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Transitioning to a new stylist

May 19, 2014

Transitioning to a new stylist

Have you ever found yourself in need of a new stylist? Maybe you’ve decided that you need a change, became dissatisfied with results, and had a bad customer service experience or maybe you are relocating. The reasons you want a change may vary, but whatever they are, the task of finding a new stylist can sometimes be risky and adventurous! : )

Same Salon, New Stylist
Choosing a stylist in the same salon is the perfect scenario because you have an opportunity to meet and share vital info because your stylist will have records of your services such as color, highlights, perm, hair care etc. If you choose not to stay at your current salon, you could always ask your stylist to provide you with the history of your services and any chemical records such as color or perming, that would provide your new stylist instant information. You should be able to obtain your services records no matter what the case may be.

Relocating? Ask for a Referral
Relocating seems to be the most stressful scenario of all, and for some, can be as important as finding a doctor, dentist or even the right daycare for your children. Through all the hassle of relocating, the last thing you should have to endure is a less than standard hair service. Ask your stylist before you relocate if they know of anyone in your new area. This is not a guarantee that you will get the same level of talent, creativity or even professionalism, but it’s better than starting from scratch. If your current stylist can’t refer you to someone, than I would suggest making sure you visit them right before you leave to guarantee great results for at least the next 6 weeks. This will give you more time to settle in and greater opportunity to find a stylist that you are comfortable with.

Ask a Stylish Stranger
If your stylist doesn’t have a referral in your new location, then one solution is to ask someone that has similar hair to yours, whether it is the cut, color or highlights and simply compliment their hair and find out the name of the salon and stylist that they visit. Be extra sure to get the name of the stylist, because as you know, we are not all created equal when it comes to technique or creativity. If possible, get in touch with the salon and check to see if they offer complimentary consultations and schedule a one on one with that stylist, then you will time to chat, ask questions and get a feel for the stylist as well as the salon. If a consultation is not available, be sure and tell the receptionist that this is your first visit with the stylist and make sure that they take the time to chat with you and discover your hair care needs.

The Interview
No matter what method you use to find a new stylist, it is always important to ask key questions such as, how long have they been as stylist, do they participate in continuing education and what days they work. Think of searching for a new stylist as if you we conducting an interview to determine if you should hire them or not.  If you feel uneasy or uncertain, then I would suggest going with your gut feeling. Some people say, “It‘s just hair and it will grow back.” Those statements are true, but think about those six to eight weeks or more of growing out a haircut that you did not like or want in the first place. Be open and honest with your stylist and they should do the same thing for you.
I hope this will help you to make that smooth transition of finding another stylist not quite as stressful as it sometimes seems. I wish you all health, wealth, and happiness and fantastic locks wherever you may go.

Rafe Hardy
Artistic Creative Director Sexy Hair

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