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Posting your styles to social media is a great way to market your services. As an online portfolio of your work, it gives your returning clients a great reference tool, attracts and inspires new clients and is a great way to interact with your community. When it comes to stepping up your social media game it is important to note that it is about more than just adjusting your posting schedule. Keep reading to learn more about best practices for posting on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok and how you can engage your audience.

Top Tips for Social Media Success

Everyone Loves A Little Attention

We all know clients love the feeling they get when they leave the salon with a freshly finished style. The great part about social media is that they get to relive that when they see their style again when you post it! Posting your clients on social media is a great way to thank them for coming, serves as a reminder to book appointments, and also creates a bond between you two.

Before Your Snap

Whether your clients are on social media or not, when taking pictures, be sure to let them know that you will be posting them online. While most won’t mind, a certain level of privacy must be protected.

Before You Publish

There is also a level of credit due. When posting, be sure to tag properly! Positive captions and comments are a must; including your clients in those are critical. Alongside tagging your clients, use hard tagging to tag products, tools, and media outlets so they can also discover your work.

Post To Multiple Platforms

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Depending on location and demographic, your clientele could use various platforms. For this reason, engaging with them across multiple platforms can be a great idea by cross-posting. You don't need to necessarily make new content for each; instead, slightly tweak your posts to be able to post to TikTok, Instagram and Facebook with ease. 

Post Helpful Tips

While showing off beautiful hair colors or the latest cuts will help build your client base, offering helpful tips will keep them! Offering sound advice to new and returning clients builds a new level of trust and commitment and could even foster more sales.  

It’s All In The Lighting

Looks can be deceiving, especially on Instagram. More often than not, changing up the direction your client is facing, going outside, or investing in a simple ring light or camera can make all the difference. To improve your style, pay attention to the direction of the light to ensure you’re not backlighting your look.

*The reason why it’s so important to get the light right is for future appointments. When taking before and after’s and promoting your color skills, capturing color as close to the real outcome is imperative. Making your client's hair look more blonde or dimensional on an image will only leave room for disappointment about the actual service. No one will expect you to go from a level 4 to a level 9 in a day, so don’t portray that as true online.


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Hashtags are the golden ticket when it comes to being discovered. They allow users to find your work, so be sure to hashtag accordingly. Think about the search terms they may use when looking for a new hairstylist. I.e. #coloristlosangeles or #balayagespecialist. While adding hashtags are essential, don’t overdo it – keep it around 10! Looking spammy can also lead to less organic reach, so choose wisely!


For more color formulas, tips, and tricks, follow along and tag us in your creations on Instagram and TikTok @Redken!