How do I find a good hairdresser?

My cousin has always done my hair my whole life. The past few years, I've been getting highlights every 8-12 weeks and a trim every other time. I recently moved from FL to NC and have no clue how to look for a hairdresser.

I needed a trim after I moved up here and it ended up awful. I just wandered around the mall and tried to find someplace that looked alright (there were three). I asked for like half an inch off to shape up my layers and it ended up being three inches in a blunt cut. She found a bald spot (which I got checked out by the do), but I was so freaked out I didn't even say that I didn't like it. Luckily, I went home a few weeks later and had my cousin fix it.

Well, my highlights are starting to grow out. I am going to Las Vegas in a few weeks and would like to get a touch up before I go since I won't be going home for a few weeks later. And, my cousin has that time off so I really don't want to make her work just for me.

How do I find someone that won't mess up my hair? I guess part of my problem is I knew my cousin would never mess it up. I could use stupid words like "more blonde and red" to describe what I wanted. When I used the same words with the haircut ("just trim up a bit off the layers") I was screwed. Can I say "see what I have? I want this again"? What do I look for in a salon?

And don't suggest I ask someone who has nice hair where they get their hair done. I work from home and when I do go out and see my clients, trust me, I don't want any of their hair and they aren't in my area anyways. Everyone who I've asked in real life has suggested that. Hah.
 

chessmont

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When you are out and about, if you see a woman whose haircut you really like, ask where she had it done. That's what I did when I moved. Interestingly, weeks apart, I saw two different women whose hair I loved, and they both had it cut at the same salon by the same stylist. I made the appointment, and she has been cutting my hair for seven years now!
 

QueenOfDa702

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^^:roflmfao: Im sorry, I had to laugh. She said not to suggest that haha!

Have you tried MySpace? I know its weird, but I found an amazing stylist on there. He has pictures of his work and they all looked fabulous. Maybe google hairstylists in your area, a lot of hairdressers will have examples of their work.
 

chessmont

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^^:roflmfao: Im sorry, I had to laugh. She said not to suggest that haha!

Have you tried MySpace? I know its weird, but I found an amazing stylist on there. He has pictures of his work and they all looked fabulous. Maybe google hairstylists in your area, a lot of hairdressers will have examples of their work.
--Ooops, I'm an idiot, LOL, I skimmed the post and didn't read carefully, haha my bad!
 

Sunshine

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I had the same problem when I moved to Key west...I started looking at womens hair everywhere I went. In the grocery store, just shopping in general and I asked women where they got their haircut if I liked it! I found the best haridresser EVER!!! He moved away after 4 years and I had to do it again, luckily I found someone I like even more! ASK ASK ASK....word of mouthe is everything!
 

QueenOfDa702

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--Ooops, I'm an idiot, LOL, I skimmed the post and didn't read carefully, haha my bad!
haha no you're not an idiot! I sometimes just skim through posts and end up doing the same thing. It was just funny to me that you were the very first post. I hope you didnt take it the wrong way, my crude humor gets me in trouble sometimes lol.
 

wordpast

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I chose a stylist to cut my it based off city search reviews. It was the first time really cutting my hair, so I was scared ,but his reviews were too awesome to pass up. My hair cut was fantastic!!

Good luck!
 
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Go to a salon and be up front with them and say to the owner or receptionist, "Can you suggest a stylist who knows how to cut hair and won't get scissor-happy? I am very picky." And before you get anything done, have them give you a consultation and ask them to tell you exactly what will be done. I also agree to check online first to find a reputable salon.
 

ally24k

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^^ yea i've seen sooo many fake reviews on citysearch. my current hair dresser (if you are in LA/OC you NEED to see CHRIS at Splitends). Anyways he said the old salon he worked at was able to pay citysearch $200 to remove the bad reviews! sketchy!