OK, I'll admit to watching WAY too much TV. One show in particular has captured my attention lately. Tabitha's Salon Takeover on Bravo. Tabitha Coffey from season one of Shear Genius goes in & revamps flailing salons. She straightens out the management, cleans the place up, lights a fire under the back sides of lackadaisical stylists, and totally re-vamps the salon all in the hopes that the owners can keep their heads above water. I LOVE this show. I love Tabitha.
But (you knew there'd be a "but" didn't you) my obsession with Tabitha & her perfectionist tendencies may have a detrimental effect on my finding a salon I truly like & a stylist who's perfect for me. Tabitha does not handle poor customer service well. She demands her salons be immaculate. She does not stand for any kind of nonsense. That's probably why they can charge at least $35 to $50 for a shampoo, cut, and style at the salons she's taking over.
I live in a much different world apparently. I paid $22 for my wash, cut & style...including tip. There was only one stylist there. No receptionist. I had a 9:30 appointment. Got there at 9:27 only to have the single stylist (who was sitting at the reception desk collecting money from a client) say nothing to me at all and then usher a 5 year old boy back to have his hair cut.
I was a bit put off, but figured maybe she was just behind. I sat in the minuscule waiting area in a little chair that was touching the chair next to me occupied by a teenage girl. There were only 4 chairs available & all were practically on top of each other. The girl next to me spent the next 15 minutes looking over my shoulder at the hair mags I was flipping through.
When the family was done & I was ushered in for my cut, the stylist took the blow dryer & blew the hair off the chair so I could sit down. I should note that the hair on the floor (from the 5 year old) was left where it was, so I put my bag up on the counter.
She asked me what I wanted done & I explained my predicament to her. Then I showed her the adorable picture of Julia Stiles with shoulder length wavy hair. She said that would work & she draped the cape over my shoulders. That's when I suggested she wash my hair first as it still had product in it from last night (I did schedule a shampoo, cut & style). After she cut it, she asked if I wanted it dried & styled...uh, again, I scheduled it that way.
The cut is good (no mullets or odd colors regardless of my dream, although I look nothing like the picture above...I guess I could get if I wanted to spend hours with a curling wand & blow dryer), the finished product is cute, Husband likes it (he never has an opinion about my hair unless it's completely contrary to what I'm going for), the stylist was really very nice if a bit flaky. So, what to do? Go back a second time & hope customer service is a bit better and the place is cleaner? Or do I keep hunting? It's not like I get to the salon often. I could just keep salon hopping. Little BIL told me his best friend's mom has her own salon in her home, but she smokes in the house & that's a deal breaker for me. I cannot see going to have my hair done & coming out smelling like an ash tray. This is so frustrating. Maybe I'll just take Husband's clippers & shave it all off......