Pushy Hairdressers

Hair salon client with her hair in a chin-length bob
Q: My hairdresser keeps trying to convince me to get my hair cut into a bob. He claims that a chin-length bob would be the perfect hairstyle for me. He knows I don't want to cut my long hair, but he continues to try to persuade me to go for a bob.
Someone told me that hairdressers can make more money from clients who have a bob because a bob needs more frequent trimming than long hair. Is this true? Do hairdressers try to convince their clients to get a bob because it earns them more money?

A: It's completely normal for hairdressers, with their sometimes years of professional experience, to recommend certain hairstyles to their clients. However, a good and ethical hairdresser always prioritizes the preferences and wishes of the client over potential financial gain.
Not all hairdressers provide advice with the intention of maximizing their own income, but I am aware of some colleagues who unfortunately do. While it is true that some hairdressers may be motivated by financial considerations and try to persuade clients to opt for hairstyles that require more frequent trimming, such as a bob, this practice is not widespread.
Personally, I adhere to a philosophy that places the client's preferences and satisfaction at the forefront of the decision-making process. I would never try to convince a client to cut her hair in a particular way if she has clearly indicated a desire to maintain her current style or hair length.
I believe in providing honest and neutral advice, taking factors such as face shape, hair texture, and personal style into consideration. However, if a client is determined to keep her long hair, and a bob does not align with her taste and preferences, I respect her choice without further insistence or attempts to persuade her.
But, as I mentioned earlier, there are hairdressers who may be influenced by financial incentives and try to steer clients towards styles that require more frequent maintenance. This can create an unhealthy dynamic where the client feels pressured to get a haircut that may not make her happy in the short or long term.
The key to a successful relationship between client and hairdresser lies in open communication and mutual trust. Instead of pushing for a specific hairstyle for financial gain, I prefer to build a relationship with my clients based on mutual respect and understanding. Ultimately, a satisfied and happy client is more loyal, benefiting both the client and the hair salon in the long run.
Remember that as a client, you always have the final say. It's your hair and your appearance. Your personal taste should never be a subject of discussion. If your hairdresser doesn't respect your wishes or tries to push you in a direction that makes you uncomfortable, it might be advisable to get your hair cut by someone else.
I hope that my answer can somewhat restore your confidence in hairdressers in general. Most hairdressers don't see their clients as a money-making machine and have good intentions when providing advice, with a genuine love for the hairdressing profession.
See also:
Why has the bob suddenly become so popular?
Why do hairdressers never do what I ask them to?