How to Tell Your Stylist You're Seeing Another Stylist

One of those most awkward moments any person has to encounter is the run-in with a stylist after you've left them to see someone else. It's a situation we'd prefer not to have go through, yet we will all probably face it one day.

The most important thing to remember is that unless your stylist is a family member, or was a good friend prior to the stylist-stylee relationship, there is no reason to feel bad about ending the working relationship. Like any other professional relationship, your stylist is someone you were paying for services, and when the services are no longer needed or desired, the working relationship is over.

If you do end up running into your ex-stylist after, do not avoid contact. This tends to be obvious to the other person. Do not make a running list of excuses either. Greet your former stylist in a friendly manner and make the cordial small talk you would make if you were running into any other acquaintance.

If your stylist lacks couth and seems to make issue of you no longer seeing them, keep your reasoning short and simple. Simply say, "I found another salon that is much closer to work/home" or "I have a close friend who is a stylist who was hurt that I wasn't seeing her" or even more simple, "Yes, I know I haven't been there much. Hopefully I'll make it back soon". There is no need to break into uncomfortably long conversation about why you left.

Most importantly, remember that you are not the first person to have left the stylist, and you won't be the last. It is not a personal insult, and it may have nothing to do with the skills of the stylist. It is simply a professional relationship that you have chosen to end, and you deserve to do what's right for you.