I was recently asked:
Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I had a hair tragedy earlier this year; in a span of 5 days, I had streaks, and about 5 different demi-permanent colors. In July, I was on a trip to my home town and decided to get my hair colored by my sister’s stylist. Her color always looks great so I trusted that I’d have good luck too. I was so excited! I explained that I wanted something in the bronze, gold family and that I wanted something subtle; I ended up with the complete opposite. By the time she finished my streaks, and added a few other colors for dimension, I was not happy. When I got home and saw my hair in better light, I was mortified. I had orange and blond streaks! I immediately contacted her and expressed that I needed her to re-do my hair. I explained that I work in a professional office and I could not go to work with my hair in its current condition. She was very accommodating and the next morning she came in and put a rinse over the colors that I had.
It turned out to be entirely too bright, but did not look much different than the previous day. In fact, after seeing pictures from “day 1 hair” I was longing for the previous color! I looked like a midlife crisis had exploded on my head. When I arrived back in Orlando, I called a stylist here and explained the situation to her; luckily she could fit me in, but I had to go to work with my tragic hair. When my boss saw me, she said, “Your hair, it’s orange“. I explained that it wasn’t what I requested, but what I ended up with. The following afternoon, I got a dark brown color on top of the orange hair, which toned the brightness down significantly.
For me, this trip to the salon was a tragic situation because ultimately, I received a beautiful color job but not the color I requested, or was expecting. I wanted to be sure to mention that the color I received was a beautiful color; it just didn’t work for me. Also, I have no doubt that the hair stylist who did my hair is talented; she did a great job executing the streaks themselves. I can’t say enough about how impressed I was with the ambiance of her shop. I felt like I was in my living room having a personal visit from my hair dresser.
The last thing I’d like to mention is the pricing. I believe in a merchant’s right to charge whatever price they deem fair for their services. As a customer, I believe in voting with my wallet! That being said, a color and style were $140; $70 per service. When I inquired about what a style consisted of, she mentioned a twist or braid out, up-do, or anything that can be fashioned into a hairstyle. Ultimately, I left with my hair blown out, which is not a style 😉
Do you have a hair tragedy story?