Oh no! I used to have a very fancy hairdresser and I'm not sure whether to go back to him or not. It's such a long trek. I think I am going to try the work hairdresser - she cuts almost everyone's hair at my work and they are all pretty stylish, so I'll see if that works as I can time it with going into the office then. I've not had a cut or colour in 18 months and with all the swimming/washing my ends are dry. The colour doesn't look too bad as it's sort of blended out although the ends and roots do look quite different, so I'm ditching colour for now. I don't really care about the nattering but I think it's so important when you can sort of bond with the person doing your hair. When I first started working I used to get a cheap dry cut done by a hairdresser who was hypermobile - she was so fast, because she didn't have to move around half as much. She was good though, I missed her when I moved away! I'll have to let you know how my 'work cut' goes if I manage to get one in a couple of weeks when I'm next in the office. Hope you've found a better place by now!I bit the bullet finally and got my long hair cut. But I went to a new (local) place, not the city centre salon I've been going to for 20-odd years. Sheesh - what a mistake!
It was not what I'm used to! Although it looked OK from the outside, it was really small inside and all looked a bit basic. The woman who cut my hair was.... OK, but there was little discussion, no input from her, no artistry and she barely looked at my hair before starting. And the products! She was using really cheapie no-name stuff - I am used to Kerastase, Redken and top 'salon' brands. Took her maybe 6 minutes to cut my hair. My usual stylist is really precise then goes through doing pointy bits, etc. The stylists at my usual place are mostly young, career hairdressers. They continually attend training courses to learn all the latest techniques, enter lots of hairdressing competitions, do photo shoots and other glam stuff. This cut felt like a friend of a friend doing it in her front room
I was supposed to be getting it coloured too, plus highlights, but my heart sank when she got out her book of colour swatches. Just one book - the same cheapie brand, three of the 4 pages didn't apply to my hair colour so only about 10 colours to choose from and she was completely flummoxed when I said I wanted highlights and lowlights. Good thing I didn't ask her for balayage... I didn't have the colour because they have to do a patch test first which I agreed to. The next day I'm afraid I phoned up to cancel the next appointment to do the colour - she just wasn't up to the job.
So I am off to the local town this afternoon and will find me a new place! (Last one chosen from the internet - not a good plan.) I'm going to peer through windows and look what brand of products they use!
BTW, the place I went should have been really cheap. She charged me £30 for the cut, which is OK, but then she said she didn't have a card reader and I would have to pay cash. (There's a machine a few doors away.) That put me off too. The whole set up seemed a bit... temporary. She intended to charge £65 to do the colour so that would be £95 in total. I can get a proper professional job done for £150 in town which to be honest I think is much better value. (And safer!) Wasn't even offered a coffee