During my 30 Days Of Hair, someone left a comment asking if I would share what you can do to get the best haircut and color from your hairstylist. Having had many, many a bad hair appointment before, (one time my hair looked like it was cut by a meth head. One time it was tar black. ect, ect, ect…) and now being consistently thrilled with my cut and color, I actually can tell you exactly what you can do to get great hair from your hair appointment. You’d be surprised to find that it’s really all in the preparation.
So you need a new stylist:
If you just moved to a new city and are looking for a new stylist, or maybe you’re realizing that your current stylist just isn’t working for you anymore, there are 3 ways to find a new, or better, stylist:
1. Stop strangers on the street and ask where they get their hair done. Sounds more aggressive and daunting than it its, but have you ever been upset when someone tells you how great your hair looks? Didn’t think so. Women are generally thrilled with the compliment and happy to pass on their stylist secrets. If you’re looking for a colorist, this is the best tried and true method. ESPECIALLY with blondes– a good blonde is so hard to come by!
2. Turn to Good Father Google for the answers. See who comes up when you search by your area and then Yelp the salon. Helpful critics will review the best and worst stylists in the area and often leave helpful notes like “great with curly hair!” or “NEVER let her around you with scissors!” and even though we don’t know these reviewers, you can use your best judgement here.
3. On Instagram Straight Flexin’. You know what’s great for determining if you’ve found a good hairstylist? Instagram. Why? Because any good hairstylist will have tons of their work on their instagram page. It’s really not hard to find either, just google their name and add the word Instagram at the end. This is hugely important when you’re looking for a colorist. Check their page, see if they’ve done work you’re happy with. If you want an ombré, make sure they have pictures of great, well blended ombré’s that they’ve done. If you want a new, incredible cut, check out their cuts to make sure you’re happy with them. You can also just get a general sense of their taste level and see if you think it would be a good match for you or not.
So you’ve found your stylist, now what?
You did the ground work, you found your new best friend/caretaker and you’re about to walk into your appointment and change your life. Well, come prepared.
1. Ask the prices before you get to your appointment. This may sound obvious to a lot of you, but how many times have you booked an appointment at a new salon and felt weird about asking the price first? You should never feel awkward, ashamed or embarrassed about asking how much their services cost. In fact, it’s kind of necessary so that you don’t get sidelined with a huge bill when you are working on a limited budget. Would you ever order something online without knowing the price? No way. Ask for prices before you set the appointment. By the way, one time I was recommended to a salon in my neighborhood and got the worst cut, a color I hated and it was $395. THREE HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE DOLLARS. I cried, by the way. Ask the prices before you go.
2. Have at least a vague idea of what you want. Do you want to cut off 5 inches or do you just want a trim? Do you want to change your color or stay the same? If you have no idea what you’re looking to do, you’ll sit down and accidentally utter the words that will end your happy hair life: “I trust you! Do whatever you want!” I myself have accidentally uttered those words more than a few times, and the worst was when I wanted brown sugar colored hair and said “Well, I trust you, just do what you think looks best!” and ended up with tar black hair. It was mortifying. Also, this puts a lot of pressure on your new stylist to make a good decision when they don’t know you at all. They are the professionals, they do know more than you about hair, but they don’t know what the best decision is based off your lifestyle and preferences.
3. Prep with the Pinterest Method. You know how you spend a lot of time on pinterest looking for inspiration before you go into your appointment? Bring all your favorites with you. I have never ever met a hairtsylist that didn’t appreciate your inspirational images– it gives them a really good sense of what you’re looking for when you say things like, “I just want natural blonde, not like blonde blonde, but like a good blonde. Like a blake lively blonde but also less blonde and more natural.” (Obviously a sentence that I’ve directly said before.) The pinterest method is incredibly important with cuts too! Don’t go blindly into a major cut without some great inspiration otherwise you might end up looking completely different than how you intended. Pictures, pictures, more pictures.
And lastly, if you do all the appropriate steps and aren’t happy with the results, call them in a couple days and ask to come back. This is awkward, for sure, you’re telling someone that you aren’t happy with their work, but it’s your hair and your hard earned money, and you should be happy with how it looks. When I spent $395 and hated my hair, I called in two days and said I needed to come back and get the cut fixed and she was more than happy to do so. They want you to love their work, not resent them. A few stylists have told me that they would rather be the one that fixes the mistake instead of you going elsewhere. Otherwise they have no way to keep you as a client!
Any other helpful tips to share with the group?? Leave them in a comment below!