Six Steps to Get the Most from Your Hair Stylist
You know the feeling – you’ve sat in the chair for three hours when your
stylist finally hands you the mirror to view your new do. You’re
speechless, breathless, and in a state of shock as you stare back at
someone who looks nothing like you imagined. If you’ve had a negative
salon experience, take a deep breath before you fire your beautician and
pull your hair out. You can have a positive, pleasant outcome every time
if you will follow these six easy steps:
1. Be On Time – Make an appointment and keep it. Remember, your
stylist is running a business and in business, time is money. Don’t force
him or her to bump another client or throw them off schedule simply
because you don’t value their time.
2. Communicate – Let your stylist know exactly what your expectations
are. Find a photo and make sure your stylist understands the proper
method of cut, color, and chemical or natural processing necessary to
achieve that particular look. Discuss your styling options based on your
particular face shape and structure, hair length, texture and color.
3. Be Realistic – If you want to look like Halle Berry, you need Halle’s
genes! Your facial features, shape and skin tone provide a beautiful
canvas, but your stylist can only create within the natural properties of
that canvas. Have realistic expectations and you’ll be happier with the
4. Inform – Prior to any treatment, let your stylist know if you have been
experiencing any damage or breakage. Hair that is severely damaged will
not respond properly to chemical processing but may require several
intensive restorative treatments in the salon before your glamour style
can be achieved. Allow your stylist to do a thorough hair assessment and
make treatment recommendations, such as deep conditioning, before
5. Be Honest – If you’ve damaged your hair at home, or you’ve been
using the wrong hair care products to save a few pennies, be honest with
your stylist. Most professionals can spot a “do-it-yourself” client a mile
away, so you might as well ‘fess up! If you want beautiful hair and a
gorgeous style, allow your stylist to recommend the best product your
money can buy and use it faithfully as directed.
6. Show Your Appreciation -- A good stylist has spent years perfecting his
or her craft and they’re worth every penny. Compliment their work and
they will cheerfully give you great service every time. And don’t be afraid
to tip. Five or ten, even twenty dollars above the usual fee will ensure that
you’ll get extra special treatment every time.
If you’ll follow these six easy steps, your salon experience will be more
enjoyable for you and your stylist. You’ll love your hair and your stylist will
love serving you!