Friday, October 4, 2013

The Hair Chronicles! -A new look in a unknown world

It is has been exactly a month to the day since my last blog post.  In the time I been away from blogging, I have continued to work, got another cold, then allergies, and family visits. In addition, I have also got a new hair cut.  The story behind it is peppered with a variety of ups and downs.

As some of you may know, I began to grow out my Bettie bangs into an angled style. I started this process in August. Despite my initial hesitation to let go of my once-heralded look, I got the cut and felt great. I was ready for a change! However, this elation was soon eclipsed by the news that my stylist of one year, a stylist who was finally becoming accustomed to my hair, told me she was moving out of state in late September. I was sad. I am happy she is finding her bliss in her new home and new life, but damn it! My hair has needs! So, the quest to find a new stylist began.

In late September, I discovered a new salon in my area.  The website looked great and the vibe was hip, edgy.  I made my appointment for a stylist who seemed to have a good grasp of vintage styles.  On the day of my appointment, I was nervous (silly, I know) and excited. I arrived on time and after over 15 minute wait, I was sent back to get a root touch up and a couple of foils on my emerging blond highlight in my growing bangs.

After color, the stylist cut a section of hair behind my bangs. The overall look appeared to form a deep, wide triangle in my hairline. Because I wanted to grow out my bangs to do a "suicide roll" and/or a side-swept look, I needed a more dramatic bang line. The stylist also cut a couple of inches of my ends to help my wet sets shape better during home styling. Needless to say, I felt great. I found "vintage hair heaven" but alas, something was amiss in hair world and I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

Upon the completion of my mystical hair experience, I made my way over to the reception desk to check out. Then I heard, "That will be $155.00 today, please." What? What now? $155.00 for a basic highlight foil in my bangs, a cut, and root-touch up? My old salon was $105!! How much is full color gonna cost?! Good lord. I walked out there feeling both magical and in shock. My  hair was "Breck Girl" glowing but my wallet was crying and shaking in a corner, like it was just mugged in Central Park circa 1977.

A couple of days later, I washed my hair and when I was combing it out after my shower, I noticed several places where my roots were not touched up at all. I have natural light auburn roots (level 7) and my color is blue black (level 1). The contrast was really evident. Not only was I overcharged, my roots were patchy and uneven. I was pissed.

In spite of the fact I want perfection (especially for that price), I am reasonable. I do not expect me and a new stylist to be "on the same page" the very first visit, but I at least expect my color to be done correctly. Needless to say, I will not be going back there.

But, this story may have a happy ending! One of my friends who blogs, is an amazing seamstress, talented knitter, loves vintage, adores makeup, and is an awesome fun gal, is actually a board certified stylist in the next state.  She is very knowledgeable with vintage hair and how to create the looks I seek.

Even though my hair is okay for now and I am without a stylist at the moment, I am able to do a couple of new looks, apres-Bettie bangs:


The first look is with my bangs rolled back and the second is as they are styled forward in a side-swept look. As the months progress, I cannot wait to see what new styles I can create!

So, do you have any hair "she-mergencies?"

13 comments:

  1. Wow...$155?!?! That's crazy! Glad to hear you found a friend you can go to after that fiasco. You look great with your bangs both ways! Now if I could just find a miracle to make my hair grow out faster...

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    1. Thank you for your comments, Elisa! I was just floored when I was told $155 was the total! And what makes it sting even more is my shoddy roots!

      If you find a miracle hat speeds hair growth, let me know! Lol! Mine grows so slow!

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  2. Wow. I would have been livid and probably walked in there to give someone a piece of my mind. Most of the times I've been to a stylist I've come our depressed and hating my hair. I got a spiral once and paid $135 for it. It didn't take and the stylist said it was my fault. I wanted my money back but he said I could have store credit but no refunds. I went back every other month to get trims but stopped going after he started making snide remarks. So I ended up leaving $100 in store credit.
    I've taken to dying my own hair and only getting trims when I need them. That way if I mess up the color I have no one to blame but myself and I'm not out a ton of money. I do like the highlight you had put in. I have one on the crown of my hair on on one of the temples. It looks great when I style my hair.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words and comments!

      Wow, Mariela! How snarky that the stylist you went to had the gall to blame you for a perm not taking and then adding insult to injury by making snide comments. Rude.

      I wish I could do my own roots. I can do my own hairline, temple, and hair part touch-up with one of those 10 minute box retouch kits but I cannot do the whole head touch up! I am afraid I would mess up!

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  3. I like how your new bangs look on you! I'm having the same problems....I moved and now can't afford the $$$ to get my hair done like I use to do. :( I debate every month about driving the two hours to go back to my old stylist!

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    1. Thank you for your comments and compliment!

      I want my hair done right but I also want to be more wise with my money, especially during this govenment shutdown! (I am a fed contractor)

      I am often shocked at how high the costs are some salons. For example, I used to go to a place to get my brows waxed and tinted and I was charged $60! Then I found a place that did them for $35! Not only is my esthetician cheaper, her brow skills are better! The other place was crazy expensive and they were doing my brows too thin! Not good when you want a proper 50s-look!

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  4. Did you ask your old stylist for recommendations? I probably would have gone back and asked them to fix my hair, especially at that price

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    1. Yes, Laura, I did. She knows I want a vintage style but most of the other stylists in her former salon are not really well-versed when it comes to middy cuts, wet sets, and rolls.

      As for the salon that overcharged me, I called and let them know and they were very dismissive. Never again.

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  5. I feel your pain I have been waivering between stylist for the last couple of years. One of the local vintage girls just got her first job in a salon and went and saw her but the price was $98 for a cut, full foil, and some face waxing as she is also. that sounds good until you know that the saloon charges half price for new clients. Yikes not sure I will go back. I wish I live closer to my friend in texas as she would do a fabulous job on my hair.

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    1. I have been to a place like that! It is total hair nirvana! You get a great cut, color, feel amazing, and the price is right and they state it's a "one-time new client special." And then reality hits. Eugh.

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  6. the soft side bangs on the last pic are very flattering! love the way you always wear necklaces... xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments!

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