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How to find the best hairstylist

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Two of the most important professionals to have in your life are a talented stylist and a reliable mechanic. This post will focus on the former.

When faced with the daunting task of finding a new hairstylist, most people will seek out their friends with enviable locks for referrals. If you find your whole crew is in need of a new look it’s best to take it online where one can find reviews--a good first step in your search. Websites such as Google and Yelp will provide ratings and reviews.

Along with reviews, look for photos of the stylist’s work on the salon’s website or Instagram account. A terrific way to see the capabilities of a stylist is to see their work, and before / after photos are a major plus! You will want to pay attention to the full range of work--you wouldn’t want to go to a salon that gives each client the same cut/color combo.

A well-rounded salon will have photos of the many services they offer. Examples of balayage or ombre, keratin treatments, extensions, and a variety of highlights and hair colors will reveal the variety and talent level each salon and hairstylist has to offer.

Once you have found a stylist with positive reviews and solid photos, set up an in-person consultation. It is extremely important to have a good relationship with your stylist and to feel that you have clear and open communication with them. You wouldn’t want to trust your hair in the hands of a mad scientist with their own agenda!

Hallie Gold from, in her article 9 Questions Your Stylist Wishes You Would Ask Them, suggests the following to cover in your consultation:

  • What Is the Overall Health of My Hair and Scalp?

  • How Can We Customize My Haircut to Best Suit My Face Shape?

  • Which Tones Look Best With My Eye Color?

  • What Hair Color Compliments My Skin Tone Best for This Season?

  • How Often Should I Be Shampooing?

  • What Shampoo and Conditioner Are You Using for your Own Hair?

  • What Is Your Professional Recommendation for Home Care?

  • What Styling Tools Will I Need to Duplicate This Look?

  • When Should I Schedule My Next Appointment to Maintain This Look?

After you have selected your stylist, it’s always a good idea to start small. Highlights and a trim, or a shampoo and blowout on your first visit is more appropriate than attempting to go from a brunette to a platinum blonde on your first collaboration (your nerves will thank you for this!). Once the trust is established you will then have an artist you can trust with your visions and whose opinion you value.

Cruise on over to our Instagram and check out our work...we look forward to serving you and forging the sacred bond between stylist and client. #bestsaloninaz #hairstylist #phxhairsalon #hairsalonphoenix #humblebrag #howtochooseastylist

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