This the second part in a two-part series about consultations. Last week, we covered consultations from the stylists’ perspective, but this week we’re focusing on what the client can do to make the consultation a success. It’s completely normal to feel a bit nervous before getting extensions for the first time, but the consultation will help you know exactly what to expect.

Both stylist and client should ask lots of questions. Here is a list of some things you could ask your stylist:

“Are you certified?” Not every licensed cosmetologist is certified to do hair extensions. Donna Bella has a certification program and many other hair extension companies have training programs as well. Experience is also key, and so it never hurts to ask your potential stylist for before and after pictures of clients they’ve worked on previously.

“How much is this going to cost?” Your stylist should be upfront with you about cost. Sometimes it can be tricky to give a quote because each head of hair varies so much, but after the consultation, your stylist should have a good idea of how much hair you’re going to need and how long it’s going to take. Some stylists ask for a deposit, so be prepared for that.

“What extra precautions do I have to take with the hair extensions?” There are universal hair extension care guidelines, but your stylist will have specific recommendations for your hair. Your stylist might suggest certain products and brushes.

“How often will I have to come in for touch-ups?” It’s good to know what you’re getting into, and to make sure that you have the time commitment for adjustments that will keep your hair healthy and looking great.

“What method do you recommend for my hair?” Your stylist can see, feel, and touch your hair when you’re sitting in the chair, so he or she is the best one to give you advice. Trust your stylist.

Tell your stylist all of your hair history, what kind of medications you’re taking, and what your lifestyle is like. This knowledge will help your stylist make an informed recommendation about what method is best for you.

Come to your appointment with your hair the color you want to have in the long-term. The stylist will be matching your hair to a Donna Bella hair swatch, so if you go and dye it after your appointment, you will have hair crisis on your hands because your hair extensions will not match.

Don’t show up with your hair in an intricate updo, either, unless you don’t mind your stylist taking it out. He or she will want to feel how thick your hair is, and will want to examine the roots, so you’ll want to be prepared.

Bring a notepad and pencil to take notes. Especially if it’s your first time getting extensions, you’ll want to remember the instructions your stylists gives you about what products are best to use, how to brush, and when to come in for touch ups.

Your stylist will set up your installation appointment, which is usually a week or two in advance. This will give your stylist time to order the hair and have it sent to the salon, although some salons keep hair extensions on hand and ready to go.

Your appointment should be informative, exciting, and you should leave feeling completely confident that hair extensions are the right thing for your hair.

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Last week we discussed what the stylist can do to make the consultation great. Read that here.

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