We can all relate to a bad haircut. Most of us have experienced the sheer agony of
watching someone snip away our hair into some sort of chia pet formation. It's a horrid
feeling, one that makes us believe that there is no way that we can step out of the
salon and join the rest of mankind with THAT hair. A few weeks later, the memory
haunts us, but the "do" has grown out enough to look presentable ... no more hats,
clips, or wigs (in some cases).
I've had this experience. What's worse was the fact that a friend cut it. I wanted a
trim ... JUST a TRIM! However, what I got was a four-inch cut that rested right under
my ears. Not only was it too short, it was uneven. When mentioning that fact to my
friend, she had a simple solution. "Just walk around with your head tilted." I gave her
the evil glare and told her that it would be best for her own health if she removed herself from my home.
So, the question is ... How do you tactfully deal with a bad hair cut? I asked this
question to two people who recently endured this type of tragedy. Friend A is a male.
Recently, longer hair has been a trend among younger guys. They feather back long
bangs, which gives them a "retro look." Friend A had the perfect retro style, but was
trying to clean it up a bit for a more sleek and stylish look. He took a picture to his
stylist, which showed the "do" he wanted. However when he left the salon, he looked
nothing like his picture. She thinned out his hair on the bottom and left it fuller on top.
He immediately placed a hat over his head, griped all the way home, and missed work
that day in fear of becoming a laughing stock.
He said nothing to his stylist that day. He simply paid for his cut with
out including a tip. The next day, however he felt very wronged. He
knew that he was unpleased with his cut and felt it was unfair that
he had to pay for it. He returned back to the salon, explained the
situation, and they gladly fixed his hair, free of charge. It's still not
the style he wanted, but at least he doesn't have to hide out from the rest of society.
Friend B is a girl with a shoulder length bob that had grown out and
needed layers for a livelier look. She too had taken a picture to her stylist. However
when the stylist was cutting and cutting and cutting some more, Friend B knew that
something was going wrong. This became more evident when the stylist asked one of
her associates to help her. Friend B's anger grew more intense. Finally, when the stylist
was finished, Friend B had a haircut that was totally unlike the picture she had taken with her.
The stylist asked Friend B how she felt about her hair. To which she replied, " It's
*&%*#$&* messed up." Friend B chose to clip her hair to hide the shame. A few days
later, she felt guilty for cursing at the stylist and returned to the shop. She apologized
to the stylist who apologized in return and offered her another cut to fix the first one.
Considering the stylists previous work, Friend B declined the offer.
In both situations, neither of the individuals initially dealt with the situation correctly.
But, sometimes we get so angry or are in shock at the sight we see that our first
instinct is to yell, curse, or just flee the premises before we hurt someone. Stylists
aren't always perfect. All of us mistakes and have off days. So, it's really important for
us to remember that in dealing with them. It's important that we do our part to in order
to have the best results for our hair.
Here are a few tips:
1. Show them pictures and explain verbally what you'd like your haircut to look like.
2. Don't leave your eyes closed when they cut your hair. If it doesn't look like they're
heading the right direction, voice your concerns.
3. Tactfully let them know how you feel about your before leaving the salon.