Thursday, August 8, 2013

Why My Hair Looks Ho Hum

A lot of you probably get super excited about a visit to the salon. Not here. Nope. I go maybe every 2 months or so when I drag myself there - to one of those walk-in joints.


I decided to go on a slow day: A Monday. There was only one stylist there when I came in and then walked in another one who I've seen there several times.

She isn't very smiley. A little standoffish if you ask me.

And guess who I ended up getting? You guessed it!

As she was cutting my hair she was talking to the other stylist making fun of a guy who comes in to flirt with her - because he was wearing in her words 'flood pants' - with white socks - that she said made him look like a Michael Jackson wannabe. After laughing loudly a couple times - at the same thing - it got old quickly.

Her making fun of the guy was interspersed by terse reminders to sit up straight and keep my chin down. That was the extent of her conversation with me.

Then she was done. Didn't even bother to ask me if I wanted to get my hair blown dry - she probably assessed my lack of attention to my hair and figured why bother.

As I was checking out she remarked on my T-Shirt (the one with the girls I designed) - I couldn't even feign much enthusiasm at that point...

Anyhoo, I always feel a little awkward at the hair salon. Now I know why.

It is a good thing I did not go for a high maintenance pixie cut like Beyonce that would require regular salon visits. Besides, the last time I could pull off a pixie was when I was 16...

11 comments:

Charlotte Klein said...

Yea, not a fan myself. Though I only go about twice a year, if that :) I will say that the last time I went to a salon, I had an awesome stylist. I noticed she had a lot of dog pictures in her area and she said she had a farm and also fosters animals so we had a lot of things in common and she recommended some great vegetarian restaurants. That never happens so it almost made for a pleasant experience.

I don't like that your stylist was talking smack about one of the customers. Not only is it unprofessional, but I'd be paranoid to hear the things she said about me when I got up!

Where the Fur Flies said...

I go to a friend's house 2 or 3 times a year. She moves the dirty dishes out of her kitchen sink to wash my hair and then cuts it in her dining room. My hair is in a bun, braid or pony tail every day so it doesn't make sense to pay more for a stylist.

ps - apparently I'm part robot... I get it wrong every time.

Jayne said...

I can honestly say that in all the years I went to hairdressers I maybe only *once* liked the resulting cut - done by a visiting top stylist from a mainland, well-known salon ...who then returned to 'the big smoke'. I've tried so many salons, so many stylists over the years but the result is never consistent and apart from anything else, my hair has often been cut too short (despite endless requests to the contrary). I also *hate* the whole hair washing process at that basin thing. I find it very uncomfortable and read that they have been known to bring on a stroke because of the way they constrict blood vessels ...which I can quite imagine.

When I had my [un-basin-related!] stroke I could no longer easily visit the salon so my husband started giving my hair a trim and I chopped a little into the front and sides to maintain some shape. Yesterday I looked on YouTube to find the *correct* way to give myself some gentle layers to frame my face and this morning bravely chopped away. ...And I'm thrilled with the result!

When I think of it, I now save myself the time and aggravation expended in going to the salon and the *money* saved over these last few years has probably paid for a holiday away!

And yes, your stylist sounds very unprofessional.

Yankee Girl said...

For me, getting my hair done is an experience that requires a sedative. I constantly make bad decisions with my hair so I am nervous from the very beginning. If I don't have a stylist who can calm me down and make me feel comfortable, I will be out of the chair before the hair wash. I am overdue for a color, but I haven't made an appointment yet for fear of deciding to cut my hair short again or of adding some funky color.

Rebecca Jo said...

I'm lucky... I live in a little town when you go get your hair cut, you know everyone in there... & the hairdressers all go to my church... so its like being at home.. with a head massage...

come with me next time - you'll have fun :)

Allison King said...

I formerly hated salons. And then my best friend went to cosmetology school. And decided that she hated salons too. Now, she's a cosmetology grad who does hair at her apartment, with wine, and usually some chick flick that I would NEVER watch with anyone else.. Not big on the chick flicks. LOL.

Did you know that it takes 6 hours to cut and color my hair?? Well, that's what we tell my husband when he's home with the kids anyway....

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

I had a bad bad cut when I was a kid and refused to ever go back. For most of my adult life I would trim my own hair and only twice in the past 10 years did I go to a shop and it what just to have my hair chopped off. I am lucky now to have a friend whom owns a salon (and I trust her) but I still only go every 6 months :)

mac said...

I always get mine cut shorter than necessary so I don't have to go back for quite a while. I seriously dislike the barber/stylist experience.

However, they do trim my whiskers much better than I can :-)

mac said...

BTW...
Your hair looks good to me !

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

You are very nice Carma. I would no more go to someone like that or tip if I got her. My hairdresser has to have a connection with me or I don't go. I hate long straight hair on me so I have to go regularly. I also color/highlight so these are things one can do at home but it shows so I prefer the salon.

I love my hairdresser. We talk about my hair, her ideas, mine. We talk about life and we giggled at the little boy who was in his moms lap in the chair next to me when he told my hairdresser she had boobies like his mom. I love going to the hairdresser - i get a glass of wine, her full attention like a friend, we chat, I leave looking good. What's not to like? Oh yea, the $65 for the haircut. :-)
(you don't wanna know how much it costs to color!)

Mo said...

I just made myself go to get my hair cut two weeks ago. I must not say what I want very well because he cut my hair and then when I showed him an area to cut shorter he cut everything but that part shorter. Sooooo, I came home and cut me own hair again. I shouldn't go get my hair cut.

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