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7 Things to Consider When Choosing a Hair Salon

Choosing a Hair Salon

If you have recently moved to a new city or are looking to shake things up with a new stylist, you will be starting your search for your hair salon. As most women know, having a salon that becomes a place where you can go for all your beauty needs and a bit of pampering is essential.

Choosing a salon may seem like a frivolous task, but women understand what it takes to find a salon that they truly trust. While it can take time to find a salon that fits, the journey will be worth the time it takes to find yours.

Most areas have dozens if not hundreds of salons to choose from, but the key is finding a salon that will show you how to achieve personal hair goals and make your overall beauty care their priority. Let’s take a look at a few things to consider when choosing a hair salon.

Get Referrals

Your family and friends are the first place to start looking for a new hair salon. Talk to your friends, your mother, and your auntie about where they get their beauty needs taken care of and start there. Your family and friends are sure to give you an honest recommendation and also tell you spots to avoid.

Go Online

Once you have a few referral salons, it’s time to do some digging. Most reputable salons will have a website or a Facebook page. Get online and start checking out the web presence of your candidates. You can generally find prices, available services, photos, and contact information. One of the most important things to look for during your online research is customer reviews. On Facebook, customers will not be shy about sharing their experiences whether they were good or bad, and you will get an honest look at each salon and their reputations.


Online photos aren’t going to be enough to tell you if a salon is right for you. Once you have narrowed down your hair salon candidates, it’s time for the “drop-in”. It’s important to take an in-person look at your salons to see if the vibe connects to you. When you drop in, you can check out the age of the clientele, get a peek at some of the stylists and see if the facilities are clean and well maintained.

Price Review

It’s not going to help you if you think you have found the perfect hair salon, and then you find out that the prices are way out of your range. When you are reviewing your salon candidates, you should be making a list of the cost of their varied services. Your price list should match your budget.

Offered Services

Not all salons are created equally. Some only offer hair styling, while others have a range of available spa services. If you are a busy woman, you may want to find a hair salon that caters to all of your beauty needs. When you start your search for a new hair salon, you should make a wish list of offered services. This list will help you to eliminate some of your candidates.

Shop Local

No one wants to drive more than 10 to 15 miles to get a quick hair trim. When you shop locally and choose a hair salon that is in your own neighbourhood, you are giving important support to your local businesses. Privately owned salons often have a much better reputation than the big box brands. Private owners are more likely to put their customers first, seeing to their every need and that’s the type of place where you want to put your trust.

Check Out the Stylists

When you make your visit to each of your possible salon candidates, it's a good idea to check out the stylists. Are they fashionably dressed? Do they have well-maintained hair? Is their style station neat and organised? These may seem like small concerns, but ask yourself if you would trust your hair and nails to someone who doesn’t care about their own appearance.

Shopping around for your next hair salon may take some time. Don’t be afraid to try a few different places to see how they fit with your needs. It’s easy to schedule a few wash and blowout sessions at different salons to help you find the one that suits your style. Follow these tips and consider these important factors when you are choosing your next hair salon.


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