Finding The Right Hair Salon: 5 Strategies To Keep In Mind

Finding a hair salon you can trust in New York is daunting and complicated — kind of like finding the perfect guy around here. Just think about it. How many hair stylists have you seen over the years, and how many times have you left the hair salon feeling less than satisfied? Trust us, this happens way more often than you think, which is why in this blog post, we’ve compiled five strategies for you to keep in mind when you’re finding the right hair salon for you.

At YGallery Salon in Manhattan, New York, we provide a variety of hair services in our salon, including men’s and women’s haircuts, hair coloring, hair treatments and our favorite recent hair trend, balayage. Our goal is to bring your hair goal to life so you can pridefully show off your locks through #shamelessselfies on Instagram. Don’t worry, you won’t leave our hair salon with feelings of regret. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Here are five tips for finding a hair salon you can trust in Manhattan.

1. Read online reviews.

The number one way you can determine a hair salon’s worth is by reading online reviews. Reading about people’s experiences can give a good outlook as to how your experience will go, and some folks even take the time to post “before and after” photos, which can give you a clear idea of the type of work the hair stylists at the hair salon can do.

Of course, take this strategy with a grain of salt — sometimes competitors leave negative reviews on their competition’s site, and in reality, people are more likely to review a company after they’ve had a bad experience rather than when they’ve had a good one.

Some good go-to websites for reviews include Cityvoter, Google, Facebook, Yelp and Angie’s List.

2. Ask your friends, family members, co-workers or anyone else whose hair you like for suggestions.

This is a really important strategy, and it’s also one of the easiest ones on our list. Do you have a co-worker that has the most wonderful hair color you’ve ever seen? Did you sister just get her bangs cut and they actually look phenomenal? Ask them where they went to get their hair done or who cut their hair!

3. Browse social media pages for services, photos of completed work, etc.

Thanks to social media, we oftentimes don’t have to physically go into a hair salon to get the feel of it or to ask about specific services anymore. Many hair stylists have their own Facebook or Instagram pages to promote their work, where they take pictures of their client’s hairstyles and offer individualized specials on their services. If you see something you like while scrolling through your news feed, reach out to the source for further information.

4. Don’t make price a top priority.

Like most things in life, you get what you pay for. If you opt for a haircut at a hair salon solely because it’s $5, just know that you probably are going to look like you just got a $5 haircut. Believe us, you don’t want to skimp on something as daily used and seen as your hair.

Great hair stylists go through proper education and hours of training to become great at what they do, and they deserve to be appropriately compensated for the work they do. Chances are, the more training and experience a hair stylist has, the more expensive their services will be. But also keep this in mind: the more training and experience a hair stylist has, the more likely they’ll be able to replicate a hairstyle that looks best on you.

5. Schedule a consultation and start small.

Most hair salons will offer a free or affordable consultation option for your first-time visit. This not only gives you the opportunity to feel out the hair salon’s vibe as well as the personality of your hair stylist, but your hair stylist can also get to know you and your hair type better before getting to work on your luscious mane.

Don’t schedule a complete hair transformation on your first visit, especially if you’ve never heard of the hair salon yourself or through references before. At that point, you really can’t be mad if you walk out with orange, choppy layers when really you just wanted hair that looked like Sofía Vergara’s (we’re kidding).

All joking aside, try scheduling a simple trim or blowout for your first visit. Then, if you like the hair salon and hair stylist, you can schedule a more drastic hair appointment in the future!

Schedule An Appointment At Our Manhattan Hair Salon

At YGallery Salon in Manhattan, our hair stylists take pride in their work and our clients leave feeling satisfied with their new hair every time. Since we’re located in the hip, trendy neighborhood of SoHo, we match the aesthetics of our salon with the inspiration of our neighborhood. We also know our clients walk in wanting to leave with a sense of individualism and fashion, so we do what we can to create the perfect look for them while providing a spa-like ambiance.

Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our highly trained and experienced hair stylists at YGallery Salon. Give us a try — we won’t let you down like your recent string of Bumble matches. Book your appointment online or call today at (212) 680-0117.


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