When you’re away at college, chances are your hair won’t wait for a cut until you go home for a visit. If you’ve always gotten your hair cut at your parents’ stylist, this means you’ll be stepping into new territory by choosing your own hair salon and stylist. Try these tips to find the right stylist for you and set up your first hair appointment at college.
Ask for referrals
Happy customers with great cuts are your best bet for finding a good stylist. If you see an upperclassman who has an especially attractive haircut, asking where the student goes for a cut may help you find the perfect stylist for you.
Consult with the potential stylist
Ask a variety of questions of the person who will potentially cut your hair, focusing on how the stylist plans to work with your type of hair and how she plans to give you the kind of style you want.
Most stylists have books filled with potential styles that you can flip through to find what you want, and some salons even have computer technology that allows you to scan a picture of yourself and then click on the various styles to see how they look on you. Once you’ve pinpointed your favorite style, before getting started, make sure that the stylist feels confident about giving you that same look.
Take a good look around
Does the salon look clean and well-run? Do the customers seem happy and satisfied? Do you like the work done on the hair of other customers? Do you feel comfortable in the salon?
Also analyze your stylist. What does her hair look like and how well does she present herself?
Be very clear with the stylist about how you want your hair cut, and don’t be afraid to communicate what you think of the cut as it progresses. If you find that you don’t like the direction the stylist is heading in, let her know immediately before she makes cuts that can’t be taken back. A good stylist will hear you when you speak and react according to your wishes.
Know the etiquette
Besides paying a hairstylist for the cut, you should also tip her. Generally, a customary tip is 15 percent to 20 percent of the cost of the cut. Also remember that for hairstylists, time is money. She will set aside time for your appointment, so if you aren’t able to make it in time or have to cancel, give her as much advance notice as possible. If you’re going to be 10 minutes late, they’ll probably appreciate a call letting them know.
Now that you know what to look for in a hair stylist, find the one for you!