I always leave it too long inbetween visits, so to start off my hair is a mess. I ususally have the same boring hair cut, thinking of trying something different is it normal to show a picture of what you want. Then all the small talk I know they are only being friendly but I always feel so uncomfatable.
Take a book, nost hairdressers will take a hint! . I have complete faith in my hair dresser (I go approx. every 3 years!) and just tell her to cut it however she wants to, something easy to manage, that won't look ridiculous as it grows out (as it will), and something that will suit me. I've never been diappointed yet. (Any way you can post a before and after pic somewhere for us to see?)