If you’ve ever gotten a bad haircut, you know it can be traumatizing—your hair’s uneven, the color is wrong, the length is way too short, and the list can go on and on. One terrible haircut can put you off from getting another one for a long time. But don’t be scared to hop in the chair for a trim or even a full transformation—all you need to do is research beforehand, ask questions (don't be afraid to be upfront with your stylist!), and bring photos as examples. Your stylist may wield the scissors, but you’re in control. We asked hair pros (expert stylists and colorists) to share seven things you can do to leave the chair happy. Looking for a new stylist? Look to Instagram to find inspiration, or ask the salon manager to suggest the best stylist at the salon for your specific hair type or the kind of look you want. When you’re in the chair, it’s important to communicate with your stylist about what you’re looking for, but keep an open mind and let them know what kind of recent treatments you’ve gotten done (box color jobs and Brazilian blowouts, included). And sometimes, it’s all about timing—if you’re expecting the whole process to take a long time, book earlier in the day or in the middle of the week, so your stylist doesn’t feel rushed and has enough time to finish the job thoroughly. Take these tips and use them when you’re booking your next salon visit—you’ll be guaranteed to leave the salon looking like a million bucks.