Finding the right hair salon is like finding the right car mechanic to work with. You’ll only want to bring your car to someone you trust who is dependable, affordable and has you and your car’s best interest at heart. The same goes with your lovely locks. Not all hair salons will be a perfect match for you and your hair’s needs so it’s important to take the time out to find just the right fit.
First, you’ll want a salon that is conveniently located near where you live or work. Who wants to take a road trip for a hair cut? Drive around your area and take note of the various hair salons that undoubtedly will crop up. Once you know where the hair salons are now it’s time to go into each one and find out what they are all about.
One of the most important factors to keep in mind is cleanliness and good customer service. You’ll want a hair salon with employees that are friendly, personable and make you feel comfortable. When you walk through the doors, make note of whether you are warmly greeted right away or if it takes a while for someone to acknowledge you (of course if the salon is busy, that may be a reason for the lack of greeting).
Look around the salon and make sure that establishment is free of dust, spider webs, grime and mold. The floors should be fairly clean and the work stations should be orderly. If you get the chance, ask to go to the bathroom and take note of the cleanliness there. Even if you don’t plan on using the restroom during your appointments, you can tell a lot about a business by the way the company and the employees maintain the restroom. You’ll want a hair stylist with clean hands and good hygiene!
Also take note of the prices. Some hair salons are a lot pricier than others and you’ll want to find a place where the rates are reasonable, especially if you intend on visiting occasionally. Of course you do get what you pay for so avoid choosing the cheapest salon where the quality of the work isn’t good.
Once you think you’ve found a good match, make an appointment with a hair stylist. This can be the tricky part because in order to have an enjoyable experience at any hair salon, it helps to have the same person as your stylist each time that can become familiar with your hair. You can consider this part of the process as trial and error. Not sure you want to try the trial and error route? Then talk to the manager or the person at the front desk and explain your hair care routine, the type of looks/style you like and ask them to recommend a hair stylist that would best suit your needs.
Another alternative to finding the right hair salon is to ask your family, friends or coworkers. Have a friend with fabulous hair 24/7? Ask her what salon she goes to and/or which stylist she works with. Personal references are always helpful since it gives you the chance to try a stylist whose work you’ve already seen. Have your friend go with you or mention to the stylist that you were referred to by a friend. Word-of-mouth referrals are always appreciated by hair salons and this will guarantee you get the best treatment.