It’s a scary thing. A stranger approaches you with scissors with the intention of cutting your hair. And whether they are trying something new or maintaining what your previous hairdresser achieved, it’s a nerve-wracking moment. As someone who just found an amazing hairdresser after 6 years without one, let me tell you how I did it. PS. If you’re lucky enough to have friends who have amazing stylists, go with their recommendations. But if you’re an Army wife like me, sometimes we have to sniff out the salon ourselves.
- Google local hair salons. Those “yelp” and “google reviews” aren’t necessarily a trustworthy source, but they can steer you clear of a 1-star salon.
- Lookup the salons on their actual website. This is helpful because it will often have a section of “our artists” with bios/pictures of the hairdressers. Never judge a hairdresser by her look, because it has nothing to do with how she will help you achieve your look! But it helps to read their bios because often they will mention being a “color expert” or a “pixie-cut specialist.”
- Next look the salon up on social media. I found Facebook to be most useful. Not only will you possibly discover a coupon or promotion, but salons often have photo albums of “befores and afters” or portfolios of their various stylists. A portfolio can tell you a lot about a stylist.
- Call the salon (or call a few if you’re making comparisons). The receptionist can’t represent what kind of experience you’re going to have, but it can still help. A rude or disinterested receptionist might tip you off that the salon isn’t going to be super accommodating or particularly concerned with your concerns. When you’re on the phone, you can also ask if they have a stylist that specializes in whatever you’re seeking…especially if you couldn’t decide between a few of the stylists.
- Book the appointment and then trust your instincts! Don’t worry, booking the appointment doesn’t automatically chop or dye your hair. You still get to meet your stylist and have the consultation before the cutting begins.
Even though it might sound funny to pick out a stylist before you’ve even visited the salon–I highly recommend it! A salon might seem great, but its the hairdresser that counts. You will feel a lot more comfortable trying out a stylist if you know something about them and what they specialize in. This is what I did, and it helped me find the perfect hairdresser for the hairstyle I was looking for!