It's a daunting experience, I know it's hard. Before I joined this industry, I was just like one of you. Getting my hair done was not an easy task. It is so important to find the right Hair Stylist. Ask yourself, "How important is your hair?" I believe that hair is like any other accessory; it can compliment or completely ruin your whole look. So why not take the time to find the right hair stylist. Especially on Newbury Street in Boston, where at one time had over 80 salons on a 8 block radius, it can be difficult. There are a few things to keep in mind when finding the right stylist for you. Ask yourself, what are you looking for? A specific salon atmosphere? A seasoned or continuously educated stylist? Customer service? Certain product lines? Here are my 4-tions to finding the right hair stylist.
The best place to find a Stylist is usually right in front of you. Ask your friends, family, co-workers and even strangers. If you see a great cut or a beautiful color, then ask them where they get their hair done and who their stylist is. Another way to find someone is through review sites like Yelp.com. It's a great way to get recommendations and see what people are saying.
This is key. Most salons will give free consultations so you should call and book an appointment if you are unsure. It also gives you a chance to check out the surroundings and watch the work that is being done in the salon.
Once you have your consultation booked, this is where the fun begins. A good stylist will ask YOU all the questions. What are you looking for? What do you like or dislike about your hair now? How much time do you spend on your hair? What is your routine? All these questions help to make sure you and your stylist are on the right page. If a stylist just says yes to everything you are asking for, then move on to the next. The right Stylist should be honest with you. Do you ever feel like you ask for an inch or two and you feel like your hair is shorter then you expected? Or not cut at all? The rule is, show how much you want off, don't talk in measurements. Everyone's inch is very different.
Trust me. Communication will save you lots of pain. Communication is key!
It's not so much where or who they trained with. It's about how often they are training. I believe you can always learn something new. When you are done training or you think you know everything, then it's time to retire or find a new profession.
Also, look into what training programs the salon has for their staff. Are they training their own people? This shows continuing education and growth in the salon.
Also, are they teaching you anything? Sure you look great everytime you leave, but your Stylist should also be teaching you on how to achieve the looks when you get home. That's the best education.
Trust your instincts! If you don't feel comfortable, it's ok. Not all stylists are for everyone. The stylist should be confident, not pushy and also making you feel comfortable enough to trust them. They should be talking about you and your hair not about themselves; that might come later!
I know it seems frightening, but don't forget to have fun! Finding that one person you can trust to make you look your best is a great feeling! Remember 2012 is about change. Good luck!