The only thing harder than finding your perfect mate is finding your perfect hairdresser. We’ve all been there before – entered uncharted hair territory, left with tears. If you need a new hairdresser for whatever reason, don’t take it too lightly. You know the scenario after a botched haircut.
Below are pointers to help you find the best hairdresser for you:
Ask for referrals.
The best path to a good hairdresser is usually 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. When you visit that salon, tell the hairdresser the name of the person who referred you and you may even get a discount.
Get a blowout.
This is best way to get a vibe for a salon without making any big commitments. 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 have an overall vibe of your potential hairdresser based on what other people are saying. Go over some reputable consumer watchdog websites and read the reviews written by your prospect’s clients. Avoid marketing websites however because these places feature biased testimonials.
Explore social media sites.
Most hairdressers have an Instagram handle or hashtag where you can see their work from day to day. Take full advantage of that convenience that the Internet provides. Also visit their Facebook page and scan through the comments. You will definitely find lots of clues about the salon or the hairdresser.
Look for chemistry.
Once you have a few prospects, give them a call and try to have a conversation with them about your hair and what you want to do with it. 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’re comfortable with as though a friend and can make recommendations based on your personal style. When you’ve found that kind of hairdresser, stick to them and try to have a real friendship with them. Remember, we’re talking about your hair. It’s no good to gamble.