We all want great hair, and it starts with a haircut. You may bring in a photo, or describe what you want to your hairstyle to a “T”, but are your expectations for a new look on par with what your hair can actually do? Does the celebrity style that you’ve been coveting match the amount of time that you’re willing to spend on your hair? Here are 11 things to consider, and points that your stylist likely won’t say out loud, before you go in for your next haircut.

1. Great Hair Takes Work. Sorry.

On some level, if you want your hair to look good it’s going to take some work. Unless you have perfect hair, with great body, beautiful thickness, and absolutely no issues whatsoever, you will need to do something with your hair to make it look like that photo you brought in. By the way, I’m pretty sure that the aforementioned perfect hair doesn’t really exist.