Seeing a new hair stylist for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience for many people. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that you leave the salon with the look you imagined. Firstly, do you research!! Walking into a new salon blindly can be risky, so instead try to do a little research beforehand liking asking friends or family where they go or using websites such as Yelp for reviews of local salons.
Pictures are a great way to show the stylist what you want. Peruse magazines to find hairstyles that you like and remember you can have multiple pictures to show different aspects, such as bangs from one picture and overall length from another. Pictures are essential if you have found it difficult, in the past, to explain the hairstyle you want.
For your first and all future hair appointments, avoid wearing collared shirts, turtlenecks, and hooded sweatshirts as these will alter the natural fall of the hair. When arriving for a first-time appointment, your hair should look as you usually style it. Arriving with your hair in a ponytail, for example, does not allow the stylist to see how your hair typically behaves. Remember that explaining how you normally style your hair is very different from actually seeing your styling capabilities. However it is imperative to inform the stylist of ‘how’ you style your hair including letting them know how much effort you are willing to put into styling your hair everyday. Remember to be direct when informing the stylist of what you want. The stylist will give you their professional opinion regarding hair health, style, and maintenance, but remember that you are the one paying for the service and if you are not comfortable with any of the suggestions made during the consultation that it is ok to say no. However be mindful of what you say; many times clients fall victim to their own indifference:
‘I just want my hair to be healthy, but keep as much length as possible’–You are telling the stylist that although you love your length, the health of you hair is more important. If keeping your length is actually more important than the overall health of your hair then tell the stylist exactly that. Generally a stylist will physically show you how much they will be cutting.
‘You can do whatever you want’–Everyone has limitations.
‘I don’t really know what I want. You are the professional and I trust you’–This could be said to a stylist you have been seeing for a long time, but should not be said on the first visit.
An effective consultation should be a mutual discussion that is not limited to hair, but should include lifestyle, career, time restraints, etc. This will help both you and your stylist create the perfect hairstyle for you.