When I first moved to Austin from Southern California one of my biggest sources of mourning was that fact that I was going to have to leave the hair stylist that I had been loyally seeing for 6 or so years. In fact, I spent the first year or so planning visits back to LA to visit family and friends….and to get my hair done. It was a very difficult thing to realize that this was not a reasonable long term plan and that I needed to find a new stylist in Austin. I eventually found a stylist and fell into another committed relationship when alas, he opted for a career change. Ouch! Another heartbreak! The search began again. Is there a match.com for stuff like this? Anyway, after much searching I have now fallen in love again with Hayley Groll of Shag Austin. Here are some of my tips on how to find stylist-love:
- Social Media- I posted the question on our community facebook page. There were many responses for me to comb through. I started by clicking on the profile pics of those that responded to see if I loved their hair, if their hair was similar to mine, and if we had similar styles. You can also sometimes find the stylists work posted on Instagram.
- Austin Magazine’s Best of issue- current and old issues are helpful. Who pops up again and again? I was also able to see the price points for different salons.
- Visit the salon websites- I am not a person that feels super comfortable in a fancy salon. I love the idea of it and they can be so beautiful, but I just know that’s not me. Though I am now a suburban mom I crave an environment that is a bit edgier and cooler than I am. It is great to see pics of the salon and staff to see if that is an environment I will be comfortable in for a few hours every 6 weeks or so.
- Yelp- checking Yelp reviews can be helpful, but I tend to take them with a grain of salt because it is generally the unsatisfied people that run to the computer to send off a review. I do pay attention to the positive reviews, but look for details not just a general “it was awesome” review.
- That first haircut- I will not get my color done on a first visit. I want to be in the environment, chat with the stylist, and see how I feel walking out. I LOVE getting my hair done and walking out of a salon feeling beautiful and usually more hip than when I walked in. I want to see how my cut holds up and if I enjoyed spending time with the person to which I am entrusting my look.
The best thing about Hayley is that our love is not mutual- her fans are loud and vocal. I found all kinds of love for her from people like me and people cooler than me. I always feel happy and at home in her chair. Good luck in finding your match!