayed down like the gals. But it’s a lot of the same. You’ll pick your style and get your hair cut. If your hair is short your back neckline will be cleaned up. It’ll either be squared off or rounded. Square is the more modern adult style while round is younger more often then not. Most people don’t care. If they ask what you want feel free to pick one or just tell em whatever.
Sideburns will also be cleaned up. They’ll ask you how long you want them, ect. Cleaned up is a perfect answer. They’ll make sure that they’re even, there aren’t any stray hairs far off from your hair line, simple things.
And from there its all the same. Enjoy the styling, product education and chatter. It’s a simple process.
To bring a Picture:
I already told you when you’ll be showing your stylist your picture if you brought one, now lets think about if you should or not.
Pictures are awesome! It gives me a bases to say that I know for sure what you are telling me you want, I can ask you more questions about length, blending and styling and generally, you will leave happier.
Don’t feel like a dope. Just bring the picture, its for the best!
I don’t know!:
So you want a mens/womens cut but you don’t know what you want? Your goal is to say, pass better but what to do?
Ask your stylist! If you want a typical mens/womens cut just ask for that. From there they will discuss length with you, styles, your life style and help you find what will work best for you! Stylists have been trained in all sorts of things that will help them give you advice on what will work best for your face shape, your daily routine, coloring and all sorts of things you might not have even thought of. So have some faith.
Where to go:
There a whole host of places you can go. Small chain salons are always safe. They’ll get you in and out in twenty minuets for your cut and little more for extra services. These are great to go to for a new style and stylist, someone who doesn’t know you and you can start a relationship with as yourself.
The disadvantage to these salons? They don’t have as much time because of how they’re run to spend time with you to meet their timing goals. This doesn’t mean they wont take the time, it just means they might seem a little more pushy to get answers out of you.
A higher end salon might have more time and seem more personal but that isn’t always the case either. They have timing goals as well. Once you have a style you like and would like to maintain it, maybe add color, then go to a “high end” salon if you feel comfortable there. Otherwise, it more or less doesn’t matter where you go. So long as your visits are as yourself you’ll be treated right and leave happy!
I’m sure I left a whole crap ton out. So if there are any questions or other topics for me to touch on let me
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