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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Beauty Discussion - How Often Do You Visit Your Hairdresser?

How Often Do You Visit Your Hairdresser?

Can I confess to something?
I will put off going to hairdresser as long as possible, I will make excuses not to go and put up with regrowth, simply because I can't be bothered to go. I say bothered when really like most a lifetime of poor experiences has put me off booking in to tame my roots and ends. I will go two to three times a year and even then it is with more than gentle persuasion.

Part of the problem is that whenever I find a great hairdresser they seem to eventually move to another salon, which is more often than not on the other side of the city or swap vocations entirely. This is of course their prerogative but for someone less than trusting at the best of the times, it can make sitting in the chair ready for a trim more than daunting.

As someone with long hair, it can often feel like not only is my hair a challenge but a hindrance to stylists. I have lost count to how often a hairdresser has got a little scissor happy and hacked off more than what I have requested. Then there is the stylist who will do everything but twist my arm up my back to chop my hair into a bob, and of course those who complain about washing and drying my hair. I'll be the first to say that I have off days (don't we all) but as hairdressing is a service industry, I don't think I'm asking too much to have a simple two inch trim and tidy without grumbles of how time consuming it is to dry my hair. Maybe I just have rotten luck, or can those with long and thick hair vouch that is normal?

I've also been "victim" to general salon mishaps - one time a hairdresser dyed my hair a bizarre orange shade rather than my usual honey blonde, I've had wonky cuts and in one instance what could only be described as a mullet in place of a graduated bob. Can you now see why I am so reluctant to go? On the plus side I do take really good care of my hair and seldom use heat so other than the visible regrowth my hair is in what most would deem great condition.

If you have a great hairdresser, hold on to them - they are worth their weight in gold!
Now 'fess up, how often do you frequent the hairdressers chair?


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22 comments:

  1. So many horror stories about hair dressers, I can only imagine how bad it must be to pay good money for getting your head uglified. :s
    I know this is kind of rare (but then not so rare among curlies, as hairdressers often don't know how to handle curls) - I never go. Just did once as a kid almost 20yrs ago and my mum did a better job.
    With my strong curls (3b type) and a fondness of long hair without any specials you wouldn't see in curls anyway, I trim the ends and few layers around the front myself every few months. Not even much work because I got thin hair. Gotta appreciate what you can't change.. ^^
    I've also always colored at home and am very happy with the results, so I'll keep it that way and deprive the hairdresser industry and state of some income. ^^

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  2. I'm with you girl. I use to be quite diligent and would go once every three months but now it seems like once every 6 months!!! It's horrible, I'm dying for a trim and I will need to get it done soon!

    This Damsel Loves Blog

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  3. I'm with you too. I have a penchant for drying my hair crazy colours and most hairdressers seem terrified of it. A particularly humiliating experience was at Toni and guy a year or so ago. I had faded out a pink and had a *very* pale baby pink with 4 inches of ash blonde roots that I had been growing out. I wanted a ash blonde overall colour with some highlights. Apparently this required me to come into the salon 3 times whilst they trotted me out in front of a succession of more senior hairdressers who ummed and ahhed and said "we'll we don't know what's on it as to how it will behave" despite me telling them exactly what was on it and the fact that it was absolutely no problem to dye over it as I'd done it at home 100 tines before. They made me feel like I had ruined my hair and that they would have to cut it short to get rid of the pink. I gave up, dyed it at home and went back in for the highlights with them. They clearly forgot all about the pink issues as complimented me on the lovely colour and condition of my hair. They just couldn't cope with anything that wasn't a blonde or brown! the irony was that at the time the big hair photos on the front of the salon was a blonde and lilac hair do. Which is what had prompted me to go there in the 1st place!

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  4. I'm with you too. I have a penchant for drying my hair crazy colours and most hairdressers seem terrified of it. A particularly humiliating experience was at Toni and guy a year or so ago. I had faded out a pink and had a *very* pale baby pink with 4 inches of ash blonde roots that I had been growing out. I wanted a ash blonde overall colour with some highlights. Apparently this required me to come into the salon 3 times whilst they trotted me out in front of a succession of more senior hairdressers who ummed and ahhed and said "we'll we don't know what's on it as to how it will behave" despite me telling them exactly what was on it and the fact that it was absolutely no problem to dye over it as I'd done it at home 100 tines before. They made me feel like I had ruined my hair and that they would have to cut it short to get rid of the pink. I gave up, dyed it at home and went back in for the highlights with them. They clearly forgot all about the pink issues as complimented me on the lovely colour and condition of my hair. They just couldn't cope with anything that wasn't a blonde or brown! the irony was that at the time the big hair photos on the front of the salon was a blonde and lilac hair do. Which is what had prompted me to go there in the 1st place!

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  5. I agree. I only go to the hairdressers every 6 months now as a special treat lol. Just gets too expensive otherwise. I have a suggestion to keep it trimmed and healthy though. Buy a Crea Clip. Look on YouTube for videos on how to use it. Honestly, this little thing has saved me going to the hairdressers until I really need to!

