Whether you’ve moved into a new area, your regular hair stylist has gone off on maternity, or you are just feeling generally dissatisfied with your hair of late, there are several reasons why you may be on the search for a good salon. Having experienced several stylists over the years, I know the rewards of finding that special someone who knows your hair and knows your taste. But with so many salons to choose from, finding your perfect hair mate can be an arduous task! Here is Curly By Nature’s top tips on choosing a new hair salon that’s right for you!
The next time you find yourself gawping at a stranger’s hairdo on the train, go over and ask them where they got it done! There’s nothing better than a personal recommendation, particularly when you can see the results for yourself. Friends, colleagues and family members can be very helpful when it comes to finding a new salon. Be sure to ask them the name of the actual stylist they went with as opposed to just naming the salon.
Browse Social Networks
Image-based social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest have become excellent tools for hair stylists and other artists to showcase their work. Luckily for us, this means we can find a stylist that does exactly what we’re looking for, based on real examples. If you’re browsing on Instagram, do a hashtag search with your area and the type of style that you’re after. A search with #braidslondon will bring up hundreds of London based hair stylists that specialise in braiding.
Don’t Go By Price
Although it can be tempting to assume that the most expensive or most overhyped hair salon is the best, this isn’t necessarily true! Don’t expect to love your new hairdo just because you’ve paid over the odds for it. It’s much more important to research the individual stylist that you have booked with rather than solely trust the hype of the beauty magazines.
Book a Consultation
Booking a consultation is a great way to decide if a new salon is right for you. Not only will you get the chance to meet your stylist and decide whether you’re on the same wavelength, but it will also give you the opportunity to get a real feel for the place. If the salon is clean, the stylist seems to understand what you’re after and the clientele has a similar taste to you, chances are you’ve made a good choice.
Know Exactly What You Want
Arguably every hair stylist’s bugbear is a client who is unclear on what they’re after or who has unrealistic expectations of what they’re trying to achieve. If you aren’t certain about what you want, you won’t be happy with the results whoever you go with. Make a decision on the type of style, length, colour etc you’re going for before your appointment to avoid disappointment. And be realistic! You won’t transform into Angelina Jolie overnight no matter how talented the stylist is.
Take Baby Steps
Try not to book a complete cut, colour and restyle with a hairdresser that you’re trying for the first time! You can find out a lot about a new salon while having a simple wash and steam treatment. The competence of your stylist, the attentiveness of the staff and the behaviour of the clientele will all be deciding factors in whether you choose to come back.