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.