Tips to Find a New Hair Stylist!
So you just moved away to college, or maybe you got a promotion. Better yet, you just needed a change, a fresh start, and a new beginning. So you pack up your belongings and hit the road. After you arrive in your new city, you realize there are few loose screws that you need to attach. And it isn't long before you realize your HAIR needs that tender, love, and care that it's immune to receiving. You know you can get the best hair weave from Private Label Extensions but who is going to put it in? Now you see that it's time to take action and begin your new hairstylist journey. Don't worry I'm going to guide you step by step on how to start your journey.
Find Hair Stylists on Instagram!
First things first get familiar with Instagram if you're not already a user this is the perfect time to join. Not only is Instagram the ultimate networking tool, but it's also very resourceful for just about everything especially finding a new hairstylist. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter, have changed the way we live in more than a few ways and seeking a referral for a hairstylist is one of them. In as little as three minutes you can reach hundreds of people in your area simply searching the hashtag, for example, #ATLHair or if you're in Philadelphia #PhillyHair. Once you've typed in these hashtags via social media tons of hairstylists, makeup artists, and more will pop up displaying pictures of their work. After you scroll through social media critiquing and hunting your perfect hair match, I'm almost for certain something that will catch your eye. If you've been looking all through your social networks and still no luck you can also search the web.
Use Local Search with Search Engines
Get online, search through Google, Bing, or Yahoo thoroughly. Type exactly what you're interested in a hairstylist/salon in the quest. Are you looking for a stylist who specializes in natural hair, sew-ins, wigs, or just an all-around beast in everything? You can search it easy by narrowing it by your city and state. For example, type "Beyonce Lemonade Braids Atlanta" if you happened to live in Atlanta, Georgia and were looking for a good braider in the area.
Read Reviews. What do the people have to say?
Make sure you always check the reviews of the salon. Perhaps the report mentions a particular hairstylist, and you like what the reviewer says, but maybe not. Either way, you need to go to the salon website or Facebook page, look at the pictures of the stylists if they have any and read the comments. This research has helped me out a lot personally in the past. People will always share if they had a horrible experience or an excellent one, either you need to know. People love to talk about their hair and the experience they had at the hair salon. If they love their hairdresser, they'll refer you proudly in a minute. That's the reason why reviews are critical. Check out these websites that offer reviews. Yelp, Cityvoter, and Angie's List are a few excellent places to start. These sites provide information about each business. It's going to be organized by your city, and often include websites, phone numbers, and Facebook pages as well as reviews by people that have used the services of the hair salon or stylist.
Schedule a Hair Consultation
Once you've completed all of your research, choose 3 to 5 stylists that look great to you, and book an appointment for a consultation on your next free day. Consultations typically take about 30 minutes to an hour and are most often free. When you arrive at the consultation, you’ll get a feel for the stylist and what he or she can do for you and most importantly your hair. You'll also be able to get a feel of the salon. The stylist working at a particular salon fits into the same atmosphere. At that point, you can pick the stylist and salon that matches our taste. How do you prefer things modern, sophisticated, or comfy? Make sure you ask any questions that you may have for the stylist. Let's not forget this is your hair ladies! You can also ask to see a portfolio or lookbook of different styles that a person has done and tell him or her what you’d like.
Hair Stylist Next Steps
Now that you've selected a new hairstylist, the best thing you can do to help explain what you want to be done to your hair is to start searching for inspiration. As I stated above, there are plenty of hairstyles on social media. Start a Pinterest board of hair bundles, wigs, closures and colors that inspire you. By doing this, you'll have an organized collection of pictures to show the hairdresser. When screenshotting pictures from your phone are sure that the angle of the photo allows the hairstylist to see the actual lengths, layers, and sizes clearly. Pictures are the best way to bridge the terminology gap between client and hair professional.
What to Look for in a New Hair Stylist
When in search of a new hairstylist, it’s super important to find one that you actually connect with. It’s always great when you find someone who can serve you according to your needs. But what helps to maintain a beneficial relationship in business and services is the connection. A connection does more than provide an exchange of comfort between a client and a professional; it establishes loyalty and stability. This goes a long way when you have a fresh start and in a new place. Let’s dig into the several things you should look for and identify with when establishing a relationship with a hairstylist in a new city.
Most believe the meaning of etiquette relates to how you may conduct yourself at a dinner table when it simply means to conduct oneself in a polite, appropriate manner in any setting. Etiquette is something you should really look for in a hairstylist as it relates to how they conduct themselves in business and who they come in contact with. Proper etiquette of a stylist warrants professionalism, which we will get into. Etiquette includes punctuality and sense of urgency, which weigh heavily in any professional to client relationship. Find a stylist that carries him or herself accordingly and treats you with consideration with proper etiquette.
Professionalism can be a broad idea in business but what it really boils down to is the level of qualification a professional has towards their profession. When searching for a hairstylist, ask yourself, “How much expertise does this individual have?” That is what should be considered when you search for professionalism in your new stylist.
When you think of intentionality in your stylist, think of their intentions of being truthful and truly caring for what your hair needs. Knowing that your new hairstylist has good intentions for what your hair care needs allow you to place your confidence and trust in them which, in return, expands the relationship with new dynamics. It can give you a sense of peace knowing whom you’re making a consistent financial investment in providing a good return.
No one wants to overspend and tap out on what seems to be a much need service when it comes to hair care. Finding a stylist that not only provides pricing that meets your financial budget but also provides reasonable pricing gives you the assurance that you’re not being ripped off. A great way to identify if pricing is suitable for you, consider where your potential new stylist may be located, the products they use, their level of experience and reputability, and the true benefit of their services. How do they differ from other stylists? Will the products they use to give a major benefit to my hair, which in the long run can actually save money? These are all various things to consider when it comes down to the money.
Convenience isn’t just about what your new stylist can do for you but also how you can benefit your stylist. Think of convenience as an even, beneficial exchange in your business relationship. It’s important to remember that a stylist can only work so well with you when you work with them. Granted, stylists are in the business of meeting the needs of a client but that client has to be mindful of what is realistic and makes sense for each party. Convenience works hand in hand with consideration.
When working with a professional, it always helps to know that their reputation stands behind them and is a good one. A reputation that speaks for itself and for the stylist. The reputability of your new hairstylist helps you know that who you’ve decided to invest in for your hair care needs is worth it. Most of the time, a professional’s reputation speaks to all the things discussed thus far on what to look for in a new stylist.