I was talking with a client the other day about her struggles in trying to find the right hairstylist. She literally cried when I finished her cut because she said, "I didn't know I could look this good again". This is why I do what I do. I LOVE asking the right questions and taking the time to listen to a client during our consultation. It's shocking to know how many stylists out there aren't thorough enough! The consultation is the most important part of what we do!
She was telling me about how difficult it is to find a hair stylist when you move or when your stylist leaves, and it got me thinking. Finding a hair stylist is part of your 'team' of self care, along with your dentist, your doctor, your yoga teachers, massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, what have you, and it can be a daunting task.
I immediately had answers for her in how to efficiently and effectively find a good hair stylist out there, and wanted to share with you. You may also refer to my article I wrote about one of the elements you must look for when finding the right hairstylist here. But there is another tool you can use that I'll share with you.
I was lucky enough to start out my career in an AVEDA Lifestyle salon, followed by working at the Ouidad Flagship salon in L.A., then a L'Oreal Professional salon on Newbury Street in Boston, a J.Beverly Hills salon and now a Paul Mitchell Focus salon on Cape Cod, as well as lots of advanced education in NYC at Arrojo Academy and the Advanced AVEDA academy. What I realize is that when you work underneath an established brand like these, you're armed with so much education, incentives, motivation, culture, and professional tools.
So, if you're a client seeking a stylist, just go to the source! Seek out the network of professionals that work in these type of franchised/affiliated salons, or other brands that you follow or like. You can do a salon locator search on the Ouidad website, the Arrojo website, the AVEDA website, Paul Mitchell and L'Oreal Professional. When you find a salon in these networks, you're guaranteed that the stylists have gone through rigorous training and finished their apprenticeship program to hone all the skills that are necessary. Granted, you'll get a different approach/style, because we are artists after all, but having a stylist with a great foundation will help you feel confident while in the chair!
It's also important for stylists to seek out salons that are focus driven so that you can be a part of a culture and a craft that will really help take you to the next level. Salons that retail lots of different products and color lines may be great, but don't have that focused training on the importance of being part of a brand and culture to allow for proper professionalism, skills and education. It's SO fun to be part of something like this as a stylist and a client/guest!
So, even though the task can be daunting, whether you're looking for a new stylist or salon, it can be a really exciting experience as well, exposing you to some amazing brands out there.