Spring has sprung and with it sometimes comes the urge to not only “Spring clean” your house, but your hair and wardrobe as well. Changing your hairstyle is not always easy, so we asked Commisso and Company hair expert Dominic Commisso to share a few important things one should always look for when going for a salon consultation.
“As I always say…Communication is the most important part of any relationship, be it personal or professional. Everyone has heard salon horror stories and I can bet most of that horror could have been prevented with better communication. The end result is always the responsibility of the professional, whether we like it or not. “The client didn’t tell me…” is not an excuse for poor service. Clients answer the questions that the professional asks, so if we ask the right questions, we can get closer to the right answer and prevent a communication breakdown. For clients, be open minded and flexible and you can achieve a great look that fits your lifestyle. Here are a few tips to keep in mind…”
- A Look for YOUR Lifestyle, Not Someone Else’s! The stay at home mom has a different lifestyle than the corporate professional. Do you actually have time to maintain your personal style or are you always on the go? Do you spend most of your day at home, driving or on the train? Everyone wants the effortless look that celebrities promote, but not everyone has a team of artists at their beck and call to make them photo shoot ready. Picking a look that works with your schedule and lifestyle will leave you with more time for yourself and less time fussing in front of the mirror.
- Don’t Undo the Work! Products and home routines are a key part in maintaining the look that clients spend all the time and money to achieve. Everyone leaves the salon looking great, but how long you maintain the look depends partly on what you do at home. Products sold at mass retailers are for the “kitchen beauticians.” Salons have specific products for every hair type and the professional recommendation is something you do not get at the supermarket. Likewise, asking your hair designer for a few blow dry tips can go a long way and prevent dried out broken hair.
- Give Us the Boundaries, Then Let Us Do the Rest! Part of the consultation is finding out what a client wants, another part is finding out what a client doesn’t want. Remember to focus on the present and not the past. A perm or short haircut you got when you were 9 years old can be a bit traumatizing, but you’re not 9 years old anymore! A professional can understand the total look, facial features, eye and skin color and many other factors. Giving someone that little bit of breathing room can make you both feel great without trying to make a carbon copy of someone else’s look.
- Pictures are Great References…But… It’s very unlikely someone can replicate a picture to a tee. Yes, a picture is worth 1000 words and Google Image Search is a valuable tool, but only use pictures for a starting point. A professional will use parts of the picture that work with YOUR look and should point out anything that may not be natural to your hair or skin tone. If picking out pictures for formal styling, find people who have the same hair type as your own. The exact updo on highlighted blonde hair WILL look different on deep golden brown hair.
A consultation is a great chance to get to know a salon professional before the actual service is performed.
Commisso & Company Salon is located at 30 Main Street, Port Washington, NY. For more information please visit http://commissoandcompany.com/ .