A: One of the benefits of seeing a licensed stylist is receiving a professional consultation. This is perhaps the most important part of hair care services. The consultation establishes communication between the client and the stylist, and gives a clear direction for the desired look. The client’s expectations can be set during this session, and the hair stylist can determine which method, products and services are needed. In addition, clients get the perfect opportunity to explain the likes and dislikes about their hair and previous services. The consultation usually takes anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. It is important to divulge all necessary hair history, at home regimens, products used and treatments used when asked by the stylist. Leaving out key information can cause less than desired results. Allergies and medications should also be given so the stylist can take extra precaution when selecting and applying products. During an initial consultation the stylist will determine the condition of the hair by analyzing the texture, curl pattern, growth pattern, elasticity, porosity, length, and density.