How to Choose a Hair Stylist?

For many people, how their hair looks is critical to their confidence and self-image. It’s crucial, therefore, to approach the task of choosing a hairstylist with care.

When it comes to bad haircuts, we’ve all been there. You go to the stylist, sit in the hair, hoping that the results they produce will look great, only to feel your heart sinking when you do finally stand up, look in the mirror, and realize that it’s a horror show.

The purpose of this post is to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. There really are stylists out there who listen carefully to what you want while also being exceptionally skilled with a brush and scissors. Here’s how to choose a great stylist.

Choose A Stylist Who Listens To You Carefully

While many hairstylists can recreate the stunning hairstyles on the mannequin, they let themselves down by failing to listen to their clients. After all, the job of a hairdresser isn’t to create styles that they think look good but ones that their clients love.

Listening is a skill. It takes time, patience, and a willingness to defer to the customer, regardless of their request. It’s not something that everyone can do. When choosing a hairstylist, therefore, always look for those that listen carefully. Avoid anyone just trying to rush as many people through the door as possible.

Make Sure That They Provide In-Depth Consultations

The purpose of the consultation is to find out more about the style that you want. Quality hairdressers will always listen carefully to what you have to say and spend as much time as you like finding out what's really "you."

Don’t Just Choose A Top Salon

You might think that going to a top salon means that you’ll get a quality hairdresser, but not necessarily. Often many professional stylists leave the big salons to offer independent services, free from all of the overheads that working in a larger organization brings.

Don’t Let Social Media Imagery Fool You

Many hairdressers like to show off their work on social media, but don’t let their images fool you. Remember, the photos that you see on social media could be manipulated to look better than the originals.

Choose A Stylist With Great Training

While bedside manner is important, the truth is that quality hairdressers don’t just emerge randomly: it takes a lot of training and experience to build skills.

Thus, if you’re looking for a hairstylist, make sure that they have qualifications in the relevant area. In terms of requirements, Level 2 is the minimum training for somebody operating unsupervised. Senior stylists often have a level 3 - something that takes around a year to complete. For coloring, you want stylists with specific coloring qualifications.

Tammy Lord, a stylist working at Sola Salons in Las Vegas, is a Board Certified Haircolorist. She listens carefully to her clients, taking the time to understand what they want. Her approach is one of professionalism, partnering with customers, and continually growing her skills.


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