Do’s and Do Not’s of the Salon.


Hair salons can be a tricky place to go into if you don’t know what exactly you’re getting into.  To make the experience nice for you and your stylist, here’s a few do’s and do not’s for the salon.


1)      Tip us!

I mean, I’m trying not to be needy, but we provide a service – Just like servers and tattoo artists.  This means you tip us all.  15-20% is average.  More is welcomed.


2)      Bring pictures.

We understand that you can’t always figure out how to say what you want.  So bring pictures and show us things you’re looking for.  Here’s the kicker – We can make adjustments to the picture, too and tailor it to your wants and needs.


3)      Talk to us.

We stand there all day.  We don’t enjoy standing in silence all the time.  Friendly chit chat is appreciated.


4)      Respect us.

We went to school.  We know what we’re doing.  Just because we’re in the service industry does not mean that we’re lesser than you.  Treat us like people and we’ll be okay.


5)      Listen to our advice.

Once again, we went to school for this. We know what we’re talking about when we tell you what we think will work and what definitely won’t work.  Our goal is to make you look your best.  When we tell you that high lights will not work on you because you have black box color on your hair, it’s for your benefit.  Most likely your hair will not lighten and will become super damaged and turn into what we call “Cotton Candy Hair” (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like).



Do Not’s

1)      Don’t bring a child with you if you’re getting a chemical service done.

The odds are that your child is going to be super bored while you’re stuck sitting in our chair for 2-3 hours.  This leads to said child running around the salon, screaming, crying, and getting in our way.  Not only does this annoy every stylist and client in the salon, but it’s a safety hazard.  It’s easy for the child to trip on our cords and for us to trip over a child.


2)      Don’t be overly sarcastic with your stylist.

We have heard the jokes a thousand times.  When we ask how we can help you, don’t answer “Pizza.”  When we ask how we can cut your hair, don’t say “Shorter.”  It’s not funny anymore, and we’re really trying hard not to tell you how unoriginal you really are.  Salons offer more than just one service.  We’re just trying to help.


3)      Don’t ask for a miracle.

I hate to break it to you, but we can’t all look like Jen Aniston. Just because we cut your hair the same way, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to look like her hair.  Unless you have her hair and her stylist, odds are it will look different.


4)      Don’t walk in five minutes before closing and expect happy faces.

We have lives outside of work.  A haircut takes 30-45 minutes.  Think about how you would feel if someone kept you past the time you were supposed to get off before you walk into the salon.


5)      Don’t treat us like we’re uneducated.

I have had people look me in the eye and say, “But you’re so smart.  Why are you doing hair?”  Hair stylists aren’t the stereotypical gum-snapping, gossip-loving, air-headed women anymore.  In my salon alone, there are two women working on Bachelor degrees, two looking to go back to school and one that has her degree already.  That’s five out of seven women looking at higher education.  Sometimes, a stylist is there because she simply enjoys what she does.  I love my job.  Not everyone can say that.


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2 thoughts on “Do’s and Do Not’s of the Salon.

  1. Hi! So I really like your blog post. It is laid out very nicely and the italicized words are very good to lay out the “ground rules.”
    One thing I would have changed is that I would have added an opening paragraph. If you say you’re a stylist FIRST, then people will trust your opinion from the start.
    Another thing I noticed is that your title starts with DO’s and ends with DO NOT’s. BUT your content starts with DO NOT’s and ends with DO’s. When I write, I ensure I am very precise on wording. Just an opinion though!


  2. Great post! While I’m not a hairstylist, I have been to the salon plenty of times and heard plenty of hair horror stories! I feel that your don’ts were very realistic, although I’ll admit I have certainly gone against such advice in the past and tried to cut my own bangs (and certainly learned to never do it again!) I look forward to reading your future posts.

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