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Finding a new stylist is never easy. You may have moved to a new city, fired your previous hairdresser, or maybe it’s your first time to ever need one. Whatever the case is, there are certain things you should be on the look out for. Being as thorough as you can in your research will help you avoid disastrous scenarios that are all too common at salons, don’t be the next victim!

Word on the street is…

What are people saying about this stylist? Do you have friends or acquaintances that can vouch for him or her? If not, the internet is your friend! Keep in mind that people generally take the time out to leave horror stories online than they do good ones. Still not satisfied? Make an unannounced visit one day to see how the shop operates and go with your instinct. Whatever your source, make sure you are getting objective reviews.

Don’t discriminate!

Don’t reject a stylist because of their race or gender. I don’t go to the salon as much as I used to, but the lady that did my hair (relaxers, trims, cuts, everything) for years before I started doing my hair myself was Filipina; I have never had a black stylist. She was the only person I trusted with my hair and anytime I’d visit other stylists when she was out of town, my hair never felt right. Everyone I referred to her absolutely loved her! Sadly, she passed away earlier this year, and I’m still searching for a stylist that will trim my hair this month. Point is, look beyond what you see on the outside. It’s almost like the ethnic hair care aisle issue. It’s marketed to you, but is it really for you?

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