1.) They aren’t uncomfortable about your insecurities, you are.
If you have finally found your confidence to go see your hair stylist, but are embarrassed about whatever underlying issues you have been dealing with (emotionally or physically), no need to explain. If you’ve thought “Wow I need my hair done, but what’s my hair stylist going to think about where I have been??” Guess what, they aren’t thinking anything. The weight of your insecurities sit within you, not your hair stylist. If you need your hair done, get it girl!
2.) What you want may not be possible. Its not personal.
In a world of celebrity influence and information at our fingertips, we see all kinds of inspiration photos. The truth is, the “finished product” that you are obsessed with, may (probably) be photo shopped to portray a cooler or brighter finished product. I’m not saying its not pretty, I’m saying it may not be possible.
3.) You don’t have to say a word.
So here’s the deal. We need no entertainment. If you want to talk, we are all ears. But if silence is what you are so desperately craving, go for it! Your stylist is here to do what you’ve asked of her. If you would rather not talk, just say so.
4.) Nap if you want to!
If you are tired, close those pretty eyes and nap! Too often we meet women that are fighting the urge to rest their eyes. If the situation warrants a nap, take it!
5.) If you bring your work to our work, both of our jobs may both take longer.
I’m not talking emails or xcel spreadsheets. I’m also not referring to when your boss happens to call during your appointment. All of those things are totally cool! I’m talking webinars, sales calls, presentations etc. If you absolutely have to get work done during your appointment, just make sure to give your Stylist a heads up. Leaving the chair 14 times to take your turn on your round table conference call may not be possible. We are dealing with very particular chemicals. In some cases, you wont be able to get up.
6.) Calling your bluff can end up costing big bucks.
So you sit in your Stylist’s chair after months of not coloring your hair. Your stylist asks “When was the last time you had your hair colored?” You think “Well, I did use that home kit a year ago, but I did that myself, so it doesn’t count.” YES. Yes, that totally counts. You see, we aren’t asking the last time you had your hair professionally done, we are asking what is in your hair. This includes: Kitchen jobs, Kool-Aid, Temporary Colors, Grey blending- everything. If you choose to keep out some very relevant color history, your stylist will soon find out. If your stylist discovers bright red after bleaching what she thinks is dark brown (from that time you colored your hair red before you colored it dark brown), you may be in for several more sessions. Preparation is key. Be honest about EVERYTHING you have done to your hair. Remember, we pass no judgment. More information is better than not enough.
7.) Your feedback is NOT offensive.
You’ve just sat in her chair for 4 hours only to see a finished product you don’t love. You’re on the fence of saying something, or leaving to panic in the car. So you choose….. panicking in the car?! Do me a favor and promise to not do this anymore. We are trained professionals. Despite how much we love what we do, this is still our job. Telling us you prefer a change is not offensive. Going home to change your hair yourself is. Making sure you are happy is our number one priority. Your feedback is the only way we can assure that. So the next time you find yourself in this situation, be comfortable knowing we really DO want to know how you feel.
8.) You are the reason we come to work everyday.
If you’ve been feeling down, or have lost some lust for life know this, YOU are the single reason we come to work everyday.
9.) Being late can kind of be a big deal.
Im not talking about that one time you got stuck in traffic. We know things happen. The number 9 thing your stylist wants you to know is that being late most or all of the time means that your Stylist will run late getting you done. This has a domino effect. You come in late, your stylist will be done late, so the next guest will get started late, and then will be finished late. This cycle continues the entire day. If you are having a hard time getting to your appointment on time, its never a bad idea to ask your Stylist to revisit your reoccurring schedule. I will speak for every Stylist when I say that we are eager to make sure your appointment time works for you.
10.) If you aren’t maintaining your look from home, it is likely you will never be in love with your hair.
Beautiful hair is created at the salon, and lives happily ever after at home- as long as you follow your Stylist’s instruction. Investing in professional colored hair, but NOT buying professional hair care products is like buying a luxury car and NOT getting an oil change. Professional hair care products have chemical products, specific cleansing agents, and ingredients that cant compete with generic grocery store products. Your specific hair type, color and style are all put into consideration when your stylist suggests a certain hair care product. Protect your investment by deciding with your stylist which products are required. For example, a shampoo and conditioner may be a required item to protect your color. Whereas a leave in treatment can be overlooked based on your budget. Talk to your stylist about your budget, and they will be happy to find a bundle that works for your specific look.