Then last year, she opened her own independent studio, 50 minutes away. And she raised her rates. I went to see her twice. It was nice and she did the usual terrific job but with travel time, my hair appointment lasted over 4 hours. So add in the babysitter money and the increase in the rate and it was obvious I needed to find someone new.
So I called a just opened new Aveda spa (my colorist/stylist was in an Aveda salon so went because I thought they would have the same good people). The location was ideal--5 minutes from the house, the price not so much. It was more then the increased rates from my old stylist. But less than a babysitter for an extra two hours. So I took the plunge.
I asked to have the colorist who was in charge of in-store training. These people from my experience usually do the bet job. So the salon was lovely but the stylist did a so-so job on my hair. I was happy but not ecstatic like I used to be.
And then school started and I thought the perfect time to get my hair down would be when all children were at school. The only requirement? I would need to the appointment to start at 9 am. I asked to schedule my next appointment at this time.
"No we can't do that, "replied the very trendy receptionist. "J only comes in at 10 am at the earliest."
"I need to come in at 9. Could she come in earlier? You open at 9." I begged.
"She comes in at 10."
And so I decided to check into a new location. A non-Aveda salon. At first glance the new salon was perfect. 9 o'clock? No problem. Cheaper rates? For sure. And a no tip policy. I was in heaven.
I went in and they did my hair. Not too pleased. I came home. My husband said maybe it was because you were new. How about another try?
I came back and the my husband's first words were "Maybe we could find a way to send you to your favorite hairdresser?"
Gee, thanks honey.
And so now I spend a bit more time getting my hair to work in the morning. I am not thrilled with the color and I just feel washed out. But the salon works with my schedule. I really do like the people who work there and the price is perfect. I just don't like my hair as much as I used to.
Now I am two weeks from my next appointment and I am debating what I should do. A big part of me says to just bring in a picture. I really like her hair.
(Isn't she cute? I could be that cute!)
Or should I just go back to my favorite--of course I'd need to wait. She doesn't work as many hours and she gets booked fast.
I just don't know. I do know I don't like this look at all.