If you are looking for a new stylist and are feeling stumped, you may need some help in knowing exactly how to choose a good one. Getting a haircut is best done when you have a hair stylist that you trust. After all, there is no way you can reap all the mental health benefits of a salon trip if you’re stressed about it! We want to make sure that you can get the most out of every salon trip, so here are just a couple of tips and tricks you can use to help make sure that you have chosen a great stylist.
Do They Ask Questions When You Go In?
A good stylist will recognize that they need some information on you. Especially if you plan on getting color in your hair. They will ask questions and get a feel for what your hair will be able to take and what it has been through in the past. This allows your stylist to gauge the kind of treatments that they will be comfortable doing on your hair. Bonus points for them offering to do a test strip on your hair, instead of just going straight for the color.
The Salon Reputation
Ask around town, and look at online reviews. The salon's reputation will set the tone for how their stylists will be both in attitude and the quality of the service they offer. If a lot of people seem to dislike them, there is a reason, and oftentimes if the salon is otherwise a great place you can single out the stylist you’re best off avoiding if said stylist has a bad reputation around town. A good reputation however can help you to decide who you want to see.
What Does The Stylist’s Hair Look Like?
A stylist’s own hair can really be considered a walking advertisement. Obviously, not every stylist is going to enjoy extravagant colors or bolder looks, but if the stylist's hair is neat, healthy, and looks good then it bodes well that they know what they are doing. Especially if you consider that doing your own hair tends to be more difficult than doing someone else’s hair.
They’re Knowledgeable On Trends
A good stylist will know what looks and techniques have started getting popular. Not only should they have noticed the uptick in requests for them, but without this knowledge, it becomes very hard to recommend looks to clients who want something chic and trendy. A stylist that is up to date on the fashionable looks of the season is someone who enjoys their job.
Online Before And After Pictures
A stylist and salon that is confident in their work, unless run by older ladies, is very likely to be posting images online before and after work. You can check out their social media pages and websites to find photos of satisfied and happy clients, see if you like what they do, see what work they are best at, and determine if you want a look that they have already done before.
Find Their Staff Page
If they do not have a staff page, once again many salons have social media sites that you can look at. But a lot of salons will offer staff pages so that potential clients can look at and get a feel for the variety of staff they have. They will be able to get a price range, an idea of the stylist’s personality, and sometimes even where they went to school. And if this information isn’t available on the website, you can get an idea of what the salon is like from social media.
Check The Pricing
This is perhaps one of the most crucial elements of choosing your stylist. If you can not afford it… that isn’t the stylist for you! It’s a sad truth, but it is the stylist’s career. A lot of salons will often have people at different levels who are less pricey than others, and if you need help finding a stylist in your range don’t be afraid to contact the salon and ask for it. After all, even if you can’t afford one stylist, that doesn’t mean you deserve to have unhealthy locks. Checking in on the pricing really helps to avoid stress and problems post-appointment. And you should make sure you know how much you will be paying before you get the service as well!
Choose one of our various splendid stylists at Suede Salon & Spa for a guaranteed great look. You can visit us at The Promenade, 500 NJ-73 South, Suite E12 in Marlton, NJ and give us a call at 856.985.0700. You can also book an appointment with us using our free mobile app, available on iTunes and Google Play.