WHY A CONSULTATION
A consultation, by definition, is a meeting with a professional for the purposes of seeking advice. The consultation protects you and the stylist from many possible unwanted outcomes. For one, it protects you from having a stylist with the wrong vision altering one of your most important accessories and, for another, it protects the integrity of the stylist against an unhappy guest. The consultation is not on the same day as the service you'd like to discuss. It's an opportunity to examine your hair, your goals, and come up with a plan to get you there.
During the consultation, the stylist examines the condition of your hair, your chemical service history, your home hair routine, your natural coloring, and asks about your expectations. All of that is weighed against what is possible with your hair, how many services it will take to get it there, what you need to change in your home routine to make it possible, and whether or not it's something you want to move forward with. With this knowledge, I start my guests on a schedule that will give them the hair that they want.
IT'S COMMON SENSE
It's not a good idea to go to a professional to have them perform a procedure or provide a service without a consultation. Sometimes it works out, but it's an unnecessary risk when it comes to something as important as your hair. You shouldn't go to someone you don't know just because he or she has a license. A lot of questionable people have a valid license to do hair.
YOU'RE WORTH THE TIME
When I decide that I want something, I hate waiting for it. But, more often than not, I regret it when I push something through when I should have taken my time. Your hair is one of the first things people see when they look at you. It's too important to not do it right the first time. Color corrections, damaged hair, and missed expectations are frustrating and expensive. A consultation is an extra step, but it's a layer of insurance between you and a regret.