December 15, 2014 Angela Melero Spotlight

How to Get the Most Out of Your Salon Experience

Don’t you just love that rush you get when you walk out of the hair salon with some shampoo-commercial hair? You feel great because you know you look great, and you float happily on Cloud 9 all day long. By the same token, a hair appointment gone wrong can invoke an equally intense feeling — of despair. Despite our best intentions and happy thoughts going in, an appointment can go south in a blink of an eye (or snip of a strand) if we don’t take the proper measures. Not sure what these measure are or how to get the most out of your salon experience? Take in these tips before your next appointment!

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1. Do Research on Your Stylist.

If you’re looking to try a new hair stylist, make sure to do your homework beforehand. Try an online booking platform that allows you to get vital info on top stylists in your area and allows you to see reviews of their past work. Our go-to booking source is StyleSeat.com, which allows you to research stylists, book appointments and even offers tips and inspiration for your next salon service.


2. Show Up With Clean Hair.

Make sure to wash your hair the day of your appointment. This rule is especially important for those looking to get their hair colored. When hair is clean, it allows for better color penetration as the dye won’t hit any hurdles like dirt or oil. Try a clarifying shampoo like Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo that will ensure squeaky-clean pre-salon hair!


3. Bring Pictures.

Sometimes words don’t do the best job in getting our message across. Pick out two or three images that best exemplify the look you’re going for. Also, for good measure, you might want pick out a couple that demonstrate what you don’t want. When it comes to your hair, it’s best to keep those bases covered.


4. Communicate What You Don’t Want.

When dealing with haircuts and color it’s best to over-communicate. Make sure you’re observing your hair service throughout the entire process and speaking up if you see something you don’t like. Don’t feel bad about objecting! Your hair is your crowning glory and should be treated as such!


5. Be Honest

You never want to walk out of a salon disappointed or unhappy with the finished product, er, hairstyle. If the final look is not to your liking or what you wanted, speak up! Are your bangs cut too thick? Are your layers too long and not the shaggy strands you were hoping for? Ask your stylist what can be done to get the look you want and communicate the things you are not crazy about.

What are your tips for getting the best salon experience? Spill in the comments below!

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