Looking for a new stylist can be taxing …even if you’re good at networking. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect salon and stylist for you.
It’s always easiest to start with friends and family. If none of your friends or family has that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look, find someone on the street whose color or cut really catches your eye. Ask them who does their hair and book a consultation. Most consultations are free.
If you cold-call a salon without knowing a stylist, you will most likely get the newest person on the floor. I’d start with just a blowout. This will give you the best seat in the house to view all the stylists on the floor. From this vantage point, you can see how the stylists interact with their clients. Pay close attention to their listening skills.
Open a conversation and be honest about any past hair traumas with other stylists and tell him/her about any home coloring you may have done. Seriously, being honest from the get-go is crucial to getting a great end result.
Tell them what you don’t like and styles/colors you are willing to try. I encourage clients to bring a photo of themselves when they loved their hair. Also, images of preferable styles are encouraged, just be reasonable with the expectations.
This client, Gena wanted to find a new stylist whom she could trust not to cut her length off… she wanted to keep long hair so she can donate it to Locks of Love…but felt that her hair was too flat, so she was given long layers to give her more volume. The stylist consulted with Gena gave her what she wanted and ended up becoming a satisfied and frequent client. The stylist and the client were a good fit.
After your appointment and your all done ask yourself, “Did they teach me anything about how to blow-dry or which specific products to use?
If all your questions are answered and it feels like a good fit, go ahead and book a haircut/color appointment for a future date. Also ask for their length of experience and other employers and client references and do call them and get personal feedback.