Letters From Your HairdresserWhy It Pays To Spend More On Your HairKate Allen
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The Precision Work: When you go to a hairdresser with lots of experience and training under their belt, you are going to someone who has the ability to fix those pesky little things you hate about your hair. The way it flips out in that one section when you curl it forward, that cowlick you have at the front of your hairline and how it makes bangs impossible or just how much texture you have in your hair and learning how to work with it. In any of these scenarios, a hairdresser who charges top dollar should be able use their finishing skills and knowledge about styling to fix your problems.

Most of the women who are kind of “splurging” by visiting me in my chair are women who are used to less expensive haircuts and they have surprisingly simple concerns, which can be addressed by working with a stylist who really knows her stuff and takes the time to work through those concerns with you.

The Finishing: I finish every single client the same way every time. I’ve made it a routine so that I never forget to get through the super important elements of my customer service. I always blowdry the hair in a style that my client has decided she wants and explain what she needs to recreate it at home. I also finish with a hairspray or shine spray or whichever product my client prefers and ask her how she likes everything and if there are any changes we should make. Then I walk her up to the reception desk, personally book her next appointment after deciding on a day that works for her, show her the products and tools I used on her in case she wants to take any home or has more questions and then I give her a hug goodbye and send her on her way! I feel that it is part of my duty to finish out my service this way because it shows that I care about the outcome and whether my client is happy. I want a visit to me to feel like visiting your most gracious hostess of a girlfriend at her home, so walking my clients out and making sure they have everything they need is all a part of that. And any salon that values your comfort should do the same.

If you find yourself wanting this kind of an experience, but lacking the necessary funds, don’t say no completely to the idea. Most hair salons offer other less expensive services that you can take advantage of without having to dish out major dollars. Try a deep conditioning treatment (which is usually around $20-$40 and will give your hair smoothness, shine and reparation) or a basic blowout (which usually runs around $35-$65 and lasts about three days).

Another tip is if you wear your hair longer and don’t require a lot of shaping and texturizing in between haircuts, stretch out your haircuts a bit longer and allow a more expensive hairdresser to help you maintain the length. By going to someone who knows how to take off only what’s necessary and give you layers that will grow out very nicely over time, you’ll actually do yourself a favor in allowing for more time in between and a more minimal increase in your hair budget. Plus, you’ll get the advantage of spending an hour each time with a glass of chardonnay and the latest cover of Vogue in hand.

Gigglers, what have your experiences been at different salon types? Do you believe you get what you pay for? Let me know in the comments!

Featured Image Via Clane Gessel Photography

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  2. I had an awful experience last week. I paid $85 for (what I wanted to be) a very, very subtle balayage highlight. What I got was the bottom half of my hair orange and a few tiny strands at the top so light it looked gray. Many friends advised me to go back and ask her to redo it, but after thinking about it, I decided to go to someone else. This hairdresser had been fixing my hair for months, and I always asked her to please not thin it out, but she would anyways. I realized that she was not very good at listening to what I wanted, so I found someone new. It cost $160 to fix (because it was much, much more complicated to fix than it would have been to do it right on my virgin hair in the first place). Boy, did I ever learn a lesson.

  3. i agree – love going to the hairdressers plus with things like dying my hair i would do a rubbish job – probably dye half my face too :)

  4. Protip: My mom is a hairdresser, but since she’s moved about 6 hours away I had to find someone else to cut my hair. I’ll pay good money for my initial cut, or to get a trim on my longer ends. However, since I have bangs that tend to get unruly before I need a trim – I just go to SuperCuts. For some people it may seem like sacrilege, but getting less than an inch trimmed I’m not paying the premium.

  5. Thanks for this article! I always stumble upon relevant on here, I love hello giggles!! I just made an appointment today to get a trim on Saturday. I am currently growing out my hair and am trying to hold back for long periods of time before getting a needed trim to get away all those pesky dead ends causing breakage (I did my research haha). I am also trying to hold back because I don’t have the money, I am also saving for a trip to Europe this summer! The money I am saving is going straight to that. I have never gone to this place for a haircut before but had an AMAZING experience with a simple facial. I am looking forward to my appointment, I need the stress reliever from school!!

  6. While I do think saving up to go to a nicer salon is a wonderful idea, it is important to remember that you can still get an awesome cut or color for less than $100– the salon I worked for back in the day only charged around $37 to $52 for haircuts with the masters, and many of whom were invited to work at large scale events like NY Fashion Week and huge hair shows in Paris, LA and Chicago. I think the key is, find a nicer salon and read up in plenty of reviews like Kate says! You can sift out less experienced stylists and find one who will really work magic with your hair for whatever your budget is.

    But honestly, let’s be real, if I could afford haircuts with top of the line stylists, I would totally do it. :)

  7. *stands up and claps*

    SPOT. ON. Although for $30 I do some really nice hair cutting, but I’m freshly licensed. :P