You’re sitting in the salon chair. Your stylist is behind you, scissors in hand. You’re stressed out about changing up your look. What if it doesn’t look as good as the picture? What if I’m not meant to rock a side bob?
On top of this, you’re juggling other worries like making small-talk and communicating your desires to your stylist.
There’s no doubt that hair salon anxiety is a real thing. Seeing as many people become nervous at just the thought of going to the salon, it’s comforting to know that you’re alone. It’s also comforting to know that you can overcome hair salon anxiety. A little preparation will go a long way in quelling your worries.
Here are some tips that will make your next hair salon experience go smoothly:
Take Care of Your Hair at Home
Stylists are artists, not magicians. It is difficult for them to work with damaged, brittle hair. They will take longer and won’t be able to produce the results you’re looking for.
So, it’s important to take care of your hair at home, especially if you don’t frequent the salon.
Invest in a high-quality shampoo and conditioner. Regularly washing and conditioning will keep your hair healthy and well-nourished. For additional moisture, use a natural conditioner like organic castor oil. This will ensure your stylist has a beautiful, healthy canvas to work with.
Some people forgo washing their hair before their appointment. After all, your stylist is going to do it anyway. Why waste the effort?
Clean hair will help your stylist give an accurate consultation. It will also ensure they provide the best results.
Book Your Appointment at a Good Time
Many people set up their next appointment when they check out. You can also call the salon or book online.
When booking your appointment, don’t take the slot right before work or an event you have to be at. Choose a time when you won’t be rushed. This will help you feel calm and ensure your stylist can take their time.
Also, try avoiding peak times. Evenings and weekends tend to be super busy. Midday appointments during the middle of the week will help you dodge crowds.
Bring in a Reference Picture
One of the worst mistakes you can make? Not knowing what you want before going to the salon.
Don’t choose a hairstyle at random from the/ salon’s magazines. Do some research on exactly what you want. This way, you’ll have thought the decision through and can clearly explain your vision to your stylist.
If possible, bring in a reference picture. Your stylist will appreciate having something to go off of.
A note on reference pictures: Manage your expectations. Hairstyles look different on everyone. And, you will likely have to style it a certain way to achieve the same look.
Expect to Buy Products
Your stylist isn’t trying to get money out of you by recommending products; they have your best interest in mind.
The right products will keep your hair healthy and help you style it. So, expect to buy products at your appointment.
Going to the salon can be stressful. However, you’ll have a better experience if you prepare for your visit beforehand. With these tips, you will set yourself up for a successful experience.