The only thing more challenging than finding your ideal partner is finding your ideal hairdresser. We’ve all been there, done that – enter uncharted hair territory, make teary-eyed exit. Regardless of your reasons for needing a new hairdresser, don’t be overconfident. You know what a botched haircut can do.
Below are pointers to help you find the best hairdresser for you:
Ask for personal recommendations.
The best way to a good hairdresser is often word of mouth. If you have a friend, relative, coworker or acquaintance who sports a nice do or hair color, ask them who did it. As you visit that salon, tell the hairdresser the name of the person who referred you to them, and you might just enjoy a discount.
Try them with a blowout.
This is one of the best ways of getting a vibe for a salon without committing anything big. While you’re there, observe how everyone works. Do they keep chatting or are they absorbed in their tasks?
Be familiar with your products.
Are there any brands you consider your favorites? Take time to check them out on the Internet. In most cases, manufacturers will have a salon locator on their websites, which you can use to check for local salons that may be using their products.
Read online reviews.
If you got your prospect without any personal referral, you will have to do a bit of research about them. You want to get a general vibe of the hairdresser, depending on the things that other people say about them. Go over some reputable consumer watchdog websites and read the reviews written by your prospect’s clients. Stay away from marketing websites, however, as these are tainted with biases.
Explore social media.
Most hairdressers have an Instagram handle or hashtag where you can see their work from day to day. Go and take advantage of that Internet convenience. Also visit their Facebook page and scan through the comments. You will find a lot of clues there.
Look for that connection.
As soon as you have a few prospects, call them each and try to strike a conversation about your hair, what you intend to do with it and so on. The idea is just to get a feel for the personality of the hairdresser. Certainly, you want it to jive with yours. Ideally, there should only be one person touching your hair. Someone you’ll be comfortable with and who can make honest and expert recommendations. If you think you’ve found that kind of hairdresser, don’t look elsewhere and try to build a real relationship with them. Remember, we’re talking about your hair. You don’t want to gamble.