For the past five years, a woman (read: angel) named Germaine has been cutting my hair. I booked an appointment with her after my former hair stylist moved away, and we talked for a least 30 minutes about how she was going to cut my hair before she picked up a pair of scissors back in 2013.
It was great. She was great. And every subsequent time I went to see her, she would confirm I wanted the same thing and then go to town, always giving me the perfect haircut. Now Germaine is having a baby.
I'm super happy for her. But unfortunately for me, that baby has made things so she had to be on bed rest when it came time for my "final haircut" before she took maternity leave. I'd become so accustomed to my easy haircuts that when it came time for my appointment with her fill-in, I wasn't really sure what to tell her as what to do. What I left with was something that I could best describe as a classy mullet. Not ideal.
Explaining how to cut your hair if the answer isn't "Cut it all off!" Or "Use this razor all around" can get complicated, especially if you're like me and really don't know what you're talking about. You can ask to just shorten what you have going on, but depending on how your hair grows that might not actually be what you're looking for (it definitely wasn't in my case).
A new app called Freshcut is designed to (hopefully) make the process of getting your hair cut by someone new a little less painful. With the iPhone-only app, you snap a bunch of pictures of your new do right after it happens, and then write out directions on how to recreate it.
The idea is that when you end up getting your locks cut by a new barber or stylist, he or she will have a guidebook of sorts for what you want.
You could theoretically do this by just saving pictures and directions somewhere like Evernote or another notes app on your phone as well, but having it in a dedicated app should make it pretty easy to find in a snap when you sit down in that barber's chair.
It's certainly not going to guarantee that you get the haircut you want, that part also depends a good bit on the person cutting your hair, but it could set you up to be a little closer to success.