woman in long blue dress

Let’s face it, our hair makes an even bigger statement than our choice in jaw-dropping gowns or designer stilettos.

In fact, in a surprising survey done by Glamour Magazine, “74% of men indicated that they notice women because of their hair and 44% of men surveyed said that hair is the first thing they notice about a woman.”

I’ll go ahead and say what you’re probably thinking, boobs, ta-tas, wouldn’t we have all guessed the girls would’ve been numero uno on that men-tell-all list?

Which makes finding the right hairstylist even more important.  So how does one go about finding a new hair guru?  This is actually a question we received from one of our fabulous subscribers who is about to move to a new town where she knows not a soul.  So Lisa H, this one’s for you, darling!

woman in curlers

After much research, we came up with a plan on finding your hair’s new best friend and then we did what we do here at FCO50, we put that research to the test.

TIP #1 ~ Research the best hair color brand that fits your needs.

We began our new hairstylist search with the hair color itself because QUALITY IS EVERYTHING, my friends.  Hairstylists have many options when it comes to the color lines they use, each with a wide range of prices and reputation for quality.

Bottom line, no matter how talented a stylist is, if he/she is using a poor quality color line, it can affect the look and health of your hair.

We discovered an online review of the Top Hair Color Brands, and after reading through their recommendations, we selected Wella because of their rating and reputation.

TIP #2 ~ Find stylists in your area who use that hair color line.

Our next step was to go to the Wella Website, which just so happened to have a handy dandly little Salon Stylist Tool to make things that much easier.  All I had to do was type in my zip code and I was instantly provided with a list of stylists in my area.

TIP #3 ~ Research your top salon/stylists.

Now that we had a list of salons and stylists in our area, we wanted to find out what people had to say about them.  We checked them out on Yelp, Google+Facebook, and Twitter and it wasn’t long before two hairstylists climbed their way to the top of our list.

TIP #4 ~ Do a brief over-the phone interview.

Next, we made phone calls to the two stylists we were considering.  We asked each of them two important questions:

  1. Do they offer consultations
  2. Do they guarantee their work
TIP #5 ~ Book an appointment.

Based upon their answers, we had our answer and promptly booked an appointment with Michael Ellis of Michael Ellis Salon in Greenville, South Carolina.

I knew my research had paid off when Michael, who had already spent 10 minutes asking a multitude of questions about my hair over the phone, devoted another 25 minutes of consultation in the chair, talking about what I liked, my vision for my new hair do and looking through photo examples.

Since summer is but a blink away, I wanted to take a walk on the wild side (for me) and go with the sun-kissed look. Michael suggested a French technique called Balayage (which in French, means to paint or sweep) and I eagerly agreed.

woman over 50 hair color

He put his 40 plus years of experience to work, hand-painting my tresses in two different colors like an artist.

The end result was a softer, more natural way of covering those ghastly grays while adding scrumptious caramel highlights to my naturally brunette hair.  It was a look I’d always wanted to try ~ bring on summer!

baylayage hair style

After texting a photo of my new do to my Dallas bestie Heather, for her honest opinion, she replied, “I absolutely LOVE it, it makes you look younger!”  So I would humbly declare this method of finding the right hairstylist a complete success!

Do you have a hair story to share good or bad? We’d love to hear from you.

Do you have a question or an idea for a future post? Be like subscriber Lisa H and drop us a line at Jonet@FabulouslyChicOver50.com

Stay fabulous, darlings,

XO, Jone’t

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Jonet Wooten is a 56 year old former investigative newspaper reporter/photographer. She's always in search of the latest and greatest in Fashion, Beauty and Travel, which she writes about on her AWARD WINNING blog. Creator of the popular global fashion series She's Got Style.

2 Comments on How to Find the Right Hairstylist

  1. Momma
    April 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks vaunderful my darling.

    • Jonet
      April 19, 2016 at 4:49 pm (3 years ago)

      You know God has blessed you when you’re Mama is sporting a cheerleading uniform and spiffy pom poms! Love you Mama


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