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How to find the right hairdresser? Someone who just gets you and your strands, can feel as easy as finding a soulmate on a dating app. On a disastrous date you can get a friend to call you with an “emergency”, but it’s much harder to make a leg for it when your hair is sopping wet and your coat is trapped in the salon cloakroom. But, if you find the right hairdresser and build a rapport with them it’s a relationship that can last decades (longer than many online relationships, that’s for sure). Want to know how to find a good hairdresser? It’s not just luck, below you’ll find 7 pieces of advice, including the inside scoop from hairdresser Adam Reed, that will ensure you find the right hairdresser for you. Keep reading and those awkward hairdressing “dates” will be a thing of the past.
Instagram is a great place to find the right hairdresser. Check out whether your local salon has an Instagram account and whether the stylists that work there have their own accounts, too. If you spot any hairstyles you love, add them to your saved section on the app for later—you may well start to notice a pattern in the accounts you save the most images from. Just beware, some stylists do use filters to tweak the colour hues and make their images look more Instagrammable, so use it as a guide only.
If you have ever envied a friend’s haircut or colour or, for that matter, a stranger’s on the street, why not ask them where they go? We all have different hair to start with but if you like a hairdresser’s work on someone else, especially when that person isn’t salon fresh and has styled it themselves, then you’re one step closer to finding the hairdresser for you.
If you love vibrant colours in your hair or experimenting with fashion-forward haircuts then go to a salon that “gets” you. When you try to find the right hairdresser there is no point heading to that classic salon near you. Go into the salon and enquire about their services, while you’re there scope out the place and get a feel for it. We all want a friendly, welcoming experience in a salon, that understands us, and popping in is the best way to test the vibes.
When you are trying to find the right hairdresser, you need to pay attention to the salon too. Reputable salons will stock well known haircare brands. These brands spend time and money training the stylists that work in the salon in how best to use the products. A cut and colour is a personal thing, but if you spot a brand you have heard of lining the shelves then at least you know there will be a solid level of experience within the salon.
Treat your consultations whilst you are trying to find the right hairdresser like speed dating, meet with a few different hairdressers at different salons. Don’t commit to a haircut over the phone before having met the stylist and don’t combine the consultation and haircut in one sitting. Consultations are free and there is no obligation to book an appointment. Use this time to get a feel for the hairdresser, if you’re having your hair coloured and cut you’ll be spending quite a bit of time with them so a rapport is important. Listen to them and what they are suggesting for your hair — are they on the same wavelength? If they are then book that appointment!
In your consultation you don’t need to pretend to be an expert, a good hairdresser will understand you so don’t worry about swotting up on the difference between balayage and foils.
“The biggest mistake people make when they come into the salon is that they ask for the technical service rather than focusing on the overall finished look they want to achieve” says Reed. “They feel they have to appear to be more knowledgeable than they actually are but it is much better to discuss in detail with your stylist what you would like to achieve so you won’t be disappointed.”
Hairdressers are creative and visual people so remember that in your consultation and don’t over-complicate things.
“Say exactly what you are looking for. You want to say something like ‘I want my hair lighter around my face, a natural look as if I have been on holiday’ for example”
A picture speaks a thousand words, so whilst you can speak clearly about what you want, a picture will ensure you and the hairdresser are on the same page.
“What you describe may not be what they understand, so it is always good to translate what you mean through imagery”
Avoid using hair buzzwords that you may have read about in a magazine.
“Because of marketing and fierce competition for clients there are constantly new names for different styles and even some hairdressers won’t have heard of them! Which is why it’s always best to bring in pictures for inspiration”
Being realistic is key, not only about what your hair is capable of but also your lifestyle. There is no point having a haircut that requires blow-drying and tonging, when you only ever have time to air-dry your strands, so explain to potential hairdressers how you wear your hair every day.
“Whether you wear it tied up or braided and where you wear your parting, etc. Describe your lifestyle and desired look”
How you wear your hair really does have a bearing on what the stylist will do to your strands in the chair.
“If you want to go blonde and wear your hair up a lot then a full head of highlights might be better for you than a half head, which generally just lightens the hair that is visible when it’s worn down. Go to a good salon and listen to their advice regarding your hair type. Have an idea of a look you want, but go in with an open mind. The style you want to achieve may not work with your hair and lifestyle, but they could suggest something that will. Your hairdresser will always advise you on the best thing to suit your face shape, too”
You see to find the right hairdresser isn’t impossible and once you find that person you can build a rapport and relationship that lasts.
“A really good relationship between a client and a hairdresser means you’re going to see a slight subtle change in your hair style along with the change of seasons and as you evolve personally through the years”
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