It’s been about a month since I auditioned a hair stylist. I had a good stylist; the price was right. She is funny and quick at cutting my hair. I looked like a $m,ill,ion when I walked out of her shop. Thanks to her, I know how to use a flat-iron since she cut and styled my hair in a straight style. Did I want a straight hair style?
No, but I do look good in the style she gave me. When I went to her the first time several years ago, I took 4-5 pics of hairstyles I thought might work. After a brief glimpse at what I brought, she set the photos aside and cut my hair to my current style which does not look a thing like any of the pics I brought her.
I am ready for a hair style change and I didn’t see that happening with this nice lady. I decided to change stylists. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Don’t get me wrong. I am not a loyal client. I will drop a hairdresser faster than you can say L’Oreal. But this lady had cut my hair long enough that I felt like she was a friend. Reluctantly, I cheated on her, booked a hair cut with someone else, and tried out a new hair stylist. She passed the test which was to restore the existing hair cut to a condition resembling its appearance 2 months previous. I have a pet peeve against hair dressers who ask how much to take off and who cut well past the “about an inch” that I request. She didn’t go nuts and chop like a ninja. Sorry. Too many infomercials.
I sound like I’m picky about my hair and that isn’t true. I’m not good with hair. I do know how to use a blow-dryer; it’s just boring. Five minutes into the operation, I turn the heat up to high, put the blower on top speed, set aside my hairbrush, and dry my hair. In about 3 minutes, I look like Margaret the Blonde Zulu.
I want the hair cut that doesn’t exist. I want one that takes 20 years and 20 pounds off. I want a hair cut that doesn’t require any effort on my part or just a minimal effort. I’d like one that looks just like I stepped out of the salon even if I’m the one doing the styling. Did I mention that I don’t want to pay more than $25 for it, including the tip?
There’s a quote by Orlando Pita on the moneycentral.msn.com website. Pita is a celebrity hair stylist in NYC who can get away with charging $800 for a haircut and a blow dry: “For me a good haircut is a cut that doesn’t look like you’ve had your hair cut.” For 800 bucks, I better look like I got a hair cut!
Of course, if the stylist cuts my hair and then blows my hair dry, the whole world knows I got a hair cut. It looks unbelievably great and won’t look that good again until I either get another hair cut or ask my daughter to flat-iron my hair.
I am surprised that hair cuts can cost so much money. The average cost for a non-Super Cut hair cut in my part of south Texas is $30. The Cosmo blog says that haircuts in NYC can be 14-18 times that. Really. Really?
Back in 2004, Kelly Bensimon from The Real Housewives of New York City told the New York Times, “I know women who spend $400 on a pair of shoes they wear once,” Ms. Bensimon said. “Why not spend $600 on a haircut that lasts for six months and turns a nobody into a somebody?”
Sometimes my boss, for whom English is not his starter language, will say, “I don’t know what you mean when you say that, Margaret.” I thought the same thing about Ms. Bensimon’s comment.