Post # 1
To some bees, hair might not be a big deal, but to others, like myself….it kind of is!
So about a year ago, I needed a trim, my regular stylist was on leave, so I thought I would try someone new. The salon was pretty good, and I had received good service from a few people who worked there, so I thought no biggie. Boy was I wrong! The girl who was cutting my hair was nice, but was rushing things big time! When she trimmed all my ends, she told me she was going to “texturize” the ends. So to me, no big deal. Boy was I wrong again!! She took her thinning scissors and went to town!! She went 4 inches in from my ends and started hacking! Before I could even get a word in she was almost done my hair. When it was over, I touched my hair and almost cried! I have pretty thick hair, and its not bulky or puffy, but I was left with nothing! It was sooo thin! It was long and stringy. I was pretty upset and asked her what she was trying to do! She never gave me a straight answer and the manager came over. I told him to touch my hair, he did and was also suprised. I had half the hair I came in with. He gave me the cut for free (gee thanks) but I was still upset. My FI even noticed. So a year later, one more good trim to cut off all the dead ends she created, lots of deep conditioning, my hair is FINALLY back to normal! And with my wedding in 4 months, Im even happier.
Why the long story? I learned you gotta pay very close attention to what they are doing! I no longer feel bad questioning what scissors they may have in their hands, or what not. And be specific! And demand quality customer service! Another stylist came over when I was almost crying and said “Well we cant glue it back on” I was not happy with that! And I told her so! Im just happy this didnt happen closer to my wedding.
Post # 3
Yikes!!! I’m sorry you had to go through that. I don’t know what I would have done if I was in your situation. Like you said its a good thing that it didn’t happen right before your wedding.
Post # 4
I haven’t had an experience quite as bad as that… but I have gone home with my hair one length on one side, and several inches shorter on the other!! (Some of the layers) It was terrible.. they also had just rushed through. Now I am much pickier about where I go.. and I watch very carefully as well! Can’t imagine how terrible that would be before a wedding! Glad your hair is finally back to normal!
Post # 5
I once came in with a picture, where the model very obviously had hair very long in the front and very short in the back… very alternative type of hairstyle that I had always wanted to try. I walked out with no hair left… she practically cut it all off, giving me a “bob.” To this day, I’m not sure where the misunderstanding came in. I did mention that my hair was curly, and I was worried that it would not look like the models. This did not mean I did not intend to try. It was very hard to handle, and I walked out of there silently and choking back tears. I went straight to my FI’s house (we were just friends then), and when he was done laughing, he tried to make it look better by “Robert Smithing” it… frizzing out all the edges. It’s one of my fave memories of our early years but the haircut was so hard for me to deal with… thankfully it happened nowhere near my wedding, but i did manage to get it right before my college graduation and I still had it when I got my passport. I have practically no pictures of my hair when it looks awesome, but a million pics of me looking like Robert Smith. Funny, but sad. So I can totally relate!
Post # 6
@AllShookUp: It makes you feel awful! I’m not cutting my hair again ever, at least not until after my wedding.
Post # 7
I feel your pain. I have been growing out awful layers for over a year now. I can’t put my hair up without at least 3 bobby pins. I am fighting the urge to get it all cut to the shortest layer and be done with it because I really want my hair long for the wedding.
Post # 8
Ugh, I have another hair horror story for reinforce OP’s point!
In December 2011 I went to a Regis salon in a mall after one of my exams. I was stressed and I just wanted to get something cheap done to my hair to reward myself. I went and asked for a red glaze, since I’m a natural redhead. I had previously put in blonde highlights that were growing out, and I was told that a red tinted glaze would cover them nicely, and make my hair feel amazing. Awesome, I was excited.
So this “edgy” looking young hair dresser starts doing my hair, making small talk, etc. Long story short- she mixed the glaze wrong. My hair was BLACK. And my hair is naturally Marcia Cross red… not dark at all. I flipped out and started bawling, and they told me to come back tomorrow to have it fixed.
So I came back the day after and the manager who was like, 60 tried to fix it. She was so mean to me, and said that I should have been more clear w/ the stylist the night before. I was like “How am I supposed to know how hair dye works, I’m not a hair dresser…” and basically we ended up arguing. Like, badly. To the point where she kicked me out of the salon after I went nuts with a crying fit.
Yeah, I had to go to a high end salon to get my hair back to normal. Which is pretty much impossible when you have hair my colour, since it’s just a weird shade. So a whole head of bleach and lots of dye mixing later, I was finally back to normal. It took literally 9 hours. NINE. And it was over $400…
Awful. Always always be careful when going to a different stylist.
Post # 9
@the_future_mrs: Agreed! I have 2 people I trust with my hair!
Post # 10
Stuff like this is why I stick like glue to a good stylist… I went to the same girl for eight years, high school through law school. FI’s friend started dating a girl who was a hairdresser and offered to cut my hair for free when she did her sister’s and friends’, but I was too nervous to trust her.
Sadly, my hairdresser moved to NYC. FI’s friend’s girl offered again, and by then she’d cut a few of our friends’ hair and it had turned out well, so I let her do it, and thankfully she’s fabulous. She and FI’s friend got married a few months ago, which was awesome because not only is she now a good friend who I hope sticks around forever, but I never have to worry about losing my hairdresser! She’s doing my hair for the wedding and we’re currently in “trying to find the right color” mode- we’re close, because I want it red, but we need to do some highlights.
Post # 11
I hear you! I’m so paranoid about hairdressers. My hair is naturally brunette, but for years I had it dyed blonde. The amount of times it ended in tears when idiots turned it green or orange or white. Happily, I’ve gone back to my roots now.
When I was about 13, I said I wanted Jennifer Aniston hair. The lady looked confused, so I explained, layers at the front. Like this:
What I got was…
Oh man, it was sooooo bad. I howled for weeks about that one. It was shorter than this too.
Post # 12
@Button: this is hilarious. sorry, i’m sure it wasn’t at the time. what was she thinking?
Post # 13
@Button: I can’t even say anything, other than that I’m sorry and I want to give 13 year old you a hug.
Bad hairstylist stories are the worst. About 10 months ago, I moved to a different country with a different language and went to get my hair cut in like the first week. I knew the salon because it was in the neighborhood (I’d visited often before) and actually let them do foils on me once, which was ok.
Needless to say, I ended up with a new girl and the language barriere was bigger than I expected. I had a weird 90’s soccer mom haircut when I left. The cut itself was good, it was just so outdated and literally made me age 20 years. And I couldn’t even put it in a ponytail or anything. My hair is now back to my collarbone and the layers are slowly growing out, but I don’t plan on letting anyone near my hair except for my stylist in a city that’s a 3h flight away.
I don’t know when I’ll get back there, but I know it’s going to be worth it and not end in tears.
Post # 14
@Button: i think so many girls wanted Jennifer Anistons hair!
Post # 15
I’m so particular about my hair and when I was in high school my family used to go to one specific stylists. One time after a cut my friend was blow drying my hair and she said you realize your hair is uneven right? One thing of many as to why she’s no longer our family stylist.