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Hair Care > Interviewing Potential Stylist or Colorist

There are situations when you need to find a new stylist. Perhaps you had to move, or your hairdresser retired, or changed career. When that time comes that you need to interview a stylist, do not act like an interviewer. Have just a nice friendly conversation. You want a stylist to believe that you are just a curious client. The stylist will then be more open, talk more freely, tell you the truth and will less likely make up something that is not true just to please you. Also ask only the questions you need to know. You do not need to ask questions about coloring if you are looking for someone to cut your hair only. Below you'll find few questions you may want to ask, if I'll think of more I'll add them to the list.

General Questions

  1. How long have you been licensed?
  2. Do you still take classes, how often and where?
  3. What kind of classes do you like to attend?
  4. What kind of literature do you like to read?
  5. What is your favorite Hair Magazine?
  6. Did you ever teach any apprentice to cut, color, or perm hair?
  7. Have you ever faced any difficult hair situation and how did you handle it?
  8. Have you ever "saved" any ones hair, like a bad home color job etc.?

Hair Cutting Questions

  1. Do you cut hair wet or dry? (Wet is better - more precise.)
  2. Do you cut hair in sections? (Again precision stylist will follow the geometrical shapes and cut hair in sections.)
  3. What is the difference between texturizing and thinning the hair?
  4. Did you attend any hair cutting classes after you have been licensed? (Many companies give great advanced classes for professionals)

Coloring Questions

  1. Is it safe to color permed hair? (The answer to this one can be: Yes, but only a medium length and layered hair. Long hair can get damaged with too many chemical treatments if done too often on its long tresses repeatedly.)
  2. Do you take classes on hair coloring, how often and with what companies (These companies give good color classes: Clairol, Redken, Schwarzkopf, L'Oreal, ... )
  3. How many classes have you taken so far?
  4. How do you color (the proper steps) never colored hair before? You can see for yourself on this page.
  5. What are the proper steps in touch up? (Answer: Apply color only to the root area in small sections, process hair for 25 - 34 min, apply the left over color mixed with shampoo or conditioner to the rest of the hair to freshen-up the faded color and process another 5 - 10 minutes)

Perming Questions

  1. What kind of solution do you like the most (Answer: An acid solution is gentler to the hair and applied with heat, an alkaline is for hard to curl hair and applied with no heat. Then there are "custom" made solutions, for fine hair, for colored, for highlighted etc.)
  2. Is it safe to perm highlighted hair? (Answer: It all depends how strong is the hair, how long it is and what kind of product the stylist uses - solution for highlighted hair is a must)
  3. For how long is hair processed? (Answer: It depends on the hair - the stylist must take curl formation tests every 5 minutes in several different areas)
  4. For how long do you neutralize the hair? (Answer: 5 - 7 min, not much longer because neutralizer could also damage the hair)
  5. Will solution drip into my eyes? (Answer: I protect clients with a cream and a long cotton strip around the hairline. If the cotton strip gets too soaked, I change it. I also put a little piece of cotton inside the ears to prevent any ear infection.)


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