We wanted to share with you, what we believe the best hairstylists should have as a skill set. However, we as always would love to hear your thoughts too.
Being a good hairstylist means listening to clients in more ways than one. It’s true that many clients will love sharing the ups, downs and dramas of their lives. Carrying a conversation is indeed a skill.
However, the most significant act of listening you can experience from a stylist is during the initial consultation with you, and subsequent consultations that involve a change in hairstyle or colour. It’s extremely important to clarify exactly what they want you desire in terms of colour, style and of course budget.. Before any work is started, it is imperative that you and your hairstylist are on the same page. Listen for your hairstylist repeating back to you to ensure they have understood.
Turning your dream into a reality
Listening is the first stage; however the hairstylist needs to have the skills and training to be able to create the hairstyle you desire. Make sure that they undertake regular training and are aware of the latest trends. The truly great stylists have the skill to integrate those trends into their clients’ personal styles. Your elevated taste and killer eye for design should let you set a few trends of your own. At the end of the day, it’s important that your hairstylist can deliver your dream.
Hairstylists have to understand face shape, skin colour and hair types to create looks that complement their clients’ natural features. Hairstylists also need to be honest about what looks good and offer recommendations to create a style that matches each person’s unique fashion sense in a way that still looks good. Honesty is identifying whether it’s a good fit for you, the client. It’s one thing to be happy with your new look when walking out the door, but it’s better to make sure that you are as happy a month later.
One of the number one complaints salons receive from clients is sticker shock. This occurs because they didn’t know how much something actually cost. Make sure your hairstylist breaks down all the costs and if they recommend anything during the service they explain both the benefit and the cost.
All the honesty, creativity, and listening skills in the world can’t make up for a bad haircut or a hairstylist damaging your hair whilst applying a colour such as a balayage. As I mentioned earlier a great hairstylist will hone their technical skills during their whole career and not just at the start.
An excellent stylist can adapt to changing trends, new tools and client visions that are hard to achieve. You do not want to have a hairstylist that has a great technical skill but cannot adapt them to your particular needs. Imagine if they have immense talent in pixie cutting but you want shoulder length layered hair. Adaptability is where your hairstylist shows their creativity, vision and skill to achieve the look you want and deserve.
A quality consultation.
All hairstylists must offer a consultation before each and every hair service, some may only take five minutes some may take thirty minutes. An excellent stylist will ask what you’ve been using on your hair and what chemical services you’ve had. They will ask any health issues that relate to your hair. They will identify your base colour and hair type. They will talk to you about your hair concerns.
What else would you want to see from an amazing hairstylist?
September 16th, 2020