For people with less than perfectly formed features or symmetrical faces, fringes, particularly longer fringes, can help frame the face, help conceal undesirable features and give the illusion of balance and evenness. Fringes can cover ungainly
eyebrows or a spotty forehead. In short fringes are a miraculous asset to attaining a enhanced perception of beauty. People can therefore be extremely sensitive when it comes to their fringes. Many experienced
hairdressers recognize people’s apprehension and sensitivity regarding their fringe and therefore proceed with extreme caution when cutting it. Although there are occasions, namely exploited by inexperienced or
naive hairdressers, when “scissor happiness” is transpired to fringes, leaving customers devastated.
This devastation was imposed on 16-year-old Monica, who ever since she can remember has suffered from a squint
in her left eye. Determined to do her best to cover up the squint Monica has always had a long fringe sloping down on the left side of her face. Without Monica spelling it out, her experienced and sympathetic
hairdresser has always known it was the teenager’s intentions to conceal her left eye and has always cut her hair accordingly, leaving Monica very happy. Although when Monica’s Dad got a new job and they had to
move areas, Monica begrudgingly had to leave her hairdresser and find a new one. Unfortunately Monica’s new hairdresser was not as receptive to her individual needs as her last one and despite Monica’s repeated
requests to have her fringe cut no more than ˝ centimeter and styled to one side, the hairdresser cut closer to an inch off so it would no longer fall naturally to the left side. Monica, at the highly sensitive
age of 16 and being extremely self-conscious to what she regarded as a problem which ruined her appearance, was left devastated. Whilst this example may be a less regular incident, it highlights the upset and
worry that hairdressers who do not adhere exactly to the requests of their paying clients, can cause.
Over-chopped layers can also cause grief and anguish to customers and in some cases layers which are cut too short can end up resembling a mullet from the 1980s, much to the dismay of the customer.
Whilst both men and women can decide if they want to grow their hair and are therefore both prone to falling victim to a “scissor happy” hairdresser, it is often women which are left more emotional and upset by the
unwanted antics of a hairdresser. Long hair on a female represents sexuality, sensuality and beauty, and often husbands and boyfriends strive for their lady to grow her hair to fulfill this embodiment of female
beauty. Realizing the view men hold of women and long hair, many females can become very upset and angry when a ‘scissor happy’ hairdresser destroys their aspirations to fulfill her ‘man’s’ fantasies.
The solution? A greater amount of training at hairdressing college involving avoiding “scissor happiness” at all costs. Or perhaps a more sympathetic ear regarding the right to have what we want done to our hair
even if it does mean the odd split end will remain protruding through, at least we will be on our way to owning the long hair we yearn for.