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:
Ask for personal recommendations.
Sometimes, the best route to a good hairdresser is word of mouth. If someone you know has impressed you with her hair color or cut, ask them which salon 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 the safest way to check out a salon without giving any major 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?
Be familiar with your products.
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.
Scan online reviews.
If you have a prospect who was not personally referred by anyone you know, be ready to do some research. You want to have an overall vibe of your potential hairdresser based on what other people are saying. 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. 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 chemistry.
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 personality of the hairdresser. 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. If you think you’ve found that kind of hairdresser, don’t look elsewhere and try to build a real relationship with them. Remember, this is your hair. It’s no good to gamble.