It goes unsaid that word of mouth is the biggest endorsement for finding a hairdresser to tame your wild locks. But what if you’ve just moved to a new place and don’t know anybody to ask? Here’s a few things to take notice of in helping you track down a great stylist.
If you see someone with a similar style to what you desire, approach them and enquire where they get their hair done. Though, you don’t have to approach someone cold-turkey on the street, you could always ask a shop assistant in the area when you do some window shopping. These employees are primed to give you their full attention in a friendly manner and generally familiar with the area and businesses close by.
- Notice the stylists grooming – this is usually a reflection on their skills and attention to detail.
- Check out online platforms. Some salons or stylists have a web presence with a portfolio of their work and a history of their work experience and journey in the industry.
- You could also contact the manufacturer of a product you favour, like a brand of hair colour, they generally have a list of salons in your area to check out. Then at least you will have the security of a product you know and love; and get an opinion of a professional in the industry.
Another big thing to ensure you find a great match is communication. Don’t be afraid to have a conversation with your stylist. Ask if they can achieve what it is you want.
Bring pictures to refer to.
Get a quick consultation and quote. It’s free and you’ll get plenty of information and be able to gauge if your personalities mesh well together. You need to be comfortable in dialogue with your stylist so you can tell them what you want, and more importantly what you don’t want. Many people leave hairdressers because the stylists have been doing something that makes the customer uncomfortable but are completely unaware, then to never return. It’s their job to make it a comfortable positive experience, and you should not expect any less.
There are some online reviews, but I tend to place less faith in them because there is also the possibility they are fabricated by friends and family of the salon/stylist; and usually edited – only positive comments are picked for publication.
Getting the stylist you need cannot be the easiest of jobs, but if you adopt all of these tips – and persevere – your lovely locks will be ever so greatful in the end. Keep swinging those ponytails, and good luck!
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