Hair, there and everywhere
Finding the right hairstylist is nearly as difficult as finding the right mate. The stylist-client relationship involves trust, communication and loyalty and, just like dating, finding a stylist can be awkward and expensive— repairing a botched cut or a dye mishap can cost you hundreds of dollars, not to mention your dignity.
But there are ways to save money— and sanity. Here, a host of local and national hair experts offer their advice on how to find a salon and stylist, and how to keep costs down once you’vemet your match.
Do some research. The easiestway is to ask people with a style you like where they go. “Usually people are more than willing to talk about how wonderful their stylist is,” says Jacqueline Tarrant, owner of Chicago’s Style InfinityHair Trauma Center. Tasha Turner, senior beauty editor at Essence magazine, suggests visiting potential salons. “Just because you walk into a salon doesn’t mean you have to get your hair done— take the time and sit down in the seating area and see what comes out of the chairs,” Turner says.
Ask about discounts. Complimentary consultations are standard practice, and many local salons offer special events, free treatments on select days, free bang trims and client loyalty programs. Be sure to find out what the salon’s policy is for unhappy clients: Will a stylist fix the problem for free? How long do you have to determine if you love it or loathe it?