Eventually I decided to try Mid-range Salon. Mid-range Salon cost more, had impersonal service, and couldn’t seem to get my hair right no matter what instructions I gave or what pictures I showed. They also charged you if you wanted your hair blow dried after the cut. I always thought blow drying was part of the cut, since you can’t really tell how the cut looks until it’s dry. Not at this place! I tired of Mid-range salon pretty quickly. I started to wonder if my hair just wasn’t compatible with the look I wanted.
And then comes High-End Salon #1. My first experience with a high-end salon came when i was getting my hair cut and colored for my wedding. I waited for about a half-an-hour before I got taken back for my appointment. Well, that’s ok, right? They’re pretty busy. Once seated in the salon chair, I waited for my stylist. I waited for her to come back and dry my hair. I waited for her to mix color (does it really take 20 minutes to mix color?), waited as she disappeared to who-knows-where for a long time. Basically I did a lot of waiting and had a 4-hour hair appointment despite the fact I was told it should take two hours at the most. But I was happy with how my hair looked, so I went back, thinking the waiting experience probably wasn’t typical. times two and three and High-End Salon #1 were just as long of a wait, and I thought that extra time must be the price you pay for good hair.
Then I was given a birthday gift to get my hair done at High-End Salon #2. What’s this? they’re taking me in on time? The stylist stays with me the whole time instead of wandering off somewhere? I didn’t know that could happen! They also gave me a hot towel treatment and hand massage, which was all incredibly relaxing. For about the same price as High-End Salon #1, I got much better service, more complimentary perks, and hair that I absolutely loved. We have a winner!! Each time I have gone back, the service has been exceptional. The one time where they were behind schedule, they apologized profusely and treated me to a free eyebrow wax while I waited. High-End Salon #1 never once apologized for the time I was kept waiting, and certainly never attempted to make up for it. I’m glad I went somewhere else and discovered that you can have great hair AND great service.
High-End Salon #2 does cost me more, but in the end I decided that it’s worth it. I would rather spend more money and be happy with what I’m getting than spend less and be unhappy with it. Spending money on something you’re not happy with is essentially the same as wasting that money. Paying more to have my hair done does mean that I don’t get to do it as often, because I don’t want to live outside my budget. However, I’ve found that when my hair is done right, I don’t NEED to have it done as often. It takes me a lot longer to get split ends, and my hair looks nicer as its growing out. So getting more frequent haircuts at cheaper salons probably amounted to about the same cost in the long run anyway, for something I wasn’t satisfied with. As with many things, you get what you pay for, and hair is no exception!
I would like to hear some of your hair experiences, good and bad!