This is what my hair looked like at work yesterday.
I always freak out a little bit before I go to the hairdresser. I know, it’s kind of crazy, and probably if I went more than once a year, I wouldn’t freak out as much. But I was looking for curly hairstyles online and if you Google “curly hairstyles” the first things you get are:
Yeah. I think not. So then <karnythia pointed me toward Googling Styling Naturally Curly Hair instead, which was significantly better and I am a little ashamed that I didn’t think of putting in the “naturally” myself. Sadly, I was also rushing out the door by then so I did a quick cursory look but didn’t really get to think about any of them.
I got to the salon and waited a bit for my appointment (the hairdresser was running late but was very apologetic), and then I consulted with her for a bit. My first disappointment was that she immediately nixed short hair without even seeming to consider it when I brought up the possibility. I told her that I didn’t have something specific in mind, but that I really just wanted a hairstyle that was an actual hairstyle and not just lopping off the ends. I said I’d been thinking about cutting it very short and she did the whole “no, your hair is too beautiful, you don’t want to do that,” which always kind of pisses me off because it’s a very objectifying view of women’s hair, as far as I’m concerned. But she had some suggestions and did listen to what I did want and knew I definitely didn’t want.
I got shampooed (the only time my hair has been shampooed in two years has been when I’ve gone to salons) and then they handed me back over to the hairdresser, and I talked a little more about how I didn’t like how flat the top of my head looked with my current hair.
She lopped off maybe four inches, so it’s short…er, but it’s not short. It’s still longer than shoulder-length, and she cut it at an angle and thinned the back.
Things that impressed me: one, she and her assistant put my whole head in finger-curls. Two, when I told her that I don’t use products, she didn’t push me to buy stuff or try to convince me that my way was wrong. Usually when I go for a haircut, I tell the stylist that I don’t use any products except silicone-free conditioner, shea butter, honey, goat’s milk soap, and natural oils in my hair, and they freak out and start telling me that I NEED products. But she didn’t, she actually went to the back and got out all the bottles of all their conditioners and let me read them and told me to pick which one I wanted her to use because she wanted to make sure that what I got was closest to what I’d get at home. One of them was silicone-free. So that was awesome.
Things that didn’t impress me: Apart from the whole “it’s a crime to cut your hair” bullshit which I’m kind of sick of hearing and definitely don’t want from a hairdresser, I still have split ends this morning. Which I don’t think is acceptable from a haircut at a ridiculously expensive salon, even if I get a discount because of my job. They always say to call back if there is a problem but I never know whether to believe them or not, or if they’ll get pissed off if people do, or if that’s only something that giant douchebags do, but I’ve never left a hair salon still with split ends.
She did, however, make my hair look like it has a style, and definitely took care of my complaint about the top being so flat.
So! That is my story. I have mixed feelings, largely because of the split ends and the fact that I don’t like a hairdresser nixing one option out of hand. But I liked other parts of the experience very much.
Mirrored from Antagonia.net.