Are you going to your company’s annual gala? Would you like to wow your friends at your high school reunion? Do you want a quick picker-upper to cheer up a rather dreary day?
Whether you’re gearing up for a big event or you just want to feel better about yourself, going to your trusty salon for hair styling services can surely lead to a good hair day. But what happens if you have no clue as to how to choose the perfect hairstyle?
Snag the Style You Want
Special occasions call for special hairstyles. Some women feel that merely getting a Brazilian blowout is an occasion in itself. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a significant affair that you’re going to or a simple get-together with your girlfriends; when it comes to tresses, a change of hairstyle can already make a big difference.
Changing one’s hairstyle is enough to make others notice. Even parting your hair differently can already transform your look and catch attention. Imagine how much more changed you would appear if your hair is expertly handled and styled by professional hairstylists! It doesn’t matter if you want a French twist or a more elaborate style; in the hands of a properly trained hair stylist, you can stride into any event with confidence.
If you don’t want to commit to a haircut but want to shake up your style, then asking a hairstylist to do their magic on your hair is your best bet. Have it curled, opt for an updo, or even go for mermaid or unicorn braids – an experienced hairstylist will surely know what to do with your locks.
To make sure that you go into the salon and come out sporting the perfect hairstyle for the event you’re going to, we’ve rounded up some tips. Whether you’re off to a beach wedding, a power conference, or a hot date, read on and discover how you can snag that perfect hairstyle for any event:
1. Choose a Hairstyle
Getting an ideal hairstyle requires time and effort on your part. Sure, a professional hairstylist can do wonders, but just so there are no surprises, you should do some research before stepping into a salon.
Some hairstyles flatter certain face types better than others. For example, those with round faces would look best with choppy pixie cuts or long layers that start from the jawline. A bob, lob, or side-swept hairstyle paired with curls or waves starting below the ear will suit heart-faced beauties. For those worried about their angular jaws or more prominent ears, there are also hairstyles that will perfectly address such concerns.
Even your body type has to be considered if you want a hairstyle that fits you to a T. If you’re on the petite side and want to avoid looking child-like, it’s best to avoid super short pixie cuts or extreme colors. Women who are tall and slender would look stunning with soft, shoulder-length waves.
It would help if you can create a shortlist. Scout for hairstyles from magazines and websites, or maybe even get inspiration from your favorite celebrities.
Also, consider the lengths you would go for a new hairstyle. Would you be fine with bleaching your hair, or do you only want to renew your color? Are you willing to get natural hair extensions to add length and volume for a style that needs longer, thicker hair? Keep in mind that salon services can be pricey, so plan your budget accordingly.
2. Do a Background Check
Don’t have a trusted salon yet? Or have you become traumatized by the previous one you went to? To avoid salon sob stories, it’s best if you can sleuth around first. Do a background check on the salons that you are considering. Check their portfolio on their website or visit their salon for an up-close-and-personal take on the environment.
Read reviews or get personal testimonies from trusted friends or family who have tried the salon’s services. Among your prospects, go for the best one that has the years of experience, expertise, proper tools and equipment, quality products, and a salon atmosphere that you feel most comfortable in. You should also consider the location or the number of branches that can service you.
3. Book a Consultation
When you have finally about two or three salons in your shortlist, try to book a consultation. Most established salons offer free consultations so you can discuss possible hairstyles that you want.
This consultation session is where the hairstylist can assess if the style you want goes well with your hair condition, texture, or cut. To get incredible results, they may suggest that you go for a haircut or hair treatments that will make your hair better primed for primping.
This meeting is when you can also get a real feel of the place. Look around and observe what tools, equipment, and products they use. Take note of how they interact with their clients and colleagues. These can give you a good grasp of how they value quality and excellence in their work and customer service.
Meeting with your prospective stylist will also help you check if you have chemistry. You wouldn’t want to work with a stylist that clashes with your personality and style, would you?
4. Trust Your Stylist
When you’ve finally narrowed down your search and settled for the best salon in the bunch, it’s time to sit back, relax, and let your hair stylist do what he or she does best. Trust the experts. You’ve done your research and would have found that they have spent years sharpening their skills.
Since you’ve already had a prior consultation with your hair stylist, just be calm. An anxious customer can also lead to a stylist feeling on edge.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
Yes, we know we told you to trust the stylist. However, communication is still important. If you see that the hair stylist is veering away from what you have agreed upon, then speak up. You can gently ask them why there seems to be a change in direction, or perhaps, a little reminder may be in order.
Flaunt your Fabulous ‘Do
It doesn’t matter if you’re going to the mega-blockbuster company launch of the year or celebrating your grandma’s birthday. If you want to be fabulously coiffed, choose a beauty salon that prides itself for having top-notch hair stylists. In their expert hands, you can be sure that your crowning glory is as glorious as you want it to be.
Hillary Kozma is the Owner/Managing Director/Creative Director of Kozma & Kozma Salon. Having built the foundation of her skills with an apprenticeship under a direct protege of Vidal Sassoon, Hillary and her husband opened Glow American Salon in Qatar in 2007 before expanding to Dubai as Kozma & Kozma in 2016. The media hail Hillary as a “pioneer in her field” for introducing new talents, concepts, philosophies, and techniques to the Middle East.