I, literally, grew up in a salon. My mother owned a salon located in our house; and after I was born, she put me in the playpen to hang out while she worked. She tells me that all her customers loved keeping me company.
Then, as I got older, I still liked to hang out in the salon. I would get home from school and go in the salon so I could talk to my mom and her patrons. It was really fun when my friends got off the school bus to get their hair cut. The best was when I had sleepovers and we did each other’s hair.
My mom permed my bangs when I was around five or so; and I started getting my hair colored with semi-permanent hair color when I was about 12. And I haven’t looked back since.
Getting my hair done is fun type of self-expression. It’s a great way to quickly update my look. I color it myself sometimes, but prefer going to a professional because I still love hanging out in the salon.
I remember the first time I let another person, besides my mom, cut my hair. I was a senior in college and didn’t get a chance to go home before a trip to Washington, D.C. for an interview. I was nervous and wanted to make sure it was a good experience so I went to a nice place. And it was a good experience. I, of course, told the stylist all about growing up in a salon.
Unfortunately, the rest of my subsequent experiences have not all been good. Getting a bad haircut or color is the worst. And I’ve tried a bunch of places. Super Cuts a few times, but never again. The last time I went there I was desperate; and I regretted it. I was miserable. Not all the stylists are bad at Super Cuts, but you usually get what you pay for. Including the wacky lady who only charged $5 – she twirled my bangs and pinned them up with a white bobby pin.
When I got to LA, I decided that I wasn’t messing around. I wanted to find a great place right away. It had been 5 months since I had a hair cut – the longest I have ever gone. I found M. Bird Studio, a place with-in walking distance that had five stars on Yelp. I was immediately impressed with the cool space. And turns out I had an appointment with the owner. It was an awesome cut. More than I would like to have paid; but everything is more expensive in LA.
I have been back a couple of times and plan to be a loyal fan. I absolutely love my hair when I leave the salon. Part of me wants to explore and try new places, but I’m too nervous to get a bad cut. Why ruin a good thing, right? Well, that’s where this whole notion of not cheating on a stylist comes in. It’s funny how you begin a relationship with your stylist and feel bad if you let someone else touch your hair. I feel a strong sense of loyalty – probably because it was my mom’s profession. I know my mom had very loyal customers for years and years.
There’s just something about going to the salon… Maybe it’s the recollection of my fond childhood memories. I feel at home when I’m there. The head massage during the shampoo doesn’t hurt either.
It’s amazing how a great haircut can make the world of difference in my mood. I hardly leave the house during the week; but I love the convenience of a great cut – wash and go. I don’t like to spend a lot of time of my hair. And if you have a good cut, you shouldn’t have to. When you find a good stylist, stick with her or him. I hope everyone can find a stylist they love and won’t want to cheat on.