How To Choose a Good Salon

Published: 23rd August 2009
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You've moved to a new town and need to find a new salon. Or maybe your favorite stylist, the only one in the world who made your hair look fantastic, has left town. Now you need to find a new stylist, and perhaps a new salon. Where to start? How do you make sure you find a good salon and stylist?

Naturally you might ask your friends and family for salon and stylist recommendations. You might even ask some co-workers. That's a good place to start. Most of them will probably have someone they highly recommend. So you're still stuck. Who do you choose based upon several recommendations?

There is more to consider than just a friendly recommendation. First, you need to consider the type of hair you have. Someone who knows how to style straight hair may not be good at styling super curly hair.

Also, what kind of styling do you want regularly? If you only want a basic cut every few weeks, then your needs are different than someone who wants coloring and highlights. Then again, if you want to emulate the latest Hollywood styles, that's something else to consider entirely. Or maybe you want straightening or perms or extensions. You sure don't want to go to a stylist who isn't too experienced with these.

Like any other profession, you'll find good stylists and bad stylists. You'll also find stylists good - gifted even - at a particular style of cut or at working with a particular style of hair. But they won't necessarily be good at all hair types.

Our suggestion for finding a good stylist is a little different than asking friends. We'd like to suggest that you look at hair everywhere. When you go to the grocery store, check out the hair cuts on everyone you see. Look at people in restaurants, in the mall, on the subway, walking down the street, in the coffee shop.

You're looking for someone with hair similar to yours and a style you like. When you find someone who's hair is just fabulous and similar to your hair before styling, go ask them who their stylist is. Okay, it might seem weird to ask a stranger that, but think about the compliment you're giving them when you say, 'Excuse me, I'm looking for a great stylist and I just love your hair. Would you tell me who does it?' It'll make their day that you think their hair is fabulous. After all, isn't part of the point of getting your hair done to look great and be noticed by others?

Most times people will take the time to help you, but keep in mind, if you get a negative response, that they might be really busy and on a tight time schedule. In that case, you might want to have one of your business cards ready with a note on it that you're looking for a stylist. Hand it to the other person and ask if they would call or email you at their convenience with the information.

Hopefully you will get a recommendation for a stylist fairly close to you or your work. If not, and if traveling is a problem, keep asking around. It might take a little time, but you'll find a good stylist again, we promise.

Rodger Harrison owns and operates a salon hair products website, Spring Creek Beauty Supply. They are suppliers of top name beauty supplies including hair shampoo, hair

styling products, and hair straighteners.

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