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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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$20

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$30

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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 Francisco hair stylists
Barbara P.
Jackie is an amazing makeup artist and hair stylist. ..We made an instant connection! It was always apparent that Jackie wants her customers to be very pleased and she lends the perfect professional consultation coupled w/ truly listening to the client. My makeup and hair styling lasted from 8:00 am - midnight. Jackie is a talented professional and I highly recommend her services.
Star High BeautyStar High Beauty
Thumbtack Customer
I had Audrey do my normal hair cut, and I will definitely be going back! I have really thin, long hair and I mentioned that in my request. Audrey replied mentioning that she had experience with thin hair, so I decided to go with her because I have not found many hair stylists that can handle my thin hair well. I was a little worried, because I'm often disappointed by hair cuts, but it went great! I love my new hair cut and my friends have even noticed it. It's a relief to have found someone who I feel "gets" thin hair, and can really work with it. Audrey washed my hair before cutting it and gave me a great scalp massage--definitely a plus if you appreciate that. She cut and styled my hair very thoughtfully, and we had a nice chat. I love that she didn't use a ton of products in my hair, and I was in and out in about fifty minutes.
Audrey Kral Hair and Make UpAudrey Kral Hair and Make Up
Koto S.
Alyna was so professional! I was looking for both makeup and hair stylist. It wasn’t so easy to find someone who can do both, and I found Alyna a few weeks before my wedding. I was super nervous until the day, but she was so easy to talk to, she listens to your words what you want, what you like or don’t like. I am happy for my decision to choose her! Thank you Alyna, my guests came to me to take a picture of my hair and they loved it🥰
Inner Goddess GlamourInner Goddess Glamour
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