Finding the Right Fit for YOU
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Sometimes the hardest part of finding the right hairstyle is finding the right hairstylist.
Do you vibe with them?
Do they speak your language?
Are the products they use the in line with the guidelines you try to live by?
Are they honest about what to expect?
Do they show you how to keep and maintain that style?
There are so many things that go into a successful stylist relationship, that we thought we might give you a few tips that we love for finding the right stylist for you.
1. Research Local Salons & Stylists
One of the best and most authentic ways to source a stylist is social media.
There are so many platforms out there, but we are huge fans of Instagram for finding inspo, locally and from afar. As stylists, Instagram is one of our top places to share our work, so naturally it’s often the best place to find great work for clients that are on the hunt!
Since there is so much work out there, we recommend using hashtags to curate your search, grouping things with local searches, like #minneapolishair or #612haircrew, or broad searches like #fashioncolor or #hairgoals to see if any of your favorite looks have some trends to keep an eye out for.
As you scroll through hundreds of images that flood your feed to find the look that catches your eye, tap on the images to check out the salon or stylists’ profile pages. From there you can check out more of their work, or even tagged photos of them from their existing clients to get a vibe for some of what they do.
Of course, Instagram isn’t the only way to check out potential stylists, checking out reviews on yelp, google, and even the booking software (we use Vagaro) to see what real customers are saying could be the path to a new stylist too.
Social media may be “the new word of mouth” but don’t forget there’s still the original word of mouth which is perfect for those that aren’t big on technology. Stylists don’t post everything they do, they often share just a small fraction of their lives online, so chatting with friends and coworkers, or in online groups may be the key to discovering resources you never knew you had. No one that loves their stylist is ever keeping it a secret, and we can say that from experience.
2. Ask the Right Questions When You Decide on a New Stylist
Years of experience aren’t everything.
We all see credentials and accolades hanging on the wall at a doctor’s office, and it gives us great comfort to know they put in the work, but this doesn’t necessarily translate in the stylist world.
Your first question to a stylist might be, “How many years have you been cutting hair?” Which is totally valid! But we’re here to tell you that the years alone aren’t everything, it’s what we fill that time with. Wisdom may come in the form of experience, but in this day and age even the freshest stylists are continuing education constantly, learning new techniques and keeping up on the ever changing trends.
A really great stylist is always working to continue their education in order to provide their clients with the best course of action for them as our industry evolves. Better than asking “how long… ” we should enqure “how often” about the stylist’s educational background. How often the stylist enrolls in educational experiences, how often they seek out courses or events, how often their salon facilitates education… It may surprise you.
Our rule of thumb at Fox Den Salon is the more education, the better. If the stylist you’re visiting cares about you as their client, their career, and their industry, you can rest assured that they’ll be “in the know” of all new innovative trends and technology.
3. Take the First Step & Consult with A New Hair Stylist
Ok, you’ve done the research, what do you do with the information? How do you know if a stylist is still going to be the right fit for you?
Make an appointment at the new salon for a free consultation, or take the mini-leap of a conditioning treatment or blow out. This step allows you to personally meet the stylist and see their skills without breaking the bank (or potentially snipping off way too much). Use your time to ask questions about their expertise and accomplishments. Most importantly, get a feel of their personality to see if it fits with yours because when it comes to hair, communication is everything.
Education, accomplishments, years of experience, and portfolio play key roles but a stylist’s personality and your ability to communicate openly and freely about your needs will either make or break the deal.
and lastly and finally…
4. Make it Official!
The last step in finding the right fit is to formally establish a stylist-client relationship by pre-booking your follow up appointments to maintain your new look or get closer to your #hairgoals. We know the best relationships are formed when personalities compliment each other, but they are also best facilitated when they have some regularity.
At our salon, we are lucky to have a ton of great stylists with different skills, accomplishments, areas of focus, and personalities to suit the needs of most clients. From blunt, funny, and outspoken, to stylists that are humble, honest, and to-the-point, we try to keep our staff as diverse as the clientele that our community needs.
If you find yourself loving your space and the vibe but not quite clicking with the stylist, there is no shade in trying out another stylist in the same salon company! Great stylists know that what we have to offer isn’t right for every client out there, and we would rather see your shining smiling face sitting in a chair near us than not seeing you again. The work is important, but so is personality and communication styles, and we want our clients to feel comfortable with their stylists on all fronts.
The reason people stay twenty years with a stylist is that they like how their stylist makes them feel. Many of us stylists have had colleagues take care of our clients in our absence, and trust them to do a great job, but we also know that we’ll often return to the familiar “I loved them! They did a great job but they just aren’t YOU!”
I hope this helps in finding your perfect hairstylist.
Don’t forget to do your research, find your hair inspiration via social media, the web or your community. Think about scheduling a complimentary consultation or making a relatively inexpensive “test” appointment before diving head-first into a new hairelationship. Most importantly, know that you’re a beautiful and unique soul and you should hold out for the personality that fits yours like a glove so that you and your “hairapist” can conquer the world (or at least the next big hair change!)
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