This is a big one. It is also one you can pick up on immediately. Some things take time to feel out, but how clean an establishment is or is not, can be determined by a quick scan around the place.
Pay attention to their hygiene practices when you visit to set up an appointment or a consultation. You are welcomed to stop by a salon when deciding on whether or not to book with them. Be courteous and let the host know that you’re interested in finding a new salon and that you have an interest in possibly booking an appointment. Take the opportunity to scope things out.
Professional and well maintained salons are usually open to new clients and are helpful when they know you are interested in making a decision about booking an appointment.
This is the kicker for a lot of women. Don’t let yourself be immediately put off because a stylist’s price list seems a bit steep for you. Take the time to inquire about exactly what comes at a particular price point. There may be extras that justify a heftier price.
Also, understand that master stylists are going to be compensated accordingly for their experience and expertise. If a stylist charges more than you are comfortable with, ask if there is a different stylist available who can perform a similar service for a price that is more in line with your budget.
You are the only one who can make the ultimate decision regarding how much you can and will spend for any service.
Understand that it can be tedious, but it’s not impossible. You just have to know what to look for when deciding on a new salon.