I FINALLY went for a haircut today after like 6 or 7 months. I never do anything but pull it back, and it was getting just kind of gross. I really wanted it short short... Basically like a shaggyish, choppy pixie cut that's intended to look messy and funky. I've had that cut before and I really liked it. So anyway, I am generally a very frugal person, but since I rarely get my hair cut, I like to go somewhere with people who are very skilled so i can trust them to give me a good cut. The place I went is one of the higher-end salons in town that I'd never been to. I'm not loyal to any one stylist so I thought I'd try out a new place. Anyway, I didn't really know anything about the lady but I figured she would know what she's doing--that's why I'm paying $50 for a cut, which is a lot around here. The first thing she says to me after I say I want it really short is "Well, I don't do pixie cuts" and I said "what do you mean, you don't do pixie cuts?" I was thinking maybe she has some kind of stylist-snobbery attitude toward them, but no, she just hasn't "gotten it down." So at the time, I didn't think that what I was envisioning was actually a pixie, so I just said, okay, well I just definitely don't want to be able to pull it back, but beyond that, do whatever you think will look good. I also really don't want a bob. She insisted it wouldn't be a bob.
Well, she went on about her business cutting my hair, and I definitely ended up with a bob. It's sort of shorter and choppier in the back, but really just layers. Then there's this weird line right at my ear where the layers stop and it's just longish chin-length with no layers. It looks like two different haircuts on my head. THEN I discovered once I got home and was really looking at it that there's quite a sizable piece that is longer than the rest of it. It's driving me batty. I hate that I paid so much money for not only something I didn't want, but something that really looks kinda bad. Not HORRIBLE. You wouldn't look at me and think "wow look at what she paid someone to do to her," but I don't think I can live with it. The real problem is, I'm the type of person that would rather hate my haircut and pay someone else to fix it than go back and complain that she did a bad job. Even though I wasn't warned that there was an entire realm of haircuts that she can't or "doesn't" do.
Normally I don't have a problem gently complaining about sub-standard service, but I feel like decent hair stylists are basically artists, and to say "you sucked at my hair" is on par with saying "that is a really ugly painting you just made" or "that poem is downright bad" and I don't have it in my to rag on someone's creativity. I know that sounds stupid. So I guess I'll just wallow in my bad haircut until I can have someone else fix it.