One of the scarier moments in life is walking into a brand-new salon and sitting down with a stylist you don’t know. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Come prepared with just a few simple bits of information and an open mind and you’ll be communicating beautifully with your new stylist in no time. Here are five tips to help you get a look you love.
Pictures are worth a thousand words, especially when it comes to hairstyles. Bring a visual aide with you and show the stylist what you’re looking for. There is a lot of different terminology in the hair world, so a picture will make sure you and your stylist are on the same page. One simple way to collect visuals is to save looks you love on your phone between haircuts. Or create a Regis Salons account above and save looks from this site to “My Favorites.” Those are just two easy ways to ensure you’ll have a variety of visuals to show off come new-style time.
Make sure that the style you’re after will be appropriate for your lifestyle. If flat ironing and curling isn’t part of your daily routine, make sure the style doesn’t require it. Additional factors like your hair type, hair health, and amount of time styling you can dedicate per day, will dictate the types of styles that will work for you.
Be open to recommendations.
Have the stylist recommend the correct products and tools you’ll need to achieve the look you are going for. It won’t do you much good if you have a look you absolutely love leaving the salon but no plan for how to style and maintain it going forward. But with the correct tools and products, not to mention knowledge, you’ll be able to pull off this killer new look again and again.
Stylists are not mind readers. Let them know what you like and more importantly what you don’t like. Tell them about the challenges you’re having with your hair, about your favorite looks and trends, and about the “bad” haircuts and styles you’ve had in the past. This will allow them to find solutions and looks that you’ll be happy with.
It’s definitely easy to treat your trip to the stylist as an off day. A ponytail and sweatpants, and you’re off. But another extremely helpful way for your stylist to get to know you is to head to the salon in what you wear on an average day. Showing your personal style will allow the stylist to see what you are really like day to day, and to find a look that complements it.