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What to Look For When Visiting a New Hair Salon

Jul 23, 2008
If you are considering a visit to a salon that you have not been to before, then make an appointment for an initial consultation before you book a haircut or color. These are very often free and can save a lot of heartache in the future.

Use your time at this appointment to look for the following issues that could mean that you are not going to get the attention and service that you require.

What type of atmosphere are you looking for? Are you looking for an outing to socialize and visit with others while getting your service of hair, face, toes or massage? Or, are you looking to enjoy getting a service done in a more private setting? Then a salon that has a location that puts clients in front of a window with foot traffic walking by may not be for you.

A salon that services there clients in individual spaces may also be considered. A salon that maintains a quieter atmosphere with soothing music, less talk, would lend to a relaxing experience.

Do the staff and management all seem to be friendly with each other (albeit in a professional way) as well as with the clients? If there are signs of friction between the staff then you run the risk of a bad day being taken out on your hair!

Does the staff answer personal calls on their cell phones while they are with clients? If so then they are probably not paying the amount of attention to their client as they should.

Inquire with the receptionist about cancellations among the staff. Is the staff attentive? How long did you have to wait in reception to book your appointment? These are signs that will show you how seriously the staff takes the client/hairdresser relationship, as well as their level of professionalism.

Is the salon clean and tidy? Are dirty towels left hanging around rather than being put out of site quickly? Does your gown smell clean and fresh? Is the equipment well maintained and clean? Remember that it will be used on your own hair at your appointment.

If you are not happy with any of the above, then do not feel obliged to follow up your initial consultation with another appointment. It is important that you feel totally at ease with your hairdresser and your surroundings before you let anyone near you with the scissors!
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Susie Brown owns an online Beauty Supply Store, where you can find all your Favorite Brands of Beauty Products.
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