While dyeing your hair a shade that causes your locks to fall out, or chopping off way more than you implied are clear signs your hairstylist is no bueno, there are a few less obvious red flags you should take into consideration.
Keep reading for four subtle signs you have a bad hairstylist.
1. They Refuse a Look Just Because It Isn’t On-Trend
It makes perfect sense that a hairstylist wants to give their clients the most of-the-moment looks. As a personal brand, they obviously want to showcase their best, cutting-edge skills. That said, it’s the client’s hair and ultimately their decision. As long as the cut or color isn’t detrimental to your hair, a stylist shouldn’t refuse it. After all, if they’re that good at what they do, they can make drab look fab.
2. On the Flip Side, They Say Yes to Everything
While you should be wary of the hairstylist who says no to too much, you should also be concerned by someone who says yes to everything—especially when you know it isn’t their specialty. Depending on your hair length or thickness, there are certain cuts you should absolutely not try, and colors that will severely damage your hair or make it fall out.
3. They Don’t Check in After a Drastic Cut or Color
Aside from common courtesy, it’s important for a hairstylist to check in with their client after a major chop or dye job. You could have questions about how to better style the fresh look, or perhaps you’re displeased but too scared to bring it up yourself. Whatever the case, a true professional always follows up shortly after the appointment to ensure everything went smoothly. If they brush it off, it shows they don’t take the whole thing as seriously as they should, and don’t value you for putting a huge hair risk in their hands.
4. They Won’t Refer You to Other People in Their Salon
It’s common courtesy to share business with your salon colleagues. If you’re a colorist, there’s a good chance you don’t excel at cutting hair, too (and vice versa). Or even if you’re a colorist, there still may be someone who specializes in something very specific that you haven’t mastered. Either way, if you’re looking to do something that you know your hairstylist doesn’t specialize in and they won’t refer you to someone in their salon, it’s a sign they’re competitive in an unhealthy way or they don’t mesh with their colleagues and aren’t willing to bring them business.