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How to Choose the Right Hair Salon

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Finding the right hair stylist can be right up there with finding the right partner. Your relationship with your stylist requires just as much communication and trust, and if it goes wrong it can be just as embarrassing and expensive!

So if you’ve just moved to a new city, or your hair is begging for a change, then it’s time to suss out local hair salons to find the perfect match.

Once you’ve got your free quotes from hair salons in your local area through Oz Beauty Quotes, you need to sift through them and decide which one is the best fit for you. Here are our top tips for finding a hair salon and stylist that you’ll be more than happy to commit to.


#1: Check their website

The majority of hair salons will have their own website, or at the very least a Facebook page. This is a great place to start when researching the salon and getting a feel of what they do, the services they provide, their hair stylists and overall atmosphere.

It’s also a great way to get an idea of their relationships with their customers and clients. Have people left positive comments or testimonials? Is there a strong focus on customer service?

It’s important to also know what you’re looking for. Do you want a stylist who’s modern and edgy, or one that is more classic and traditional? Look at photos of the salon (if they have them) and the types of cuts they specialise in to find one that reflects what you want from your hair stylist. 


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If you really want to get a feel of the place, you can even drop in for a visit. Most hair salons will be happy to answer any questions you have, even if you haven’t booked an appointment.


#2: Find out what they do

Make sure the services they provide and the experience of the hair stylist is relevant to you. This is especially important if you have a very specific type of hair such as curly, ageing, coloured or processed hair, because you’ll need a specially trained hair stylist who knows how to work with it, what sort of styles suit it best, and how to keep it healthy as well as looking fantastic.

If you can’t find the information you need from their website, don’t be afraid to give them a call or drop into the salon. 


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#3: Look at prices

It’s important to find a stylist that you can afford, but at the same time, you need to remember that low prices shouldn’t be the deciding factor because more often than not, you’ll get what you pay for.

Make sure you can afford regular visits, but don’t just go for the cheapest – instead, do your research and choose a salon that uses high quality products, has highly trained and specialised stylists, and are reliable enough to do a good job every time.

Something else to keep in mind: a good hair salon will have regular clientele and won’t need to advertise special offers very often. So if they are keeping customers without a problem, it’s usually a sign of a good reputation.


#4: Book a consultation

It’s always a good idea to test out the place before booking a complete restyle. Most hair salons will be happy to provide a free consultation, where you can talk to your preferred stylist about your ideas for your hair and their recommendations. You need to be able to build a good relationship with your stylist, and this is the perfect approach to take to see if it goes both ways.


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If you like what you get out of the consultation, start small with booking a shampoo and blow dry or perhaps just a trim. These short bookings can tell you a lot about the salon, the stylist and the overall experience.


#5: Do your part

Once you’ve found a hair stylist and a salon that you love, do your part to foster the relationship. Your loyalty is important to them – loyal customers usually get great treatment, they’ll try to fit you in on short notice whenever they can, and they’ll get to know you on a personal level which means they’ll have a much better ability to style your hair to suit your personality as well as just your face shape.

Plus, going to a stylist that you know, like and trust makes the whole experience much more comfortable and relaxing. They’ll be familiar with your hair and what you like, and you won’t have to sit through all those awkward “getting to know you” questions.

Most importantly, help your hair stylist do a good job for you by being clear about what you want, speaking up if you’re not happy, and respecting their time and ability. If you turn up late or have to leave in a rush, don’t expect a perfect result because they can only do so much. 


Blonde Woman with Fancy Hair Style


Respect their judgement – they are the experts, after all – and have realistic expectations about your hair. A great hair stylist will be able to steer you away from unworkable goals, but it’s best to be aware of the limits of your hair to avoid disappointment. If your hair is naturally curly, you can’t expect to turn it into stick-straight supermodel hair with just a style cut.

Remember, your stylist wants you to be happy with your hair just as much as you do. So do your part and build a relationship with them – your hair will thank you for it!