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- INSIDER asked hair and makeup artist Miabella Ristorp for advice on how to choose the right salon.
- She said you should look out for quality products with natural ingredients, and listen to recommendations.
- She also said “alarm bells should ring” if your hairdresser doesn’t ask you any questions before starting your treatment.
When you’re living in a big city, it can be hard to make a decision about anything – where to eat, what gym to join, and even where to live.
Choosing a hair salon to commit to is no exception, especially when you know you’ll be forking over a decent amount of money.
INSIDER spoke to international hair and makeup artist Miabella Ristorp, who, with over 15 years of experience in the industry, has worked on fashion shows including Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana and styled models like Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger, and Suki Waterhouse.
Now working out of her new luxury beauty studio SMUK London in London’s Eccleston Yards in Belgravia, she knows a thing or two about what it takes to run a good salon – and the things you should be looking out for when choosing one.
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Firstly, Ristorp said that when you’re picking a salon, the most important thing is recommendations.
“If you know someone that’s been there or you get it recommended, that’s usually when it’s good,” she said.
You should also pay attention to the quality of the products the salon uses – the more natural the better.
“For example, with colour we only use the most natural ingredients, ammonia-free, which keeps the quality of the hair better,” she said. “I think a lot of people have bad experiences with colour, with the hair breaking from [it], so that’s one of the things we’ve been conscious about.”
She added that how the hairdressers look themselves can also be a good indicator.
“If they have great hair themselves, they must be great hairdressers,” she said, adding that their training level should also be up to date.
However, she recognised that it can still be tough to know what someone’s skill level will be.
“I obviously hear a lot of stories and it can be shocking how things work,” she said.
She said the one red flag you should look out for is being matched with a hairdresser who doesn’t ask you any questions.
“If you get taken straight to the back wash without any consultation, some alarm bells should ring,” she said.
While there are a number of things you should be asking or telling your hairdresser yourself, she added: “I need to know about your routine and your hair before I can do the best for you.”