How To Find A Good Hairstylist

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You know that feeling right? When you’re sitting in the salon chair, trying not to cry over your hair and pretending to the stylist that you love it, right before googling ‘wig’ on the way home. If this has ever happened to you then you’ll know how important it is to find a hairstylist you can trust if you want to avoid a disaster.

Knowing what to look for, the warning signs and potential problems in finding a stylist will make it way easier for you to find the right one and build a relationship. This is even more important if you’re making a major change or even if you need to correct something from a previous salon visit. Here’s what you need to know...

Think About What You Want

Knowing the kind of haircut or colour you want will make it way easier for you to find a hairstylist. For example if you want balayage, then you need to look for someone who specialises in that to get the best results. Some salons will let you go with one stylist for your colour and another for your cut which could be a great option if you’re going for a big change. It may sound really extra but your hair is so worth investing in and you want to make sure you’re putting it in the right hands.

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Go For A Consultation

It’s really important that you go for a consultation first, especially if you want a colour change as you’ll need a patch and strand test. The consultation is a chance for you to get to know the stylist and it will give you more of an idea of what they can achieve. One of the most important things is feeling that your hairstylist is listening to you and on the same wavelength. If in your consultation you don’t feel that they’re getting what you want or are leaning more towards their own ideas then it could be a warning sign. It’s also good if they’re realistic about what they can achieve, you want your stylist to be mindful of your hair health above anything else.

Test Them Out

Going to a new stylist for the first time and asking for a major change is seriously risky so it’s a way better idea to test them out first with something simple. Go for a trim or a blow dry and use it as an opportunity to ask them questions and to see how they work with your hair. That way, if you’re disappointed or get bad vibes you can find someone else before committing to anything big.

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Go By Recommendations

The biggest sign of a good hairstylist is lots of happy clients with amazing hair. If your friend is raving about someone or if you see someone with an amazing colour then ask them where they go. Just make sure they’ve got a similar hair type to you so that you know the stylist can achieve the look you want.

Try Instagram

Instagram is a great way to find hairstylists in your area and you’ll be able to see a range of their work and get a really good idea of what they’re good at. It’s also great to see before and afters, especially if you’re getting your hair coloured and you’ll be able to show them the looks you like from their feed. Another good tip is to check their tagged photographs so that you can see some more unedited snaps and comments from their customers.

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