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How to Find a Hairdresser for Keeps

The only thing more challenging than finding your ideal partner is finding your ideal hairdresser. We’ve all been there, done that – enter uncharted hair territory, make teary-eyed exit. Whatever your reasons for looking for a new hairdresser, don’t take it sitting down. You know the scenario after a botched haircut.

The following are tips to help in your search for a great hairdresser:

Seek referrals.

Sometimes, the best route to a good hairdresser is word of mouth. If someone you know has impressed you with her hair color or cut, ask them which salon they got it. When you visit that salon, tell the hairdresser the name of the person who referred you and you may even get a discount.

Try them with a blowout.

This is one of the best ways of getting a vibe for a salon without committing anything big. While getting your treatment, take note of how everyone is working. Is there too much chatter or are they focused on what they’re doing?

Familiarize yourself with your products.

Are you obsessed with certain brands? Spend time to learn more about them online. In most cases, manufacturers will have a salon locator on their websites, which you can use to check for local salons that may be using their products.

Scan online reviews.

If you got your prospect without any personal referral, you will have to do a bit of research about them. You want to get a general vibe of the hairdresser, depending on the things that other people say about them. Visit a few reputable consumer watchdog websites and read some reviews. However, don’t bother reading reviews on marketing websites because they reek of bias.

Explore social media.

Most hairdressers have an Instagram handle or hashtag where you can see their work from day to day. Go and take advantage of that Internet convenience. Also go to their Facebook page and pay attention to the comments. You will definitely find lots of clues about the salon or the hairdresser.

Look for that connection.

As soon as you have a few prospects, call them each and try to strike a conversation about your hair, what you intend to do with it and so on. The idea is just to get a feel for the personality of the hairdresser. Of course, it should beautifully jive with yours. Ideally, you’d like to have just one person touching your hair. Someone you’ll be comfortable with and who can make honest and expert recommendations. When you’ve found that kind of hairdresser, stick to them and try to have a real friendship with them. Remember, this is your hair. You wouldn’t want to gamble with it.
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