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Salon Guide

"Make sure the stylist really listens to your needs and concerns before he lifts a pair of scissors or box of hair dye."
- Hair authority Philip B.

Buying Guide: Choosing the right Hair Salon

Looking for a new salon or stylist can seem daunting but it doesn't have to be hard work. Here are some simple steps to finding the best place for a dazzling new 'do.


Do a little investigation before choosing a new salon. Start your search in the comforts of home by visiting online guides for recommendations.

Be sure to look for salons that cater to your hair needs. Some salons specialize in color, while others may be focused on curly or ethnic hair types. Keep your cut, color and hair type in mind while doing research.

Ask Around

Ask someone with fabulous hair where they go, or start with your friends and coworkers. If you're new to a city, talk to neighbors or scan any checkout line and start a friendly chat. It may feel awkward at first, but people are usually flattered if you ask about their hair. When you ask, don't just ask "where", ask "who" - not all stylists are created equal.

Check it Out

When you choose your spot, ask for a complimentary consultation. Take a tour and make sure the space is spotless, well-maintained and is someplace you feel comfortable entrusting your tresses and investing your cash.

Here's a quick checklist of questions to ask yourself when you enter a new salon:

  • What do you think of the stylists' hair?
  • How do the clients look? Do they look relaxed and happy?
  • Are the prices within your budget?
  • Does the salon offer other services you appreciate (like a mani with your blowout!)?
  • Does the stylist seem receptive to your wants and needs?

Share & Communicate

Hair connoisseur Philip B. says that open communication will help you form a game plan that makes both you and your stylist happy. Before you go, take a look at some magazines and bring pictures of styles you love. Tell the stylist about the products and tools you use, and let them know how much maintenance you're willing to put in based on your time and lifestyle. Don't be shy; reveal all of your recent beauty history and secrets to the new stylist. They'll do better work with all of the info.

Cortney Campus, stylist and co-owner of STYLE downtown in Pensacola, FL recommends these points guide you through that first hairy conversation:

  • Likes and dislikes about your current hair cut and hair color
  • Your history of services in the past year
  • How much time you spend styling
  • Which styling tools you use and how often
  • How often you wash and condition
  • Product you use and in what order

Do your homework and you'll be on your way to a gorgeous new relationship and a stunning new style. Next time you might be on the receiving end of the hair compliment.

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