Salons can offer an respite from the day-to-day stresses and irritations of life for some, but, if you are one of the multitudes of women that feel a bit intimidated by luxury beauty salons, your experience may be different. Whether you are confused about procedures at your current salon or are anxious about visiting a new salon, the following tips have you covered. Don't allow anxiety about the unknown threaten your down-time; read on to get in-the-know about salon etiquette and make your salon experience relaxing and rejuvenating.
1. It may surprise you to know this, but most salons and the employees who work there would be horrified to know that clients are nervous about the experience. Most employees are more than happy to explain any issue or procedure in advance. This not only helps you, but it may also prompt changes in how salons handle any confusing issues for others in the future.
2. Your salon should be able to give you an estimate of the costs associated with any of their services when you make your appointment. You can expect some variance in the final figure, depending on your particular stylist, service, length of hair, product used, or other factors. Use the figure provided to set aside a tip amount (or amounts); that way you can be sure to have enough money to pay for both the service and the tip.
3. The fancier the salon, the greater the urge to dress up for your appointment. Unfortunately, this urge can backfire because your stylist needs to see you in your everyday clothes to help create a look that's "you." Dress in your work clothes or your casual clothes for the best experience.
4. Make every effort to not be late, but don't be upset by a slight wait. Just as with medical appointments, your stylist may be spending more time than planned on a client. Hair-cutting is more of an art than a science, so don't walk out if the stylist is running a little late. You should expect to be informed of any extreme issues with appointment times and given the opportunity to re-schedule.
5. Don't be embarrassed to take a hairstyle photo in with you; it actually helps the stylist get a general idea of what you want in a new do. Just don't expect to look just like the model because your hair texture could be different. Your stylist should ask you detailed questions about the length, bangs, parts, what you use at home (products, implements), etc.
6. Don't be worried about tipping; just use these guidelines and be prepared:
- 15-20% for your stylist, colorist, manicurist, masseuse, or hair removal specialist.
- Salon owner service should get 20% of bill.
- $2.00-$5.00 for the shampooist.
Relax, enjoy your time at the salon and don't hesitate to ask the salon employees for help with any issue.