Tuesday, July 6, 2010
In Search of A Hairdresser
One day I wake up and look in the mirror. And as I struggle to get my hair into some reasonable fashion, it suddenly occurs to me that I've gone so long without a trim that I've lost any resemblance to an actual hairstyle.
That's when I get it cut again. The problem with this method, though, is that not everyone takes walk-ins. I was having one lady cut my hair, but I usually needed to call a week in advance to get an appointment. I don't know I need a cut that far in advance.
The last two times I've gotten a trim, I used a walk-in salon. Both times worked fairly well, but it's really a little bit like playing Russian Roulette. You never know what kind of a stylist you're going to get. So here's my list of things I look for in a stylist.
1. She has time to cut my hair with no advance notice.
2. She knows more than one basic style.
3. She knows how to work with curly hair.
4. She will listen to what I want, instead of giving me what she thinks is best for me. (EX: when I say I don't want heavy bangs, I mean it!)
5. She can give tactful advice and tips on improving my hair, without making me feel like I look horrible now.
6. She can shut up and cut my hair, so I can zone out and relax. (I hate making small talk.)
7. She doesn't try to sell me all the products their salon offers. She can use them on my hair--if I like the results, I'll ask for it.
8. She is a she. I don't like men cutting my hair. Not even the man that was dressed up as a woman (albeit an ugly one).
9. She gets more hair on the floor, and less hair down the collar of my shirt. (I'm still itching!)
I once had a stylist tell me that my hairstyle was boring. She suggested a few changes to make my look more sexy. And this right after I told her I was a pastor's wife. I don't want boring, but I'm not exactly sure sexy is the look I should be working toward. Nor am I sure it's even possible.
So what about you? Is getting your hair done a treat or a chore?