Hair, there and ev­ery­where

The Washington Post Sunday - - DEAL HUNTER -

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?

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