7 tips to get a high fashion hair treatment at discount prices.
Everyday, thousands of men, women and kids get a hair cut, shampoo, style or color treatment. Some pay 10 or 12 dollars, some pay hundreds of dollars.
Is there really that much difference between the $10 hair cut and the $100 style? In a word, YES.
I’m not even going to pretend that you can get the $100 treatment for $10 or even $25 but I am going to explain how you can get a good, even great, hair treatment at your local strip mall.
You should know…
All hair stylists, talented or hack, have to start somewhere. A year or two of interning at minimum wage — after they spend the required amount of time in cosmetology school and pass the state licensing exam — is the standard. Many newbies work at the chains found at the local strip mall where walk-ins aren’t just welcome, they’re the whole game.
To improve your odds of getting a high quality cut or color next time you drop-in for a quickie next to your favorite sandwich shop, follow this plan:
1. Pick your day and time – go during the busy times because the better stylists work the active shifts when they can make the most money.
You’ll spend more time waiting but that’s a good thing. If you go during a slow time when only one or two of the newer stylists are working, you won’t have to wait but they’ll take a lot longer to do your hair so you’ll still spend about the same amount of time overall – and probably not get as good a cut or color.
2. Don’t spend your wait time reading magazines. Use it to observe what’s going on in the shop. See if anyone with hair similar to yours is in one of the chairs. Watch to see how their treatment progresses. Check out the other stylists. Even if they’re doing a different type of client or treatment than you want, you can get a good idea of their techniques and how their clients’ hair turns out.
3. Watch what happens when a stylist starts on a new client. Does she engage them in a conversation about what they want their hair to look like? Does she offer a couple alternatives or just follow the customer’s instructions?
4. Take a look at their work station. It should be clean (obviously) and professional but with some personality. Does she have her license in a frame or is it just stuck under the mirror’s edge? Do her tools seem organized or are the cords all tangled and the brushes just chucked into a bucket?
5. Talk to the receptionist. Ask her how long the stylist you’ve been observing has been there. See if she knows where they went to school (name brands aren’t just snobby, they focus more on hair fashions and attract the more enthusiastic students). Ask her right out which stylist is best with your type of hair or with the treatment you’re looking for.
Pick one – and tell the receptionist you want to wait for that stylist.
6. ALWAYS start with a hair wash. The extra dollar or two will pay off with a better cut and a longer lasting new style look. During the shampoo, you’ll be able to tell if your operator is confident or halting… with no permanent side effects!
If she scalds your scalp, drags her nails across your head, or does anything else that makes you highly suspicious that this is her first week out of school, tell her you’ve just remembered an urgent meeting or that your mom just called from the hospital, but get out before you get a cut or color you’ll regret!
7. Back in the chair, pay attention. Ask her what she’s doing any why she’s doing it that way. Once you get her talking about one of her favorite topics – hair styling – you’ll be amazed at what she’ll tell you AND the improved level of service you get for the same price everyone pays.
At these shops, there’s not much variance in the prices but jerky clients get hair cuts that suit them and nice folks get extra time and attention (and the stylist can usually confirm her impression by the size of the tip relative to the service rendered).
If you’re really happy with your hair, let her know that you’ll be coming back – and asking for her again. Ask for her card and what her usual working days and hours are (write it on the back). Call before you go in the next time to verify she’s working that day.
Ask if she’s got a mailing list – tell her you’d like to hear about specials or if she moves to another shop. You might even buy some of the products she uses on you so you can recreate that look at home!
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