6 tips to find the best hair salons, get a great haircut

6 tips to find the best hair salons, get a great haircut

The search for the perfect hair salon is a lifelong quest for some women. And there's nothing worse than starting the search over after every failed haircut. The good news is, a great hair salon is out there - you just need to ask the right questions before you sit down in the chair.

  • Ask if the hair salon offers a free or low-cost consultation before the actual cut. It's important that you like the vibe of the salon and make a connection with the stylist before the scissors come out.
  • Personality is important, so make sure you feel comfortable talking to the stylist and that he or she understands your look and what style of haircut will work best on you. You don't have to be best friends, but the last thing you want is a "yes man." A hair stylist should feel comfortable telling you up front that the celebrity hair style picture you brought in just won't work on you.
  • If you have curly hair, make sure the hair stylist can handle it ahead of time. Ask what techniques they use. Odds are you've been in the chair for many stylists that don't do well with curly hair so talk about what hasn't worked for you in the past.
  • If coloring is important, ask if they have dedicated colorists on staff.
  • Ask about scheduling. Some hair salons get so booked you have to schedule months in advance. That can also be the sign of a great salon, just make sure you plan your appointments ahead of time.
  • If you aren't happy with the haircut once you get home, can you come back in for a touch-up? Some salons will fix the cut for free if you come back within the week.

Get our tips for breaking up with your hair stylist if you simply can't make it work with your current hair salon.

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The key to being happy with your hair stylist is communication. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathleen D.)
The key to being happy with your hair stylist is communication. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Kathleen D.)

Most salons give their clients a week or two to return free of charge. If you wait too long you might as well get another haircut.

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Subject: From Client's Point of View

I am looking yet again for a stylist who listens to me. I don't have much to say, but the comments I make are important to me.

To begin with, I want a short style. I mention that I have a cowlick at the crown of my head and I need to have that hair left longish. If it is cut too short, (without the weight that keeps it down) it stands straight up and I look like Dennis the Menace or Little Alfalfa, I have another cowlick at the nape of my neck. The hair there needs to be short. Stylists seem to want it long or a fringe. That hair grows to the left--it needs to be cut for that. You can't fight it, just go with it.
Then I turn them loose. I find that they haven't listened to me at all and just want to do their own thing like they do dozens and dozens of other times on other clients! Not all heads & hair are the same Duh!
I don't want to hear how tired my stylist is or that she/he is having a bad day, at least at my first visit. Of course, if I get to know someone personally after a time, all subjects are OK.




Debra Lester


Yes Honesty is the best policy, that should be true everywhere. There is a huge shortage of it everywhere. What are you to do when your salon misleads you about a procedure, wrecks your hair, then will not do anything about it?

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