The only thing harder than finding your perfect mate is finding your perfect hairdresser. We’ve all been there, done that – enter uncharted hair territory, make teary-eyed exit. Regardless of your reasons for needing a new hairdresser, don’t be overconfident. You know how a botched haircut can ruin your life – at least until your tresses go back.
The following are tips to help in your search for a great hairdresser:
The best way to a good hairdresser is often word of mouth. If someone you know has impressed you with her hair color or cut, ask them which salon they got it. When you go to that salon, tell the hairdresser who referred you and you can even get a discount.
Try them with a blowout.
This is one of the best ways of getting a vibe for a salon without committing anything big. While you’re there, pay attention to how everyone is going about their stuff. Is there too much chatter or are they focused on what they’re doing?
Know the products you’re using.
Are there any brands you consider your favorites? Spend time checking them out on the web. Manufacturers’ websites often have a salon locator that lets you see any local salons that user their hair 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 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. Stay away from marketing websites, however, as these are tainted with biases.
Explore social media sites.
Hairdressers usually have an Instagram handle or hashtag that lets you see the work they do 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 a “connection.”
When you have a prospect, call them and just get a conversation going about your hair, your plans with it, etc. The idea is just to get a feel for the hairdresser’s personality. Of course, it should beautifully jive 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. When you’ve found that kind of hairdresser, stick to them and try to have a real friendship with them. Remember, this is your hair. It’s no good to gamble.