“A new hairstyle can make you feel like a new person,” offers UK celebrity hairstylist, Lee Stafford. “If you’ve been walking around with an outdated hairstyle, it might be time to take a look at the season’s trends and find one that will work for you. Great hairstyles can make you feel more confident and less self-conscious about your appearance. It can have such a great impact on your confidence, that who knows? You might just go out and buy a brand new wardrobe!”
Lee also understands how important it is to find the right hairstylist that you can trust. If you feel that you and your stylist aren’t on the same wavelength (you ask for one thing, but walk out of the salon with a totally different look), it might be time to find a new stylist!
Once you’ve made the decision to part with your old hair stylist, here are the next steps Lee advises you take…
#1 Ask around!
Ask your friends, co-workers or family members who they use to cut and style their hair and if they would recommend them. See a stranger with amazing hair? Tell them that you love their haircut and then ask who their stylist is.
#2 Do your research!
Once you’ve secured a recommendation or two, get on the Internet and read reviews. Check out Yelp! or Insiderpages.com to see what other people think about the salon or hairstylist.
#3 Go Prepared!
Congratulations, you’ve made an appointment at a new salon! However, your new hairstylist knows nothing about your hair’s past history. For example, have you ever used a relaxer? What’s your dye color? Since previous chemicals used in our hair affects how the next ones set in, it’s important to be upfront with a new hairstylist and fill them in on what you’ve had done in the recent past. In addition, remember, your new hairstylist is not a mind reader. Be very clear about what you want! If you don’t know what you want and are ok with giving them more creative license, that’s great too, but make sure they know what your limits are!
#4 Follow Up!
It might be a little shocking at first to completely change your hairstyle, but give yourself some time to get used to your new ‘do. Along the way, make a mental note or two about what you like and don’t like about your new haircut. Keep these in mind and share them with your new hairstylist at your next appointment. It might take a few appointments and some small changes to your new cut to get the look you want and start to develop a rapport with your new hairstylist.
Learn the 5 questions you should ALWAYS ask your hairstylist here.