Friday, June 15, 2012

Transitioning: Reason #4

Reason #4: Less Salon Visits

I. Hate. Going. To. The. Salon.
It's a huge time waster for me.  On top of that, I haven't been happy with how my hair comes out when I leave the salon in a long time.  I've spent so much money in salons, and to think that I've probably been happy less than 50% of the time makes me mad.  I think I've been mistreated by so many stylists over my life, that even though the salon I've been going to for the past few years gets me in and out, I still hate going.  I actually consider the stylist who has been putting relaxers in my hair a friend, but I still don't want to go to her salon anymore. I'm tired of depending on someone to do my hair.  At this point, I really don't trust anyone to do my hair.  For the past 4 years or so, I have mostly just gone to get relaxers, so now that I'm not getting a relaxer anymore, I should really not have to go.  These are some of the things about salons I hate, even though I may not have experienced them in a while:

  • Me sitting there waiting to be serviced.  I never understood paying to wait. WTH?
  • Scratching my scalp before or during shampoo.  I hate this!
  • My stylist leaving the salon to get something to eat or run an errand while I'm under the dryer.  So unprofessional.
  • Me getting bullied into getting a style/technique/product I don't want. And then paying for it.
  • Sitting there knowing damage was being done to my hair.  And then paying for it.
  • Being late for things that are actually important to me because I was in the salon too long.
  • People coming in trying to sell me cds/movies/clothes/jewelry.  I usually bring only enough money to get my hair done!
  • Getting pressured to pay for other services and products (nails, waxing, a new conditioner) I don't want or need.
  • Getting bad hair advice.
  • Listening to gossip.
  • Listening to music I don't want to hear.  If they have a tv, watching something I don't want to watch.
  • Being bored.
  • Sitting in hot a$$ salons- I'm sweating my hair out before I even leave.
  • The smells (relaxer, color, burning hair, chemicals, stinky people).
  • My face and back getting wet because the shampoo girl doesn't know what she's doing.
  • Feeling like I have to chit-chat with people in there.
  • Spending hours there and feeling like I look busted (or the same) when I leave.
  • No parking.  
  • Leaving disappointed.  And paying for it!

I have so many other and better things to do with my life than spend hours in the salon.  Maybe I'll go a couple of times a year.  Maybe....


MeliMel said...

I feel you! I haven't gone since last August and hardly before that. My last stylist was great at most things and my hair was past BSL under her care but she couldn't shampoo! I would have to go home and wash my hair again b/c I still had flakes & itching! I would tell her but she couldn't get it. Maybe I would for special occasions. I just go to Great Clips for my trims.

Anonymous said...

I hate salons too for most of the reasons that you stated. I haven't found a stylist who will listen to what I want and try to accomodate me. Most stylists seem arrogant, and they treat you like you need them more than they need you. I've decided I'm going to learn how to style and care for my own hair. I'd rather spend money on a new product or tool to help style my hair rather than giving my money to a stylist. Great post!

Vienna H. said...

Sounds so familiar! I don't go to the salon anymore. The only reason I went is to get my hair trimmed. Recently I started self trimming so they won't see me for a long long time.