Tips on Finding Best Hair Stylist in the Bay Area

How to Find the Perfect Hair Stylist for You

If you’ve just moved to San Francisco or the wider Bay Area, you might be wondering how to find the perfect hair stylist for you. This can be a tough transition, especially if you’re used to a particular stylist in your former city. Begin by doing some research. Look at websites for various hair salons and stylists, and choose two or three that look promising. You might also ask neighbors, coworkers, or other acquaintances for recommendations.
When you’ve narrowed your search to a couple of good candidates, contact them to ask questions. Ask about the range of services they offer, including any specialties, such as hair extensions, highlights, balayage or keratin treatments. Ask about their overall technique and scheduling and payment requirements.
When you’ve decided on a stylist, request a consultation first. That way the two of you can get to know each other and chat about your hair type, your expectations and the stylist’s hair cutting technique or special talents. If things feel right, dive in and make your first appointment.

What to Expect From a New Salon or Hair Stylist

When you first try a new salon or hair stylist, consider preparing a checklist of things to expect. That way, you can better evaluate your experience and decide if you want to return.
  1. Pay attention to the scheduling process: It should be easy to book an appointment and ask questions as needed. Most salons also offer convenient reminders by email or text.
  2. Notice how you're welcomed when you arrive at your first appointment: The staff and individual stylists should make you feel at home, and the waiting area should provide comfortable seating. The styling area should also be well-furnished, so stylists have everything they need at their fingertips. 
  3. Ask about the salon’s products, promotions and customer loyalty programs: These can help you personalize your experience and decide if a new salon is right for you.
  4. Evaluate the results: Your new stylist should be confident and cut and style your hair to your expectations. You should be satisfied with your haircut when you leave the studio. Your overall experience should be calming and enjoyable.

What Are Master Stylists and Senior Stylists?

Based on their training and experience, hair stylists fall into several categories. Stylists gain experience and learn on the job, while senior stylists have already worked their way up to a wide range of techniques and skills. Master stylists are at the highest level of their profession and often use cutting-edge techniques. They train other stylists, too.

Our Stylist Portfolios

Here at Essence Salon in Mountain View, you can be sure to find a stylist who's perfect for you. Check out our stylist portfolios. You’ll be able to read a short biography and view photographs of top-notch work.