(Closed) Bees that get your hair colored: 1st time getting colored @ a fancy hair salon

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Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I can’t believe the lady asked you hwat kind of process for your hair…how are you supposed to know that!?! As for tipping, I have a separate colorist & stylist. I tip them both, and usually bring cash (for tips), I don’t know how you’d specify how much to tip each on visa.

 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

At my nail salon, I tip on my credit card & tell them to how much for each, then they log it for their records it looks like. In your case, I would probably bring cash the tips or ask that they run each transaction separately.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Okay that’s not nuts to ask if you need single process or double process.  It takes twice as long (which they need to know for their schedule) and will cost at least twice as much (which I imagine you need to know).

All that refers to is how many times they need to process your hair.  I’m a blonde and I dye my hair darker, no highlights, so that’s just a single processes.

If you have dark hair and need to lighten it significantly (like more than one shade or “level” as it’s called) , you’ll have to lighten it first, before you recolor it.  That’s a double process.

If you want highlights or lowlights with your color, that’s also a double process.

I don’t think that any fancy professional place will *just* do your roots if they didn’t do the original color bc they won’t be able to match it.   So it will probably (if you’re lucky) be a single, all over color wtih different levels of “lift” for your roots vs the length of your hair.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

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futuremrsalbin:  I tip them both at the end when I pay. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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futuremrsalbin:  Your natural color or your dyed color is a mediumish brunette?  Does your hair only grow grey?  It doesn’t sound like you need any additional lift, and like I said, I doubt a place like this would agree to only do your roots unless you were a regular, so yes, if I were doing it, I would do a the same color on your whole head with a slightly different chemical composition (the developer, which determines how much “lift” you get) on the roots and the rest to get it to all look even.   So yes, it should be single process, as long as you don’t ask for highlights or anything like that.

(I am not a hairdresser, but I’ve been dying my hair myself with professional products —ie. not a box from Walmart, the “real” stuff —for about 15 years.)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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futuremrsalbin:  i do color every 6 weeks and extensions every 12 weeks…been doing regular salon services for over 10 years! SO lots of experience.

That said, I don’t think its fair to assume she was being snotty by asking you what sort of service you needed. The receptionist is trying to schedule appointments (workflow), and in order to properly do that, it helps to have an idea of how long the stylist wil be needed. For example, she can apply a single process color in under half an hour but it may take an hour+ to do foil highlights. Like say you called a maid service, they would ask you how many rooms, whether you want laundry service/deep cleaning etc, since all those things would impact how much time to block off in the person’s schedule — it’s not an intimidation tactic, they need to be able to properly staff.

She asked assuming you may know already, which again, is not snotty because many people will already know if they have been doing the same thing for a while and just want that same thing again. But, you happen to not know, and that’s totally ok!! Just tell her it’s your first time getting services with their salon and you are trying something slightly different, so you aren’t sure what you will need. Ask her if you should come in ahead of time for a consultation or if the stylist can just make a recommendation on the spot at your appointment, and go from there. It shouldn’t be a problem.

As for tipping, most salons will give you a single bill at the end and you can add tip with your card or with cash — every place is different though. Again just ask over the phone how to handle tipping, or bring plenty of cash and you will be fine. I always tip a full 20% on everything.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY

I get my hair colored and cut at a nice salon, by 2 different people. Everytime, I ask for the specific prices of each (cut & highlight) because I always forget and they always just tell me how much the entire bill is. I usually do 20-22% for each of them, with a bit extra at the holidays. I tip them at the end, because my colorist always likes to see how it turned out! 🙂 I’d bring plenty of extra cash, because the prices at my salon are pretty high and 20% of the bill in tips is a lot :/

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yep!  Should be super easy then!  Good luck!  

P.S. In the future, even if you want your cut done by J at the fancy place, there’s no good reason not the get the color done some place you’re more comforable.  All over single process color is *so* easy, it doesn’t require nearly as much skill and talent as getting a great cut or doing more complex color jobs. 

Good luck! 🙂

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