When you have a great experience at a salon, you leave with that shampoo commercial hair and feel the urge to throw your hat, a la Mary Tyler Moore, up into the air in exuberance. When you have a bad salon incident, it may be more like a Shrek mud swamp experience. There are ways you can stack the deck in your favor when it comes to a good salon experience. Let’s shoot for more Mary Tyler Moore, shall we?
It all starts with the stylist. When choosing a new stylist, it’s important to do your homework. There are several online booking sites that allow you to get information on potential stylists in your area as well as see user reviews. Word of mouth is also a great tool. If a friend is raving about a stylist and their hair doesn’t look like they were involved in a tragic lawn maintenance accident, it’s definitely worth looking into.
Something else that helps is to show up with clean hair. Washing your hair the day of your appointment will allow you to get the full effect of any treatments you may have done, such as coloring. When hair is clean it allows for the dye to penetrate the hair more fully.
Also keep in mind, a stylist is not a mind reader. Even the most experienced stylist needs to have some direction, so arm yourself with pictures. Two or three images of the direction you want to go with your cut should be sufficient. You may also want to pick a few that you definitely do NOT want. It is your hair after all, so speak up and make clear what you want.
The saying “less is more” does not apply to your salon experience. This is one of those situations in life where it is best to over-communicate. Keep your eye on what the stylist is doing throughout the appointment and if you have questions, make your voice heard. They are providing a service to you, and it’s something you are going to have to live with, so if you see something you don’t like happening, speak up!
It’s also important to be honest. The best salon experience is almost entirely in your hands, so don’t ever walk out of a salon disappointed or unhappy with the service you’ve just received. If your cut or color is not up to your standards, ask the stylist what can be done to fix the problem.
Remember, the goal is a hat off salon experience, not hat on to hide. Your hair is your distinction, so leave that salon happy, proud and feeling great!
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