Five Qualities you Need in a Hairdresser

Five Qualities you Need in a Hairdresser

Some people love having their hair done. Heading to the salon is an afternoon out, a time for relaxing and enjoying a little time to themselves. For others though, getting a haircut can be a right pain in the bum. Letting someone loose on their locks can be terrifying. I for one have had a few disastrous haircuts in my time, that’s why I prefer to be behind the chair rather than sat in it!

Over the years I’ve worked alongside many different hairdressers. From wedding hairdressers who also had a Wedding blog, to barbers who specialised in men’s hair. From my experience I’ve learned the qualities every hairdresser needs, to make sure they keep their customers happy. It takes a lot to put your trust into someone who’s going to take a pair of scissors to your mane, so it’s essential that you make sure you find a hairdresser that has all of the following qualities in abundance!

Good listening skills –

A hairdresser that doesn’t listen is neither use nor ornament. You need someone who listens intently and takes on board your requirements, reservations and ideas. If they aren’t listening, you can guarantee they will do a poor job.

Good communication skills –

Listening is important, but being able to communicate your requirements back to you shows understanding and that’s paramount. It’s the responsibility of your hairdresser to make sure you are on the same page before they begin working on your new look. If you aren’t convinced they know exactly what you’re after, discuss it further before any cuts are made.

Has experience, or is being closely supervised by a senior stylist –

Now don’t get me wrong here, I know everyone has to learn and some of the best hairdressers I’ve known have been fresh at the game, this is the exception rather than the rule though. If you are happy for an inexperienced stylist to do your hair, then make sure that they have nailed the points above!

Doesn’t get ‘scissor happy’ –

There’s nothing worse than finding out that your hairdresser is a bit too keen with the blades, after they’ve already started chopping. Checking out salon reviews and using hairdressers on recommendation can help avoid losing more hair than your bargained for.

Is honest about what products are right for you and doesn’t just give the hard sell on their most expensive goods –

So many hairdressers will have sale targets to meet on the stock they hold. As much as I can appreciate the position they’re in, I don’t believe that selling clients any old product is on. Hairdressers should be able to advise you on the best products on the market, to suit your hair type and your budget. Don’t let them talk you into parting with mega bucks, for a product that isn’t right for you anyway.

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21 Replies to “Five Qualities you Need in a Hairdresser”

  1. Finding the right hairdresser can be so hard! My last one has moved countries and I’m really struggling! I have had to visit so many with so many disastrous results, I’m kind of losing hope, but definitely agree that communication is very important and also knowing your ethnic hair type.

  2. I totally agree. I’ve had the same hairdresser for nearly 20 years and couldn’t imagine trying to find a new one. A good haircut can make all the difference to how I feel, and I’d be terrified of putting the job in someone else’s hands!

  3. I agree so much with this! I hate it when they cut too much off or are too preoccupied talking to their mate to focus on what they’re doing #blogstravaganza

  4. So true! I hate having my hair cut, mostly because I’ve had trouble with some bad haircuts. I will definitely use these tips from now on when looking for a new stylist. #blogstravaganza

  5. Telling my age (but that’s okay). The girl who cuts my hair now, I taught in Sunday School when she was in 1st grade. It’s great to have an actual relationship with your stylist and not just be someone’s selection from a computer screen. I truly believe she possesses these qualities and it makes a world of difference!!

  6. Having afro hair and living outside of London, it used to be very challenging to find a decent hairdresser that did not cost the earth. I have had every nightmare experience that you can imagine. I have now found a hairdresser that not only listens but is also professional.

  7. This is sooo true. I have a really good hair dresser. She does a brilliant cut, but last time the colour didn’t come out the way I wanted it to. she was so nice and apologetic about it. I went back a few days later and she redid it for me free of charge. Her great customer service means that I will always go back . Pen x #globalblogging

  8. It is so hard to find a good hairdresser. I always leave feeling like I haven’t been heard and I don’t like my hair. These are great tips. Totally agree with the “scissor happy” point! Thanks for sharing #globalblogging

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