March 31, 2016

How to Choose a Color Specialist

What do all these Certifications Mean? 

Whether you have virgin hair that’s never been dyed before or you’ve been using box colors from the grocery store for years, if you want perfectly colored hair, you really need to find a qualified hair color specialist. A simple search online will come up with a wide variety of supposedly amazing colorists in your area, but how do you know which is the best choice for you?

First of all, you’re going to run into a lot of jargon about certifications. Much like getting a degree in a certain field from one university or another, there are some differences. Some of the cosmetology schools and programs that offer their own in-house certifications are more stringent than others. However, these certifications do have one thing in common: peer review.

What’s the Big Deal With Certification? 

All color specialist certifications – whether they’re from Redken, the American Board of Certified Haircolorists, the Ogle School, etc. – require the candidate colorist to pass a set of tests. These tests, both practical and theoretical, are judged by a panel of peers and hair color experts.

Colorists with certification have proven their skills and abilities with coloring hair, which means that clients know from the start that they’re working with someone who has achieved a certain level of skill and competency, above and beyond trial and error or having successfully colored a few people’s hair before.

Don’t Be Shy – If You See Hair You Like, Ask! 

One of the best ways to start looking for a new hair color specialist is to look around whenever you’re out. If you see a woman with great hair, in a color and texture you’d like to see on your own head, don’t be shy. Walk up and ask her if she minds sharing her colorist and stylist’s information with you.

Check the Reviews

After you’ve gotten a recommendation from someone with great hair, go online to Yelpor Facebook and search for the colorist or salon. You want to check out a review site like this because you want to make sure that the colorist does consistently good work. If the work fluctuates in quality, and you see a lot of negative reviews, pass on this colorist.

While you’re at it, you might want to check out these review sites and do a general search for hair colorists in your area. Check out who has the best reviews for their styles, colors, and even their customer service.

Schedule a Consultation 

Finally, before you commit to coloring, schedule a consultation with your new colorist. Talk to them about your hair processing and treatment schedules, your habits with blow-drying, curling, or flat ironing, and even your age and how much you dye your hair.

They should be able to give you a range of color and style options that will work with your hair and give you the color and texture you’re looking for. If you don’t feel confident with your choice in colorist at this point, move on to the next.