Ask a Hairstylist: How Do I Switch Hairdressers Without It Being Awkward?

It’s time for another installment of our Ask a Hairstylist series, featuring celebrity hairstylist and Dove ambassador Mark Townsend! Townsend shapes and snips the hair of Hollywood’s A-list (think Mary-Kate, Ashley, and Elizabeth Olsen; Dakota Johnson; and more) and will be answering all your pressing hair questions. Last month, he predicted fall’s top hair trends (in short add a texturizing paste, like Sally Hershberger’s Superiority Complex 24K Texturizing Paste, $40, to your hair routine ASAP).

This month, we decided to take his expertise in another direction. One of our own was struggling with the one thing almost every woman goes through at least once in her life: ending things with her hairstylist. She wanted to know how to “break up” with her stylist in the least awkward way possible—and who better to speak on the correct etiquette in this situation than a seasoned, experienced hairstylist? Ahead, you’ll find Townsend’s honest answer—we suggest you take notes. Keep scrolling to find out how to change hairdressers without making it awkward.

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.