Finding the right hair stylist is like finding your new best friend. Who really knows more about you than the guy or gal that takes care of your hair? This is the one person you can sit and visit with and have their undivided attention because you are their paycheck.
I have yet to meet a stylist that I really couldn’t talk to because that is exactly what you need to do to get the end results, you’re looking for. Granted, some stylists are friendlier than others but then some people go to the salon to get pampered and just kick back and relax and don’t care about the chit chat.
What Will be My First Step in Finding a Good Hair Stylist
The most important thing to do before looking for a stylist is to make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for. What style do you have or want? Do you want someone that is a killer expert in color application and one that can give a great haircut with scissors or razor? Do you just want a place to get a simple haircut every six weeks? Do you want your new salon to offer the works, hair care, pedicure, manicure, massage and a glass of champagne?
If you have moved recently, most stylist will try and help you find a new stylist or may be kind enough to tell you the products they have used on you that work. Having that information with you will be a blessing to your new stylist. By you passing on the knowledge you have your new stylist will know that you are a concerned client and that is how you will be treated.
Know What You Want Done
Know what you want first, don’t just walk into the salon and say, I don’t care, “just do what will look good.” This is a real put off for a busy stylist, and if you don’t care enough to talk to them it’s like saying, “I’m not sure you could give me what I want”. Every stylist must be licensed for their state and they spent a lot of money on their professional equipment like, curling irons, steam straighteners, and hair dryers.
Do Research on How to Find a Good Hair Stylist
When I talk about research, there are things you can do to help yourself. My favorite thing to do is, if you see someone with a fabulous style, ask them where they have their hair done. I’m an outgoing person so this doesn’t bother me to ask. Usually, the person you ask will be more than happy to share their knowledge with you. Plus, if you have just moved to a new area, no one knows you anyway so go ahead and ask!
Look in Newspaper ads
Next, checkout the newspaper ads, ask new friends on Facebook, check with people in your new neighborhood, ask people at your new job site. I have used all these methods and they all work. If you happen to drive by a salon that catches your eye, stop in. It’s easy to get a feel of the salon by just visiting with the receptionist about the services they offer and noticing the professional equipment they use. You want to make sure they are using top of the line hair dryers and products so you know you are going to get the best treatment.
While talking, notice such things as how clean the salon is, how many employees they have, the atmosphere in the salon, are the stylist dressed like they care about themselves and their customers, do they sell the shampoos and conditioners they use. Also ask the receptionist if they have a stylist that specialized in what you are interested in.
Check Out Their Website For Customer Photos
To help get the results you want with a new stylist, show them some photos you’ve collected as to the new style you want to try. I have found a ton of pictures on Pinterest and Facebook. Check out some videos on YouTube, look in Elle Magazine, Allure Magazine or google “hair styles”. There’s a lot of information on the internet and you owe it to yourself to do your homework. It will also make your visit to the salon a pleasure and you will hopefully find a friend with your new stylist. Good luck with your search, it’s just like anything in life, you do the work (research) you get the prize!
If you find a salon that looks good to you and they have a stylist you’d like to try, make an appointment for something simple at first so you don’t break the bank and end up unhappy with the results. Get a simple shampoo and blow dry or try a conditioning treatment and blow dry. If you’re satisfied, and you get along great with the stylist, you can make another appointment with that stylist.