1. They look you in the eye and acknowledge your side of the conversation when they ask how you want your hair cut.
2. She/he is pleasant, but the chatting is kept to a minimum ’cause they’re concentrating on what they’re doing.
3. They show you the finished job from all sides with mirrors and ask if you want them to make any adjustments before you leave the chair.
4. They ask if you want styling products applied, as the cut is good enough that products are optional.
5. They hand over their card voluntarily and tell you to call them if you’re the least bit unsatisfied with the cut after living with it for a few days.
Signs that you’re going to walk away from a hairdresser with a really bad ‘do:
1. They ask how you said you wanted it cut … after they’ve already started hacking away. And can’t seem to remember, no matter how often you repeat it throughout the cut.
2. They yack non-stop, with numerous stops of the scissors to “talk with their hands”. Then scissors resume task on another part of head entirely.
3. “Oh, no, it’s perfectly fine, I promise. I’ve just changed the style a bit and you’ll love it when you get used to it. It’s supposed to feel uneven, and one side has to be a bit longer because of how your hair naturally falls. Truly, it looks great. Oh no, I purposely left those long curly bits at the back because they’re so cute. They’ll behave once your hair gets used to being cut differently.”
4. A great glob of goop is applied and worked through before you can get a good enough look to argue any more about the quality of the cut.
5. You ask for their card and they don’t have one. You ask for their name, which they reluctantly give. But when you call to complain the next day, you find out nobody by that name works at that establishment.
Luckily my hair grows quickly … and Stephanie has a wide range of styling lotions and potions that’ll help to sort of make it look better. She recommends going wild and messy to fool the world into thinking that it was cut this way on purpose. Are people really that gullible?