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  6. I admit I put it off too. My hairdresser is excellent and I drive an hour to go there now since I've moved house. I hate phoning up anywhere so i put it off. Then when u do phone I have to wait 3 weeks or so for a Saturday appointment. I go around 3 times a year usually.

    I also have thick hair but it's not as long as yours as its boob length but they never complain. They really know what they are doing. full marks for Storm Hair and Beauty in Street.

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  7. I am petrified to go to the hairdresser. All comes from one horrific bangs which made me cry entire night and I was growing out for ages. I honestly feel my heart racing and can never relax in there! However, it changed slightly two years ago when I think I've found a hairdresser for ME! Finally! Someone who asks lots of questions to make sure to get it right, understands my hair and is not shoving their opinion down my throat. So you need to be patient and find a hairdresser for you Adrienne - believe me the life will get a little bit easier then! :)
    P.S. I still go rarely - maybe twice a year because my hair is in good condition and I like having long hair - I don't colour either, so I don't need often trips. X

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  8. If you want a trim, I find the best way is to do it yourself. Make sure you get really sharp scissors and remember less is more. There are plenty of YouTube videos on how to do it. Unless I want a completely different style or a different hair colour, this is what I do!

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  9. I have long hair too and used to hate having to find somewhere to get it cut, and begrudged paying for a cut that I knew wouldn't be right. I have a hairdresser now who *loves* how long and thick my hair is so I think I'm really lucky. I go every 10 weeks now!

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  10. I visit my hairdresser every 3-6 months for a trim and a good hair treatment as my hair is so long and coloured (been colouring it since I was 18) so... can't afford to not go!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  11. I must admit I only go twice a year. Once my greys get so bad I cannot handle it anymore! (being grey at 24 sucks!) I did however chop off my butt long hair in february, make my hairdresser cry in the process, then completely rage when I refused point blank to let her thin or layer it. So I now have mid length blunt cut hair... which I love because I now have no random short bits, no flyaways and my super thick hair isnt attempting to thicken itself anymore.

    I would avoid the hairdressers completely now if it wasnt for my urge to have ombre hair, but also have no greys.. and I cannot box dye my roots alone without making a mess (again, thick hair)

    Can see my hair in this post:
    http://makeerinover.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/face-of-day-mac-sumptuous-olive.html


    I love it :) (when it isnt filled with Grey)

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  12. Oh man.. so sorry to hear about your bad experiences. I also have to deal with hairdressers who cut far too much off and then I am really unhappy!
    I heard that "HerSheSons" is supposed to be great. Maybe you can book a consultation there?
    take care x
    lynn | http://nexttolondon.blogspot.com/

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  13. That's so bad if they complain about washing long hair, long hair is a serious goal for some and it's not like you don't know it takes time to dry! I'm currently 7-12 weeks as I'm growing out bleach but keeping it short, this next chop should hopefully cut the last of it out but it's starting to look a bit meh - hair trim needed asap....


    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  14. How often do you visit the hairdresser? Not enough! I always hate going because no matter what there's always something I'm not happy with and it's such an expensive trip overtime I go! I've taken just to trimming my own hair (I've always dyed it myself after a few bad experiences!) I need to find one who is perfect for me and I hope one day I do!

    http://www.abigailalicex.com <3

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  15. Is it strange for me to say that you're lucky you hate the hairdressers? I love going but can only really go once a year! Haircuts in Denmark are CRAZY EXPENSIVE and as a student I don't really like to shell out 80 quid to get a bit of my hair lopped off, so I always wait until I'm in England and get it done then, in safe hands and for about 25 pounds. I hope you find a more patient hairdresser though, as someone with quite a lot of hair I do sympathise!
    Bethany x

    bethanygraceo.blogspot.dk

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  16. The girls at the salon I visit are lovely,my hair is super thick and they never moan,even though it takes ages to dry and style. Also I only ever get the ends trimmed and they only cut what I want. It is quite an expensive salon for my area (Liverpool) but like you say if you find someone good its worth it x

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  17. I'm the same - I go two or three times a year. I wish I could go more often but it's just too expensive. When did 3-figure sums become normal for a cut and colour??

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  18. Since finding an incredible hairdressers I go much more frequently even though it's exensive - it's important to go somewhere with the same ideas as you :)

    lillies and lipbalm
    xx

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  19. Long and thick hair here! And yes I've also experienced what you mentioned above. LOL. We have a tipping tradition here, so I always tipped the hairdresser and the assistant who dries and style my hair after a haircut a bigger tip. P.S: I only go to a hairdresser once or twice a year..hahaha

    Lenny C | Initial L

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  20. I LOVE my hair stylist. However, he's expensive (and with good reason). I used to go months without seeing him because I'd get a low maintenance cut, but ever since I colored it red, I've been seeing him more often. My wallet hurts, but my hair is fabulous!

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  21. I go to a lovely hairdressers but it still takes me about 5 months to bother booking myself in! They're the only salon I've ever been happy with and I'm so worried about moving down south and being forced to find a new one :(
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  22. Hairdressers always take off more than I'd like, so I really hate going! Honestly, it's been a couple of years since I last had my hair trimmed. I've been growing it out, so I'm afraid that if I do bite the bullet that they'll end up cutting a lot of it :(

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