Last weekend, I went for a haircut which is a pretty routine activity for me. I went to the same salon I’ve been going to for like five years, and although the hairdresser I’ve been seeing recently was away on holiday, I thought it would be fine to see someone else there since I’ve always loved my hair I’ve had done there. WHAT A CRUCIAL MISTAKE.
I explained to the hairdresser what I wanted, which was a bit shorter, thinned out, and shaped around my face – the same thing I’ve had for ages now. The experience started off well, and the head massage was actually so amazing I texted a friend about it. The haircut seemed like it was going well, nothing to arouse my concerns, until the blowdrying/style part began. I asked for waves…and what I got was the ugliest curls I’ve ever seen. I also realised that my hair was MUCH shorter that I wanted. I was in shock, and I just paid and left before bursting into tears once I got in my car. I rushed home and tried to straighten my hair, and fixed my makeup (although I kept ruining it with tears!). I was meeting some friends for dinner and drinks, and they all assured me that my hair looked great but I was just so disappointed and unhappy.
Here’s how it looked immediately post haircut, and here’s how it looks washed and dried naturally:
I couldn’t even bring myself to smile – that’s probably the worst selfie I’ve ever taken!
What to do, and how to recover from that?
If a friend told me about this, I would tell them to have spoken up at the time – but I know that is hard to do when you’re shocked, and confrontations can be uncomfortable. Over the weekend, I took the time to write an email to the owner of the salon (who I have met/has cut my hair previously) and expressed my disappointment. I made sure to keep calm and not have a rant, so I had my mum edit the email to help me make it get my point across as well as possible.
Thankfully they replied, and apologised that I didn’t have the experience that I usually get there, and invited me to come in and see what they can do to help me. The owner had a good look at my hair, and told me how I can style it to make it look it’s best, and that my next haircut is free once it’s grown out – so that was great customer service!
Looking on the bright side
The night after the haircut disaster, my friend Corrine wrote on her blog Frock And Roll about viewing problems in a new light, and it was exactly what I needed to read. Here are some upsides of my new shorter haircut
- It’s easier to wash and dry, and will be easier to dye myself – at home hair dying long and thick hair is so hard.
- Everyone says it looks nice, even though it’s not what I wanted, it is objectively a good haircut.
- I think I look more mature, which is good since I’m starting a new job soon and want to make a good impression.
- It won’t get caught under my handbag strap! Or under my car seatbelt, neither of which is very pleasant. Or get laid on by someone if I’m sharing a bed.
- Going into summer, it’ll be much cooler, long hair is like wearing a beanie and a scarf.
Have you ever had a haircut that you hated? How did you get over it?