Friday, August 14, 2015

Hair Hurdles and Other Updates

So, I sat down to write a complaining blog about a recent trip to the salon, but I'd better start out with the positive news.
My youngest son has decided to return to college. He is re-enrolled and has an apartment. He just needs to firm up classes and get a job. Those of you who have listened to my worries on this topic, know it is a relief, or it will be once everything is settled and he moves to his apartment next Friday. Then we'll keep our fingers crossed until he completes the semester and earns passing grades.
Our other concerns, like whether my husband will keep his job as the newspaper reorganizes under its new owner, continue to hang over our heads, but we're feeling hopeful.
On to my hair debacle. I'm sitting here for an hour with a plastic bag over my head and a deep conditioner on my hair in an attempt to save it.
A week ago, I went to Aveda Nurtur to have my roots and highlights done. The hairdresser was new at the salon. She decided to do an all over color first. After she washed it, she did the highlights. The entire process took three hours, rather than the usual two hours. As I sat there, I got more and more fidgety. I had papers to grade and never got a big chunk of time to get them done as someone kept checking my hair or washing it or rinsing it.
When I finally finished the color process, another stylist dried my hair. As she laboriously pulled a round brush through my curly hair, trying to straighten it, I told her that a flat iron was really the only thing that took the curl out of my hair.
"Oh, I could do that, but it would cost an extra $10," the stylist said.
That pissed me off. Why shouldn't I leave the salon with my hair actually styled the way I want. I felt like I was on one of those airlines that charge extra for peanuts and seatbelts and carry-on bags.
I walked home from the salon and fixed it. That infuriated me, since I'd paid over $100 to have my hair done, coming home and to flatiron it myself felt ridiculous.
I thought about writing a note to the salon to complain, but as the days went past, I dropped it. Until I started noticing that the hair on my bangs and around my face that had been highlights were crinkly and breaking. The highlights had basically fried my hair.
I stopped at the salon yesterday and they gave me a tiny little cup of conditioner and suggested I try a deep condition which should take care of it.
And that's why I'm wasting another hour sitting with my hair in a plastic bag and determining that the price to have my hair colored and styled was a complete waste this week.
This family selfie is the only picture I have of myself after my recent trip to the salon.

But I did get a photo of two of the kids plus my husband dressed up for a wedding.

8 comments:

Lucia said...

Everytime I bleach my hair blonde, I end up with some kind of breakage near my bang area. I've gone to high end professionals and my girlfriend who is a great stylist always the front breaks. I use a round brush to straighten my hair. I hardly ever use a straightener. Anyway to the point, straightening has never cost me extra, the blow dry at the high end has. My girlfriend includes blow drying and styling to all her customers as part of the price, there is no extra for blow drying or flat ironing or even curling. She wants her customers to come back! Conditioning treatments are needed whenever we over process our hair. Breakage expected especially us curly haired folks and also depends on how long it was left on and to what extent you wanted your hair bleached to. yours truly Blonder by the appointment...I'm doing it gradual.

Paulita said...

Lucia, I want to avoid being blonde, at all costs. They were just supposed to be a couple of highlights so my hair doesn't look one-dimensional. I've never had my hair break or get frizzled.

Terra said...

Sorry about your hair woes, I hope your hair is all gorgeous after the conditioning. I have no experience with salons so can offer no advice. That is great news that your son is enrolled in college.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Hello Paulita .. First of all, great news about your youngest soon. I think this is a very positive move, hope all goes well for him. I hope all goes well for Earl too.

As for your hair , never have I heard of anyone having to pay extra to have it straightened, it should all be part of the whole treatment. My hairdresser asks how I would like it dried. Brush or straightened. If I have any problems with my hair , I just call into him. I have had highlights and never had a problem. So sorry this has happened to you . I would go back and demand someone look at it and sort it out.

Noreen said...

Oh man! A hundred bucks to have your hair ruined, and an extra fee for straightening? And to think I was just contemplating making an appointment to have my hair colored. Might have to rethink that one.

Noreen said...

Oh man! A hundred bucks to have your hair ruined, and an extra fee for straightening? And to think I was just contemplating making an appointment to have my hair colored. Might have to rethink that one.

Noreen said...

Oh man! A hundred bucks to have your hair ruined, and an extra fee for straightening? And to think I was just contemplating making an appointment to have my hair colored. Might have to rethink that one.

Paulita said...

Thanks, Everyone. My hair is definitely conditioned. I don't think it solved the problem. The manager was supposed to call today, but no word yet. I'm hoping they give me my money back so I can use it to buy products instead. I still love Aveda products, but I'll need to find another salon.

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