Looking for a new hair stylist can be nerve wracking. Whether it’s because you’ve moved to a new city, or you just want to try something new, whatever your reasons for looking for a new hair stylist, finding the one that clicks is not easy. In fact, most of the time you won’t know exactly if the hair stylist is meant for you until that all important first hair appointment.
However, there are a few things you can do to narrow down on a potential hair stylist. Read on for our top tips on how to pick the right hair stylist for your needs.
1. Get recommendations
If you love the new cut and colour job your BFF or co-worker has just gotten, then ask them who did it. Many salons offer future discounts to clients who spread the word. Make sure you let the hair stylist know who recommended them during your appointment.
2. Be specific about what you are looking for and do your research
If you want a soft blond balayage, then look for a hair colourist that specializes in the style. If you’re looking for something edgy, then look for someone who is into edgier hair styles.
While recommendations from friends and family are a great place to start, remember just because your friend/co-worker has a had a great job done on their fine straight hair, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll do a great job on your thick curls. Check out their Instagram page or other socials to see the styles they work with. Knowing the kinds of styles they typically work with can help you find out if they will do a good job with yours.
3. Have a conversation with them
A great hairdresser is always a great conversationalist and a better listener. During your consult, speak to them and let them know what it is you are looking for. If there’s a particular style you’ve seen online that you love, take a picture along to show them. Remember though, the picture is just for inspiration. A good hair stylist will be honest about whether it will work for your hair type as well as your facial structure. If the style you want isn’t right for you, they may be able recommend something similar. A hair stylist who isn’t afraid to be realistic about what works for you (and your pocket!) is definitely a keeper.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask about their experience
Unlike doctors who proudly display their qualifications on every bit of free wall space, hairdressers tend to keep a lower profile. Most hair stylists are highly trained and are proud of it. Don’t be afraid to ask about their education and experience in the field. Knowing that you’re in safe hands can make a world of a difference when you sit down for the actual cut.
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