Salon Checklist

A salon visit can be daunting especially if it’s your first time. Follow Dr Ali Syed’s tips to feel more confident and come away with hair you’ll love.

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Go pro
If you need a professional service carried out, only use a reputable salon. The formulations of products involve intricate science and research and the quality of these products vary from brand to brand. Hairstylists are trained to use chemicals in a way that will protect your hair and scalp from damage.

Do your research
In choosing a salon, you should carry out research by asking friends and looking at online reviews. On your first visit to the salon, you should ask questions like ‘What products does the salon use and why?’ ‘What does the salon specialise in?’ 

Be honest
Always inform your stylist of any changes in your lifestyle e.g. pregnancy, medication etc. This can have an impact on the products used in the salon and for aftercare. 

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Leave it to the pros
Popping along to your local hair shop and purchasing professional products may save you money short term, but this is just a quick fix. The experties lies with the trained stylist who knows which brands are less damaging and better for the hair and scalp. Using professional products at home can lead to irreparable damage and possible hair loss, so always leave it to the pros.

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Know your products
Always ensure that your stylist uses good quality products. Conduct your own research through websites or consumer reviews and feel free to suggest to your stylist the products you prefer. It may cost a little extra, but your hair will benefit from it. 

Make regular visits
Remember, the stylist can see all the parts of your hair that you cannot see, which is another good reason why regular visits to a good salon is important in achieving strong, healthy and radiant hair. 

 
  Dr Ali N Syed is a master chemist with over 30 patents and is the founder of Avlon which are the makers of Affirm, KeraCare and new range ASIAM

Dr Ali N Syed is a master chemist with over 30 patents and is the founder of Avlon which are the makers of Affirm, KeraCare and new range ASIAM