Locating the ultimate styling guru to coif your locks can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Your hair is your defining feature, an aspect to your character and appearance that you take very seriously and something that you don’t want being messed up by some spotty little junior hairstylist who has big ideas and wants to use your barnet to test them out on. Depending on the stylist you choose, they can come to be a friend, a confidant and a person you rely on to make you feel good, instill you with confidence and allow you to walk down the high street with your head held high.
If you’ve recently parted ways with your hairstylist because they have relocated, switched careers or have taken a sabbatical, you are in need of new scissorhands. How on Earth are you going to locate someone as good as your previous coiffeur? While the challenge might seem insurmountable, you need to get a wriggle on before your hair becomes dry and unruly, and the split ends appear. Follow these simple steps to find your perfect hairstylist.
There’s no better recommendation than word of mouth from your nearest and dearest. If your best pal has recently had her locks taken care of and they look shiny, well conditioned, and the style is edgy and current, ask her who cut her tresses. You need to have confidence in any potential stylist before you even meet them. When ready, book a consultation. This doesn’t have to be a commitment to getting your hair cut; it could simply be a ten or fifteen-minute chat with the person who you might be entrusting with your locks. While you shouldn’t treat it as an interview, make sure you’re armed with questions.Ask them if they can recommend the best treatment for a flaky scalp. Try to tease out whether they know the best hairstyles for round faces. Most importantly, ask about their availability. If they can’t fit you in for a week or more, you know that they must be good if their services are in high demand.
The salon experience isn’t solely about getting your hair cut. You also want to feel comfortable in your surroundings and choose a salon that meets your needs. Some niche salons now only cater for certain age groups or different hair types. You don’t want to be venturing into a salon only to see the blue rinse brigade taking up every cutting booth.
Try to ensure the salon you choose has the right products for your hair. You may be a fan of BedHead, Tresemme or TIGI shampoos and conditioners. If your stylist has been using the same oil, mousse or spray on your hair for the past decade, it’s important that you find a new stylist who is willing to cater for your needs and provide you with the same product.
The salon experience goes beyond products. Do they offer a Brazilian blow dry and are they trained in the art of washing hair? A head massage in between your two conditioning treatments is worth the money and can leave your locks and scalp feeling rejuvenated. A salon should offer you a drink, give you a decent magazine to read and should be full of friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable people. This is particularly important if you’re nervous about your hair or have a condition that requires specialist conditioning treatments.
It’s vital that you’re able to hold a conversation with your potential hairstylist. You need to be able to discuss your style options, different colors and treatments. You also need to get along on a more personal level. No hairstylist should go straight into cutting your barnet without having had a decent chat with you first about your styling preferences, the condition of your hair and any medical issues they might need to be aware of. This is especially important for an initial consultation as they have never even touched your hair before, let alone cut it.
While some people don’t mind sitting in silence for forty minutes while their mop gets tamed, others need the comfort of a bit of conversation while their hair is being layered and chopped into. A good hairstylist should talk you through the cut as they go along, ask your opinion at different stages and work with you to perfect your ideal new look.
You may select a salon and a stylist only to be a tad disappointed. Don’t worry – you may need to experience a little trial and error before you settle on your perfect coiffeur. There are a ridiculous amount of well-qualified people who set up on the high street offering the latest trends and faddy cuts. It’s important that you don’t feel bullied into a hairstyle that a particular stylist simply enjoys creating. You need to stand your ground and ensure that the stylist is working for you.
Just because you are seeing posters of pixie cuts all over the walls of the salon and every other female leaving has a newly shortened do, doesn’t mean you have to. At the same time, you need a stylist who is willing to take a risk, especially if you’re after something a little off trend and a tad different to the norm.
Finding the perfect hairstylist can be daunting. You might have nightmares about having your hair cut too short, seeing unwanted bangs and living your life forever under a beanie for fear of showing off your tresses. Don’t worry and don’t allow the hunt for a new stylist to cause you unnecessary stress. If you follow this advice, take your time and do your research, you should be able to locate a new stylist to treat you and your locks with the respect that you and your locks deserve. Before you know it, you and your hair will be turning heads again for all the right reasons.
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