Picking a hair salon can be tricky. Get it right and life is glorious. Get it wrong and well ... hair disaster is a'coming.
That sounds dramatic right? But hair disasters are not exactly unusual. If you're over the age of 20 then you've likely had one yourself and if not then may I take this moment to say 'Girl, you were born under a lucky star!'.
I've most definitely have had my fair share of hair appointments gone wrong.
To be brutally honest, I've had more than my fair share. Admittedly, some were of the slightly irritating this is so not what I asked for variety, but others were nothing less than devastating, life-altering events.
Yes, it sounds dramatic but seriously ... When you look into the mirror and see hair that you loathe, the world is a cold and miserable place.
The good news, however, is that if you follow a few simple steps you can ensure you never experience a hair disaster again. Or at the very least, dramatically lower your chances.
First and foremost, is the following industry rule. If you hit a salon and you're introduced to a stylist who asks you no questions at all then you need to hot foot it out of there. Unfortunately, zero questions is a sure sign that you've wandered into bad salon territory.
Award-winning stylist Anthony Nader of RAW Hair confirms this to be true.
"Stylists should want to know what it is that you're looking for," he says.
"They should also want to know what type of lifestyle you lead, are you a gym bunny or someone who has no time to style daily. Do you like to colour your hair often. These are all important questions and the answers will directly affect what your stylist can achieve."
Aleks Abadia, of Esstudio Galleria agrees. Asking questions is the only way to get to know your clients and what it is they are wanting to achieve, he says.
Also, it is up to us as clients to be able to answer those questions. It's also important to listen and to accept advice. We might wish for Julia Roberts beauty queen curls but our hair simply may not be up to it. If your stylist says this is the case it's time to listen. And then, ask a few more questions. Indeed, the more the better.
You deserve the hair of your dreams and this is the simplest way to get it.