Beauty and self care, Uncategorized

Best ways to communicate with your hairdresser

This is a guest blog post by Enterprising Mom, Debbie Holtzen, owner of Second Act Hair Studio in Roswell GA.  

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, “What happened to that young ingenue I knew?” Between caring for the family, and creating a home based business that is lucrative and successful, you somehow got put on the back burner. So, you ask, “How do I start, where do I start?  How do I even talk to a hairdresser about me and will they understand what I am trying to tell them?” I say fear not, there is help and direction for you. Let me give you a guide book of ways to best communicate with your current or new hairdresser. Yes, you can ask, we need to earn your trust and business just as your Dentist or  Doctor do.

First, allow me to introduce myself. I have been a licensed hairdresser for over 30 years. I am licensed in three states, Ohio, California and Georgia. I have also had my own home based businesses and raised a child to adulthood so I know how easy it is to put ourselves on the back burner. I want to arm you with the confidence to go into any hair salon and interview your potential new hairdresser and feel confident that they will hear you and respect what you ask of them.

1. Have the hairdresser stand in front of you. 

Ask the hairdresser to stand in front of you when you are explaining to them your ideas and thoughts/concerns of your hair. There is plenty of time for them to touch your hair and stand behind you, but I do like eye to eye contact with my clients first off.

2. Photos, please!

Bring photos of what you would like. This helps a hairdresser understand what you are really thinking. What I mean by a BOB and what you mean by a BOB are two very different things. So photos can go a long way.

Photo credit: Deb Holtzen
Photo credit: Deb Holtzen

3. Listen to your hairdresser’s feedback.

Listen to what your hairdresser says about these photos. Will this work with your hair texture, and facial shape? This is something that your hairdresser should be helping you with. Not all photos will look good on all people. Pay very close attention to whether they actually look at the photos or just take them and put them aside.

4. Be specific with hair color. 

When wanting a hair color or wanting to change your hair color, be especially specific and again use photos. Again, blonde for you could be different than blonde for me.

5. Ask questions.

Do not be afraid to ask questions and if for any reason you feel uncomfortable or uncertain as to whether they have heard you, it is okay to leave!!! Hairdressers are not magicians nor are they gods, they are humans and not all hairdressers blend with everyone.

6. Be open-minded.

I believe a mark of a good hairdresser is someone who will keep fresh ideas in the forefront of their minds to aid in keeping you looking and feeling fresh.
As an entrepreneur, you may not need to visit with clients on a daily basis, however, feeling fresh and well taken care of is essential to the very essence of ourselves and our businesses.

Here is to your beauty and self care!!

*On the subject of “not all hairdressers blend with everyone,” I would like to help in this area. It is OKAY if you feel drawn to another stylist in the Salon. Make an appointment with them for a consultation. The client comes first, always!! We hairdressers love honesty and care about your satisfaction. Please don’t hesitate to tell you hairdresser that you are not pleased. We understand!

Debbie Holtzen from Second Act Hair Studio has been doing hair for over 30 years.  She has had extensive training in cutting and coloring.  Working with such greats as Vidal Sassoon, designers, Irvine and Rita Rusk, Sebastian and Aveda.  Debbie is licensed in 3 states: Ohio, California and Georgia where she is currently working in her own boutique studio.  Contact Debbie to make your appointment today.  


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