I don't really give much attention to my hair. I just go get it cut every six weeks or so, and yesterday I was well overdue, so I went to the mall.
I walked into the salon and was greeted by the one who would cut my hair. She had bleached hair with a glob of blue spilling forward from the top of her head. She had about five tattoos that I could see, and she had body piercing jewelry sticking into and out of various locations of her face. She also looked like she was about 16 years old.
My first impression did make me ponder the thought of finding a regular stylist and sticking with him or her. But no, she would do. She worked at a salon, right? She graduated from SOMEplace.
In the end, she did a good enough job. I could tell that she was a bit of a rookie, but she was pleasant enough and didn't wreck my hair. I think it was a pretty basic assignment. Every once in a while, she would make hairstylist conversation, like she would suddenly remember being told to do that while in styling school.
We actually talked mostly about tattoos. Turns out that she had only one other one than the ones I could see... if she was to be fully believed.
As far as what I asked her to do, I guess I would give her a grade of "B". So I got to thinking, what would MY grade be as a customer? I looked up a sort of "do's and dont's" for going to the salon and found some belated advice:
Apparently, we are supposed to schedule a consultation before any actual work begins and "let the stylist see what your hair looks like dry and styled as you typically style it." Well, I walked in with it looking like it usually does at that time of day. As I typically style it? Uh, yeah - it was the windblown look.
2. Bring Pictures. Grade = missing.
Nothing more of note to say about that.
3. Don't Say It, Show It. Grade = D-
I did exactly what the article said NOT to do. I said, "Just take 2 inches off of the length and clean up the layers". Instead, I should have actually taken my hand and karate chopped right where I wanted her to go. The only reason I didn't totally fail is because, after my wrongdoing, SHE karate chopped and asked if that's where I meant.
I might actually have been guilty of doing this in the past. In this case, I probably realized that I could end up with bleached hair and a glob of blue spilling to the front.
5. Prepare Questions & Listen to Your Stylist. Grade = C.
These are supposed to be questions like:
- "Do you think my hair can look like this picture?"
- "How long will this haircut take me to style in the morning?"
6. Pick the Right Stylist. Grade = C-
Apparently there are stylists who "specialize" with things like curly vs. straight, "funky" vs. conventional, dyed vs. undyed, straightened, etc. Who knew? My selection process is a.k.a. "next available person with scissors".
7. Tip Appropriately or Beware Your Next Haircut. Grade = A
Despite my cluelessness, I think I left her a good tip.
And now, I'll be ready for next time. I bet my hair will still end up looking the same, though.