I have learned, time and time again, just how imperative it really is to have a really good hairdresser. And yes, sometimes it is worth it to pay a little more for a more expensive salon.
I don’t know how men get away with it. They can pay $10 for a haircut and it still looks OK. No such luck with women. (Maybe I am over-generalizing? Maybe I should only speak for myself?)
Years ago I went to the mall for a haircut and had the worst experience ever. I was pregnant at the time and feeling very unattractive. I barely remember the details except for the fact that the guy who cut my hair couldn’t be bothered to hang up my coat; rather, he crumpled it into a ball and shoved it into a cabinet.
I don’t even recall what my haircut looked like, except that I was miserable when he was finished. So much so, in fact, that I was prompted to immediately seek another hairdresser to fix it.
I sought out an Aveda salon and found Jen, a skilled, thoughtful woman who made it all better. I have been going back to her ever since.
Through the years she has proven herself. After I had my first child and hadn’t yet lost all of my baby weight, I went to her for a cut. I thought I wanted a short, manageable haircut. I showed her a picture of what I wanted and she flatly told me no.
I’ll never forget what she said then. “I’m not going to give you that cut because you just had a baby, and you are going to feel like crap every time you look in the mirror with that hairstyle.” Instead, she gave me a softer-looking cut that was easy to take care of but was still feminine and forgiving of a few extra pounds.
I can’t tell you how much I appreciated her honesty.
Six months ago I moved to an entirely different town and different state. Jen is over an hour away now, which seems so far away. So, the last time I needed a haircut I thought I would try an Aveda salon in my own town. How bad could it be?
Not bad at all if you don’t mind mullets. Which I do, immensely. Especially on me.
After letting my hair grow out for about six weeks, I drove up to see Jen, and it was worth the trip, even the extra money I had to spend on gas. I will be making another trip the next time I need a cut (which I will stave off for a few more months!).