Whether you've moved to a new city or recently decided to switch salons, it can be a challenge to find someone who will style your hair the way you like it. It may take some patience, but knowing how to find a good hairstylist will ensure that you end up with a style you love.
Referrals are often the best way to find a good hairstylist. Ask your friends about what salons they visit and who their stylists are. If you see someone with a hairstyle you like, mention you are looking for a new stylist and ask them who their stylist is. If you just moved to a new city, post a question on the message boards of city-data.com
Check online for reviews of salons and hairstylists. Many sites like Yelp and Angie's List allow customers to leave reviews of their experiences. Social media can also help you get an idea of how well liked a stylist is. Check a salon's Facebook or Twitter to see how many fans and followers they have, and look at any before/after photos that might be on their website.
Go for a consultation.
A consultation allows you to meet the stylist and talk with him or her about your hair before any actual cutting or coloring is done. This consultation should be free, unless it is for a wedding. Ask the stylist how long he or she has been styling hair and how often he/she attends new training seminars and events. The hairstylist should use this time to examine your hair and discuss your previous treatments and hair care routine.
Evaluate the stylist and salon.
A stylist's own hair should look healthy and flattering. During the consultation, take a look at the stylist's appearance. If he or she has a bad hair cut or damaged hair, it could be a warning sign that he or she will not take pride in your hair style and you should find another hairstylist. The salon itself should be clean and neat, and other clients should appear to be happy as they are leaving.
If you enjoyed your free consultation, go ahead and schedule an appointment with your new stylist. You do not have to jump into a new haircolor or drastic haircut right away. It is alright to start slowly and tell your new stylist that you prefer a shampoo and blowout or simply a trim at first, especially if you're trying to get longer hair.
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