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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 Chicago hair stylists
Monica T.
Katie reached out to me a 2nd time to see if I was still looking for a hair stylist for my wedding, and I’m so glad she did! After another hair stylist ghosted, I was nervous, but Katie’s hair trial with me was fantastic & professional. She was communicative, prompt, made my bridesmaids look gorgeous, and gave me a perfect half up/half down ‘do that lasted throughout my ceremony, reception, and even into the next morning! 😂 I would definitely hire her again. Thanks, Katie!
Blush and Braids Beauty BarBlush and Braids Beauty Bar
Mary S.
Blush and Braids Beauty was amazing! They were super responsive and super professional. All their hair stylists were in incredible and David was a magician with make up! I was use them time and time AGAIN! Highly recommend!
Blush and Braids Beauty BarBlush and Braids Beauty Bar
Kirsten L.
I do not have enough good things to say about Allyson. If there was one thing I would never change about my wedding it would be hiring her as my hair stylist. Not only were me and all my girls who got their hair done by her OBSESSED with our hair, but it stayed in ALL NIGHT. She was a dream to work with leading up to the wedding day, she was professional, responsive, and so so nice. It was like having another girlfriend in the room while we were getting ready. She came so prepared, on time, and finished everyone with time to even run down the hall and style my husband's hair! I could go on and on, but I'll just say this, you won't regret booking this amazingly talented stylist!
Style & Beauty StudioStyle & Beauty Studio
David B.
Unfortunately the stylist that was supposed to come couldn't make it that day, so they sent someone else. We were not extremely pleased with the results. We had a group of men and women. The women were done ok, nothing great, but the men's hair was pretty bad!
Ambiance SalonAmbiance Salon
Bisila B.
I hired Anastacia during my short stay in Chicago. I enjoy so much to work with Anastacia, she is not only a highly skilled make up and hair stylist, she is also a delight to work with. Her personality is great, she is a great listener and I loved the result of her work! I will hired her over and over again if I live in Chicago!
Anastacia Beauty ArtistAnastacia Beauty Artist
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