Hair Salon Etiquette

Hair Salon Etiquette

Would you like to know how to make a good first impression at the hair salon? Follow these 7 easy steps and your next visit will be a breeze.  Here is some salon etiquette to make a good first impression and have a great trip to the salon.

1. Be on time

No one likes waiting for their appointment, so show up early enough that if anything happens, they can still fit you in.  Not only is being late inconsiderate of your stylist’s time you make her late for all of her other appointments as well.  You wouldn’t appreciate waiting because someone else was late so respect their time.

2. Cancellations

Stuff happens and you may have to cancel an appointment or reschedule.  Most hairdressers have no problem with that…as long as you give them sufficient notice.  Time is money to a hairdresser so giving them enough advance notice to fill your time slot is the least you can do.  At least 24 hours notice is recommended if not more.

3. Ask questions

Your stylist is there to help keep your experience enjoyable and give you the best haircut possible so don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Ask for their recommendations as far as care for your style and the type of products you should be using on your hair.

4. Be honest with your opinion

If you don’t like your hairstyle or color then let them know, it will help establish better communication in the future.  Be tactful, you don’t want any hurt feelings but there is nothing wrong with being honest, especially if you love it.

5. Don’t come in with unrealistic expectations

Hairdressers can do some incredible things to make your hair look amazing, all that being said they aren’t miracle workers.  They can’t make thin hair thick nor will getting the “Rachel” turn you into Jennifer Aniston.  Talk to your hairdresser about the style you want and if they can make it work for you.

6. If something doesn’t feel right about the cut, speak up

If you think your stylist is cutting too much off, the color is wrong or anything else then speak up so they can fix it.  If you don’t tell them you can end up with a haircut you hate for months while waiting for it to grow out.

7. Tipping

Tipping is required however, it is customary.  As to how much you should tip, it is about the same as at a restaurant so somewhere between 15-20%.  Bear in mind that if you had an unruly child and the stylist did everything possible to make the situation better then be generous, they deserve it.

There you have it, everything you need to know about salon etiquette and how to be as courteous as possible to your stylist.

Surviving Baby’s First Haircut

Surviving Baby’s First Haircut

If you haven’t gone through the milestone of your baby’s first haircut don’t fret we are here to help you survive the process.  Yes, it can be stressful for both you and the little one but here are some tips for surviving baby’s first haircut.

When to Cut

There is no hard and fast rule as to when your child needs their haircut.  Some get trims as early as 8 or 9 months old and others wait until their child is 5 or 6 years old before heading to the salon.  You pick a time that you and your child are ready.  That being said there are some signs that your baby may need a haircut.

  1. Hair in their eyes: If your child is bothered by having hair in their eyes all the time, it may be time for a trim.
  2. Hard to maintain: If your child has constant bed head or it takes forever to comb out because they hate when you do it then shorter hair might make life easier for all of you.
  3. Uneven hair growth: Kids’ hair can grow in all directions, with longer hair in the front with soft fuzz in the back.  A haircut can even it out and make it look better.

The First Trip to the Salon

The first trip to the salon or barbershop is stressful for a bunch of reasons.  Your child is expected to sit still while a stranger is coming at them with scissors.  Even the most well-behaved child can get scared and that is why you should prepare before you come in.  Make sure you schedule a time when your child is awake and not hungry or exhausted.  Small children get tired in late afternoons or evenings so schedule a time that works for them.  You might even try pretend haircuts at home to get them used to the idea or take them with you when you get a haircut so the whole thing is not unfamiliar to them.

While you’re at the salon try not to get stressed out, kids know when mom or dad is stressed and they become anxious too. Bring toys so they have something to do or even snacks to keep them in one place.  You may have to hold their hand and chat with them to help them sit still.  Take them to a stylist that specializes in cutting kids hair, they will be more patient and know how to make kids relax.  They may even have to get the first haircut sitting on your lap.

How to Take Care of Colored Hair

How to Take Care of Colored Hair

Getting color done is one of the most time-consuming and expensive services to get done at the salon, it stands to reason that you want your color to look good as long as possible.  Not to mention that color treatments can damage your hair if not properly cared for.  All of that being said here is how to take care of colored hair and keep it looking amazing.

Stay Out of the Sun

The sun isn’t just bad for your skin it is hard on hair color too and you don’t have the option of putting sunscreen on your hair.  It can cause hair color to fade making it look drab and flat.  You will see it first on the crown of your head since that is where the sun hits first.  So if you plan on spending a day at the beach do yourself a favor and grab a hat.

Deep Conditioning

There are a ton of hair care products on the market made just for colored hair but your hair still can get very dry.  If you regularly use tools like straighteners or curling irons then you want to deep condition your hair at least once a month.  You can even find deep conditioners for your specific hair color that will moisturize and help keep the color from fading.  If you don’t have the time or cannot afford to get a deep conditioning at a salon then here’s one that you can do at home.

Get a Trim

Coloring your hair is a contributor to split ends and they make your hair look terrible.  While using the right products can help minimize the damage nothing beats a good trim.  Regular haircuts keep your style looking fresh and if you want to keep your hair long just ask your stylist to take off half an inch or an inch at most.

Use Good Products

There is no shortage of products on the market for color-treated hair, from shampoos and conditioners to styling products.  All of them vary in quality and price so ask your stylist for a recommendation.  You may think that regular shampoo will work just fine, you don’t want to strip your hair of the moisture and color that makes it look good.

Don’t Color Too Often

Getting your hair colored and then having your roots done a couple of months later is perfectly fine.  Having black hair one week, stripping all of the color out to go platinum blonde the next week is going to turn your hair to straw.  That is something that you want to avoid.

Give your hair time to recover between treatments  and using the right products can have you looking spectacular all the time.

How to Have a Good Experience at the Salon

How to Have a Good Experience at the Salon

Every woman has come home from the hair salon, looked in the mirror, and been utterly devastated by a bad haircut.  The cut is too short, the color is wrong and you start wondering what you will look like with a wig.  A bad haircut is worse than a bad hair day it is months of bad hair days and who wants that?  On the other hand, when you get a great haircut that you love your stylist becomes your new bestie.  Let’s look at how to have a good experience at the salon and avoid months of anxiety waiting for your hair to grow out.

Communication is Everything

According to Janet Nicol of MacGregor Hairdressing, you need to be able to tell your stylist exactly what you want.  Bring pictures, that will make it easier.  Sit down with your stylist for a couple of minutes to discuss the type of hair you have, the style you want, and the color they all factor in giving you a style you love.  A good stylist will keep notes of your preferences on file for the next time that you come into the salon.

While we’re talking about communication, you need to listen to your stylist too, they will let you know if the style you want won’t work with your hair.  Here’s an example, if you have your heart set on a pixie cut but you have very curly hair you may end up looking like a Brillo pad.  Other styles are going to be a lot of work to maintain, beach waves may look easy but they require a blowout and styling every day to keep the look.

A Comfortable Salon

A salon is a place where you get pampered so you should be in a place that is warm and inviting and where you feel completely comfortable.  Can you chat casually with your stylist, are there magazines to read while under the dryer?  Is the waiting area comfortable?  Many salons offer water, tea or coffee for their patrons while they are waiting for their appointment.  The last thing you want is a salon that runs like an assembly line.  You also want a salon that is clean and sanitized regularly.  Do the stylists sweep up between clients?  Cleanliness is incredibly important.

Cost and Location

Lastly you want a salon that is close to your home or work, if you have to travel an hour to get to an appointment you won’t make them as often as you should.  You also want to find a salon that works with your budget.  A day at the salon is a day of pampering but you don’t want it to be a luxury that you can’t afford regularly.