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Going to the salon is almost like an event for some people. Getting away from household duties, school or work or just because, a salon experience should be a relaxing one. From the welcome to the completion of the service, people want to feel special and look beautiful a well.

Today, salon visits are becoming more and more expensive, and that leaves a lot of customers to rethink their budget and how often they will visit a salon. Getting the most for the money is often a top priority. There are also concerns of sacrificing quality over price, but just because you pay more does not mean you will get the best for your money.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a stylist:

 Do they provide a consultation? Consultations are the most important part of a salon visit. Knowing the client’s hair history, regimen, needs, issues and desired style is key to establishing a great relationship between the stylist and client. There are things that can be determined during a consultation that can prevent errors and negative experiences.

Are they courteous? While you want to have the best of the best, you want to feel respected in the process. If someone greets you in a cold manner or is disrespectful to you or others in your presence, this can change your whole experience. Making the choice to stay at an appointment or with a stylist can be made or broken by their overall attitude.

Are they experienced? Many stylists begin their career already doing well at one or two things. It could be braiding, sew ins, color or hair cutting, but few are great at everything. If you are looking for a certain type of stylist (ie. One great with curly textures or one knowledgeable in trendy styles) it’s a good idea to ask about their skills or to see a portfolio.

Are they reasonable? Price is a big deal when it comes to hair and skin care. While some are worth the rates they charge, some charge what they do because of the lack of availability in their area or due to what the current trends are. Just as relaxers used to cost $60, and now may be about half that price, whatever someone’s rate is should be based on their ability to perform and the time it takes to do so. The average price for natural hair salon services are $40 and up. Of course, there are other factors the customer may not consider that is included in the price they pay for salon services, such as the cost of products used as well as the intricacy of the style you are seeking. Salon utilities, location and equipment also factor into the cost of services.

 

Here’s how to get the most out of your visit.

 

Ask questions. This is not to annoy them or to challenge their capabilities, but it is to getting an understanding of what they are doing and to understand how you need to care for your style in between salon services. It’s nice to trust your stylist, but it helps to also know what you can do to keep your hair healthy at home.

Be Specific. It helps to have a vision of what you are looking for in a style, color or haircut. If you aren’t able to explain what you are looking for, it is best to take pictures to show them what you are looking for.

Be Understanding & Realistic. When you are looking for a certain style, it is best to know if it is a style, color or cut that is suitable for your hair. For example, color looks different on straightened hair than it does on curly hair-so results truly do vary.

Speak Up. If you are in the process of having your hair styled and you aren’t sure of something, speak up and ask a question or be honest about it. This way you will still have a chance to make changes before you leave disgruntled. Give your stylist a chance to fix the issue or address it to satisfy your concerns.

Be on time. Many stylists have other clients or a very busy schedule, so be sure that you can make the appointment you set. As a courtesy, if you will be more than 15 minutes late, call them or plan to reschedule, as appointments are made with an allotted time to complete the style without rushing or overlapping.

Having an excellent experience at a salon depends on the collaborative efforts of both the stylist and the client! Work together to ensure that both are satisfied with the experience and be wise enough to know when it is time to supplement salon services or to part ways.