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.