Need a New Hairstylist? Answer These Questions First

Need a New Hairstylist? Answer These Questions First

There may come a point in your life when you realize that you need a new hairstylist. Maybe your current hairstylist is changing careers. Maybe you have moved to a different part of town. Perhaps your hairstylist raised his or her prices and are no longer affordable.


Regardless of why you find yourself searching for a new hairstylist, it’s important that you take steps to improve the chance of making a sound decision. The last thing you want to do is visit a hairstylist who overcharges you or doesn’t give you the service you were expecting. This will lead to even more frustration.


With all this in mind, it’s time to answer a variety of questions related to finding a new hairstylist. By doing so, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary to make the right choice.


  1. What traits are most important to you in a hair stylist?


This is a personal preference. You may be most interested in finding a hairstylist who has experience with the style and look that you’re accustomed to. Others may be looking for a hairstylist who has a flexible schedule. 


Make a list of three to five traits that are most important to you in a hair stylist. You can then use these as you compare your options. 


  1. Do you only want to consider hairstylists in your local area?


This is a difficult question to answer, especially if there are not a lot of hair stylists in your local area. However, it’s still a question that you need to address. Neglecting to do so could lead you to settle for a hairstylist that doesn’t have the traits that you’re looking for (see above).


If location is important to you, make a list of all the hairstylists within your preferred mileage range. Should you come up empty, slowly expand your search to improve the likelihood of finding someone who meets your requirements. 


  1. What is your budget?


Even if you’re okay paying a premium for the service that you get, you want to know exactly how much it’ll cost upfront. If you don’t, it’s possible that you could end up paying more than you were hoping. And worse yet, you may not like the end result. 


Set a budget based on the price you’ve paid in the past, as well as what you think is reasonable for the service you’re requesting. Search online for pricing information from other area salons so that you have something to compare. 


  1. Do you offer any other services?

Even if your hairstylist doesn’t offer any other services, there’s a chance that someone in the same salon does. For example, microblading is growing in popularity and is offered by many salons that also employ hairstylists. 


This may not be important to you right now, but that could change at some point in the future. Additional services may not “make or break” your decision of which hairstylist you visit, but it’s nice to have this option available to you should you change your mind down the road. 


  1. Have you read online reviews? Do you have a referral?


One of the most difficult parts of choosing a new hairstylist is knowing what you’re getting into. After all, if you’ve never visited the person in the past, you don’t know what they bring to the table. And with that, you’re taking a risk with both your look and your money. 


Take a few minutes to read online reviews for all of the hairstylists on your shortlist. If you come across something you don’t like — such as a common complaint — think twice before you book an appointment. Also, if you can get a referral from a family member or friend, it can help put your mind at ease. There’s no guarantee you’ll have a good experience, but at least you have the trusted word of a loved one to fall back on. 


Final Thoughts


The best stylists are more than happy to answer all of your hair consultation questions, while also providing additional information and guidance that can help you decide what to do next. If nothing else, answering the above questions will help you understand what you’re looking for in a hair stylist on a general level.

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