I think it’s been about 3-4 years since I actually had a hairstylist or salon that I consistently went to. It was a heartbreaking day when my stylist told me that she was going to quit to go back school in pursuit of another career path. No seriously, I was pretty upset! It could be very hard to find a stylist that you feel comfortable with and trust with a key part of your personal identity-your hair. Sure, it might grow back after a few weeks (or in my case months) but on the mean time, are you going to wear a hat everyday…indoors? Maybe it’ll be a great look, sure. However, for those of us diligently looking for our next go-to stylist, I’ve listed a few tips below!
- Be honest with yourself about how much you want to spend on a haircut. The prices vary tremendously between men and women’s services in salons. Us ladies usually pay $50 for a cut + shampoo or more on average, not to mention colour! However, there are budget friendly salons out there in case you have a tight budget. Frankly. I’ve gone to budget friendly salons and higher end and it’s not about the salon it’s really about the stylist that you get
- Ask your friends about their experiences and for recommendations. I’ve tried a few salons around the city after reading about them on blogTO or yelp. Truthfully, it’s better asking your friend about a specific stylist not just the salon they go to. If you’re a new client at a salon they will most likely look for a compatible timeslot first so you will get whichever stylist is free for that timeslot. Sometimes it works out well and the stylist does a great job with your new do, but sometimes it’s a miss so try to find out if there’s a specific stylist that your friend likes or is most requested by reviewers online
- Ask the stylist about your face shape and which hairstyle he/she thinks would be best. First, it’s good to know what your face shape is for future reference, just in case you decide to switch stylists again. Second, it will help you get a good idea of the stylist’s experience and knowledge base about hairstyling
- Creep their social media. Nowadays, if you don’t have a social media account as a business you’re missing out on getting your brand seen. Boutiques like HMP (Her Majesty’s Pleasure) or indie hairstylists doing their hair magic are sharing posts of their services for everyone to see. And aren’t they enticing? Just make sure to check customer reviews because they do vary on experience
- Narrow down your options and take the plunge! There’s a certain level of trust that we give to a hairstylist or a barber whether we’d like to admit it or not. Which is why it may be daunting to have to try different stylists. But you’re not going to know if you can get along with your new hairstylist if you don’t make that first appointment. Go ahead and make the call!
I’m sure there are other great tips for finding the right hairstylist. Feel free to share with us your tips and experiences by leaving a comment below. 🙂
P.S. I’m growing my hair again for my second round og hair donation! 🙂 It’s going well but rather slow.