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Avoid a Red Hair Nightmare: This Is How to Find The Right Salon and Stylist

The right stylist can make or break your experience!

Maybe you didn’t love your last stylist or they aren’t doing hair anymore, or maybe you moved to a new location. Whatever the reason is for being on the hunt for a new stylist, it can be exhausting. And let’s face it, it’s difficult to find a hairdresser who can work with red hair. Our hair is usually coarse, the texture can be different and redheads can be very particular about their hair. Here are a few tips you can use to help you find the right fit: 

READ: 7 Things People Say to a Redhead at the Hair Salon

#1: Do your research! Look at their Instagram or website 

An easy, low-commitment way to scope out a stylist is by looking at their portfolio of work. Usually, this can be found on Instagram or their website. Scroll through and see if they have experience doing what you’re looking for. You want to go to someone who feels comfortable and confident in the style they are giving you. Not all hairstylists specialize in all types of hairstyles, and that’s not a bad thing but it’s something to watch for. Going to a stylist who specializes in blonde balayage and extensions when you’re a redhead with a sleek bob might not work out. 

It’s easy to pick a salon if it looks trendy or is in a prominent area, but this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. A good indicator is to look at the brands used in the salon. Big brands won’t just put their products into any salon—they do their research on the hairdresser and also insist you do training with them so you know how to administer and recommend the product.

#2: Ask around: Get recommendations from friends & read reviews

Ask around to friends and family to see who they go to, but remember just because a stylist does their hair doesn’t mean you have to go there. Your stylist should be the right fit for you, and recommendations can help but they won’t always be a good fit. Another way to get client feedback is to read reviews. Reviews can tell you a lot about a stylist, how they work with people and what to expect. 

#3: Book a consultation

At the end of the day, you’ll only know if a stylist is right for you if you visit them. Remember: a good hairdresser is somebody that listens to you and takes the time out to listen to what you want. Book a consultation so you can meet them and talk about your hair goals. Come with photos of your intended style and see what they think. You might find right off the bat that you don’t mesh well or they don’t quite see your hair vision. If it doesn’t work out that’s fine, no harm in sitting down for a quick chat.

#4: Everyone is going to compliment you, but don’t rush 

Most professionals will ou-and-ah at your red hair! Don’t let that be the reason you pick the salon. Take your time, make the trip a pleasurable and relax. Go with your gut and don’t settle on the first salon you see or the first compliment you receive.


First question: “Is that your natural redhair?” And someone immediately touches it to make sure you’re telling the truth 🤣👩🏻‍🦰 #relateable #fyp

♬ Crowd Cheers – Johnny Buchanan


Rock it like a Redhead!