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Tips to Find the Right Hairstylist

Cheryl Mascarenhas
When it comes to styling your hair, it all boils down to how comfortable you are with your hairstylist. We bring you a few pointers that will help you find the right hairstylist.
"Like a therapist, or the local barkeep, hairdressers are in a position of trust. We are transforming not just how a person looks but how they feel and, therefore, they want to tell us things."
―Tabatha Coffey
Today, most of us realize how important it is to present ourselves well. A lot is perceived by what we wear and the way we look. Our hair, for that matter, is one of the most important features that people definitely notice. Not to mention the fact that groomed and well-styled hair are desired and appreciated by one and all.
Which is why, we say, hairstyling is no mean task. To say the least, trusting a stylist with your hair for the very first time is like jumping into the realms of an unknown world, unsure of what you must expect.
Mildly put, from the minute you enter a salon to the point you leave it feeling glamorous, almost everything depends on the hairstylist you will be working with. It makes perfect sense then, to do a thorough research before settling on a particular stylist. The pointers mentioned here will help you find the right hairstylist.

Be on the Lookout

The best way to find a good hairstylist is to keep your eyes open. When you spot someone sporting a great hairdo do not shy away from complimenting him/her and eventually asking her about her hairstylist.
It is perfectly normal to go by word of mouth, be open to recommendations from friends, family, and neighbors. For obvious reasons, the hairstylist with the maximum recommendations is worth giving a try.

Silently Observe

It would do no harm to spend some time visiting reputed salons, and observing the hairstylist going about her job. Personally visiting salons will also help you determine if the hairstylist is skillful/competent enough to trust your hair with.
Observe how the hairstylist interacts with customers before and during the styling process. The smile of contentment across customers' faces after every haircut or color job is indicative of their satisfaction with that particular hairstylist. In short, you would love to work with someone who does not fail to make an impact by the work she leaves behind.

Interact with the Hairstylist

While most of us go by word of mouth, and trust our sight to guide us, we should not rule out the benefit of personally interacting with the hairstylist. Getting a one-on-one with the hairstylist will acquaint you with her qualification, interest, and inherent talent.
You can also check her portfolio, and go through her previous work. Do not shy away from asking as many questions as you want related to hair styling. The point is, if she can calm you and manage to assure you of good work, be certain that you will leave the salon satisfied with your hairdo.

Take a Chance

The only way you are going to know if you like a work or not is by giving it a try. Experiment with some minor changes for the first time.
Remember, the way your stylist deals with your hair is important to help you choose the right one. Trust is an important factor here, which means that you have to blindly trust your hairstylist to do a good job at least the first time around.

Ask for Other Recommendations

If you are not comfortable with a particular stylist, it makes sense to ask around for recommendations of other stylists in the same salon. After all, it's your hair and you definitely have a say in this matter.
If your stylist is not comfortable doing a particular style, it is completely okay to ask for other recommendations. In short, keep your options open when it comes to hairstyling.

The Deal lies in the Details

While you are sitting in the salon observing your potential hairstylist, make it a point to pay attention to the overall work environment. Observe how your stylist works.
The way she greets and interacts with her colleagues and customers will help you judge her and her work better. Ensure that the workstation as well as the equipment used for styling are clean and regularly sterilized. Check the overall cleanliness of the salon before you decide on the hairstylist.
When searching for a hairstylist, remember, what works for one person need not work for another. Eventually, it is a matter of personal choice and comfort. Hair is, after all, an important asset of an individual, and he/she ought to be comfortable with the stylist doing his/her job.