Looking for a new hairdresser? How to avoid the pitfalls
Many women find the prospect of looking for a new hairdresser pretty daunting. You may have just moved to a new area or your favourite stylist may have left after many years.
Either way, the thought of finding someone new to entrust your hair to can feel a bit scary. After all, we wear our hair every day and we want it to make us feel good, so we’re not going to hand it over to just anybody.
So how do you go about looking for a new hairdresser? Here are a few key things we think you should look out for.
Salons that have been recommended by your friends.
By far the best way to find a new hairdresser is through personal recommendation. Ask your friends, family or work colleagues, who does their hair? Think about the people you know, then think whose hair you admire and is similar to your own. Of course, this is not a guarantee but it’s certainly a great place to start.
Check out their websites.
But what if you don’t have anyone you know that can recommend a stylist? The next best thing is to get on the internet and start looking for salons in your area. Of course a beautiful website is not always a guarantee that you’re going to receive a beautiful hair cut. However, it does suggest the salon cares about how they portray themselves and so it’s a good starting point.
So what you should you look out for when viewing a website? Needless to say one of the most important things is; does the style of the salon’s website match your own style? You may well want a young trendy vibrant salon that offers the very latest and most up-to-date styles. Or you may want a more elegant, stylish salon. One that offers high levels of customer care and is able to offer you an experience rather than just a haircut. Are there pictures of the inside of the salon and do you think you would feel comfortable sitting there?
One of the key pages on the website should be the price list. If you’re looking for a stylist that has a reasonable level of expertise but the salon only offers two or three different prices you may well find it difficult to find the right person.
Now it’s time to call the salons
So assuming you’ve found two or three hairdressers you like the look of, it’s now time to call them. Another good indication at this point is, if the salon has a full-time receptionist it suggests that they are committed to customer care and to giving you a fabulous experience, not just a haircut. The receptionist is also the best person in the salon to know the individual expertise of each of the stylists and should be looking to match you to the right person.
Don’t be frightened to ask lots of questions like, who in the salon specialises in my hair type? Which stylist do you feel has the level of experience that I’m looking for? Does your salon send the stylists on regular training courses? By asking questions like this you will begin to build up a picture of what goes on behind-the-scenes. If you feel comfortable that the salon may offer you what you’re looking for, hopefully they will offer the opportunity to pop in and have a chat with your chosen stylist.
The power of the free consultation.
All good salons offer a free consultation and this is a great way to meet your prospective new stylist in advance. An experienced stylist, or even a young stylist who has been trained properly, will know how to sit with you, ask lots of questions, really listen to the answers and build a comprehensive picture of what you want to achieve with your hair.
They should also find out how you manage your hair yourself at home and what influences your style.For example, any sports that you may play, any requirements for your job, or how much or how little time you have to style your hair. This is all vital as there’s no point in having a beautiful hair cut if it doesn’t suit your lifestyle and you don’t have time to manage it yourself.
Ask questions about ideas they might have if you’re looking for inspiration. A good stylist will always be able to advise you on what suits your hair type, your face shape and of course your lifestyle.
Forming a relationship
A free consultation also gives you the chance to check out your potential stylist. For example, their own hair, how they dress and how confident they are. It’s not about making judgments on an individual’s look, but more about assessing whether you feel comfortable with that person. After all, you need to know that you’re going to get on with them and that you are right to trust them with your hair.
A good question to ask yourself is, “would I go for a drink with this person?” If the answer is no, then possibly they are not the right stylist for you no matter how good or expert they are. But if the answer is a resounding yes, and you feel that they are expert enough to give you what you want, then this looks as though it will be a marriage made in heaven!
Hopefully you have found these tips on looking for a new hairdresser helpful. Needless to say if after having a look at our website and giving us a call you would like to come and see us for a free consultation, we would love to meet you.