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It’s A Match - How To Find The Right Hairdresser
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.
1) Do your Research
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.
2) Find Your People
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.
3) Be Brand Aware
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.
4) Book More Than One Consultation
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!
5) Tell It How It Is (But Listen Too)
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.
Hairdressers are creative and visual people so remember that in your consultation and don’t over-complicate things.
6) Take Pictures
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.
Avoid using hair buzzwords that you may have read about in a magazine.
7) Be Realistic
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.
How you wear your hair really does have a bearing on what the stylist will do to your strands in the chair.
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.
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