Maybe you have been to a few stylists while others have been through so many that they dread even thinking about getting their hair done. Whatever the case, it’s sure to say that there are many stylists out there who don’t know their head from their feet. Yes, I do understand how many frustrated people out there feeling hopeless in the quest for nice hair. When you want a second opinion from a Doctor and its ok why shouldn’t it be ok to get a second opinion when it comes to hair? Here are my 5 tips to finding a stylist you can trust and may you consider this your guide, your second opinion if you will to getting a step closer to understanding what it is that you as a client need to check off that list to find a wonderful stylist! And may you pay it forward so others can find hope in great hair.
Doing your research pays offs
These walk in shops are like playing Russian Rolette guys! I know when you feel like it’s your only option because you haven’t a clue as to where a good hairstylist is that it’s ok…..it’s not….it’s the worst! First of all it depends on whether or not it’s a franchise or independently owned but either way you never know what you will end up with. Now I’m not saying every time you will end up with bad hair but it’s better to have done your research then go with the luck of the draw. If you just don’t have time to make appointments on a regular basis then at least do your research with one of those “walk in joints,” chop shops as we professionals call them.
What personality type does your stylist have?
You may be thinking that you can get along with any type of personality and that may very well be true but did you know that if your stylist is a talker and loves to talk with their hands that it could spell “bad hair day”? I believe, no, I know that if you have more knowledge of your stylist’s personality type while searching then the outcome will be more profitable. Start by scheduling a free consultation for a meet and greet. Ask questions about them and don’t just make it about your hair. Really make conversation with them and bring out their personality because after all you want to like your new hairstylist.
Your hair type vs. your stylist’s hair type
Believe it or not if you have fine limp hair that is unmanageable and your stylist has a similar hair type chances are they will have more of a talent for your hair type vs. a stylist with thicker hair. I am in no way saying that we should stereotype hairstylist at all, no, it is just simple facts that we work better with our own hair type. If you have special needs for your hair, say it’s extremely curly or super fine and can’t take any product then you should probably seek out a stylist with your same hair type. If your hair is normal for the most part and your issue is simply finding a good stylist then you needn’t worry about the hair type of your future stylist.
Booking your free consultation is a must
Why not, it’s a free service and we all love something for free right. Before you have your service done most stylists will offer a free consultation to weigh the options before hand, never turn one down. As a matter of fact if you have never been in to see that stylist they should insist on your initial consultation. This will be your opportunity to do your interview and find out if they are the right stylist for your hair type. Never be afraid to ask any stylist for a consultation, they are all free and every stylist if they are good will want one anyway. One thing to watch out for in a stylist who has you in their chair during consultation, if they are being a little pushy by saying “we can get started now and I will have enough time for my next client” Don’t fall for it unless you feel they are exactly what you are looking for in a stylist. Good stylist will be patient and cadre to the clients schedule not the other way around.
Ask questions as if you were hiring them
Things to consider asking during your consultation will be, 1. Their years of experience; I have seen stylist that had a license for 20 years and only worked one year of that, so make sure your answer is a clear one. 2. Consider stating that you are looking for a permanent stylist then ask them how long they have been working there at that salon. They won’t be offended trust me, they will feel honored to have a potential client of long standing status, that is what we live for. 3. Notice if they offer up suggestions for your hair or if they are just saying “ok” or “I can handle that” agreeing with everything you say is not caring about you. Remember, they are the professional not you so they should tell you what your hair type is, ask what shampoo you use (not because they want to make a sale but because they care about your hair) and if they are asking you questions about your hair that means they are trying to get to know you and they care, that is a good start.
The one thing I have noticed in the public over the years is that not everyone is aware of consultations and how profitable they can be for both you and your stylist. That is why I have highlighted consultations, consultations, consultations. Treat it like a first date and enjoy yourself. Finding a new stylist is so hard but when you find a good one it’s so well worth it!
1. Be picky about the salon or at least the stylist you are considering. There is no shame in finding the right one.
2. Be aware of the personality that your stylist has during your consultation, it makes a big difference for the both of you.
3. Know your hair type and consider seeking out a stylist with similarities.
4. If you are patient in your research and do multiple consultations you will find the perfect hairstylist.
5. The more questions you ask the better you will feel about your final decision.