Are you new to the Santa Barbra area, or are you unhappy with your current salon? We have all felt frustrated or unheard by our stylist. Maybe your current salon is closing or your stylist has relocated. These are all some circumstances we may face. If you have 4 inch roots and would rather grow them to 6 inches then call your “ex-stylist”, well then my advice is for you.
The first thing you will want to do is what I call the inquire. This is where you are going to ask your friends, family, co-workers, well anyone you see with good hair. Maybe you see someone who has a color you like or hair type that is similar to yours, ask her. As a stylist and girl with good hair I can definitely tell you that word of mouth is the best form of advertising and most often the way you find a salon or stylist you will love.
Your next step is to become a detective. Now that you have conquered the first step and chosen the salon you would like to try check our the salons web site. What you will want to look for are reviews. Now keep in mind any good detective can figure out that if 9 of the 10 people are unhappy and take time and write to advise against this salon, well then your friend Jane Smith may have lower standards then your average girlie girl. I have to say as a stylist I have unfortunately had a dissatisfied client or two. It is a sad part of the business, but there are people out there who will never be happy no matter what you do or say. Other things to look for on the site if they have one is their price list. This could eliminate the salon from your prospective list right away if the prices are out of your comfort zone.
Last step I’ve coined the first impression. This is the phone call to book your first appointment. Now there is one thing I suggest before you even dial the number. It will be helpful for you to know what you are looking to get done. Now any decent receptionist will be able to answer all your questions. You don’t have to worry about those questions to much im going to tell them to you. You will want to let her know this is going to be your first visit to this salon (if she hasn’t asked yet). Then you will want to ask her if there is someone who can get you in for your services. If you have a difficult type of hair like curly or are looking for a specific style like an a-line cut , perm or a funky color, let her know, she will then be able to place you with a stylist who will be able to best serve your needs. This is key finding the stylist which is the more difficult part but really is the most essential to your salon experience. Your last few questions are suggestions and optional per your needs. I suggest if you are having a color done for the first time or a up-do style for a special event ask for a consultation these are usually free. Keep in mind some salons don’t take credit cards or checks and it may very from stylist to stylist, be sure to ask so you are prepared prior to your appointment. The last thing I suggest is ask about the salons cancellation policy most salons prefer 24 hours some don’t. Not many but a few do charge that is something you may need to know. Especially if you are forgetful or a busy mom.
Now that you have some guidelines for finding a salon I feel it is import while “seeking” the right salon for you to know what your needs and wants are to find the perfect fit for you.
Some things I would consider are:
- Is the salon staff and stylist helpful and friendly (do they gossip)
- Do they have a clean and safe environment (nice atmosphere)
- Is there a variety of services you are interested in (like a day spa)
- Moms, are they kid friendly if your kids need cuts. (posted signs like kids on leashes please)
- Is their men stylist or barber for the hubby.
- Are their hours of operation reasonable ( 12-4? Huh no thanks)
- What products do they use and carry (suave vs. pureology)
Now these are all suggestions and advice to help you find your home salon. Some or all of these may apply to you. I wish you the best of luck I know that in Santa Barbra there are many amazing salons and artist ready to serve you with blessed hands, open doors and hearts. Always remember to tip your stylist well.