Sussing Out the Right Salon

A regular feature intended to bring those that are patrons of hair salons and those that are practitioners at hair salons that much closer together. It’s time to look into each other’s worlds and uncover a mutual understanding that leads to inspired, imaginative, and ultimately healthy and beautiful results.


by JM       

Sussing Out the Right Salon

Whether you’re new to the area, or your current salon just isn’t cutting it, here are some tips for choosing the right one.

Ask Around

Word-of-mouth is an excellent start.  If you spot a cut or color you love on a friend, acquaintance or stranger, ask which salon they go to and who they see there … after complimenting them of course.  It’s also important to mention the name of whomever referred you to the stylist.  Doing so helps him/her know the look you like … and who to thank.

Do Some Research

Once you have a shortlist, look up each salon’s ratings and reviews.  Visit its website to check out the services offered.  You may even find a pricelist.  Use Social Media too.  Salons often have an Instagram handle or hashtag that will show you current images, clients and hairstyles.

Check It Out

Call to make an appointment for a (usually complimentary) consultation.  It’s a risk-free way to decide if you want to give the salon your business.  While there, consider;

Location & Longevity

  • Ideally, look for a convenient, accessible salon with ample parking.  It’s probably not worth your time/money to travel back and forth.
  • Speaking of time, do the hours of operation work for you?
  • How long has it been in business?  An established salon is usually a safe bet.


  • Are the workstations tidy?  Are the floors swept?  Is the salon well-maintained?


  • What is it you need?  Cut?  Colour?  Extensions?  Mani-pedi?  Massage?  Some salons offer a few specialized services, others a wide range.  If you have a special hair type (e.g. curly or African American), you will want to find a stylist who can deal with it.


  • Are the people working there friendly and courteous?  Do they greet you with a smile?  Are the hairdressers trained/certified and attentive?
  • Is the salon busy but not so hectic you run the risk of getting lost in the shuffle?
  • Are you comfortable … relaxed?


Be selective.  As Coco Chanel said, “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.” 

Next up, how to find your mane squeeze (i.e. choose the right stylist).