This blog topic sparked when I left my salon a couple days ago on cloud nine, my stylist never disappoints. I have been going to my stylist now for a little over a year and a half. I could not be happier that I have someone who knows my hair in and out! My stylist Brooke always puts the integrity of my hair first as we change and color my hair, she is always educating me on new product and is especially good at making me feel comfortable in her chair. Not to mention the environment of her space is amazing, it is beautifully decorated and well kept!
If you all are anything like me you have had your fair share of disappointing salon visits. A color you weren’t happy with or a haircut you didn’t ask for. One really important factor in having a consistent, happy outcome with your hair appointments is finding a stylist you like and sticking with them. It is important for your stylist to know as much back history on your hair as possible, then moving forward they are aware of everything they have done to your hair since. So my note of advice is STOP the appointments to different stylists every time you color/cut your hair- you want consistency, the better a stylist knows you and your hair the better the outcome!
Take time to reflect on what is important to you when visiting a salon or choosing a stylist. Ask yourself what are the most important things to you when looking for a stylists? For example, salon location, stylist experience, salon/stylist hours… etc. I’m really big on a clean and professional environment, I do not like to feel like I am visiting a zoo when I go to a salon. One of the things I love about my stylist is she has a private room in the salon she works in, so I never have to deal with the noise or traffic in the salon!
Here are a couple tips for finding a stylist you’ll love!
Do your research- Look up salons in your area and browse their websites. I would suggest even looking at some reviews of the salon and their stylists. Remember to be conscious of your budget, a lot of salons have a base price for most of their services, but this could be different for each stylist. Look to social media (Facebook, Instagram) to get a better idea of the stylist and see their work- snoop, snoop, snoop!
Book a consultation- Most stylist have free consultations, this is something you can ask when you call to book your consultation. I encourage consultations because you are able to touch base with your stylist face to face. The stylist can also see your hair and your hairs current condition, this is especially important for if you want to get your hair colored. This would also be a great time to show your stylist any photos/ideas and they’ll be able to say, this is the cost and this is how many appointments it will take us to get there. Most importantly, if your consultation doesn’t go as planned do not feel obligated to make an appointment!
PUT THE BOX DYE DOWN- Box dye is terrible for your hair and even more of a job to remove from your hair. Let the professionals do their job, hair color is not a “one-size fits all” type of thing! When a hairstylist colors your hair you are receiving salon grade color and it is a customized mix just for you! Believe me when I say not even the celebrities who commercialize box dye use box dye.
I hope that your days of dreading making hair appointments are soon to be over. I promise you, your hairstylist fairy is out there somewhere and you will find him/her, just stick to your guns!
Have you ever had a bad salon experience? Do you have a stylist you trust? Leave a comment below I would love to read all about it!