Monday, September 23, 2013

The very bad haircut

I mentioned yesterday that I got a pretty tragic haircut. As context, here is what my hair looked like pre-cut (this is obviously not yesterday, but my hair looked like this).


A very basic style, and the length needs to be past my shoulders because I have a very round face.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, here's what I came home with. Note that this is the best it looked. When I tried to wear it with my natural curls, it was a complete & utter disaster. Note the very choppy layers - in more than 4 lengths. And, the super strange pieces that were as long as my previous length. Picture all of those curly, sticking out at all angles from my head in wavy curls. . Don't I look enthusiastic? ;-)



So, today, I found a high end salon, & sent an email asking for an appointment. Even though they weren't open on Mondays, the owner offered to meet me at the salon for a consultation. He spent about 15 minutes with my hair, and told me there was nothing he could really do, & explained that the layers in the front were so short, no style was going to look great on. I told him just to give me the best he could. Of course, this style will require a blowout each morning, which is a lot more maintenance than I normally put up with. At this point, I'm okay with just looking normal again. I think the guy was a hero for what he accomplished. Also, it was crazy expensive, but worth it. I had to buy a round brush, pay for an owner cut (which I wouldn't typically do), & I gave a generous tip for him opening the shop on his day off. All told, $200, and I'd pay it again if I had to. ;-) As context, I normally spend under $50 on a hair cut.

I am *really* not a fan of myself in short hair, but at least this looks like a regular style.




And, there you have it. . . my hair saga! :-) Tell me about the worst hair cut you've ever gotten! :-) 

17 comments:

  1. It looks cute short. I would have spent the $200 too.

    My worst hair experience involved a friend who was in beauty school. She had done many of our friends' hair and they all turned out well. My hair is slightly lighter than yours. My friend is African American but I asked her if she had ever dyed blonde hair before. She laughed off my concerns but she fried my hair. It turned green in places. It looked terrible. I had to pay plenty to get it somewhat fixed.

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    1. Oh my. :-( I have also had a bad blonde hair color (mine was also blonder - but I went back to my natural color). The bad dye job turned me off so much that I went au natural. It was a long grow out process, but worth it.

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  2. I like how it turned out, but I know it will be hard to maintain - it would be for me. My worst was a couple years ago when I went in and asked for blond highlights and came out platinum blond. Within 2 days I had roots. It was awful - it cost $150 and $200 to fix. So sorry you are going through this - especially starting a new job and not feeling comfortable. It will get better.

    Melissa

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    1. Yep, there is definitely going to be more effort involved. I think I'll was it tomorrow & see what kind of hybrid (wavy) style I can pull off. I don't have ot leave the house, so only the kids & husband will have to suffer if it doesn't work. I've had that hair. Mine was Christina Aguilera blonde. It was tragic.

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  3. I love it but I have a similar cut right now :) I would take the receipt back to the original shop and have them reimburse you.

    My worse cut/color was the day before my sons christening. Not only did they cut it way crooked but instead of dying it a soft chestnut they dyed it a soft red/purple...it was horrible

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    1. The owner of the original salon acted like she was doing me a huge favor by not charging me!

      I hate when something goes wrong before a big event. That's awful. Do you at least get a laugh when you see the pictures?

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  4. I have super curly hair, so I have had some really awful cuts in my life from people who don't know the first thing about cutting curly hair. I'm to the point where I won't let someone with straight hair get near me with a pair of scissors. Right now I get my hair cut (short) at a men's barber shop! The barbers are terrific, know what they're doing, and the price is right.

    The worst hair experience though was the color I had done right before our son's wedding. At the time I was keeping my hair blond blond, but for some reason, at the visit the day before the wedding, the colorist went a shade lighter. It looked kind of OK in the salon, but in all the wedding photos it looks pure white! I stopped coloring my hair after that and have gray now, but I don't look as old as I do in those photos, like someone's great-great Aunt Sally, not the mother of the groom. Ugh.

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    1. Oh, the white blonde hair does not sound good. I'm with you, curly hair requires someone with expertise! I found a good person at a barber shop in Seattle, that I was using regularly until we moved. I've been spoiled. Luckily, given how short my hair is, I shouldn't need to go in for a trim for a long time! :-)

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  5. Oh my, this has happened to me before. Only it was 2 inches shorter on one side. I have very curly hair. What a mess. But I think you look great!

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    1. Thank you! How did it end up 2 inches shorter on one side?!

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  6. I think it is cute. But yes.....the previous cut certainly didn't look ANYTHING like you had.

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    1. I know! Who would take the very basic cut I had & just start making random layers??

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  7. I think it looks great! ... though not sure how the hairdresser got from pic 1 to pic 2... ouch. I would've been very upset. Those layers are deep and skinny. But as you said, you are just going to have to laugh it out. Before you know it, it will grow back naturally. The more attention you spend on the bad cut, the more you will notice it.

    I don't think I'd trust people to do extensive cuts on my hair. I just have them trim it all one length. No layers, no shapes. Just a straight line across. My mother used to play too much with my hair, and would do all sorts of crazy short cuts, layers and what not that were too much maintenance. For myself, I just like it simple. And I'd be terrified of having hair that is too short... I wear ponytails 90% of the time.

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    1. Thanks. I was definitely upset, but what can you do? Now we're all laughing about it. I also prefer no layers, or super long layers lightly blended in the front, if it starts looking too heavy. And, I tried to make a pony tail today. It looks hilarious. I also wear my hair up the vast majority of the time. Sad face.

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  8. You look GREAT in short hair! He did a fabulous job with the style! You may even want to keep it! :)!

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  9. Your hair looked great. I know it was posted in 2013 but I have read this post before and re read it today for some reason. Yesterday I went to the hairdressers (I have been there three times before) I kept putting it off because I can't find someone who will not use thinning scissors instead of cutting properly. I took several photos of what I wanted. Short short short, But she thought I would look nice in a bob so she cut it how she wanted. She trimmed my fringe and the back of my neck (she washed it previously) then charged me £25.00 not happy. Today it looks awful. I still need a haircut. I feel like sending her a text to say I won't be coming back as the cut is so awful and so expensive.

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  10. Totally love cut #3.
    So cute!
    barb

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