Beauty Clinic: how do I switch to a new hairdresser?

Q. I’ve decided to take the big step and change hair stylists. Could you give me some tips on how to find someone I will get on with and – most of all – who will make me look great?! A. We truly empathise! It is a really big decision for many women and finding The One is so important. (We know it’s only hair but the state of their crowning glory can make so much difference to a woman.)

So we asked our old and dear friend Charles Worthington, who opened his first salon in London in 1986 (with sister Jane on reception and a solitary stylist…) – he now has three and is one of the go-to experts for beauty insiders and everyone else.

Charles believes that having a good relationship with your stylist is paramount. And that means being able to say what you want, rather than sitting like a rabbit in the headlights unable to squeak. (Though we might not go as far as one control freak beauty industry insider who literally tells her stylist which lock of hair to cut next, and by how much….)

Charles says ‘All top salons offer consultations allowing you to book in first, meet the stylist and talk to them about your cut/colour needs before you have anything done. This means that you are not committed to an appointment. Charles Worthington Salons offer complimentary consultations for both cut and colour.’

• ‘It is a good idea to book a consultation in plenty of time before a big event - if that is the reason why you are looking for a change - to allow you to feel confident in your chosen stylist or to find an alternative salon.  In the consultation, try to be open. Be honest about what you have previously done to your hair. For example if you have been home colouring it is key to say so. Don’t be afraid! ‘

• ‘Make sure to do your research - look at websites, reviews and social media on a salon and stylists. Most top salons also include their team on their website so you can be familiar with your stylist before you go and see them.’

• ‘Best recommendations are often through friends – find out who they use and recommend.’

• ‘When you call up a salon tell them what your hair is like and what you are looking for, eg if you have curls, long/short/thin hair, require a colour expert etc. – this will help you get the best person for your hair and cutting/style needs.’

• When you are talking to the stylist, it’s vital, in our experience, to discuss how much time you have to style your hair, how often it will need cutting (and colouring too) to keep it looking good – and also be really certain that the style they propose will suit your hair type. Secondly, the style must suit your face shape and figure: there is a section on our website about this (Search for 'Getting the perfect haircut').

Lastly, professionals are expert at styling hair and you may need to get a slice of that expertise. Charles Worthington salons offer Styling Masterclasses (look under Specialist Services) from £50. Worth the investment we think.

Charles Worthington Salons, 5303