Tips for a Successful Consultation

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Consultations are a necessary evil when it comes to your salon experience. Whether you are starting a relationship with a new stylist or changing up your current look, a consultation might be in the cards to ensure you and your stylist are on the same page. During this 15 minutes, your stylist can get a better understanding of your hair type, the direction you are looking to move in, and produce a game plan so they are able to hit the ground running at your next appointment.

When we Recommend you Start with a Consultation

Building a new relationship with a stylist

The first appointment with a new stylist doesn’t have to scary if you test the waters first. Just taking 15 minutes to describe exactly what you do or (even more importantly) what you don’t want with your new service provider can calm your nerves. After this initial appointment, you should be able to get a feel for their personality and whether you would like to move forward with the planned services.

Changing up your current look

So, you have a regular stylist who has you on a set hair journey in hopes to achieve your dream hair, but you saw something on Pinterest that might put a kink in that plan? We would highly recommend scheduling a consultation with your stylist to let them know what you are looking for and find out if it is right direction for your hair. This doesn’t have to be on a separate day, you can just ask to schedule your next appointment 15 minutes earlier than your previously scheduled appointments. This will give you and your stylist plenty of time to talk through the upcoming change.

Here are a few services we recommend scheduling a consultation beforehand:

  • Extensions

  • Color Correction

  • Perms

  • Keratin Treatment

The Only Thing you Need to Bring to your Consultation

Pictures of others

Visual representations can make a world of differences when it comes to having a successful consultation. Images are the easiest way to express your likes and dislikes to your stylist. We recommend grabbing screen shots of hair styles and colors that you see on Instagram and Pinterest but be aware of those pesky filters. Try to find images from other salons or stylists, as they are less likely to use filters to alter their work.

Pictures of yourself

We all know how we wear our hair to make us feel the most confident but do not always come rolling into the salon looking that way. Come with selfies that show off your best hair days and if you have them, your worst. Seriously, the more visual examples you can provide the better you’ll feel in the chair.

Below are images from our Instagram with the stylist linked for inspiration

Questions you Should Ask During your Consultation

  • What is the best haircut for my face shape?

  • Will this style work well with my hair texture?

  • Will this color process compromise my hair?

  • What is the maintenance of this color service?

Shea Kelly