Finding a hairstylist who is not only great at his profession but reliable and enjoyable to be around can be a time consuming and frustrating task. Follow these steps to make sure your next hairstylist knows how to work with you, your hair and personal style, to help you feel beautiful after every appointment.
1.Ask for referrals. The best way to find a new hairstylist is to ask friends and family for a reference. Ask people who you trust that have hairstyles they like. It is also important to inquire about the price the hairstylist typically charges for services to avoid wasting time with a stylist who you may not be able to regularly afford. Plus, no one wants sticker shock after getting the best haircut they’ve ever had.
2.If you see someone who has a hairstyle that you desire, ask them for a reference. When walking down the street or working out at the gym, don’t be afraid to ask someone who does their hair. Seeking a reference from an unbiased source can eliminate pressure to go to a certain stylist because of perceived obligation to a friend or family member who referred you to a particular stylist.
3.Use the phone book, Internet and local newspapers as a guide. Look through the yellow pages of your phone book or online for advertisements; often times salons or individual stylists will advertise their areas of expertise. Take note of the claimed expertise and compare them to your own needs. You could also contact the style or fashion reporter at your local newspaper for an unbiased opinion about local talent.
4.Compile a list of potential hairstylists. Based on the referrals that you were given, make a list of the five most promising. Visit the salon of the stylists to get a feel for the atmosphere and to get a sneak peek at the recommended hair pro. If you feel uncomfortable or out of place during your visit, take the stylist off your list. Getting your hair styled should be an enjoyable experience and you should always get what you want.
5.Schedule a consultation. After determining the salons that you would feel comfortable regularly visiting, schedule a consultation with the stylist to discuss your needs and hear her recommendations. You should ask about prices, recommended products and areas of expertise.
Also be sure to discuss your hair history and past styles that you did and didn’t like. If the consultation is going smoothly and you feel comfortable with the hairstylist, allow him to work on your hair. If you don’t feel comfortable during the consultation, don’t feel pressured for a cut or styling.
6.Compare your consultations. After visiting with the prospective stylists, determine who would best meet your hairstyling needs and schedule an appointment. If your first couple of visits don’t go well, schedule an appointment with another stylist on your list.