Whether you're a salon regular or trying out a new place for the first time, salon etiquette should always be on your mind before, during, and after an appointment.
Here's how to make the most of your hair appointment and ensure you get the look you want.
7 Tips On Hair Salon Etiquette
1. Don't Be Late
To you, it might be normal to run 15 minutes late to appointments. To a stylist, 15 minutes can easily be a quarter of an appointment. When you make a stylist wait for you, it can throw off the schedule for the rest of the day. Call the salon as soon as you realize you're going to be running late to give your stylist the opportunity to rearrange their schedule.
2. Know What You Want
Go into your appointment with a clear idea of what you're looking for. Bring pictures for reference and be prepared with questions, if you have any. Knowing what you're looking for will help to get the conversation started while you and your stylist discuss what will look best with your coloring and features.
3. Enjoy the Experience
Some clients love to chat with their stylist, while others prefer to sit back and relax throughout the appointment. Either is okay! If you want to keep up the conversation, stylists will be happy to answer your questions and give tips about day-to-day styling. If you aren't feeling talkative, don't feel pressured to chat. However, avoid pulling out your cell phone to text or talk to others, if you can help it.
4. Use Your Voice
Throughout the appointment, speak up when necessary. If you're worried about how your hair is being cut, colored, or styled, let your stylist know! It's better to voice your opinion before it's too late to change direction than to leave the salon unhappy.
5. Be Honest
There might be a time when you aren't happy with your results. Of course. you'll want to let your stylist know. Remember that everyone is human and mistakes happen. Your stylist will do what they can to work with you and fix the situation. Try to stay calm and kind while you talk it out.
6. Check the Rates
Money conversations tend to be the most awkward. You can skip any surprises by doing a little research before scheduling your appointment. Check the salon's website or ask when you call to find out how much clients are charged for services like cuts, coloring, and styling.
7. Tip Accordingly
Tipping, like the cost of services, is a delicate topic. That’s why we are going to be honest. Many clients not only wonder what they should tip, but who they should tip. Salons commonly see 15-25% tips. That percentage depends on the quality of service you received and the amount of work it took.
As far as who to tip, ask the salon owner or your stylist what’s the preferred method. The salon may prefer you tip the employee who shampooed your hair and waxed your eyebrows in addition to the person who cut and colored your hair, or they may split the tip at the end of the day. When paying, specify how you would like to tip. Tipping is always appreciated!
Are you ready to make an appointment and get a new look? Contact the hair and beauty experts at The Salon by Lora Brown today!
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.