How to Find the Right Hairstylist for You
Today, you need to find a great salon, you also need to find the right hairstylist for you? Finding the best stylist for you can be a hit or miss job unless you know the inside tips. Many a customer have chosen the wrong stylist who simply does not listen to the needs of their client. The end up walking out with an accidental bob, botched bangs, and probably some tears. This not only leaves the client unhappy but loses that client for the solon, no good solon wants this (Read: How to pick a great salon). You may have moved to a new city, maybe you and your stylist have had a falling out, or you are simply looking for a new approach. The first task is finding a good reputable salon, the next thing is to find the right hairstylist for you. Here are 8 tips to finding a competent compatible stylist that fits you.
1) Ask Your Peers – Often, word of mouth is a great way to find the right stylist, if you see a co-worker, friend or neighbor with great looking hair, ask who styles it. Remember to get the name of who recommended the stylist, know who referred you can be a real plus to start a relationship with your new stylist.
2) When You Find a Salon – Observe, you will know instinctively which stylist you can relate to, then ask the resections if your impression of that stylist is correct. You will find a good salon has an experienced person in the front of the salon that wants you with the best stylist for your hair type and temperament.
The extra safe way to make sure you have made the right decision is to book a blowout or a simple trim and maintenance of your present hairstyle. While in this first appointment, you will talk probably make a friend and the stylist will feel more comfortable discussing major changes you have in mind. They may have other suggestions, and you just may like those suggestions. But in any case, you will better understand your new stylist and they will better understand your hair before you risk a major change.
3) Understanding Products Used by the Stylist – A stylist will use, and if good, be certified in the specific products represented by the salon. Remember it is not the brand name you may have used before, all manufacturers of high quality product have a specialty, but most of the products will work for your hair type if professionally recommended. Your new stylist should have a good understanding of the products to be used, for example, Brazilian Blowout. They should be able to explain the products nature and how your hair will react or change with use of that product before you take the “treatment”. Experience and knowledge are the keystones of a great stylist.
4) Do Your Research – A great salon should have lots of positive reviews on Google My Business, these cannot be faked, they are real. A salon that has reviews on their own website and not on Google My Business should be a red flag. Before you even walk in the salon, you should be able to get a general idea of the stylists in the salon through those reviews. But remember a good stylist in a bad salon can only shine so much, (Read: How to Pick a Great Salon)
5) Check Out the Salons Website and Social Media – The more experienced stylists will be featured in reviews and pictures in those internet outreaches. But remember, not all great stylists are active on the internet, so this is only an additional place to check out. As you read in How to Pick a Great Salon, there should be a good interactive website, Facebook presence and at least 20 reviews on Google My Business. Also, if the salon has an active Instagram, you can probably get a good taste of the various stylists on that media as well.
6) Finding a Stylist when You Move to Florida – One of the worst things about moving is the boxes and all the mess. Then you look in the mirror and realize you need your hair styled, without preplanning you may be stuck with the nearest shop and the available stylist when you walk in. (Read: How to Pick a Great Salon) When you move, ask your stylist at your old home town to take a picture of your hair the way you like it, maybe even jot down a quick note to a new stylist. They will be happy to do it, it could add to that parting tip!
7) Trust Your Initial Impression – The “right stylist” is one you like and eventually trust with the very essence of your look. If you say hi and are greeted with a feeling of negativity, this may not be the right stylist. Relationships are important, only then will you trust your new stylist to make you look your best. A stylist that challenges your current look with new ideas is not negativity, but an honest desire to make you look your best. TRUST YOUR GUT FEELINGS!
8) Do not Experiment on the First Visit – The first visit with a new stylist is getting to know each other, that stylist can not yet understand you and your needs until after the first appointment. This is when they find you don’t like hair color or your hairdo, you hate long processes or you don’t, you are a client that embraces change or one that wants a steady look regardless. The first appointment is not the time for major change, though it may be the time to discuss such a change.
9) Know the Terminology – You will find most salons use products with different names than you are used to. The truth of the matter is, a good product line, regardless of the brand, will have products that do similar things. Know also if your old stylist used “Ghost Layers or Long Layers” what color they used by the # of the color which is an industry-standard even if a different brand gives it a fancy marketing name. Example: the same color by # could be called “sunset blond” by one product line and “strawberry blond” by another. Also know if you have been getting “brads” or “Twists” there is a difference, and knowing these terms makes the transition easier for you and your new stylist.
10) The Stylist Makes You Look Good – The best wan to know if you have found the right stylist is reactions when you walk out of the salon the first time. How do you look in the mirror, does anyone notice your hair, and are you happy with the result? A lot of rough personalities of stylists can be overlooked if you always walk out looking great!
FINAL NOTE: Remember, your stylist and salon are not the enemy, they are not out to make you look a mess. A good salon and a great stylist want you to look great, be happy and the good ones know communication is the key to a great relationship with a client for years to come. Speak up, collaborate and ask questions, if you are told to shut up, you aren’t in the right place, but if you are home you will walk away looking like a star and feeling great about yourself!