A Hairy Situation

I hate having to get my hair done because it’s hard for me to sit still for so long. It usually takes 3 hours to have my barely brushed or thrown in a ponytail hair all glammed up with foil highlights and a cut. Then, afterwards, I’ll be so glad I went to the hairdresser after all.

I’ve had plenty of experience getting a hairdresser from hell and here are just a few….sorry mom but you’re on here. I’LL NEVER FORGET WHAT YOU DID DO MY BANGS!! Ahem.

Since my husband is in the military and we move frequently, the hardest thing I’ve found to deal with is…. finding a good hairdresser. We’ve moved over 10 times since being married and Oy! A good hairdresser can be hard to find.

Once I find a good hairdresser, we’re off to the next place to live and I have to start all over again.

This one time, at band camp…kidding. Really though, this one time, my husband and I had recently moved to San Diego. I had been going to a few different hairdressers but couldn’t find one I liked.

There was a hair salon a few blocks from where we lived that looked pretty nice. I used to walk by it whenever I went to the grocery store and after my disappointing results with my most recent hairstylist, I decided to give this place a try.

My hair is fine but I have a lot of it so it usually takes a good hour or so to get foil highlights. The guy I went to see whipped through my hair and I was all foiled up in about 20 minutes.

Not long after, I was walking out the door. The color looked fine when he showed it to me in the mirror and I thought, ‘FINALLY, I found a decent hairdresser!”

I went next door to the drugstore to pick up some new products for my new color when I happened to come across a mirror.


I looked like fucking Bozo the Clown. No really, I did.

My hair was orange. Really, really orange.

I know I could have easily gone back and asked for a refund. I certainly wasn’t going to ask this man to fix it after the damage he had already done.

Better yet, my head could have been used in place of an orange traffic cone but alas, I decided to just go home and die of embarrassment.

I scoured the internet for hairdressers and found one nearby that I went to the next day.

The hairdresser I went to see told me she gets several clients from the place I went to who need to get damage control for their hair.

The good thing that came out of the ordeal was that after that, I found a really good hairdresser.

Another memorable hairtastrophe involves my mom. Hi mom! I was about 9 years old and needed a bang trim. My mom took me into the kitchen, sat me down, and proceeded to snip away. She snipped some more. Then she snipped even more.

I was thinking ruh roh the whole time.

After she was done, I raced to the bathroom mirror and I’m pretty sure there were tears. She had cut my bangs so short that they were high above my eyebrows. Worse yet is that my hair is naturally curly so they shrank up even more.

My bangs, which usually seem to grow fast, took forever to grow out. After that, I never let her near my hair again. Well, at least not until 10 years later when she seemed to have worked on her bang trimming skills because by then she was bad ass at it.

In my early 20’s, I would dye my own hair and there were plenty of hairtastrophe’s that proceeded. I finally promised myself to never color my own hair again and have since left it to the professionals.

When going to a new hairdresser, I’m always on high alert by what they do and ask question since I don’t want to end up like Bozo the Clown ever again.

Now I am happily having a hair affair with my current hairdresser who gets it perfect ever time. I did have to “cheat” on her once because she wasn’t available.

Isn’t that the worst? Cheating on your hairdresser. Then I went back to my regular one in a sweat. Her: Your hair sure has held up well since I last saw you. Me: OMG, I can’t stand the pressure. I had to see someone else because you weren’t available. Aggghh!

Next year my husband is being stationed one last time before he retires from the Navy so by this time next year, I’ll be back to hitting the pavement, trying to find another great hairdresser.

I’ve already solved that problem though. She doesn’t know it yet but my hairdresser is moving with me.

What kind of hair catastrophe’s have you had?

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4 Responses to A Hairy Situation

  1. Courtney November 8, 2012 at 08:54 #

    We’re PCSing next year and I’m already having anxiety problems over finding a new hairdresser!

    I think my worst hairtastrophe was about 10 years ago when my aunt gave me a perm (She was a pro. Well, she had a license), and a big hunk of hair broke off in the front and at the crown of my head. That spot in the back is still a different texture than the rest of my hair!

  2. Stephanie November 8, 2012 at 08:59 #

    Not quite what you were talking about, but a week before Christmas last year I had my sewing kit down to work on my daughter’s stocking and forgot about the pair of scissors in it. I took a phone call from a friend asking parenting advice (oh, the irony) and came back 10 minutes later to discover my 3-year old daughter had cut 6 inches of hair off the ENTIRE left side of her head! An emergency trip to our stylist was only able to mitigate the un-hideable. It took 6 months until it was no longer noticeable.

  3. Candice November 9, 2012 at 17:40 #

    When we moved from va to Tx 5 yrs ago, my main concern was finding a hairdresser that didn’t suck. I’ve gone through about 15 In 5 yrs. I think I finally got it right at this point. Apparently getting the highlights down to the base of my roots is hard. You know when you come back home after getting a highlight and your husband asks “I thought you were getting your hair done?” that someone didn’t do their job worth a damn.

  4. Michelle Mossey November 10, 2012 at 15:04 #

    That sounds awful! I have the opposite problem. I have lived in the same place forever but cannot find a good stylist. *Sigh.* My favorite hairdresser lives in MN and I visit her every time we go visit hubby’s family. She is amazing!! My hair looks good two months after and you KNOW that’s a good stylist. Good luck!!
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