I’ll be the first to tell you that hair salons and I have a love-hate relationship. It takes a lot for me to go to a hair salon. I know you’ve probably gone through the same thing before. Going into some hair salon thinking you’re going to come out looking one way, and you end up looking differently than what you expected.. Or how about when you wanted a trim and ended up with a short hair? We all have had our share of horrible hair salon experiences. Here are 3 tips to do prior to choosing a stylist.
Do your research: Google, Yahoo, Bing etc. There is so much useful information. I’m big on reviews because they let me know what to expect. I don’t take everything on face value because there are spiteful people, but I do take them under consideration. If you want a natural hair salon, then research just that and look at reviews. If you know people who go to or have gone to that salon, ask them their experiences. You want to make sure you have some reference on the kind of work they do.
Call and ask questions. See if they have someone there that can do exactly what you’re looking for. If you have natural hair and go to someone who only knows how to deal with relaxed hair, they will try to convince you to get a relaxer or to straighten your hair instead of trying to help you. I’m not saying to be rude, but let them know what kind of hair you’re working with to see if they have experience. Make sure you feel comfortable before they even put their hands in your hair.
Come to the appointment with your hair detangled and a picture or specific description on what you want. Knowing exactly what color, cut or hairstyle you want makes it easier for you and the stylist. The more specific you can get the better. For example, if you want bangs, know if you want a hard (blunt) cut look or a softer look. Also, know if you want them longer or shorter. Saying that you “want bangs” is too broad. Get specific about the look you want. Pictures from a magazine or online can be a reference to help you pick which look that you want.
Did I miss anything? How would you prepare for seeing a stylist?