Going to the salon shouldn’t have to be a nightmare. For many women, it can be a scary and intimidating experience, where fear of the unknown, new styles, cuts and colors can deter the decision of going in the first place. Lionesse wants to help – and that is why we have come up with this informative article detailing the things you should look for in a stylist, as well as questions to ask and things to watch out for to help you have the best hair experience possible.

Woman discussing her hair style with the hairstylist at a salon.

Make Your Desires Clear
Be honest with your stylist. If you are absolutely certain of what type of look, color, or cut you are going for – say so! Don’t leave your hair to chance. If you aren’t sure what you want, but you know you need a change, make that known and have the stylist you are seeing give show you a few different example styles either from their portfolio – which is preferable, being that it would show their true work – or from a style guide or book. Don’t choose a style you don’t absolutely love, ever. Just because the stylist says it will look great on you, doesn’t mean you will love it. And don’t ever say the dreaded phrase, “I trust you; do what you think looks good.” This is a major no-no! You want to know what you are going to look like when all is said and done; be sure you know what you are getting yourself into before you make the wrong decision. If you say you want a trim, and you end up getting a full on haircut, chances are you will be highly disappointed and upset. Be sure you make your desires known up front, and all will work in your favor.

Woman talking to her hair stylist at the salon.

Ask Questions
If you have questions about a service you are interested in, ask lots of questions. Ask whatever questions come to mind, and don’t be afraid to speak up. If you want to know how long a color will last, ask. If you want to know if a color will bring out your eyes, ask. If you want to know if a certain cut would fit your face frame, ask! Don’t be shy or afraid to ask the questions to the answers you seek.

Woman getting her hair styled at a salon.

Choose a Master Stylist
When it comes to choosing a stylist, if you don’t already have one, chances are that will be the trickiest part – and often times, the scariest. Working with someone new is often times frustrating, because you don’t want to walk out of the salon hating your look. The best practice in this case is to choose a master stylist who has the experience, credentials, and training to provide the absolute best service to you. These people have years’ worth of training and experience – and are always the best option. Be sure you ask the status of each stylist at the location, and don’t opt for a newbie stylist if you don’t want to trust your precious hair to the hands of luck. A master stylist will of course cost more, but in truth, the experience will far outweigh the cost. Some good questions to ask your stylist are:

  • How long have you been a hair stylist?
  • Where did you go to school?
  • What do you specialize in?
  • Do you have any special certifications or qualifications?
  • Have you done the style I want before?Interiors of a luxury salon.

Go to a Reputable Salon
Always choose a reputable salon location, which has great ratings, good customer service, and love for their customers. You don’t want to end up at a hole in the wall location with less than adequate staff. Check out reviews online, and do some research before actually opting for the salon you want.

Woman paying for her hair styling at a salon.

You Get What You Pay For
Choosing a master stylist will cost you more than seeking out a newbie stylist – but truth be told, you get what you pay for. The same applies for choosing the location for your appointment. Sub-par salons will offer sub-par service. Don’t take the risk of hating your experience – if you want good quality service and a fabulous new hair style, pay for quality.

Woman discussing her hair style with the hair dresser.

Have an Engaging Conversation
Stylists usually love to talk with their clients during the process of whatever service you are opting for. Enjoy a nice, casual, engaging conversation with your stylist to build a relationship and rapport. If you connect well with that particular stylist, and you love the overall look of your hair, be sure to stick with that stylist in the future and ask for them by name.