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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good hairstylist?

First, pull up a list of nearby hairstylists on Thumbtack, and read their profiles to get an understanding of what they specialize in — hair coloring, cutting, extensions, wedding hairstyles, etc. Then, start searching for stylists who have high ratings and customer reviews. You should also spend some time looking at photos that showcase their work. That way, you can determine if a stylist has the experience and skills needed to achieve the look you want. 

When you’ve identified at least three hairstylists you like, ask them for a cost estimate and make sure they have the proper credentials.

How do you hire a hairstylist?

After you find a few hairstylists you’re interested in, you need to decide who to hire. To figure this out, ask yourself these questions when evaluating each candidate:

  • Does the hairstylist have mostly positive customer reviews and high ratings?
  • Is the hairstylist charging prices that are reasonable and within my budget?
  • Does this person specialize in my hair type and texture?
  • Can the hairstylist achieve the look I want?
  • Does the hairstylist have the proper training?
  • Can the hairstylist come to me (i.e., are they a mobile hairstylist?), or do I need to go to their place of business?

What does a hairstylist do?

Many hairstylists have the training and skills to do the following:

  • Shampoo and condition hair
  • Blow-dry hair
  • Cut and trim hair
  • Color, dye and bleach hair
  • Straighten, braid and curl hair
  • Install hair extensions and weaves

The best hairstylists can recommend styles and advise you on how to properly care for your hair type. Some may specialize in a certain treatment, or they may focus on hairstyles for events, such as a wedding.

How much do you tip hairstylists?

A good rule of thumb is to tip your hairstylist at least 20%. Of course, it’s OK to tip more or less than 20%.

If you decide to tip 20%, here’s a quick guide on how much to tip your hairstylist:


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What should I do if my hairstylist messes up?

If you believe your hairstylist messed up, bring it to their attention. Talk to them about what you expected and why you’re not happy with the end result. Because many professionals rely on positive customer reviews and word of mouth to keep their business going, they’re often willing to make adjustments. For more advice, read our guide on how to resolve issues.

Reviews for San Diego hair stylists
Danielle S.
Absolutely amazing work! Both with hair and make up couldn’t have asked for a better stylist!
Hair by Taylor SanchezHair by Taylor Sanchez
Sahar D.
Brytni was a fantastic hair stylist and worked straight through several hours of bridesmaids hair for my wedding. Brytni was very responsive to texts along the way and helped me figure out the look I wanted for my big day. I would highly recommend Brytni! She is kind, warm, and talented in hair.
Brytni BeautyBrytni Beauty
Alex s.
Riri Roya did such an amazing job with my wife’s hair and cut mine perfectly. I could not ask for a better stylist. I surprised my wife with having someone style her hair for out maternity photos. My wife loved her hair and it looked so great in the photos! 10 out of 10 recommend!
RIRI ROYA Hair Stylist 💇🏻‍♀️RIRI ROYA Hair Stylist 💇🏻‍♀️
Frida G.
Royal did a wonderful job coloring, cutting and styling my hair.The color came out vibrant and shiny. She is a great hair stylist. I can wait for her to do my highlights in 5 weeks.
RIRI ROYA Hair Stylist 💇🏻‍♀️RIRI ROYA Hair Stylist 💇🏻‍♀️
Thumbtack Customer
I am so happy that I found Josette! She provides professional services and high quality hair which lasts for over a year with good care. She takes the time to listen to you and educate you on how to take care of your own hair to keep it healthy as well as your extensions. I am very discerning when it comes to my hair stylist, and I am happy to say Josette is one of the best I know. I always feel gorgeous when I leave her salon and that's what keeps me coming back.
California Hair ExtensionsCalifornia Hair Extensions
Alicia G.
Taylor was so wonderful to work with and provided beautiful work for my wedding day! With the unpredictable course of the COVID pandemic, my husband and I were unsure what our wedding day would look like. Taylor was so incredibly supportive, understanding, and responsive throughout the entire process, amidst postponing our wedding and other challenges along the way. Taylor is not only a talented hair stylist, but she is wonderful company as well. Very reasonable prices. Highly recommend!
Hair by Taylor SanchezHair by Taylor Sanchez
Angel M.
I am only writing for others to know about my experience. I reserved for a small wedding party of 3 including the bride for hair only. A week after reservation it became a party of 2. I asked if she wanted to provide more services like hair and make up. At that time she let me know she was no longer available for that date and time. I asked if I would get my deposit back and she was surprised that I had paid a deposit and she returned it immediately. My reason for posting this is because had one member of our party not dropped I believe this stylist would have been MIA.
Mandy was absolutely outstanding! I cannot recommend her enough! She was a consummate professional and easy to work with. First of all, I was contacting her last minute to see if she could do the hair the next morning and the following day at 6:30 am for two women leading a LIVE event at a San Diego Resort and Spa. Unfortunately, the original hair stylist hired to do the job, cancelled last-minute. After contacting a number of hair professional referrals by phone and being told it was just too last minute a request that could be met, I decided to look through Thumbtack as I had had a good experience hiring a hair/make-up artist in Cincinnati last May. When I read several of the San Diego hair/make-up artists professional bios, background and experience, I applied to several stating the last-minute time- frame along with the opportunity to meet two really phenomenal women leading the event. I hoped this would persuade the professionals to consider the job and respond. After reading all the bios, I was really holding my breath that Mandy would respond. I really liked what I read and she came across as a really down-to-earth person who I thought would be a great fit. She was actually the only vendor on Thumbtack who responded back to me. She was a delight to work with and did an absolutely fabulous job styling the hair of the two LIVE event hosts. The event hosts were so pleased with Mandy's hair styling talents and their final looks on both days! I was so pleased my gut was "right on" about Mandy as a person and as an artist. Next time we will schedule Mandy in plenty of time upfront. Thank you very much Mandy! It was such a pleasure working with you! HIRE MANDY!!!! SHE'S A PRO!
Mandi Rae StudioMandi Rae Studio
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