- 7 years ago
I have really thick, curly hair. It’s long, too. Well, not so long, anymore, but normally it’s down my back. Of course, I am hard-pressed to find a stylist who doesn’t commit highway robbery against my bank account. The first time I ever got highlights, my mom had found a lady who charged $60 for my highlights. It was great! We ended up losing contact with her, so I didn’t get any work done on my hair for years. Early last year, my aunt hooked me up with her hair guy. He ended up charging me $190 for highlights and a cut. He did not do what I wanted and refused to listen to what I wanted. He acted greatly inconvenienced by me. So, I never went back to him. Then, early this year, Future Mother-In-Law hooked me up with her stylist. She charged $150 for my highlights, which is all she did to my hair. I know that is considered normal, but I cannot afford to shell out $150 at random. Therefore, I didn’t go back to her for months. When I went to the salon with Future Mother-In-Law one day, the hairdresser told me I needed to make an appointment because my roots were showing awful. I was embarrassed and out of obligation, I made an appointment. I went to my appointment two weeks ago and was shocked at the mere $70 price tag. For highlights, cut, and style, I thought that was a great deal!
Future Mother-In-Law had bought a keratin treatment from the beauty supply store and had given it to me. It was a do-it-yourself kit. However, for some odd reason, she kept insisting that I let her hairstylist put the treatment on for me. I’ll admit, the process IS tedious, but I could’ve managed by myself (for free). After my hair appointment two-weeks ago, Future Mother-In-Law told the stylist that she would bring me back on the 14th to get the keratin treatment. I could tell right away that the stylist wasn’t thrilled about doing the treatment on me. Both times I went to get my hair done by her, she complained incessantly about how much hair I had. I didn’t necessarily want her to do the treatment on me because I could save everyone time and money by doing it at home, myself. Future Mother-In-Law assured that it wouldn’t cost too much because, after all, I’d be bringing my own products.
So, I went in yesterday to get the keratin put it. From the start, the hair dresser acted like she was not happy to be doing my hair. She’s normally a pretty friendly lady, but she started reading the steps of the treatment process and huffed and puffed as she read. To me, if you want to make money, then you should smile and suck it up. Hair is her JOB. You should NEVER let a customer know that you don’t want to deal with them, even if you really don’t. She was lazy about it from the start. She didn’t put a cape on me before she washed my hair, and didn’t dry my hair with the towel before she told me to get up from the sink. So, water went pouring down the back of my clothes (big pet peeve of mine). By the time we got to the second blow dry, the hairdresser wasn’t even speaking to me or Future Mother-In-Law. Normally, she’s very perky and talkative. When she got to the flat iron part, she kept burning my skin in what I felt to be purposeful attempts. I cannot begin to explain how many times she clamped the skin on the back of my neck in the 450 degree straightener. She’d straightened my hair two weeks before, and never burned me. She’s never burned Future Mother-In-Law, either. From previous conversations I’ve had with the hairdresser, I know that she would do something like that for kicks. She also kept slamming her hair straightener down on the countertop. Not placing it down, but throwing it down in a way that startled me every time. She huffed and puffed throughout the entire process. I was extremely uncomfortable and was just ready to go home. I already deal with major insecurities where I feel like I’m burdening people, so, when someone clearly lets me know that I am burdening them, I get really upset.
After complaining about my hair kicking her ass, and how she couldn’t believe she still had more clients to do, I went to go pay. She said, “That’s gonna be $80.” Umm, what?! I nearly crapped my pants! She was charging me more for applying a treatment that *I* bought and brought in, than she charged for giving me highlights, a cut, and a style two weeks ago. I could’ve cried. I was expecting her to charge around $40 for the labor, since that’s all she did was labor. She used NONE of her own products on me. The amount of time she spent doing my hair was equal to the previous time where she’d charged $70. It just didn’t make sense to me. I felt like she was charging a lot because she was mad. So, my happiness about only paying $70 from two weeks before was blown out the window. Now, I’ve paid the full $150 for hair this month, which I didn’t want to do.
I just don’t think I want to go have my hair done anymore, by anyone. Every experience has been bad for me. There is never a set price. It’s always just whatever the stylist feels like charging If they’re annoyed by you, they will charge more than normal. If they’re in a good mood, it’s less. They NEVER want to do what I ask them to do. They ALWAYS act like I am nothing but a hassle to them, because of the amount of hair I have. They are verbal about it, too. I just don’t understand. I mean, you trained for this career. Why are you acting surprised when someone with thick hair comes in? I’m just sick of the whole thing.