Finding the right hair stylist is one of the hardest things in the world for many reasons. After all, the choices can be overwhelming (there are over 86,000 salons and barber shops in the U.S. alone!). Secondly, this stranger has the ability to make or break your look with just a few snips of their shears; the only way to know if you’ve found the right one is to actually sit in their chair and let them style away. So where do you even begin to find your hair’s soul mate?
One of the first things I do before I eat at a new restaurant is to check out a customer review site and this certainly works for salons, too. I love Yelp! because I can research just about any local business to see if it’s worth my time and money. All you need to do is go to the website, type in “salon” and your city, and a list will pop up with reviews, price points, contact information and a map. You can also sort by best reviews, most reviews or closest to you so that you can narrow down your options.
Secondly, you should assess any special needs you may have to see if a stylist in your area has the skills to address your hair issues (like if you have curly, thinning or damaged hair). Take note of your friends who may have similar hair struggles and ask about their stylist. You might consider calling the top three salons that you found on a review website and ask if any of their staff has experience in treating your hair problems.
Next, make an appointment for a consultation. During your visit, look around to see if the salon is clean and sanitary. Are clean combs brought out or is there hair all over the floor? Check out the waiting area. Have the clients been sitting there awhile? In addition, does it fit your budget? What types of products are they using? What does the price include (dry cut or cut and style)?
Finally, if you do decide to try out a new hairstylist, consider the following: is she rushed or does she focus on you to get the job done right? Does she listen to your requests and give you the style you described? Was she able to skillfully address your special needs and did she give you practical advice for maintaining your look?
It’s hard to find a stylist that is the full package. When you think about seeing this person every three months, the financial investment that a good hairstyle requires, and the time and misery that can come from a potentially bad haircut, it’s certainly worth the effort and research to find the right salon and stylist. Finally, the greatest stylist in the world can’t give you more hair like Extensions for Hair Salon can!