These days there are a ton of hairstylists out there, and if you're playing the stylist lottery, you never know what you're going to get. We all have either had a horrible salon experience, or we know someone who has. There is a lot of chemistry involved in hair color and perms and other chemical services, so sometimes things just interact that the stylist doesn't know about, and sometimes the stylist just isn't the one you should have gone to in the first place.
So how do you know which stylist you should go to? I'm gonna break down a few things to research before you pick your next hairstylist.
Can you see their work? When you can see photos of a stylist's actual clients, the color they have done on other people, and the way their cuts and styles look, it helps you judge if you think you're a good fit with that stylist. Instagram, Facebook, and websites are great for this. If you have a stylist in mind, give them a quick google and see what photos pop up.
2. Do they specialize in your service? Cosmetology covers a broad range of personal services, and stylists often have a few that they prefer to do. If you're looking to get your lashes done, you need to find a stylist that does lashes often. If you're looking for grey coverage, you should find someone that covers grey on a regular basis. Going to an extensions specialist for makeup hardly makes sense, so find out what services your stylist does most often and if it isn't the service you're looking for, keep looking.
3. Do they come recommended? Facebook reviews, Google reviews, Yelp reviews, all of these are great platforms to see what other people think about your stylist. While you've got your phone out, look up the stylist you have in mind and see what other people have to say about their experience, the way their hair turned out, and how they were treated as far as customer service. If you can't find reviews online, ask around. If someone has had a bad experience, you can usually find out by asking a few questions around town.
There are also a couple of things not to base your decision on when looking for a new stylist.
How long they've been doing hair. This is almost a no brainer, but it happens more than it should. Just like anything else, all stylists aren't created equal and that means there are a ton of young stylists just out of beauty school that are amazing at what they do, and there are some stylists that have been doing hair for 30 years that aren't that great.
2. Pricing. Sometimes a deal is a deal, and you come out on top. But sometimes, cheaper prices mean you get what you pay for. Everyone has a budget, and there is a stylist out there whose prices are in your budget. But be careful not to look for the cheapest place you can find and hope it goes well. There are a ton of things that can go wrong, and some are impossible to fix until you let the hair grow back/repair.
I hope that this gives you a little more knowledge on what to look for when you are choosing a stylist!