Types of salon services

Hair salons offer a wide array of cosmetic services for men and women. The services a hair salon offers vary greatly by location. Some shops offer primarily services for hair, such as cuts, styling and color. Others offer full-service salon treatments, with everything from cosmetic applications to body wraps.

You'll also find salons specifically designed to service male customers.

When finding the right hair salon, research ones in your area to find one that matches your taste. Be sure to check the local reviews, and don't hesitate about asking to see a hairstylist's portfolio. Most salons will offer a free consulation so you can get to know a hairstylist and his or her approach.

Most hair salons offer the these services:

• Haircut
• Shampoo and conditioning
• Coloring
• Permanents
• Relaxer
• Shine treatment
• Deep conditioner
• Brazilian or Keratin treatment
• Hair extensions
• Weaves
• Styling

Full-service salons also offer additional treatments:

• Waxing
• Hair removal
• Cosmetics
• Manicures and pedicures
• Massage
• Body wraps
• Aromatherapy
• Facials
• Peels
• Masks

Types of barber services

Barber shops differ slightly from hair salons, in that they typically cater to a male clientele. The stylists are trained to typically cut short, traditional styles, such as buzz cuts, flattops and fades. The typical services at a barber shop include the following:

• Haircut
• Shave
• Facial massage
• Beard and mustache trim
• Skin treatments

The best way for men to choose between a hair salon and a barber is to think about what you want. Do you want additional services beyond a basic haircut or are you looking for a traditional go-to cut? Do you like to go to a shop that caters to men, or do you not mind women getting their hair done at the same salon? It's really a matter of personal preference.

How to choose a nearby hair salon

For many, a relationship with the man or woman who cuts their hair is very personal. It's essential to do your research before choosing a new hair stylist or barber.

Here are some tips:

1. Ask for recommendations. Ask your local friends, family members and coworkers — anyone whose hairstyle you like — for recommendations. Then, check out the reviews on Angie's List to find out the real deal from other members about stylists in your area.

2. Book a consultation or just stop by. Once you've gathered recommendations for a few nearby hair salons, book a consultation. Many salons offer free consultations where you can meet with your stylist before he or she cuts your hair. If not, you can still stop by the salon before you book your first haircut. While you're there, watch for potential red flags. Is the staff professional? Do they treat you with courtesy? Also, keep an eye on the other customers. Do they look happy? Are they getting the same kind of services and treatments you're looking for?

3. Talk with your stylist. Your consultation provides you with the opportunity to ask your stylist all about their experience and the way you like to style your hair. Talk about any difficulties other stylists may have had with your hair or its particular characteristics. Make sure you can communicate well with your stylist to ensure you'll feel comfortable with him or her in the future. 

Doing some research before choosing a hiar salon or barber may take time, but it will more than pay off when you find one you really admire and trust.

How much do hair salons charge?

Price ranges for hair salons and barbers vary greatly. Though you can pay anywhere from $10 to $300 for a haircut, the average cost of a haircut runs around $50 for women and $31 for men. Color or highlight application can cost $40 and up. Expect to pay around $45 and up for updos.

The location of the hair salon, the types of services it provides, the experience it provides, and the quality of the products it uses all contribute to the price of services. Prices also vary by length of hair and the complexity of the service provided.

How much do barbers charge?

Barbers typically charge less for a haircut than salon, typically between $12 and $18 per cut. Expect to pay around $30 or more for a deluxe, hot-towel shave.

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Kathy Martin

Subject: Hairdressers

I don't blame you, I would have done the same thing! My time is just as valuable as theirs! If a stylist has a walk in come in just before they have a scheduled appt. They should hand them off to another stylist in the salon, most salons have more than one stylist on the premises at all times.

Carol Caswell

Subject: Hairdressers

As with other appointments, I expect not to be kept waiting 5-10 minutes beyond my appointment time. And if for some (good) reason it goes beyond that, I do expect to get an apology from the hairdresser, etc. I left one salon because I was left waiting 45 minutes just because a customer came in without an appointment & was taken before me (who had an appointment). And the hairdresser didn't apologize. Needless to say, I didn't have my hair done that day by her and never went back.

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