Salon visits are supposed to be a treat for not just your appearance, but for the mind and soul. For some, however, the fancier the salon, the higher the level of trepidation. New experiences can be a bit intimidating, but with a bit of preparation, you can sail through your first salon visit like an old pro. Read on for what you need to know about getting the most out of a salon visit.
Speak Up. Salons depend on their clientele for success, so if you are feeling anxious about any aspect of your visit, speak up and let the receptionist or manager know about your concerns. They want you to enjoy your visit so much that you will tell your friends and become a loyal customer, so don't hesitate to ask as many questions as needed about your first visit. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that salon personnel are accustomed to and welcome questions about procedures or practices.
Be Prepared. Get any awkwardness about the financial transaction out of the way early on by asking for an estimate over the phone. While many salons allow individual stylists to set their own prices, they usually do so within certain parameters, so you can should be able to get a good idea. For example, they may tell you that a wash, cut, and style can run from $50.00 on up depending on special products used, your hair length and other ad-ons. You can also get an idea of the tip amount from those estimates (more about that later).
Be Yourself. Don't make the mistake of trying to out-chic the chic salon by dressing up for your appointment. The stylist should be able to take a look at you in everyday clothes to get an idea of your lifestyle, so show them the real you. For example, if you are a stay-at-home mom and need an easy care do, don't dress like you're going to a job interview.
Be Patient. While you should avoid being late for your appointment, you should be prepared to wait past your appointment time in some cases. Some procedures take more time than expected, and you would not want your stylist to rush through your time. If the time gets too short for you, just reschedule for another day. A stylist that always runs extremely late should be avoided, however.
Tip Confidently. Use these tried and true guidelines when figuring your tip:
For more information, contact a professional in your area like those found at Los Gatos Dermatology.
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