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How to Find Your Forever Stylist

Most of the hair advice you read here comes from our resident stylist and educator, Jen Bennett. She’s been with us for almost EIGHT years and has been making much of Seattle look good for a lot longer. Since we trust her more than almost anyone with our hair, we’re letting her take the reins, well, keyboard.

Photo of Jen Bennett doing balayage and her business card

As the great Ron Swanson said, “the three most important people in a man’s life are his barber, his butcher, and his lover.” If you’re not into meat, finding the right hair stylist is more like finding a great therapist—You just “get” each other.

I always feel more at ease when I recognize a client in my chair. I get to know their routine, their lifestyle, and therefore what hairstyles work best for them. Not to mention, we avoid awkward small talk. Getting your haircut becomes less like a chore and more like catching up with an old friend.

Because choosing one person to handle your head can be intimidating, my friend Sharalee came up with a three strike rule.

I always tell clients to give me three chances.

The first time I meet them I’m getting to know their hair and their style. The second time, I get to see how the cut grew out and exactly how they’ve been wearing the cut I gave them. We have the chance to discuss what they liked or didn’t like about their cut and I get to make changes that fit their style.

By the third time, I get to see if those changes worked or not, and if I don’t get it right I’ll personally help them find another stylist that might be a better fit.

—Sharalee Stephens, Rudy's Columbia City

Remember, stylists are there to help you look good. Ask questions about what product they used, how to style at home, and how long you should go before your next cut to maintain your look.

The next time you feel a connection with a stylist, just ask for their card. You now have their info to book ahead of time or even better, book when you checkout. This way you skip the anxiety of trying to get in last minute and avoid having to hide under a hat three days in a row.

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