Finding a new hair stylist can be hard. Whether someone’s moving, their hairstylist is moving, or they simply want a change, it can seem daunting. But it’s not as difficult to find a hair stylist as it might appear.
1. Look for Recommendations
The first thing to do will be to ask around. Talk to friends, neighbors, and co-workers. See if they have any recommendations for hairdressers. Pay special attention to someone with hair styling that looks especially attractive.
But don’t rely on the opinions of people. Check online and look for websites that have hair stylist reviews. Just keep in mind, some reviews may be fake or fabricated by the stylists themselves. Take everything you read with a grain of salt!
2. Schedule a Consultation
New clients should schedule a talk with two or three hair stylists to make sure everyone’s on the same page regarding what type of style the client will want. When talking to each hair stylist, discuss what kind of styling services they offer. The hair stylist or salon owner should be very observant as well as a good listener.
He or she should take a good look at the shape of a prospective client’s face and ask about their lifestyle.
Do they have dry hair? Do they prefer long hair? What did they like – and not like – about they previous salon?
Each hair stylist should be willing to take the time to offer different options as far as the following:
- Hair color and skin tone
- Best natural hair care products
- The way a client wants his or her hair cut
- Hair extensions
They need to be able to talk to clients in a way that’s not too technical.
3. Q&A with a Stylist
We can’t stress enough how important it will be for a prospective new hair stylist to get to know what a client wants. Clients should bring pictures from the last time they had a great haircut.
The hair stylist should care enough to ask a lot of questions. What is the client’s natural hair color? What kinds of chemical services did the previous hair stylist perform? What type of shampoo does the client use at home? How often does the client go to a salon?
If the stylist takes the time to get to know a client and a client’s hair… that’s a great sign of a potentially lasting relationship. Also, make sure everyone is clear on the costs for styling — before the styling begins!1
4. Schedule a Meet and Greet
Some people are leery of getting their hair cut at the hair salon right away. They prefer to first schedule a shampoo and blow-dry. This will give them a chance to see if they will have a rapport with the hair stylist.
It’s important to like the hair stylist before they put a pair of scissors to a new client’s hair.2
The salon might not accept an appointment for a shampoo and blow dry. That’s okay. Clients can still schedule a minor trim. That will give them a good feel for how the person will style hair.
Prospective clients should pay close attention to how they’re treated. Does it seem the hair stylist truly cares? That would be awesome. But if clients feel they’re being rushed, or the stylist doesn’t understand them, they should look elsewhere.
5. Advice for Men
It can be just as hard for men to find new barbers. Most men feel weird asking other men about who does their hair. Men tend to walk into different shops to get a feel for different barbers who can deliver a great haircut.
But men should still prepare at least a little before walking in to visit different barbers. They’ll want to make sure that each hair care professional they’re considering has a license. This will show he or she has received proper training in styling hair to their clients’ exact specifications.
And even if you’re balding, there are still some great styles that a qualified barber can work with you on.
It may take some time for someone to find a new hair stylist. But people who put in a little effort usually find that it’s well worth it in the long run.
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