By Shon Lomax
Hair stylists are professionally trained individuals who’ve not only invested in themselves by going to some of the best cosmetology schools but continue their education throughout their career to improve upon their skill set. With that being said, why is it assumed that they should not be treated with the utmost respect? I don’t care if you consider them a personal friend or if a friend recommended their services. There is a line that should never be crossed between a professional and a client. Oftentimes, as a client, I’ve witnessed some of the most outrageous and unacceptable behavior in salons. Yes, I’m shaking my head. There is a certain type of etiquette that should be practiced while in a salon. Same as any public or private business where services are being rendered. Please keep these tips in mind during your next visit. Ciao.
- Cancelling appointments via text an hour before scheduled appointment. That’s just tacky. Please respect their 24-hour cancellation rule.
- To be your babysitter. Unless your child is old enough to have an hair appointment, leave the kids at home. Noisy and rambunctious children are disrupting to the setting.
- Arriving late and expecting to be sitting in your hair stylist chair once you walk in the door. Are you trippin’? Did you see the line at the hair dryers?
- Listening to you go on and on about what another stylist suggests in terms of products needed to maintain current hair style. If that’s the case then, go sit in their chair. Respect.
- Describing a look that you’d like your hair stylist to achieve without a photo or point of reference. Really?
- Talking on your phone while they’re attempting to color or cut your hair. Mad disrespectful. You really wanna end up looking like a hot mess?
- Not booking your next appointment while in the salon but hitting your stylist up on Facebook instead. Ummm… I didn’t need to read why in your status update.
- Eating while sitting in their chair. I’m sure they wanna eat a fish sandwich too after being on their feet all day. Ask first. Or at least offer ’em some. Damn!
- If you’re gettin’ a weave or hair extensions please arrive with the right amount of hair as previously discussed. Or be prepared to incur the expense of hair purchased by stylist. Please stop it with, ” I thought it was included”.
- Expected to work for free. Please tip your hair stylist. A 15%-20% gratuity is acceptable. It doesn’t matter if they are the salon owner or not. Gratuity is expected in all services rendered. Most importantly respect the fact that they possess a certain skill set that your cousin doesn’t when you choose to flip and say you know somebody who, ” Can do the same thing for less”. Come on now.
By Shon Lomax