How to Pick the Right Hairstylist: 5 Helpful Tips

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Whether you’ve recently moved to a new area or you’re just not happy with your current cut, sometimes you need to find a new hairstylist. Choosing the right hairstylist can be difficult, as every stylist will have their own strengths and weaknesses. Ideally, you want someone who makes you feel comfortable and, most importantly, gives you what you want every time. How can you find that hairstylist? There are a few ways you can get the best results during your search.

1. Ask People for Referrals

Referrals are one of the best ways to choose a new hairstylist. If someone you know trusts a stylist with their hair, then it may be worth giving that stylist a shot. Whenever possible, ask people who have a hairstyle that’s similar to what you want, or hair that’s similar to your own. That way, you already know that the stylist can handle your hairstyle needs. If you see somebody with a hairstyle you like, don’t be afraid to ask them who cuts their hair, even if you don’t know them. Most people will be more than happy to refer you to their stylist.

2. Take a Look at the Reviews

Whether you have one stylist in mind or you’re comparing several different options, look at review sites, such as Yelp, to see what other people are saying. When you look at reviews, it’s important to take everything with a grain of salt and dig up as much valuable information as you can. Reading a bunch of five-star reviews essentially saying a stylist is great doesn’t tell you much about a stylist, although it is a good sign if a stylist has quite a bit of positive feedback. Look for more extensive reviews that talk about what that stylist does and doesn’t do well. For example, if a stylist gets positive reviews regarding their cuts but has a few negative reviews about for hair colors, they may be a good choice if a cut is all you need.

3. Don’t Forget About Social Media

“Reviews and referrals are helpful, but you also want to actually see the stylist’s work,” said Beautybyumar.com. That’s where social media can help. Many stylists are now using social media networks, Instagram in particular, to show off their work. Look up potential stylists on social media to see if they have an online portfolio which you can evaluate. Even if they don’t, you may be able to find pictures that other people have posted at the stylist’s salon with a quick search.

4. Schedule a Consultation

When you have one or more stylists in mind, contact them to schedule consultations. Inquire about cuts and colors that they think would suit you well, and ask them about how they approach cutting your type of hair.

There are two main things you want to determine in a consultation with a stylist: how well you can communicate with that stylist and what the stylist is able to do with your hair. You need to be able to communicate with your stylist to get the best results, so you want to be comfortable talking to them. You also need someone who can provide the cut and style that you want.

5. Consider the Atmosphere of Each Salon You Visit

Every hair salon has its own layout and style. Some are comfortable and laid back, some are hip and cool, and others are upscale and luxurious. You can expect the stylists at a salon to generally fit with its vibe. Everyone has their own preference as far as what type of salon they like, so it’s important that you find a salon that matches your own personal preferences. Remember, you’re going to be coming back here every few weeks or months for a haircut. You want a place that you enjoy visiting.

Choosing your new hairstylist doesn’t have to be stressful, but you should dedicate some time to your search so you can find the right one. Find a few options through referrals and online searches, and then check them out more thoroughly so you can make an informed decision.