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How to Find the Best Hair Salon

If you ask any woman who has a great haircut who would she recommend, most of them will recommend their own hairstylist.

Choosing where to go for the best cut, hair color and style depends on where you live, and your economic situation. Finding the best hair salon requires a little detective work, so let’s see what you need to look for in finding that great hairdresser.

  1. Ask for recommendations from friends or even people you don’t know. Almost everyone likes a compliment. If you start the conversation with a person you don’t know by complimenting them on their haircut or hair color, they will be happy to give you the name of their hairdresser. Look for people who have the same kind of hair as you. If it’s a great cut for straight hair and you have curly hair, the recommendation might not work out for you.
  1. Look in fashion and haircut magazines. If you really want the most fashionable style, and you are ready to pay for it, look in magazines and find out who are the leading hairdressers in your area. You can visit forums or popular web pages that deal with hair styling and see who is mentioned there.
  1. Ask for a short consultation. While you are looking for a great hair stylist, you can set an appointment for consultation. Ask for 5 minutes of their time during the day. Arrive a little earlier and see them at work. What is the relationship they have with their existing clients? How does the place look? Is it clean and pleasant? Would you be happy to come back to this place?
  1. Ask your hairdresser a few questions and hear his/hers suggestions. You don’t have to follow through, but they might offer something you haven’t thought of before.
  1. Getting your hair styled should be a pleasant experience not a nerve-racking one. If the hairstylist is behind on the appointments it means they aren’t good at estimating their time accurately. If the hairdresser is late for the appointment, there is a good chance this will continue, as old habits die hard. When you choose a hairstylist you want to start a relationship with them and not be aggravated by little things like being late and irresponsible. Although it’s true you can’t rush art, and some great hairstylists can be high maintenance, you have to weigh the plus and minus of the situation.
  1. How is the salon run? How does the receptionist handle the calls? Are they calling you a day ahead to remind you about the pending appointment?
  1. Age, sexual orientation or gender should not be your measuring stick. A Young hairdresser is not as experienced as an older one, but they might have new ideas in mind and dare to go where most hairdressers wouldn’t go. If you like experimenting with your hair this might be a great solution for you. If you like the more conservative kind, obviously and older person will be a better match. What matters most is the talent of the hair stylist and the work they do.

Where to go for the best cut, color, and style depends on your personal preference. Some don’t mind to put up with long waits. In some salons, especially if the hairdresser is ‘hot’, you might have to do just that. Worse yet, you might be delegated to one of the underlings, with the famous hairdressers’ supervision. For that you’ll have to shell a few hundred dollars.

Guest author Aileen Pablo is part of the team behind Open Colleges, one of Australia’s leading providers of TAFE Courses equivalent and Beauty Courses. When not working, Aileen blogs about beauty and is often invited as a speaker in Personality Development Seminars in the Philippines.

1 Comment »

  1. I enjoyed reading your article because as a salon manager, all of the points you hit are key focuses on how we market and run our salon. Cleanliness, customer is king, and family are how we work at The Den. Very entertaining.

    Comment by The Den Salon — April 7, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

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