The only thing more challenging than finding your ideal partner is finding your ideal hairdresser. We’ve all been there, done that – enter uncharted hair territory, make teary-eyed exit. Whatever your reasons for looking for a new hairdresser, don’t take it sitting down. You know the scenario after a botched haircut.
The following are tips to help in your search for a great hairdresser:
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 you’re there, observe how everyone works. Is there too much chatter or are they focused on what they’re doing?
Familiarize yourself with your products.
Do you have any preferred favorite brands? 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 reviews online.
If you have a prospect who was not personally referred by anyone you know, be ready 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.
Hairdressers often have an Instagram handle or hashtag where they showcase their work every now and then or even everyday. Take full advantage of that convenience that the Internet provides. Also visit their Facebook page and scan through the comments. You will find a lot of clues there.
Look for that connection.
When you have a prospect, call them and just get a conversation going about your hair, your plans with it, etc. Just get a feel for the hairdresser’s personality. Of course, it should beautifully jive with yours. You should just have one person handling your hair. Someone you’re comfortable with as though a friend and can make recommendations based on your personal style. 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. You don’t want to gamble.