An online search for stylists for a new hire is a no-brainer.
But what if your company is hiring for a specific role, and you don’t have one of the most trusted brands in the world?
That’s where a stylistic consultant comes in.
“If you’re looking for a professional to work with you in the next year or two, you might want to consider hiring a stylists who have been through this process,” says Laura A. Dall, an executive stylist at J.
Crew, one of several major retailers to hire a stylistics consultant in recent years.
But when it comes to hiring stylists to help manage your office, there’s no need to trust one alone.
Here are five reasons why hiring a team of stylists might not be your best bet.
You’ll have to deal with an awkward conversation between you and your stylist.
It may seem like a good idea to hire stylists with more experience and expertise to manage your offices online, but that’s not always the case.
“It’s the same with any job you’re doing,” says Jill K. Miller, a stylistry and hair stylist for New York City.
“You can’t just rely on one person who’s a master stylist to do it.
You need people who are comfortable and have a solid understanding of the job.”
Miller says that she prefers to work for clients with multiple clients and multiple styles, but she can do her job in a variety of ways, so long as she’s able to communicate the importance of being a professional.
“I want to be able to tell you what I’m doing and where it’s coming from, but I don’t want to feel like I’m being told,” Miller says.
Miller recommends choosing a stylism that’s familiar to you and a person you trust.
“The person who can handle it with you and be there for you is usually going to be the most valuable asset,” she says.
“That means being able to work across the company and not have to talk about what they think.”
You might have to compromise on quality.
If you’re hiring a professional stylist who is known for her expertise and has a personal connection to your brand, you may have to sacrifice a bit of quality.
A stylist can help with the look of your website, or your online store.
“A lot of times, a company won’t pay for the time of a stylister,” Miller explains.
“So they might pay for one to two hours per day to get that personal touch to their work.”
That might sound like a lot, but Miller says she often spends less time with a stylista than she would if she was making money.
“There’s a lot of things I would do differently if I were making a $20,000 a year salary,” she explains.
Miller suggests that you start small.
“Don’t let your personal relationship make a difference in the quality of the work,” she advises.
You can be more likely to fall for a flaky client.
If your company has a bad reputation online, a bad website or a lackluster client list, the chances are you’ll end up with a client that’s flaky, says K.C. Gentry, a marketing professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“In my experience, the more flaky the client, the less likely the stylist is to have a good relationship,” he says.
Gringens research has found that clients who are flaky are more likely than those who aren’t to spend the time and money needed to get a stylian.
“One of the biggest problems with the flaky clients is the lack of trust,” Gringes says.
A lack of client trust is one of his main concerns, and that can make it difficult for you to find a qualified stylist that can really take care of your needs.
“When you go to an agency, you have to put a lot more trust into the person who does your hair, nails or make-up, than the stylists you hire,” he explains.
Glingers research has shown that the less trust you have in your stylists, the harder it is to find someone who can truly deliver your needs for the right price.
You’re likely to find yourself doing a lot less.
Miller says clients who have a reputation online for being unreliable can also lead to a lack of professional loyalty.
“What I see is that people who have problems getting things done on the Internet, they’re going to have an awful time with stylists,” she warns.
“They’re going not to be as loyal as someone who is on the cutting edge of the industry, who has a great understanding of their brand.”
Miller points to the recent controversy surrounding a former employee of Instagram who claimed she was fired after she took a selfie with the body of a dead baby.
The Instagram post was shared over 3 million times, and the post sparked a massive backlash