This is a personal blog.
I’m allowed to blog about haircuts in here.
This post is about haircuts.
I had a haircut on Saturday. I’m trying to grow my hair out. All I wanted was a trim to neaten things up and get rid of split ends. It didn’t go very well. It’s not terrible, but it would be better if it hadn’t happened. I’m pretty sure I could’ve done a better job myself. This is not an isolated incident. I’ve had the exact same mistakes made with my hair by a number of different hairdressers; in fact, probably the majority of the hairdressers I’ve been to.
The very bottom layer of my hair at the back is straight, unlike the rest of my hair, which is curly. This means that when my hair is dry, this bottom layer is longer than the layer on top of it, assuming they’re cut straight while wet and combed. This usually isn’t a problem and creates a natural sort of layering. The problems start when the hairdressers insist on actually cutting layers there while my hair is wet, which, when my hair dries, results in a ridiculous difference in length between the straight bottom layer and frizzy, curly layer on top of it. It ends up looking like a deliberate mullet, and then I have to cut the bottom layer shorter myself (or get my mother to do it) in order to correct the mistake, which leaves me with shorter hair than I want to have. I try to explain this to them, but they never listen. They never believe me. One hairdresser even argued with me and told me that it only seems straighter sometimes when I tie my hair up because I’m pulling the curls out and it’s drying that way. No. It’s *always* straighter. My mother has the same thing. It’s freaking genetic. How would I not know that about my own hair? And why would I lie?
The second common mistake is when they cut the fringey, feathery, shorter bits around my face. I like having short pieces in the front to flap around and tuck behind my ears, but they always comb far too much hair forward when they cut it so that the fringe essentially starts on the top of my head instead of just in the front. This might work for people who have heavy, silky hair that obeys the laws of gravity, but it doesn’t work for me at all. I end up with these massive fluffy chunks on either side of my head because they’re too far back to be tucked behind my ears, they’re too fluffy to hang co-operatively as part of the face-framing fringe thing, and they’re too short to be tied up with my ponytail/bun. This forces me to clip these annoying pieces back for several months until they grow out and can be tied up again. And it’s fucking annoying!
Here’s a visual explanation of the situation:
I don’t understand why this happens so often. Every time I have my hair cut, I give them specific information regarding the nature of my hair and then most of the time, they proceed to ignore everything I’ve said and apply some sort of standard haircutting formula to the process and it doesn’t work! Why do they ignore what I have to say? I’ve been living with my hair for my whole life. I know my hair better than they know my hair. Surely when you train to be a hairdresser, somebody tells you that hair is not always predictable? That different people have different hair? That certain techniques that work for a lot of people don’t necessarily work for everyone? Surely they cut enough hair that they know and understand these things? I can forgive the accidental mullet layer because maybe that’s a bit strange (although when I *tell* them about it, the least they could do is listen…), but the fringe situation? I have fine, fluffy, curly hair! It’s not that complicated! I’m not the only person in the world with hair like this! Anybody with my hair type would have the same problem if their fringe was cut in this way. What annoys me the most is when the person cutting my hair has a similar hair type to me and they *still* get it wrong. Seriously? Why?! THIS IS YOUR JOB. LEARN TO DO IT PROPERLY.
Maybe I should give up trying to grow it out and just have it shortish and dye it red again. This is a pic from a couple of years ago:
Yes? No? I don’t know. I hate making decisions. And the shorter cuts are equally problematic. The above picture was a good angle of a good hair day in good weather. It’s normally a lot less controlled than this. I need to do a DIY hairdressing course or something. Blah.
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Write an entire blog about haircuts.
ACHIEVEMENT IN PROGRESS: Be at peace with publishing an entire blog about haircuts. Click the button, Laurie… Just click it…