Hair today… you know

I have this hair stylist. She’s not what you might expect. Or really, I don’t know what you might expect. Because I’ve never had a hairstylist before. My idea of haircut is ‘pay little and expect similar results’. I can’t exactly remember how I started going to this place. Possibly I was recovering from an awkward cut and decided to spend more. Or maybe, most likely, it was the establishment which was both open and conveniently located when I realized that if somebody didn’t cut my bangs quickly, I was going to do it myself. My haircuts all happen this way. Essentially, I wait until my bangs are down in my eyes and turn myself in.

Anyway, this stylist. Her name is Karen. I won’t say she’s good. But she’s unique. I like what she does, though I am sure her methods wouldn’t appeal to many.  And every time, she asks me, “How do you want it cut?” And every time, I shrug and ask back, “Well, just like this, only shorter?”

The answer is unfair because, of course, by the time I get around to a cut, my hair is usually so long that it is impossible to discern the original style. And the real answer to her question is even more massively unfair, and it goes something like this:

Look. I had long hair for a lot more years than I’ve had short hair now. Long hair was braids, and ponytails, and pushing behind the ears. Short hair is hair dryers, and floof, and oh my god curls. I love this gift bestowed on me by two pregnancies, but I have no idea what to do with it. I don’t know what I want. You are the professional. I’m sure you can figure something out.

I’m usually pretty shaggy by the time I get around to a haircut.

Like this.

Or this.

So Karen rarely has even a strong concept to work from. Mostly, she has to go on a lot of guesswork, and I’m thinking a fair amount of prayer. For my part, I never have more than a vague notion of what she’s going to do with me. It all depends on her impulses and the raw materials available, right?

Sometimes, I look like this when she’s through

Others, more like this

She might do this


And then again, sometimes this


And so far, I’ve been lucky. I have loved everything. But, luck has its limits.  Without better guidance from me, sooner or later, she’s going to give me a dud shearing. My hair almost needs cutting again, so I’ve been trying to catch it off guard and photograph it at angles that show what I’m looking for, more or less.


I tried this Take one

Take 2 (w/aroncello in a nonperforming role)

I haven’t got it right yet, but I imagine that if I can show her a few possibilities, she’s sure to figure something out. After all, she’s the professional, right?

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Hair today… you know — 8 Comments

  1. I love this! I would wager a fair sum that most of us have horror stories about hairdressers. Your retort to the question of 'how do you want your hair cut' is perfect, and wouldn't you love to have the guts to blat that out in a nasal-y tone?

    Thanks for sharing your insights. Really enjoy your posts.

    • Thanks so much! I'd love to pull a SNL style "whiner" voice on her. She's got NO sense of humor and would NOT get it. But it would still be SO fun.

  2. I loathe having my haircut, partly also these days because I resent having to hand over quite so much money for them to do pretty much nada so I do take the scissors to my own. It's easier, less painful and an awful lot cheaper. You're brave, very brave and I'm glad you've found someone trustworthy. 🙂
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  3. That's absolutely my method for determining when to make a hair appointment too. Thankfully, my current guy has given me a cut that continues to look good until the point where my bangs start driving me nuts. (A cut, incidentally, that was totally of his doing when I put myself in his hands. Best sign of a good hairdresser.)

    While I hate trying to fit haircut money into my budget, it affects how I feel about my appearance enough that I figure it's worth it.
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    • Indeed — for me it's not just the way it affects my appearance (and that's definitely a factor) it's that all my life I've wanted hair like this. And suddenly I HAVE IT, and I'm going to style the hell out of it, because I'm sure it won't last forever.
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  4. Jessie, I wish I had the nerve to go to a stylist and just let them do whatever they thought would look good on me. I have never, ever been able to do that and have largely been saddled with the same cut for more than a decade. I did make the radical move to change my hair color to red, but I don't like it, and I don't know what else to do, and my stylist likes it, so I just keep listening to her.
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