Well, ok, not quite your life but sometimes it feels almost as important! The person who cuts and colours your hair has the power to make or break your look; it’s a big responsibility. We’ve all had those horrendous haircuts that have us desperately staring into the mirror, sobbing and cursing the hairdresser who’s massacred our precious mane. With so many salons on the high street these days, finding a hairdresser who really understands you can be difficult. So check out our guide to finding the perfect stylist, who will have you whooping with joy not weeping with dismay.
1. Do your research
If you’re starting completely from scratch, it might be a good idea to do some homework before you book an appointment for a dramatic makeover. The Good Salon Guide, an independent guide giving star ratings to hair and beauty salons, is a great place to start. It’s not a comprehensive guide; only salons that ask to be assessed are included, but it gives a star rating, a detailed review, pictures and prices.
2. Talk is cheap.
A personal recommendation is always a good way to find a reliable hairdresser. Know someone whose hair always looks pristine? Just ask them which salon they go to. Talk to friends or work colleagues about their experiences in local salons. That way you might also find out which ones to avoid without having to suffer a nightmare crop!
3. Try before you buy
Any good salon should offer a free consultation with no obligation to book a haircut or treatment. This is a great way to get a feel for a salon. Is it kept clean and tidy? Are the staff friendly and welcoming? What products are used? What prices can you expect to pay? It also gives you the chance to speak to your potential stylist about your hopes and expectations. Just a ten minute conversation will give you a good idea of whether this is a person you want to let loose on your locks with a pair of scissors!
4. Small steps
If you’re struggling to make a decision, why not play the field and try out a few different salons until you find the one you’re really happy with. Book an appointment for a blow dry, an up do or a deep conditioning treatment; something that doesn’t require any scissors or permanent hair dye! That way the hairdresser can get their hands on your hair, giving you a chance to see what they can do. Give the hairdresser clear instructions when it comes to styling and finishing your hair- are you happy with their interpretation of your direction? If the answer is yes, it’s a good indication that this is a stylist you could get along with!
So if your trusted stylist moves away or you’re new to the area, there’s no need to panic. Try to see the hunt for a new hairdresser as an exciting opportunity for a brand new do. You never know, this could be the start of something beautiful!