The isolation continues, and it’s going to be a little bit before you can visit with your stylist again. But there are things you can do to help you feel better and not make too much extra work for them once this lockdown is behind us.
Speak to your stylist
The best place to start is to contact your stylist and ask what they recommend for your hair.
No one knows your hair better than they do.
Some salons are mixing color for their clients, doing contact-less drop-offs, and doing video walk-throughs on how to apply it.
Suggest it to them. I know several of my stylist friends had not heard about this. When I mentioned it to them, they are now jumping at the chance to help their clients.
If your stylist is unable to do this for you, please don’t get upset with them or try to pressure them.
Many salons have tight margins and carry a limited stock of hair color, and they have no way to get more because the color distributors that supply them are closed as they are not considered essential.
Several of my colleagues are doing video chats with clients and walking them through how to care for their hair, advising where they can.
Supporting your stylist
If you ask for anything from your hair professional, please tip them if you are able to: most stylists are independent contractors. They do not qualify for many of the support programs available to employees.
If you want to support your stylist or salon, ask if they have gift certificates, buy one for a friend or offer to prepay for services or tip them in advance.
A simple check-in with their social media, saying you are thinking of them, can go a long way to making someone’s day.
We miss you too! And we can’t wait to get back behind the chair to make you look good.
I have found some terrific online custom coloring websites that have great reviews and are pretty inexpensive considering.
Ask your regular stylist to check the coloring sites page out and recommend the one they feel is best for your situation. Also, ask them if they would be willing to do the online quiz with you. Of course, tip them for this help. (A good amount to start your tip would be based on what you would normally tip for a regular session in the actual salon.)
*If you are deciding to try coloring your hair at home for now, but do intend to return to your stylist for your color in the future, try to choose a tint that is one shade lighter than the color you usually receive at the salon (your stylist can advise you!)
*It is a much more straightforward process (and likely a less expensive one, too) to return you to your usual professional color.
*If you have your salon professional help you with this, do follow their suggestions! You will be miles ahead!