Post # 1
So I’ve been going to the same hairdresser for around eight or nine years and I used to love her! When I first started going I had crazy long hair and I needed someone who would actually listen to me when I said “trim” and she was amazing.
Well I chopped my hair off and donated it when I was twenty one and it’s been on the shorter side, never past my shoulders, ever since. I’m also a rather “easy” client; I go in for a cut only as I’ve never colored my hair and don’t plan to start now. Now my hairdresser is known for her amazing color-skills from blending, natural colormatch looks to crazy rainbow colors. It’s safe to say that almost all of her clients demand a lot of her time while I only require ten minutes, if that.
Over the last…I want to say it’s only been a year but it could’ve been longer, I’ve been crazy unhappy after my hair appointments. Since having shorter hair I’ve switched things up quite a bit and quite often and she’s just not been delivering. (And I honestly didn’t really even pay much attention to it until my SO went with me a few times and mentioned that she didn’t really give me what I’d asked for and that she goes above and beyond for her more demanding clients.)
The last time I had an appointment I didn’t make my next as I usually do and now I’m thinking that I might like to try somewhere different. After the last time she did my hair, which ended up quite a bit shorter than I’d wanted it to be, it has to grow out a bit for what I’d like to do next so I have time to look around but my problem is there aren’t a lot of salons in my area. I’m surrounded by a bunch of “Great Clips” and “Super Cuts,” both of which I’ve had bad experiences with, and so I’m at a loss as to where to go.
Should I try Ulta or would it be more of Great Clips all over again?
Should I look outside of my immediate area and go to a bigger city nearby to find a private salon?
(I’m sorry if this seems like a stupid question but I’m really very ignorant in this area. An old girlfriend of my brother’s set me up with the hairdresser I have now.)
Post # 2
I love looking on instagram for stylists! Personally, I will drive far for a good cut or color because I think it’s worth it. I personally wouldn’t do an ulta, unless you can see some of their stylist’s work ahead of time, because I would worry it won’t be what you want.
Also, I think its important to communicate if you are unhappy. If you never give feedback, your current stylist probably has no clue that you are unhappy. It might be worth one last chance, and really communicate if you are unhappy, want something changed, etc. I have been going to the same colorist now for like 10 years, but there have definitely been times that I have gone back after a week and just said “I am not loving this. Here’s what I want to change.”. Cut is a bit different than color, in the sense that you can’t add more length back in, but you could still go back and have her fine-tune if possible.
Post # 3
I personally wouldn’t go to a Great Clips or Super Cuts, but my hair can be difficult to work with. I’m pretty lucky in that my sister is a hair stylist, so when she does my hair I have no issue telling her exactly what I want (though most of the time I let her do her own thing – she’s super talented). But if I didn’t have her, I would definitely be very picky about who I go to for my hair.
Is she rushing through your haircuts? Does she charge you a lot of money for being an “easy client”?
What kind of cuts are you asking for that she isn’t delivering? I do know that hair texture and thickness make a difference as to whether or not a particular haircut will work for you. Maybe that has something to do with it?
Post # 4
Find a friend or coworker with great hair and ask them where they go. Oftentimes it’s someone operating out of their house on a word of mouth basis!
Post # 5
mkbee : She’s not necessarily rushing but I feel like she’s not present. She’ll walk off and check on different clients in the middle of doing my hair or answer the phone then come back; she likes to squeeze me in between appointments. And no, she’s very reasonably priced and even cuts me a bit of a deal because I’ve been a good client and she’s known me quite a while.
I would like to think it could just be texture but she’s always praised me in the past for knowing my hair very well and what it will and won’t do and if she’s ever thought something wouldn’t work, we’d have a discussion about it and change things to fit my hair. None of this is taking place; I’ll describe an effect that I want, a silhouette I’m looking for and even show pictures of something like it; she’ll say “Sure thing!” or add some input but when she’s finished it’s not really what we talked about.
I don’t understand because they’re usually cuts we’ve done in the past that I’ve had before so I’m not sure why things are different now. (I’ve literally gone in for an appointment over the past year and showed her the exact same pictures I showed her a few years ago and the end result was completely different!)
italianbride0508 : I would honestly love to give it another go but I wouldn’t even know where to start in bringing this up to her! I’d never want to hurt her feelings or damage the good relationship we’ve always had with a conversation like this.
Post # 6
Ahh, fair enough. That sucks bee. I’d be feeling pretty bummed too. I agree with the PP’s suggestion about asking others for a referral.