Confessions of a Hair Stylist: How to Prep for Your Next Salon Appointment

How to prep for your next salon appointment and keep your hair stylist happy.

Your hair stylist is more than just the guy or gal who cuts and colors your hair: they’re your therapist, friend, confidante and, of course, the only person you would ever let near your hair with a pair of scissors. That being said, there are likely one or two things you can be doing to make your hair stylist’s job just a little bit easier. Here are the do’s and don’ts to take into consideration before your next appointment:

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Everything your stylist wishes you knew before you came into the salon.

1. Clean hair is appreciated.

Your hair stylist knows that washing your hair is part of the job description and that you likely won’t feel like washing your hair yourself right before an appointment. Taking that into consideration, showing up straight from a sweaty gym session or with hair that hasn’t been washed in a week or two isn’t very polite. Giving your hair a quick wash with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, like TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner is in good stead.

2. Don’t D.I.Y. your look.

One of the most challenging clients that a hair stylist comes across is the client who trims her own bangs. All in the name of saving time and money and ends up botching the whole job. If you find that your current style requires too much upkeep and you’re tempted to take matters into your own hands in between appointments, consider choosing a style and cut that requires less frequent salon visits. Your hair stylist will be more than happy to find a style that best suits your lifestyle—just ask!

3. Take your stylist’s recommendations seriously.

Your hair stylist takes the whole picture into consideration when recommending a haircut or color for you. They look at your face shape, coloring, your job and lifestyle to find something that will work for you. Take their recommendations seriously and stay open-minded.

4. Show up on time.

A great hair salon runs on a tight schedule and showing up on time respects the professionals who are serving you and their busy schedules.

5. Don’t skimp unnecessarily.

The drugstore is full of high-quality hair products that stylists use in high-end salons all over the world. Don’t skimp on hair products unnecessarily. We promise, there’s something for your hair type within your budget that will work wonders for you.