Knowing good etiquette for the hair salon (and following it!) helps go a long way to having the best experience you can have. Your hair is your crowning glory and a trim or a new style gives such a fillip. And let’s face it, ladies, a good salon and complicated processes (perms, colors, extensions, tints etc) don’t come cheap. Make the most of your experience and be a customer your stylist looks forward to working on by following good etiquette for the hair salon.
1. Think before You Use Your Cell Phone
When it comes to etiquette for the hair salon, chatting loudly on your cell phone while you’re getting shampooed is a big no no. You could risk damaging your phone and will make the shampoo assistant’s job pretty tough if they need to move your head. While most hair salons don’t have an actual rule stopping you from using your cell phone, just think of those around you. Don’t make a loud phone call or use your phone while you are being spoken to by the stylist. If you need to make a call then let your stylist know so that you don’t interfere with their work. Sending a text or updating your Facebook status while you are waiting for your color to set is no problem.
2. How to Ask for What You Want
Don’t be afraid of sounding high maintenance when you are telling your hairdresser what you want. You are paying for a service and deserve to get exactly what you are after. They will be able to talk you through whether it is realistic and will advise of any adaptations. Just trust the hairdresser to do what you have asked, don’t keep repeating yourself or question what the hairdresser is doing - unless they are coming at you with a razor and you just wanted a trim!
3. Bringing in Food
Bringing in food and drink to a salon is usually no problem. Good etiquette for the hair salon is to avoid any smelly foods or alcohol. You will often get offered a drink while you have your hair done so don’t worry if you haven’t got anything to bring in and you know that you’ll be there a long time having a color done.
4. Bring in Photographs
If you are not confident communicating what you want your hair to look like then find a couple of pictures. Perception of color and shape can differ from person to person, however a picture can give a clear visual of what you want.
5. Giving Tips to Your Hairdresser
Tipping can get a little awkward. It is always best to go to the salon with some cash on you to dish out to those who work on your hair. This way you can give the shampoo assistant around $5-7 and the stylist around $10-20, depending on the service you are having. Most salons only accept cash for tips so do make sure you bring some.
6. Visiting Other Hairdressers
If your usual stylist isn’t available on the day you need them then of course you can visit another salon or hairdresser. I know I always feel guilty and as though I am cheating on my regular stylist, though I know she understands. If you are worried about this then ask your stylist who they think you should visit in the salon if they are not available. Book in advance to avoid missing your preferred stylist.
7. Booking Your Next Appointment
Speak to your stylist and ask how often you should return to keep up your hairstyle. It is a different case for everyone. Color customers can sometimes need to return to the salon every 2-3 weeks. Some people might need to go every 6 weeks for a haircut whereas others could wait two months. Many salons will encourage you to book your appointment before you leave the salon to make sure that you save your spot and don’t have to be squeezed in.
Hair salon etiquette really is just manners and common sense, but it never harms any of us to be reminded now and then. If you visit the same salon regularly you’ll learn the salon’s own etiquette and learn to go with the flow. Do you tend to stick with the same stylist or do you like to try new salons?