Hair Salon Etiquette for the ClientA visit to the salon is so much more than just getting your hair done. It is supposed be a soul soothing experience of rejuvenation, an oasis in the hustle and bustle of our lives out of which we emerge pampered, beautiful and at peace with the world. Having good salon manners helps to make the best of your visit and while most of it is truly common sense, we do tend to often forget the little things that can make the difference between getting bad service or getting the best service and a smile on your face.
In the hair salon the most important person for you is your stylist. While they have their own set of do's and don'ts, here is what you should consider as a mindful customer:
Before you visit the salon educate yourself about the type of hairstyle that you would like to have. Think about what might work with your hair and look good on you. Perhaps even try out different hairstyles with a virtual hairstyle software that you can find here. If you visit the salon with realistic expectations the chance to be disappointed becomes very low.
Be on Time
It is basic courtesy to be on time and it will always be in your favor. You might loose your appointment if you are too late and additional waiting time is no fun. Your stylist might have to rush and not give you all of the attention and care that you deserve and want.
It is nice to chat with your stylist about the ups and downs in life, but make sure to clearly communicate your ideas and wants for your hair. Tell him or her what you expect from your visit, how much time you usually spend styling your hair and how daring you would like to be. Be open for their suggestions and also make sure to find out the cost for all of the services of your visit before your hair gets wet. This is perhaps the most important part of your visit. Make sure you and your stylist are on the same page!
Curb the Chatter
We all know that our stylists also wear the hats of therapists and spilling your latest excitements and dramas in front of that big mirror and to their patient ears comes easy. Do not forget that this friendly person is working on your hair and even the most experienced hairdressers have to concentrate on what they do. Especially when it is a new cut or any service that requires a certain amount of creativity. Let them do their job and keep the conversation low key, positive and avoid rantings or heavy subjects. There is a time and place for that but it is not in the salon chair. As much as you might be drawn to your stylist, keep the relationship on a friendly professional level and don't try to be best friends and confidantes.