Top Tips on choosing a new hair salon

Whether you’ve moved into a new area, your regular hair stylist has gone off on maternity, or you are just feeling generally dissatisfied with your hair of late, there are several reasons why you may be on the search for a good salon. Having experienced several stylists over the years, I know the rewards of finding that special someone who knows your hair and knows your taste. But with so many salons to choose from, finding your perfect hair mate can be an arduous task! Here is Curly By Nature’s top tips on choosing a new hair salon that’s right for you!


Ask Around

The next time you find yourself gawping at a stranger’s hairdo on the train, go over and ask them where they got it done! There’s nothing better than a personal recommendation, particularly when you can see the results for yourself. Friends, colleagues and family members can be very helpful when it comes to finding a new salon. Be sure to ask them the name of the actual stylist they went with as opposed to just naming the salon.


Browse Social Networks

Image-based social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest have become excellent tools for hairstylists and other artists to showcase their work. Luckily for us, this means we can find a stylist that does exactly what we’re looking for, based on real examples. If you’re browsing on Instagram, do a hashtag search with your area and the type of style that you’re after. A search with #braidslondon will bring up hundreds of London based hairstylists that specialise in braiding.


Don’t Go By Price

Although it can be tempting to assume that the most expensive or most overhyped hair salon is the best, this isn’t necessarily true! Don’t expect to love your new hairdo just because you’ve paid over the odds for it. It’s much more important to research the individual stylist that you have booked with rather than solely trust the hype of the beauty magazines. With that said, when it comes to beauty – time is money (very important when caring for curly types) and often if you want that superior customer service, quality products/ tools and undivided attention it will come at a price – at least every once in a while you should treat yourself to the experience – your hair, mind, body and soul WILL thank you for it!


Book a Consultation

Booking a consultation is a great way to decide if a new salon is right for you. Not only will you get the chance to meet your stylist and decide whether you’re on the same wavelength, but it will also give you the opportunity to get a real feel for the place. If the salon is clean, the stylist seems to understand what you’re after and the clientele has a similar taste to you, chances are you’ve made a good choice.


Know Exactly What You Want

Arguably every hair stylist’s bugbear is a client who is unclear on what they’re after or who has unrealistic expectations of what they’re trying to achieve. If you aren’t certain about what you want, you won’t be happy with the results of whoever you go with. Make a decision on the type of style, length, colour etc you’re going for before your appointment to avoid disappointment. And be realistic! You won’t transform into Angelina Jolie overnight no matter how talented the stylist is.


Take Baby Steps

Try not to book a complete cut, colour and restyle with a hairdresser that you’re trying for the first time! You can find out a lot about a new salon while having a simple wash and steam treatment. The competence of your stylist,  the attentiveness of the staff and the behaviour of the clientele will all be deciding factors in whether you choose to come back.

29 Responses

  1. This is a well-written article, Klerissa! I’m glad that I stumbled upon your article because I’m trying to find a new hair salon in my city. I think you’re absolutely right: it’s important to ask your friends and family who they recommend. I’ll be sure to ask my sister who does her hair. How much do you think a reasonable price for a trim is? Thanks for sharing these tips with us!

    1. The pleasure is all mine Lily! Prices for services including trims vary radically dependent on business size, location, overheads, level of service, plus more! Going to a high end boutique salon to get a trim versus having a freelance stylist doing a trim at your home (or their’s) will probably be a dramatic difference. What is important to consider is that you are usually paying for the time of an experienced expert. Trim only services range usually start from around £20-£60. What is most important is that you are happy with the results!

  2. I like your advice about knowing exactly what I want before choosing a salon. This would definitely help in explaining, to the stylist, how I want my hair cut. Hopefully, by doing this, I will not frustrate the stylist or myself.

  3. Changing salons can be a difficult thing to do when you are picky about how you want your hair cut. I liked what you said about not going off of the price of the salon. Sometimes cheap places do good jobs and expensive places don’t. It seems like you should really good to a place based off of their skill. It might be smart to go for test run on for a salon you are thinking about going to permanently.

  4. I usually never know exactly what I want before I go to a salon, because I’m always second guessing what I want. That is because I have really thin hair and often rely on stylists’ professional opinion on what to do with it. What sources can I use, though, to know what styles go well with thin hair like mine? As you called it, I definitely don’t want to be a bugbear, and so I feel like knowing that would help me to figure out what I beforehand.

  5. I just moved to a new town, so I need to find a new stylist now that my hair needs to be trimmed. Booking a consultation seems like a necessary step that I should take. I have naturally curly hair, so I need a stylist that knows how to properly cut and style it. You made a good point about examining if the salon is clean and if the stylists understand my taste, so I’ll be sure take note of these things.

  6. My wife has been looking for a good hair salon to go to. You mentioned that you shouldn’t go by price, paying more wont necessarily get you better cut and that it is more important to find a stylist that fits your needs. I know for my wife, finding a stylist that she feels comfortable with, knows her needs and fits our budget is what matters most. Thanks for the great read.

  7. Georgia B says:

    I love your tip on searching social media sites! I can attest that I always go to Instagram to check out a salon’s work. This will give you a great idea of the different styles they do well.

