This article is for sympathy. It’s for healing. It’s for support.
Because, friends… I had the most awful experience going to a hairdresser. If I was to use one word? Traumatic. One emotion? Defeated. Some of you will know of that which I speak.
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I know, I know. There are people with real problems out there and I sound like a drama queen. However, at that point when the bleach had done it’s damage, I was feeling pretty crap and angry. Look at me. I MEAN LOOK AT MY HAIR EVERYONE.
It all started when I signed up to one of those daily deal promotions. You know, the ones where you can save a heap of money on experiences/services/crap you don’t need?
The first few days were a series of all-you-can-eat Chinese banquet deals, which were tempting, but I knew I was after something specific. My limited budget was not about to be squandered on some dumplings, no matter their deliciousness or excellent value for money.
I waited patiently until there it was. An excellent hair package deal AND in a nearby suburb. I was like a magpie to a VB can on the side of the highway. The deal was bought. The appointment was booked. I WAS GOING TO BE PRETTY.
You may at this point be saying, ‘Regina, you get what you pay for’ or ‘always go by word of mouth when it comes to hair.’ To that I say, yes. Yes! OH GOD, YES! But I’m on a budget and dammit, I’m entitled to some highlights. So sometimes a gal has to do what a gal has to do.
How was I to know that it was in fact Satan underneath that Chemical Blonde pixie cut and jeggings?
My appointment was at 9am, and I had somewhere to be at 2pm. Yep, I had sure planned this well – five hours is more than enough time to get my hair done. EXCEPT, I forgot to take into account that the salon I was going to was a time vortex, devoid of the space/time continuum rules that us mere mortals are bound to follow.
I took my seat. I was excited. I think that’s normal. That excitement plummeted at a steady rate in correlation to the minutes that I waited. Sixty to be exact. I waited 60 minutes before anyone even came to touch my hair.
demon was summoned hairdresser appeared and we talked over having some balayage. My hair is only shoulder length so it was really just the ends that would be lightened. She started applying the mixture to my hair and my mood recovered.
I became unnerved again when Chemical Blonde left and a woman who didn’t speak English very well started on my hair.
I wasn’t unnerved by her limited English so much as the fact I overheard her saying to another hairdresser she had never done balayage before.