how-to-choose-the-best-hair-stylist-mickey-bolek“More and more clients of Michael Anthony Salon tell us that they are being stopped on the street by strangers or getting calls from friends asking where they get their hair done. I take that as a great compliment on behalf of the wonderful styling team here at Michael Anthony Salon. I also see this as an opportunity to offer tips for anyone who may still be searching for just the right personal hair stylist. Wherever you are, this one’s for you!” – Mickey Bolek (aka Michael Anthony)

Choosing the best hair salon

The easiest way to find a hair salon or hair stylist suited to your needs is to ask people with hair styles similar to what you want for a referral to their hair salon. These may be people you know or complete strangers that you see while you are out and about. Do not be shy. If you see a cute style that you have been unsuccessfully trying to achieve, ask the person which hair salon they go to. You may never get a chance to do so again.

Another thing that you can do to make sure that you choose the right hair salon is to schedule a consultation. A consultation allows you to “feel out” a hair salon before making a commitment. During a consultation, you can observe the different techniques that the stylists at the hair salon are using and how they interact with their customers. A consultation also gives you the chance to express what you want and receive feedback from a professional, all before the first snip is made.

A professional stylist will talk with you – and listen – to learn about your lifestyle activities, hair care routines and preferences, and will take stock of your hair type, hair condition, face shape, skin tones, and other physical features that may determine the best hair styles on you.

You may not have found your best hair salon if …

During your search for the right hair salon, there are some red flags that can be easily detected to warn you of impending disaster if you choose a particular hair salon. Here are just a few:

Dirt and grime. A clean hair salon is mandated by DC or the state in which you live, but some salons still tend to push the envelope where cleanliness is concerned. Look for sanitary procedures such as the use of clean combs and brushes and a clean work station. If a hair salon feels dirty, take that as a clue. Look at it this way, if the stylists of a particular salon do not take enough pride in their hair salon to keep it clean, why would they take pride in the work they do with their customers?

Professionalism. The hair salon is a work place as well as a gathering place, and you should feel like you have stepped into a professional yet friendly, customer-focused environment. Again, it’s all about pride. Hair stylists who take pride in their work will strive to create the right atmosphere for their customers.

Communication. Great communication is vital in a hair salon. Observe how the stylists interact with their customers (and each other). That is how they will interact with you.

In the end, it may take a little trial and error to find the right hair salon, but you can make your search easier by following the above advice. Always keep in mind, though, that choosing the wrong hair salon is not a death sentence. Simply brush yourself off and keep looking. And as always,

Enjoy your hair!