Finding a salon and a hair stylist can be difficult, but not impossible. So, don’t lose hope!
We all have personal horror stories about a salon experience gone wrong, right? A bad haircut, a color job gone horribly wrong, a relaxer that did not take or a stylist that was rude and not approachable! Either we have experienced these experiences first-hand or have close loved ones who can attest to some of these scary salon moments.
Finding a new stylist can be scary, but for every horrible stylist there are tons of great ones! Below are some helpful tips on how to discover the right one for you.
Research, Research Research!
Did we say research? Finding a salon in your area that meets your needs and standards is important. What are your preferences? Casual salon with low rates or an upscale salon with higher rates but better products? You can start your search off easy using UBL’s search tool!
This seems obvious, right? Well, many people still do not read reviews before going to local salons. Outside of UBL’s rate and reviews on salon listings, go to the salons social media pages, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, read customer feedback, many customers also provide pictures of the service conducted on them. Once you come across a stylist that seems to fit your needs based off pictures and reviews then you will want to follow up with a consultation. Consultations are great because most times they are free, and you will have the opportunity to meet the stylist and discuss your questions or concerns. At the consultation, you will also get the chance to view the stylists portfolio for further inspiration!
Now that you found a potential stylist…
Yes, interview. The key is to understand if the stylist has the right level of experience with your need. You want to ask questions around special hair types, has the stylist worked with course and curly hair? Or how about fine hair? Or wiry hair? Most stylists have a comfort zone, gauge if that’s your particular hair type. Feel free during the interview to solicit suggestions around hair styles that fit your face shape, your active lifestyle, colors suitable for the office, just to see what the stylists comfort level is. Keep in mind most problems occur from one of two reasons, either a lack of communication or a gap between what the client wants and what the stylist can deliver. Do not be afraid to speak up!
In the end, you want to connect with a stylist that will listen and follow through with your requests, someone that has a good understanding of your hair type, someone who makes you feel 100% confident in their abilities and can provide a fun, safe environment.
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