Your hair requires good care – not just from you but from someone who expertly cares for hair. Having the right hairdresser is more than just having a good haircut; it can be the difference between constantly having a good, healthy mane and damaged, dry, and ill-styled tresses.
We know how difficult it is to look for the perfect hairdresser and what can happen when you get a bad one—botched haircuts, dye mishaps, and so on. To avert a possible disaster, here is a list to help you out.
- Ask for referrals. Do you have a co-worker or neighbor with a style you admire? Ask her who does her hair. Often, they’ll want to talk about how wonderful their stylist is and will be pleased that you admired their style so much that you’re asking about it. It’s also a great opportunity to make new friends.
- Read online reviews. Most people tend to leave good reviews when they’re genuinely happy about a service. If the salon or stylist has a Facebook page, look it up and check the reviews. Sometimes, pleased customers will also leave photos along with their reviews. This can also give you a good feel of what the stylist’s specialties are and if they’re a match with what you’re looking for.
- Visit the salon beforehand. Before you book an appointment, take the time to visit the salon first. Are the people friendly? Do they stock purple shampoo and other new treatments? Is the place clean and tidy? Is it a place that caters mostly to people of your age range? Finally, are the stylists themselves put-together and professional-looking? If you answered yes to most of these questions, then that salon is worth considering.
- Check out the stylist. Your stylist may not prefer the same style that you do, but they have to look presentable at least. Would you want to trust someone with your hair if that person doesn’t seem to be able to take care of their own?
- Look at the prices. Most salon websites and Facebook pages post a menu of their services along with the corresponding prices. Choose one that would comfortably be within your price range. You need a stylist that you can easily go to for hair emergencies instead of one that you have to save up a long time for.
- Check for online scheduling. Booking via online scheduling apps are convenient, and you can do it any time of the day—even in the middle of the night! Some salon websites also feature a roster of their stylists plus a portfolio of their work. This would be a great way to find out which stylist fits your requirements the most.
- See if they consolidate services. Some salons offer more than just hair services, which is perfect for people on-the-go or individuals who just don’t want to be inconvenienced in going to different places for different treatments. A few salons offer manis and pedis, facials, and even makeup application, along with their hair treatments.
- Book a simple procedure. Once you’ve narrowed down your salon choices to two or three, try booking an appointment with each for a simple treatment like a trim, a hot oil treatment, and the like. See which one impresses you the most.
Author Bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at OneSEO (http://oneseo.net/blog) who lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Rana Tarakji is passionate about digital marketing, startups, helping entrepreneurs grow, and empowering them to live their dreams. She has worked as a digital marketer, a technology co-founder and business developer, and a writer.