Relationships go through a few similar patterns. The butterflies in the belly in a new relationship, the growing closeness and excitement of learning of one another, the natural ease of getting into a comfortable groove. The relationship you have with your stylist is no different. When you find a stylist that “fits” it’s a wonderful
Relationships go through a few similar patterns. The butterflies in the belly in a new relationship, the growing closeness and excitement of learning of one another, the natural ease of getting into a comfortable groove. The relationship you have with your stylist is no different. When you find a stylist that “fits” it’s a wonderful feeling. You feel excited about learning how he/she can bring out the best version of you and your hairstyle. Once all the kinks are straightened out (pun intended) you start to develop an amazing trust and unique partnership with your stylist. Together you both explore what looks and feels good for you but with any relationship, it takes work.
Hairstyles and trends, like relationships, are constantly evolving. Is your stylist evolving with the times or drumming out the same hairdo time and time again? How do you recognize both you and your stylist have fallen into a routine where you are asking for the same looks or your stylist is no longer being innovative or challenging themselves or you? Have you and your stylist (gasp!) become an old married couple?
Here’s a few questions to ask yourself to gauge where your compatibility lies with your stylist:
What’s your stylist’ communication style? Does he/she explain ideas clearly? Do they listen actively and hear your concerns?
Before any work is to be done, there needs to be a clear understanding between you and your stylist. While the hair is dry and before any shampooing begins, your stylist should first communicate with you about what your needs are. A thorough consultation helps the stylist establish a game plan for your new look based on your hair’s natural texture, face shape, and suitability. Your stylist should be able to teach you the ins and outs of a particular style you may be interested in before you commit to it.
Is the conversation between you and your stylist mostly about hair, beauty, and fashion, or is it about something else?
Going to the salon is a chance for you to be self-indulgent and relax. Your stylist is a big part of that experience but is it getting too comfortable? The salon experience can naturally evolve into a therapeutic one, however the main focus should take on the feel of an on-going consultation. Your stylist should be able to update your look each visit and give you some new recommendations to maximize your style. He/she stylist should be able to guide you towards a new look by showing you photos, educate you on styling tips and products to help you achieve the look at home. If your stylist is personable, conversation can definitely veer off topic, however make sure your hair concerns are addressed accordingly.
Is your stylist still excited about cutting, coloring, and styling your hair?
When you seek out a professional for services, you want that person to be the best person for the job. They should be knowledgeable on the latest techniques, products, and education for their field. Hair and beauty is no different. A hairstylist will commit to furthering their knowledge and education, and in turn you will reap the benefits. Having a stylist that is complacent or lacking creativity will only translate into a humdrum relationship and hairdo.
Like with any relationship, it takes two. Your stylist and you should be on the same page with ideas, communicating and the direction in which your style is evolving. Doing a little leg work, before your next appointment, can quickly communicate your ideas to your stylist. Try collecting photos from sites like Pinterest and Instagram of styles that you like. This can take all the guess work out of which length, texture, or color you might want. You can be proactive with the style change by sending your stylist photos of your desire hairstyles before your hair appointment. This will allow time for your stylist to think about what will be best for you. Sometimes getting yourself out of the style rut can be as simple as asking your stylist to spend a few minutes talking about your hair again. It’s a relationship that has been built on communication and trust. Both you and your stylist have a hand in making sure you have the most optimal salon experience. Being in tune with what your needs are and relaying that to your stylist will lay the foundation for a an ongoing successful relationship.