Finding a hairstylist can be tricky, and I get a lot of questions about how to find a new stylist or salon. Maybe you just moved to a new town, your regular stylist left, or you are just looking for a change. Here, I’ll cover some ideas and pointers about how to find a stylist who you’ll love.
I think that *the* best way to find a new hairstylist is to get a referral from someone else. It can be a friend or a stranger; find someone who’s hair cut (for the sake of simplicity, I am just going to say “cut” though this applies to color, or any other service as well!) you really like and ask them who does their hair! Really, you don’t want to find just anyone who’s hair you like though, try to find someone who has a hair cut similar to the one that you want. If you have curly hair, look for someone with curly hair. If you have very fine hair, find someone with very fine hair. If you have super thick hair, ask someone with super thick hair. Not all stylists are awesome at everything. Some specialize, and everyone has their personal strengths and weaknesses. If you have a pixie cut and thin, fine, straight hair, and your best friend has long, thick, curly hair, her hair stylist MIGHT be great at doing your hair type/cut too, but you’re probably better off finding someone with hair similar to yours to get a referral from.
Once you have some ideas of places to go, use the internet. Sometimes this is where people start if they are having a hard time getting a referral from someone. Check out the salon’s website. Do they have a gallery of clients? Read their reviews on Google, Yahoo! Local, Citysearch, and Yelp. This will give you an idea of what their clients think of them.
If you have a salon in mind but you’re nervous about getting it cut, just book a shampoo and blowout with the stylist that you are interested in. This will give you a chance to check out the vibe of the salon, meet the stylist, see their portfolio, get a feel for their personality, see if their style meshes well with yours, and talk to them about your hair, all without any commitment. Ask the stylist if they are comfortable doing your type of hair, or the kind of cut you have in mind. If they seem uneasy or say no, don’t push it! If they don’t feel comfortable with it, then find someone who has more experience doing what you want. If you’re happy with your experience, book a haircut appointment before you leave!
As I mentioned, I get asked by a lot of people who don’t live near me, and clients who are moving away, how to find a new salon. These are the ways that I would personally go about it, so I hope that you found this information helpful. If you did feel like it was helpful, or if you think I left anything out, please leave me a comment and let me know!
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