What's All the To-Do about a New Do?

September 04, 2012
If you’re looking for a new hairstylist – either because you’re new to town or you just want to sample our region’s increasing number of salons – you might be unsure how to get started.

You can always go the tried and true route – ask friends, colleagues and family who does their hair and if they are routinely happy with the results. Or you can just dive in and hope for the best.

Before you look for a salon, you should have a good idea of your own expectations. 

Do you want a spa experience that includes a paraffin dip and shoulder/head massage in addition to the cut and style? Is it important that the salon offer other services such as mani-pedis, body scrubs, waxing and massage? Would you like an espresso while you wait for highlights? Or enjoy a glass of wine because, well, just because? 

Would you be most comfortable with a senior stylist who has been in the business for several years and can do highlights, extensions, straighten or curl, and any number of high-end services? Or will you be OK with an up and comer who has a few years’ experience but who won’t be as pricey as a senior stylist?

If you’re on a tight budget, would booking your next appointment with a beauty school student (who is supervised) be the right fit? And are you the type who likes to get in and out in under 30 minutes? Or do you prefer that the stylist take his or her time?

When shopping for a salon, be sure to check them out first with BBB at wynco.bbb.org. Your BBB offers these additional guidelines:

• Cleanliness counts. Are the floors clean? Are the hairstylists’ stations free of clutter?

• Cheap is good, but not if the cut is subpar. On the other hand, high prices don’t always indicate high quality. Choose a salon that’s within your budget and be sure to include a 10 to15 percent tip.

• Does the stylist take time to ask questions about your preferences and offer suggestions?

• How does the salon deal with a customer who is unhappy with the end result? 

• What is the salon’s policy regarding missed appointments? Some charge for the appointment if you’re a no-show or if you cancel within 24 hours or less of the scheduled time.

• Does the stylist have a cosmetology license?

Start With Trust. For reliable consumer tips and news, visit www.upstatesc.bbb.org or phone 864-242-5052.