How do I choose a hairstylist?

How do I choose a hairstylist?

With a salon on every corner, and an average of 4 stylists in every salon, how do you make a choice? For most, there are a lot of disappointments in their attempts. Whether you have just moved to the area or have been searching for years, try these tips for better results:

  • Decide what you want before you go. Do you want a new style? Are you happy with your style but new in the area? Are you conservative or trendy? Do you want guidance from a stylist, or one that will follow your direction closely? Do you want a hairstyle that requires regular maintenance (every 4-6 weeks for a cut, color, etc.)?
  • Check out leads. When you see someone that has a great style and is close to the same type of hair as you have, stop them an ask who their stylist is. A stylists’ best advertisement are their clients.
  • Inspect a place before you make an appointment. Are you comfortable with the cleanliness and professional response of the staff? Talk to the owner about your requirements and see who she or he suggests. Don’t be afraid to walk out if you are not happy. Ask for a consultation with the stylist before making an appointment. After the talk, you will know whether you want to go further. Make an appointment for another day if you are comfortable.
  • Communicate by asking for what you want. The stylist should ask questions and gather information before rendering services. If not, take the time to state clearly or show pictures of what you are looking for in a style. And keep in mind, pictures should only be a guide to show what styles you like. A good stylist will know how to adapt the styles to your needs. If you don’t feel the stylist is listening or you feel uncomfortable---leave!