Five little things that you can do to improve your salon experience.
First, be sure you and your stylist are referring to the same thing. For example, a razor to you may be what the stylist calls clippers. Have the stylist repeat it to be sure you both understand what is expected.
Second, don’t ask for the impossible. If your neighbor’s niece dyed, cut, and permed your hair out of a box in your kitchen last week, and it didn’t result in what you wanted, don’t expect a miracle by the stylist. Sometimes, you may have to wait a few days before your hair would be able to respond to the treatment.
When the stylist says that a certain treatment may damage your hair, don’t insist on it anyway. If you treat it again too soon after a perm or coloring, your hair could turn into a weird color not on the color wheel. Your stylist would be happy to make another appointment for you. Don’t get angry at the stylist for saying no when what you are asking for is impossible. Say thank you that they have the integrity to be honest with you.
Third, don’t go to a stylist with your hair plastered in place with over the counter hair spray. It will need to be shampooed, conditioned, and restored. That could take an hour or more and yes, a stylist will charge for all those services.
Fourth, stylists are people too. They deserve a short break between customers. Don’t get upset if it becomes your turn after waiting for half an hour, and your stylist leaves the room for a few minutes.
Stylists receive hundreds of hours of training, and must pass a rigorous state board examination to get their license. So don’t insist on giving detailed instructions to the stylist, let the manager do that.
Fifth, encourage him or her by stating you appreciate their dedication to give you exactly what you wanted. Treat him or her as you want to be treated. Smiles help them do better; frowns will encourage them to get you out of the chair as soon as possible.
If you like your stylist, make an appointment for your next visit. Let your stylist get to know you, and you’ll discover you both benefit from the relationship. These five tips will improve your visit to your salon.