I recently learned of some very sad news. My Raleigh colorist is moving. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! She's been coloring my hair for a few months now and I adore her. And, more importantly, I trust her. And that is very important when it comes to doing my hair.
As a stylist myself, I now have experienced the sad feeling of knowing that I have to start the search over for a new colorist. Since I work in a private studio, and have limited connections with stylists here in Raleigh, I need to begin my search like most people. And that starts with Google.
Here are some tips in case you ever need to start your search for a new stylist and recommendations for the consultation!
1. Find out what color line, or product line, you previous stylist was using. This really matters. Color lines can vary quite dramatically so it is important to stay within the same line when you try a new stylist to make sure you can arrive at the closest result possible to what you are used to.
2. (I'm going to use Redken color as an example since it's what I use and, well, it's the best.) Search "Redken color salons" and your city in google.
3. Start at the top and work your way down. Read Bio's, read Press about them, read about their recent education and specializations.
4. Begin to filter. Always go for the stylist/salon that is focused on education. They will be better than a salon that almost never talks about what they learned recently. Hair trends are always changing and your stylist needs to know what the newest thing is.
5. Narrow down by stylist and call to check their prices. If you chosen the most highly educated stylist in the salon it's likely that his or her prices will be higher than what is listed on the website. Ask if it includes a blow dry. Ask if there is an assistant (and if there is, you should tip her).
6. Make your appointment, smile, and then google photos of color/cuts you are looking for. Stylists, that are talented, are artists and artists are visual. Bring photos of styles you like so you can easily communicate with him or her about what you are going for. He or she should be receptive and interested in the photos. They may say things to you like "Okay, well this won't work with your texture" or "You're face shape is different, so we can adjust it to work for you". These are both helpful statements because they are understanding your vision.
7. If they recommend a product, buy it. Products absolutely transform hair. They are necessary.
Hopefully, you will leave happy and with a new style!
Please comment with any questions and I will try to answer them!