With plenty of strains and stresses involved in modern lifestyles, you have to find time to relax and unwind. Visiting a trusted beauty salon is an excellent way to relax and spend time away from your busy personal, professional and social life.
Today, there are endless amounts of therapies and treatments that can help you maintain or improve your appearance, which can also cater to your relaxation needs from head to toe.
Derive pleasure from getting a haircut and new hair color, hair styling, nail art, hair extensions, facials, and a manicure and pedicure. One of the best benefits of going to a hair and beauty salon is the fact that there will be professional beauty specialists and professional hairstylists who can advise which treatments suit your hair and skin type best while providing a truly rejuvenating experience.
In terms of changing your hairstyle or color, you may already have a particular look in mind. To help you get the most out of your hair or beauty appointment, here are some basics you should know before visiting a hair and beauty salon.
1. Come prepared.
If you are going to a salon for a touch-up or trim, it won’t entail a huge commitment on your part. But if you want to chop off 6-12 inches of your hair or color your black hair with light hues, there is no going back. So before making a decision, make sure to think deeply about your new hair change and be ready to communicate what you want and don’t want. Bring pictures along with what you like and don’t like. The clearer you are, the better your stylist will understand you. And stylists are visual people — they will appreciate having pictures to discuss with you.
2. Ask questions.
Your stylist should be eager to answer any questions you have — before you get started.
A few good points to discuss:
- Level of Commitment. How much styling and how many touch-up appointments will your new look require?
- Face Shape. Each face shape will have different hairstyles that suit it best. If you are not sure of the specific shape of your face (square, circle, oval or heart-shaped), you can ask your stylist to help you determine what hairstyle suits you perfectly. Looking at your jawline is the best way to figure out your face shape.
- Hair Texture. This is also crucial in determining the hair look you wish to achieve. If you have naturally curly hair, choose a style that will compliment your texture and allow you to wear it naturally instead of forcing you to blow it out smooth.
- Realistic Expectations. It’s best to find hair inspiration from those with a hair texture that is similar to yours.
3. Consider your lifestyle.
Your lifestyle is a crucial thing to consider when thinking about changing your hairstyle and color. It represents who you really are and what you do.
If you have a busy way of life and you won’t have time to do your hair every day, consider achieving a look that is more low maintenance, such as a cut without bangs, or leaving hair length long enough to be tied back.
Opt for a look that will make you beautiful from a hair wash and rinse alone. The modern pixie is a good example since this has a simple style, giving you effortless hair volume.
4. Be honest.
Most stylists will ask about your hair history. Be honest about what hair products you are currently using and whether you have undergone hair treatments such as keratin straightening or have had any henna hair color applied. These pieces of crucial information will help the stylist properly figure out if it will be safe and effective to do the service you are asking for.
Unwanted results may emerge if you fail to share information that could help identify the correct products and techniques that should be used for your hair.
Your appointment will end in success if you remember to be honest with your hairstylist. Clear communication is crucial because it can prevent damage to your hair, and can save you money because you won’t have to correct any unwanted results.
5. Give yourself time to think it over.
When you’re uncertain if the hairstyle you have in mind will work for you or not, consider scheduling a consultation with your hairstylist. This way, you are not booked in for an actual appointment but rather just a time to chat — your stylist will analyze your hair type and texture and chat with you about all of your options.
Likewise, this consultation provides an opportunity for you to clarify any hair lingo you do not understand. You do not want to be upset by the end result just because you were confused and unable to clarify what your stylist is saying.
And finally, a consultation allows you to see if you simply like the stylist. You can see if you click or not and get good vibes from her, and watch to see how professional she is. Don’t worry about not booking in with her straight away — don’t allow her to pressure you to book on the spot before you leave. Thank her for her time and tell her you’ll have to think it over.
Remember these five basic tips and you’ll always walk away from a salon with a smile and fabulous hair!
About The Author:
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary, and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. Hillary is hailed by the media as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.