Choosing a hairstylist is one of the most important tasks that you will ever have to do on behalf of your hair, especially if you are going to chemically treat your hair in anyway. I know of several people who have given up on finding an appropriate hair stylist and are resigned to taking care of their hair without anyone’s interference because of bad experiences.
There are other people, like myself, who are reluctant to self relax and so have to find a stylist to relax the hair. Other people need a stylist to braid the hair or to color or apply a weave. Whatever your needs are, finding a good stylist is very important because if you get a bad one you won’t have a good experience.
I did not relax my hair for one whole year because I could not find a stylist that I liked. I had a perfectly good stylist but she lived in another city and I had to drive three hours to see her when I wanted to relax. That was too much stress for me, so I decided to find a stylist that was closer to home. My stylist hunt had me coming up with a guide for those of you who do not have any idea what to look for.
1. Look for well-maintained tresses, on the street, at your office and ask for the name of the person’s stylist. There is no shame in asking…. some people will be flattered. First, compliment them on their hair and second, find out the name of their stylist. Remember that you should be looking for hair that you would want to emulate or looks similar to yours.
2. If you can’t find a hair to emulate pick a salon with a good reputation. You can get this information from family and friends that are living in the same town or city. Remember that because a stylist is expensive does not necessarily mean that you will get the best service or that your stylist will take care of your hair properly. Some salons have what is called “snob” appeal but with no substance.
3. Do not go to a salon for any service without physically going to check them out first. Look at the salon, is it clean and orderly? Check out the hair styles of the persons who work at the salon, including your stylist. If they are not too sharp with their appearance, will they be sharp with yours?
4. When you do your physical investigation (do not take your friend’s word for it), find out how long your stylist has been in business and what products they use. Check out the results of people in the salon and the condition of their hair. (Especially long term customers.) You are in investigation mode…every detail counts.
5. Tell the stylist that you are thinking of using their services, and gauge how interested the stylist is in your hair health. If the stylist does not ask questions pertaining to your hair history and care then that’s a big red flag. Nobody knows your hair like you do; if the stylist will presume to do his or her own thing with your head, the first conversation is usually a good indication.
6. If there is a hair cutting session taking place, gauge how well the stylist handles this process. Do they make snide remarks about split ends, argue with their client on how much to take off or do they listen to their client and politely offer suggestions?
7. This might be a petty reason, but for me there has to be chemistry between my stylist and myself. I am not used to going to a salon and not feeling a hundred percent comfortable with the person doing my hair. My last stylist, (before I found ‘the one’ ) was very good, excellent even, but he and I lacked hair chemistry. He was sullen over my head and resented any suggestions I gave about my hair. What else am I supposed to do? I do know a thing or two about my own hair and nobody on God’s green earth will convince me that cutting my hair ends will make my hair grow. So what if I am militant? It’s my hair. His sullenness and quiet hostility drove me to find someone else. It was such a pity, because numbers one to six worked out quite fine when I was in investigation mode.
So the final point is to make sure you have hair chemistry with your stylist.
Have fun stylist hunting.