What Hairstylists Won’t Tell You

When looking for a new hairstylist there are things that you should know that most hairstylists will not tell you, especially new stylists.

Here is a brief overview of some of the things they want you to know, even if they don’t tell you themselves.

1.  Not all hairstylists are licensed professionals.  You may be surprised to learn this but in many states the laws vary on which beauty services required proper education and licensing.  Most beauty services performed for/on or with wigs without the use of chemicals adhesives do not require being licensed in many states.  Also hair braiding services do not require a professional license.  A typical rule of thumb is that services that do not require or involve cutting or chemically alerting a clients natural hair generally do not require the stylist to be licensed.  Check with your state for licensing requirements in your state.  Beauty industry laws and regulations vary from state to state.


2.  Hairstylists choose their clients just as much as their clients choose them.  While many people will assume that hairstylists want to and will willing accept any potential new client that walks into their place of business, that simply isn’t true.  Professional hairstylist choose their clients carefully.  One of the major determining factors is whether or not the potential client is willing to accept the professional advice of the stylist.  No beauty industry professional wants to have their time wasted or have their work undone by an ungrateful client who places little value on the stylists time, talent and area of expertise.  A client wishing to receive the services of a particular hairstylist should bear in mind and be prepared to accept the recommendation of his or her hairstylist.

The client should also be mindful of the way their desired stylist chooses to work and work with them in that way.  For instance, their chosen days and hours to work are important to them, do not expect to them to make changes to their schedule for you until you are an established client with a good relationship.  Even then, they may be able to accommodate you or not.  New clients of hairstylists must be willing to listen to and not attempt to go against the recommend advice of your trusted professional stylist.

If your stylist tells you the proper process required to lighten your hair and warns you of the cost to maintain you hair in that way over a period of time, respect the process and your stylist advice.  Professional hairstylist are aware of the cost of maintaining hair color, hair extensions and other advanced services and failure to be upfront with you could result in false expectations.  Understand that no true beauty industry professional wishes to deliberately harm a client in any way, failure to educate you as a client and allowing false expectations causes harm, to your hair and wallet.  This is why it is important to have a professional and trusted stylist.  If you do not trust them, find someone you trust.


3.  Your hairstylist is NOT your friend.    Of course for a select few, your hairstylist may just so happen to actually be your friend but don’t blur the line of friend and professional.  Be mindful of their place of business and cost of services, free services should not be a requirement for friendship.  Now, let’s move on.  When you have regular appointments with your hairstylist and the intimate nature of the beauty industry it can be very easy to forget your role and a client and your stylist, the professional.  It is important for both of you to maintain a level of mutual respect, courtesy and professionalism.  Being around anyone on a regular basis for a period of time causes you to naturally blur the line from time to time, so here a few reminders to help maintain that professional courtesy and mutual respect.

-Always expect to pay your stylist, never feel at liberty to ask for a favor or to expect a discount.  Experienced hairstylists and salon owners often offer specials and savings deals, take advantage of them when offered.

-Do not place the burden of life changing decisions upon your stylist.  It is natural to want to seek outside opinions on personal matters, it is best to leave this kind of advice to trusted professional counsel, family and actual friends.  If the advice they gave you led you to make what you decided later to be a bad decision you will blame your stylist.  You can lose a great stylist and great relationship because they gave you bad advice on a matter you probably shouldn’t have brought up to them in the first place.


4.  It IS necessary for a hairstylist to raise their prices regularly.  This shouldn’t come as such a surprise to people as much as it does.  Think about it the cost of everything gradually increases overtime, whether it’s due to inflation or a host of other things that affect the growing price of goods and services.  Here are the reasons that you can expect your hair salon and hair stylist to raise it’s prices at least once a year.  First, materials, the space where they do business and continuing education all cost money and as those prices increase from year to year it is logically to expect a slight increase in salon prices as well.

Also, as months and years go by your professional stylist is continually gaining more experience, taking continuing educational classed, attending trade shows and is being trained to properly use professional products.  Your hairstylist pays for all of this upfront out of their pockets so that they are able to provide you with better products and services, this makes them more valuable as a professional and more than justifies a regular increase to service prices.  Think of it this way, people go to college to get higher paying jobs.  Because of the training and expertise they receive while there, they can put a higher value on what they can ask for as a salary.  It’s the same with beauty industry professionals, more training allows them to demand a higher prices for their services.


5.  Youtube is not always your friend.  Now, I will digress for a bit. Youtube is a fantastic tool and provides so many people with valuable information and entertainment but it’s important to be able to draw a boundary line.  Far too many people are permanently losing hair and experiencing other injuries from not realizing the boundary of what is regular hair and beauty maintenance and what products and services are created and labeled for professional use only. Beauty industry professionals are just that because of a level of training, dedication and education.  While some people gloss over the training of licensed professionals and grossly undervalue it’s benefits, that training is there for a reason.

Anytime your are dealing with personal services where contact is made with other people it is critical to understand proper cleaning and sanitizing protocols.  Beauty professionals are also trained to recognized certain infections and/or diseases as it pertains to hair, nails, skin etc and to also understand the potential dangers of certain products and services if done improperly and by an untrained professional.  Now, again Youtube is a phenomenal tool and hub of information just understand that when watching how-to-videos the people often presenting in them; 1) Aren’t likely licensed professionals, so they may also be unaware of dangers of mishandling and misusing a product and 2) Are presenting for entertainment purposes only and do not claim to present information that is technically correct.


There you have it.  I reminder of things you hairstylist will not tell you.  If you are looking for a new stylist in your area or if you are a stylist or salon owner looking to get the attention of new clients feel free to contact me by clicking here and I will be happy to help.



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