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When You Have to Change Hairstylists

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Many of us have been going to the same hairstylist for years. We see them as friends, confidants and counselors. We rely on our hairstylists to make us look and feel good and make decisions about our color or style to enhance our view of ourselves.

And when we are in a “fix”, hairstylists often will step up and go beyond the call of duty with a house visit (I had one at 7:30 a.m. before an important event) or even a hospital visit for a trim.

But what happens when your hairstylist leaves the salon you may have been going to for years? You then need to find another to become used to your unique cowlicks or make that special concoction that gets the color just right.

It is stressful to make the change even if inside you have been wondering what it might be like to go to someone else. You may ask yourself, “How will I trust another hairstylist the way I have with this one?”

Depending on what the circumstances of your separation with the hairstylist there are certain actions to take. If the hairstylist has changed salons you have two choices to make.

First, you can try someone else in the current salon as it too has become a familiar refuge. You probably have become accustomed to the location and ambience of the salon. Even if you find and follow your old hairstylist, you may not like her new location nearly as much.

If you still decide to follow your old hairstylist, according to the New York Times, you can likely find her through Facebook or Twitter, if you have taken the time to learn your stylist’s last name. The old salon may give you her new location, unless your hairstylist has decided to open an office so close by that she is now in competition with the old salon.

Unfortunately, sometimes your old hairstylist may be moving entirely out of state so you must seek a new one. Starting with a new hairstylist is then a little like dating -- you must feel some chemistry with the person. You may want to try a few new ones recommended by friends before you settle in to the one you feel most comfortable with.

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