The only thing more challenging than finding your ideal partner is finding your ideal 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.
The following are tips to help in your search for a great hairdresser:
Sometimes, the best route to a good hairdresser is word of mouth. If somebody you know has a nice cut or color, ask them where they got it. When you visit that salon, tell the hairdresser the name of the person who referred you and you may even get a discount.
Try a blowout.
This is best way to get a vibe for a salon without making any big commitments. While getting your treatment, take note of how everyone is working. Is there too much chatter or are they focused on what they’re doing?
Be familiar with your products.
Are you obsessed with certain brands? Spend time to learn more about them online. 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 reviews online.
If you have a prospect who was not personally referred by anyone you know, be ready to do some research. 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. Avoid marketing websites however because these places feature biased testimonials.
Take advantage of social media.
Hairdressers often have an Instagram handle or hashtag where they showcase their work every now and then or even everyday. Go and take advantage of that Internet convenience. Also go to their Facebook page and pay attention to the comments. You will surely find plenty of clues.
Look for a “connection.”
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. Of course, you’d like it to fit with yours. Ideally, you’d like to have just one person touching your hair. Someone who can be your friend and recommend a suitable hairstyle, depending on your personal style and preferences. 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.