If you’re challenged by the idea of finding your perfect partner, wait till you have to find your ideal hairdresser. We’ve all been there, done that – enter uncharted hair territory, make teary-eyed exit. If you need a new hairdresser for whatever reason, don’t take it too lightly. You know what a botched haircut can do.
The following are tips to help in your search for a great hairdresser:
Ask for personal recommendations.
The best path to a good hairdresser is usually word of mouth. If somebody you know has a nice cut or color, ask them where they got 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.
Get 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. Do they chat endlessly or are they absorbed in what they’re doing?
Familiarize yourself with your products.
Are there any brands you consider your favorites? Take time to check them out on the Internet. Manufacturers’ websites often have a salon locator that lets you see any local salons that user their hair products.
Scan online reviews.
If you got your prospect without anyone referring them to you, be prepared to do some research. You want to get a general vibe of the hairdresser, depending on the things that other people say about them. Visit a few reputable consumer watchdog websites and read some reviews. However, don’t bother reading reviews on marketing websites because they reek of bias.
Take advantage of 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. It’s also great to look at their Facebook profile and read the comments. You will definitely find lots of clues about the salon or the hairdresser.
Look for that 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. Just get a feel for the hairdresser’s personality. Of course, you’d like it to fit 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. Once you find that hairdresser, stick to them and have a real relationship work. Keep in mind that this is about your hair. You wouldn’t want to gamble with it.