Your regular trips to the hairdressers should be your chance to relax and unwind – they’re a real treat that you should look forward to. However, if you find yourself between hairdressers in Highbury and Islington, whether it’s because your regular hairstylist has moved their hair studio elsewhere or you have recently moved into the area, you may find yourself with the prospect of choosing a new hairdresser.
All the relaxation and calmness are thrown out of the window when you try to navigate the extremely over-saturated hairstylist and hairdresser market. How are you meant to single out the best from so many different salons?
Conduct Thorough Research
It may be tempting just to choose the first hairdresser you come to in your search or to choose the salon closest to you geographically. However, if you are really interested in finding the best hair studio with the right hairdressers for you, it’s important not to rush making that choice. Conduct proper, thorough research. Spend some time looking at various options in your local area, perhaps putting a list of three or four together, as a starting point.
Pay Attention to Recommendations and Word of Mouth
The easiest and probably best way to find a decent hairdresser is through personal recommendations from people in your social circles. Ask, if you don’t already know, where friends, family members and even work colleagues get their hair done. While you should take into consideration their hair type and how they like to style compared to yours, this is a great way to quickly find potential hairdressers you can trust to do a good job.
Are They Qualified and Trained?
It makes sense that if you are going to spend a considerable amount of money at a hairdresser that you will want to be sure they are going to do a good job. On their website, you should be able to find out about the type of training and qualifications they have. Avoid any salon that’s reluctant to share this kind of information, as it’s not a good sign.
How Much Experience Do They Have?
While it’s true that industry-recognised training and qualifications are important, you also need to find out how long they have been actually practising as hairdressers. Unless you want to be a public guinea pig, you are probably not looking to have your hair done by a freshly qualified junior or someone who has not cut or styled a head of hair in their life.
Don’t Focus on Price
There is a misconception that the more money you spend on a haircut, the better it will be. This is not true and choosing a hairdresser based solely on their rates could potentially leave you with a hairdo you are unhappy with and less change left from your budget. While you should probably avoid a hair studio whose rates seem way too low, it is wise not to rush to any charging too much either.
Arrange a Consultation
If there was just one tip, we could offer ahead of all the others, that would best help you to choose a great hairdresser, it would be to make a consultation appointment. This is your chance to get to know the salon and who works there.
You can use this appointment to ask any questions you have and see if the hairdresser will listen to you and understand what you want. Avoid booking your consultation for immediately before your actual hair appointment, to prevent the pressure to rush into anything.
The hairdresser will be able to explain how long it will take and what’s involved to achieve a specific hairdo and, crucially, how often you will need to have additional appointments to maintain it.
To find out more about the hairdressers who work at our Highbury and Islington hair studio, have a look at our stylist page or look out for their interviews!