Looking for a new stylist can be frustrating. Will he/she listen to my wants? Will I be able to get my wants in one appointment? Will things be explained? Will he/she be nice? Hopefully the following tips will help you with
When looking for a the right new stylist it is important to discuss your chemical service history, your current complaints about your hair, your end goal, pricing, and how often you desire to come into the salon. These things will impact your end goal and possibly change your end goal.
-Some chemical services can not/ should not be done if other chemical services have been done in a certain time frame. You do not want to put bleach on your hair same day you relax or perm. Depending on the health of your hair, bleach may not be an option for you changing your end goal to a different look. If your stylist is not informed of your chemical history, your stylist can accidently cause more damage. Think of your chemical history as informing your new doctor of all the medications you are on. Just like certain medications can not be taken at the same time because of interactions, chemical services can not always be done in the same appointment or ever.
-Your current hair complaints about the color being too gold, too red, too ashy, too heavy, too flat, lifeless, etc gives your stylist a direction where to take your color and/or cut.
Your end goal may be achievable in one appointment or it make take multiple appointments. If the end goal is achievable in multiple appointments your stylist should take notes on what you currently have, your chemical history, your current complaints, your end goal, and a plan of action. Of course your stylist will inform you of the plan of action.
-Price. It is okay to ask about pricing. Sometimes we stylists get wrapped up in our plan of action thoughts that we forget to talk price. If you are set on paying a certain price please let your stylist know. You may pay a higher price upon your first appointment because your color may be a color correction, but appointments after the first may be less. Ask your stylist how much it will cost to maintain the color you are wanting. How often you desire to come to the salon and the price range you are looking for may result in considering a new style.
-Discuss how often you are wanting to come into the salon to maintain the color or cut. If you desire to come to the salon once every 5-6 months your price (depending on your look) may be the same higher price of your first appointment. If you have long hair and desire a color with 3+ colors as well as coming in to maintain every 5-6 months you will be paying a higher price.
After all has been discussed you may feel that you’ve really connected with this stylist and proceed to schedule your service. Or you may feel that you did not connect but you really enjoy the salon so you may want to schedule a consultation with a different stylist in the same salon and that is ok! If you did not make a connection with the stylist or feel that he/she is on the same page as you and you do not enjoy the salon enough to try another stylist, it’s ok to go elsewhere. Finding the right stylist can be a challenge. If you are moving to another area, ask your current style for your color formula or at least permission to give his/her number to your new stylist so the two of them can discuss your color and cut. Sometimes this is best as things can get lost in translation or if the new stylist is not familiar with your other stylist’s color line and has some questions.
I hope these tips are helpful!