  8. Danni Black says:

    I think that browsing the social networks is definitely a great thing to do. My husband and I just moved to a new town so I am looking for a new hair stylist. I have a few friends that live in this area so I’ll be sure to ask them for referrals. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Finn Stewart says:

    Since we just moved to a new area, my wife is trying to find a hair salon that we can both go to. So finding a stylist that can do men and women’s hair equally as good is important to us. I also like how you suggest to ask around and get a personal recommendation from friends, colleagues, and family members. We don’t know many people, so maybe we should just start walking into salons to see what kind of services they offer.

  10. Johnny McCarron says:

    I love your advice to ask around for references. Particularly, you should ask people who they are seeing if they have hairstyles that you like. My wife and I just moved to Salt Lake, and we’re looking for a good salon. Maybe we’ll take your tips to find the place to do her hair.

  11. Rachel Lannister says:

    A good friend of mine just moved to a new town, and needs to find a new hair salon to go to. You wrote that it is important that you have a consultation set up with the salon, to see if you have similar taste, and if you feel comfortable with the stylist My friend cares a great deal about their hair, so choosing a good salon is a very important decision. I’ll be sure that she sets up consultations with at least a few, and see which one is the best match. Thanks for the article.

  12. Leviticus Bennett says:

    I have thick curly hair, so finding a beauty salon that has experience with my hair type can be difficult sometimes. I like your tip to take baby steps so that you can get a feel for the salon. I just moved to a new town so I’ll need to find the perfect salon.

  13. Gloria Durst says:

    I agree that you want to know what kind of style you want when choosing a hair salon. It would seem that most salons would probably be known for one style or another so you would want to find one that matches what you want. My sister is looking for a new hair salon after she moved so she’ll have to consider what you say about knowing your style.

  14. Dennis Sanchez says:

    I loved your advice about keeping an eye out for great hairdos, and asking them which salon they go to. A friend of mine has been really wanting to switch up their hair. I’ll have to relay this advice to her, as she could also ask about their customer service and make sure that she will be treated great while getting her dream hair style.

  15. Scott Adams says:

    I really like the idea of asking friends if they have any recommendations. I have been looking for a new hair stylist, but I really don’t know where to look. I can see how asking friends, could help point me in the right direction.

  16. thank you for the information and tips on choosing a new hair salon. A friend of mine recently moved and is in need of finding a new salon to do the coloring she likes in her hair. I like your advice to ask around or take to social media. the hair coloring she likes is very specific so anyone in the area with the same taste she has should know the best place to go. I’ll make sure to pass that on to her.

  17. Thank you for the top tips on choosing a new hair salon. I definitely like the idea to ask around and get some recommendations from others. You can ask people with the hairstyles you like where they go to get it done.

  18. Amanda Drew says:

    That’s cool that you can get a consultation with a potential stylist to see if they would be a good fit for you and if the hair salon is clean and orderly. Recently, I moved to a new city, and I like to keep my hair fairly short, so I need to go to the salon regularly. Your tips should help me find a good one.

  19. Latoya Anderson says:

    I do like that you suggested asking your family, friends, and colleagues in for the name of their actual stylist that they went with in finding the best hair salon. My sister and I are interested to visit a hair salon for a haircut and brow threading. We want to make sure that the hair salon that we will choose is highly recommended by the people we know so we can be confident that we will receive the best services from them. I will make sure to consider asking around. Thanks!

  20. Andrea Myers says:

    It really helped me when you said about asking for personal recommendations from family and friends when it comes to finding a new salon. My mother was invited to a wedding event, and she said yesterday that she wants to try a new hair cutting service. I’ll advise her to inquire with our family and friends if they can recommend one.

  21. Ellen Hughes says:

    I do like that you suggested asking your friends, colleagues, and family for a recommendation to a doo salon that they may have gone with. My sister and I are actually looking to find a hair salon because we’re interested in hair treatments. We want to make sure that our hair is going to be in good hands, so we only want to choose a hair salon that’s highly recommended by the people we know and trust. Thanks!

  22. Shadi Salon says:

    That is a great article with step by step information. I like the way you have mentioned this information in such an easy way. Keep doing great work.

  23. Cosmop Salon De says:

    How you managed to take this informative article and turn it into an interesting piece of writing is simply amazing to me.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for pointing out that you can find a salon by asking a person who may have a great hairdo that you find yourself gawping at. With that in mind, I’ll make sure to ask for the recommendation of my sister-in-law for a hair salon. She visited me last night, and I was in awe when I saw how her hair has become more attractive. In fact, it has waves that seem to fit my hair goals. Thanks!

  25. Sariah Meagle says:

    I do agree that I have to ask around as you said if I want to be able to choose a good hair salon with great services that are great for my hair. Since you suggested that I should browse social networks if I can, I’ll take your advice and read reviews online once I get a list via word of mouth. Judging the salon by their performance and not by the price as you pointed out is also a great strategy to use so I’ll try to use that next time I go to a salon to dye my hair.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the information the article is very good and given each and every point in details. Keep doing great work

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