3 signs you're about to get a bad haircut, according to the longtime hairstylist of Paramore's Hayley Williams

3 signs you're about to get a bad haircut, according to the longtime hairstylist of Paramore's Hayley Williams
Hayley Williams and Brian O'Connor are the co-founders of hair brand Good Dye Young. Lani Parrilla
  • Hayley Williams and Brian O'Connor are hosting a virtual hair class with Sally Beauty on Friday.
  • Ahead of the event, O'Connor told Insider about signs to look for that signify a bad haircut.

Visiting a new hair salon or working with a new hairstylist can be an intimidating experience - but it doesn't have to be.

Speaking with Insider, the celebrity hairstylist and Good Dye Young cofounder Brian O'Connor reflected on his work with Paramore's Hayley Williams, being ahead of beauty trends, and an upcoming free hair class he's hosting alongside the musician.

He also shared three signs to look out for at any salon to determine whether a bad hairstyle is on the horizon.


Conversations with your hairstylist should be a big part of any salon visit

It's common for hairstylists to ask what kind of haircut you're looking for and then quickly send you to the washing station. But according to O'Connor, that's exactly the kind of visit you want to avoid.

"My biggest rule is if you sit down in a chair for a haircut and a hairstylist doesn't talk to you for the first five to 10 minutes, run," O'Connor told Insider. "If they're too quick to say, 'OK sure, sounds great. Let's do it,' maybe they're not the right hairstylist for you."

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Instead, the beauty-brand cofounder said hairstylists should be eager to learn about "your hair history" and what your day-to-day beauty routine is like.


"That lets me know, one, is this a high-maintenance haircut or a low-maintenance haircut, and two, does this work with your facial features?" he said.

Those conversations should dig deeper than what haircut you want to get

O'Connor said that in addition to learning the basics of your hair, hairstylists can also make salon visits double as "therapy sessions."

"I have a whole spiel I go through with my clients, even if I've done their hair for 10 years," he told Insider. "I still ask, 'OK, what brought this on?'"


Sometimes, as O'Connor noted, people decide to make big hair changes after thinking about doing so for a while. But sometimes, an emotional factor can lead people to make a rash decision.

"If it's an emotional thing, you're probably going to hate it regardless - even if it's the greatest haircut you've ever had that perfectly suits your face, style, everything," he said.

If a hairstylist doesn't help educate you on your hair, you might be better off going to a different salon

Whether it's tips on how to style your hair or recommendations on what products to use, hairstylists are equipped to provide tons of hair information, and they should do so during salon visits.


"I have spent almost 20 years educating myself on this craft, but it's also part of my job to educate you," O'Connor said. "That's important to me as a professional."

That's part of the reason O'Connor, Williams, and other members of the Good Dye Young team are leading a Sally Beauty DIY University class on Friday at 1 p.m. CT. The virtual event is free for anyone to attend and will give viewers tips on using hair dye at home.

"Plunging into a semi-permanent hair dye at home can be very scary," he said. "The class is a really good way to work out any of those unanswered questions."