Choosing a new hairstyle can be difficult. You want to find someone who can accommodate your needs and work well with your specific hair type and texture. Beyond that, your hair stylist should be someone that makes you feel comfortable and at ease. Since it is recommended that most people visit the salon or barber shop every 6-8 weeks to maintain healthy hair, it is important to find a good stylist whose work you like and who knows how to care for your hair. Read on for our tips on choosing a hairstylist.
Do Your Research
The same way you would read reviews for a product you are considering buying, you should always do some research when considering working with a new service or company. You can start looking for a new stylist online by conducting a Google search for “hair stylists near me,” for example.
Google will provide you with a list of hairstylists in your geographic location. Look through the reviews for each of the salons on the list, and try to stick with ones who have better reviews. You may have specific qualities or hair services you are looking for. For example, you might want a stylist who specialized in bright, permanent color. You can include this in your search so that Google can show you the best and most relevant results. If a salon has a lot of bad reviews, regardless of how cost-efficient it might be, it is probably best to look elsewhere. Your hair health is important, and it only takes on bad treatment to cause serious damage, so make sure to read as many reviews as you can find on Google, Facebook, and anywhere else you can find the salon you are considering.
If you have a friend or co-worker whose hair always looks amazing, don’t be afraid to ask them where they get it done. Most people will be perfectly happy to share their stylist’s information with you, and you can get an honest review of their services. Ask about the qualities that are important to you, such as skill with your hair texture or a certain style you’d like to try out. Speaking directly to people who have worked with a stylist you are considering is a great way to collect honest feedback.
Check Social Media
Not only is it important to check reviews on Facebook when you are choosing a new stylist, but it’s also important to find examples of their work. There are lots of stylists who post photographs of their work to their social media accounts, especially Instagram. You can also check out photos that clients have tagged them in via the tagged images link on Instagram, which may or may not display examples of less-than-stellar work they have completed.
Once you have decided on a stylist whose work you like, it’s time to interview them. It might not be your style to ask a lot of questions, but for the sake of your hair, it’s best to at least ask a few. Everybody’s hair is different, and everyone has different hair health-related needs. In order for your stylist to give you the best results possible, they need to know what you are expecting and what your needs are.
The following is a list of questions to ask a potential new hair stylists:
- How would you assess my overall hair health?
- What texture is my hair, and are you comfortable working with it?
- What kind of color work do you do regularly?
- How would you adjust my haircut to suit my face shape?
- What color would you recommend for my eye color and skin tone?
- How often would you recommend I shampoo and condition my hair?
- What shampoo and conditioner do you use?
- What styles are in-trend this year?
Don’t turn it into an interrogation, but have a casual conversation and make sure you ask all the questions you need to. Mention things like allergies, skin sensitivity, how frequently you color, how quickly your hair grows, and anything else you think they might need to know in order to work with your hair. The more communicative and transparent you are, the better.
Consider Salon Location and Price
Since you will likely be visiting your salon relatively frequently, consider how long it takes to get there. It might me more convenient to choose a stylist who works close by, but if you really love someone’s work, the trip might be worth it. If the salon itself is not clean, up-to-date, and comfortable, it might be best to keep looking. Price is also an important factor to consider. While it is absolutely true that you get what you pay for, you also don’t necessarily have to break the bank to get a quality haircut or style. Pricing should be a factor in your search. Make sure to choose someone who offers the services you are looking for at a price that is manageable for you and will continue to be in the long-term.
For your first cut with your new stylist, start with something simple. It will give you a chance to really test the waters and determine whether you feel comfortable in the salon. It will also give your new stylist the chance to get to know your hair and really determine what it needs to be healthy. Rather than jumping in with a full platinum dye job, go for a simple trim and see how your new stylist covers the basics. If you are happy with your trim, you are more likely to be happy with the more complicated services. If not, you can continue to look elsewhere without having your hair damaged by a low-quality color treatment. Starting simple allows you to begin to built rapport with your new stylist and allow them to get comfortable with your hair so they can deliver their best work.
If you are interested in exploring your options when it comes to your hair, contact Eldorado today. We offer a wide range of comprehensive hair restoration and replacement services and help people of all ages achieve their hair goals. Call 410-650-8086 or fill out our contact form to request a free hair analysis today.