It is important for the stylist to study the hair structure. The stylist needs to examine the natural pattern of growth and find the cowlicks and the pattern of the hair line. The hair texture, density or the thickness of the type of hair needs to be examined as well. The studying of the person as a whole is analyzing their height, shape, personal style, and life style. The information the stylist gathers will influence the type of style that he creates for the client.
What has been described is more of the textbook description of image consultation. I want to explain from a hair designer’s point of view. A hair designer is like an artist is some ways. He takes a person who may be tired of the look they have right now or maybe it is not working for them. The stylist analysis his client and can see in his minds eye how more beautiful or handsome he can make the person by creating a style that compliments the face. It would be like putting the right frame on a painting to make the painting really stand out. When the stylist creates the right style and conscientiously does his best work the hair cut should last about two to two and a half months. If the hair cut is done right even in the growing process the hair will still look good.