Wednesday, 4 May 2011

A Bad Hair Day.

Today I had the unfortunate pleasure of helping out a friend’s daughter. She went to the hairdressers for a trim, and came out with crooked, way too short bangs. I am aware that bangs are supposed to be short, but these were horrific. Cut away as if they didn’t matter; snipped off without any thought towards the girl in the chair. Not only were these bangs jagged and not blended, they were unfixable. How does this happen? This is a teenager. It wasn’t like she couldn’t sit still for a haircut.

It is clearly obvious the hairdresser didn’t listen to her client. The “please trim my bangs” was not heard. The small request fell on deaf ears. The result so disastrous and will surely affect this girl forever. She walked in the salon with expectations of being pampered – transformed. Instead she walked out looking like a bad 1950’s doll.

We have all experienced this regrettable monstrosity. Too much cut off. A wrong colour put in, a massacre of botched hair scattered on top of your head. You look like a lead in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Is this fair? Should she have paid for this eyesore? How does a person know who can cut hair well and who can’t? And are there warning signs?

Here are some tips:

1. You should not pay for anything you are not happy with. Especially when it comes to your hair. If you don’t like the cut say something before you leave the salon. Heck, say something before she is finished cutting your hair.
2. There is no sign to tell you who can cut hair and who can’t. What might work for one individual may not work for another. Before planting your butt in the chair bring a picture and explain in depth what you are looking for. Then ask them if they can do this? Go with your gut. If you get a bad feeling run like the wind.
3. Warning signs will come in little bits of information. So make sure you’re listening to the hairdresser. Watch her actions. Is she uncomfortable while cutting your hair? Is your hair looking the way it should? Run your fingers through your hair during the cutting process, see how it feels. Most times you will be able to tell if she’s cutting too much or the hair isn’t blended.
4. Ask questions.

There is no guarantee you won’t look like the Bride of Frankenstein after a trip to the salon. Placing your fate in the hands of someone holding sharp pointy scissors is always a gamble. Remember the choice is yours, leave your hair the way it is, or take a deep breath and roll the dice!



  1. once when I was 7 my mom took me to a hairdresser and told her to give me a cut that was managable cuz she was sick of trying to keep my long hair tamed..... My mom then LEFT me in the chair and went and waited ( or as I remember shopping). When she FINALY came back my hair was cut short like a boys! I barely made it to the van in the parking lot before the tears were pouring. I was only 7 and I was devestated!!! I still remember it very clearly and painfully. I wore a took to school and would not take it off. It was not winter. yikes. ... on another note I also remember a girl in grade 9 let another girl cut her bangs with the scissors of the teachers desk. She cut htem right up at the root!!!! It was not good. I am trying not to giggle right now. Even though it isn't funny..... well kinda. Only cause it wasn't me!!! Those are my hair stories for today.

  2. that is a touque not a took! sorry. :)

  3. Ha ha ha ha! I often wonder what my mom was thinking when she used me as her ghinny pig to try a perm. Needless to say I looked like a clown. Frizzy, layered curls all over!! It was not good.