Why can't I get a good haircut???

scarlett2001August 14, 2013

All I want is a simple A-line cut, longer at the front, shorter in the back. Think I can get this? No!

Have tried expensive salons, cheaper places, everywhere. Took in a photo from a magazine. Finally got the right cut, but it was three inches too short! Ok, so I let it grow out, thinking at least now we have the right line, she can just trim it up. Nope, she cut it in layers. So now I have the nice A-line...up at my ears ...with a bunch of layers underneath.

Honestly, it's come to this: when I see a stranger in public who has a good haircut, I just walk up to her and ask where she got it. I feel like Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, "What's the secret? What's the secret?"

And the answer is usually, that the stranger was in Buffalo, New York, on vacation and got the cut at a little salon whose name she doesn't remember or her niece in beauty school in North Dakota cut it or something like that.

Am I the only woman Earth who can't get a good haircut??

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No, I am sorry to say you are not the only woman on earth who can't get a good haircut. I too stop strangers with hair I like, take in pictures, etc. When I do find a good stylist, the person moves away after a year or so and I am on the hunt again. I am going to a new one tomorrow and am scared. I just hope I don't come out of the salon tomorrow looking worse than I when I went in.

Sorry I can't help, but you have my sympathy.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2013 at 10:32PM
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Aw it's awful when you don't feel comfortable with the cut you get. You're doing everything right. It's taken me a long time to find someone I trust, and even now sometimes when she tries something new I may not feel right with it until it grows out a bit. They never blow it dry quite the way I can, and it just looks and feels awful when they do it. In the summer I run back home with my hair wet to style it myself! Anyway, the cut is good, and here's what I've done.

Bring a few pictures you like, preferably of someone with your similar shape face and hair texture. Then just talk for a while with your stylist about what you like about the cut(s) AND what you DON'T like about some of them. I will bring some pics of women with slight layers that I like and say I love how this looks here, but here is a similar pic with shorter layers and I hate how it looks over her ears, the inversion in the back wedge is too severe for my liking, etc. This will help your stylist to see what you are shooting for.

Then she will talk to you about what she thinks is correct for your face and show with her hands how short or where the layering will start or why, etc.

Good luck! I think they KEY is to show what you like AND what you do not like.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2013 at 7:21AM
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Another tip is to ask for the person who has been there the longest. They always have more experience. My current person gives me a great cut, but I tell her to skip the blow dry because it is never what I want.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 11:30PM
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One thing I've learned is to ask the hair dresser to SHOW you (by holding up some of your hair and indicating) what their interpretation of "one inch" (or however much you want them to cut) is.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2013 at 3:22PM
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Well, follow up - I got a pretty good cut! And at a low-price salon. Now I just hope she doesn't disappear or really mess it up next time.

I'm saying, I'm practically paranoid now. Wonder how women in public life and entertainment always have such good hair? You never see them with a bad hair day. Do they wear wigs?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2013 at 9:43PM
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Something I do when I have to go to new hairdresser is wash my hair the day before, and let it dry naturally. By the next day, it has fallen into its natural waves, or whatever rules my hair. Then the hairdresser knows how to use those natural assets (straight, curly, wavy, heavy, etc) to create the style I want. No matter how good they are, if they are working 'against' my hair, rather than 'with it', it never comes out the way I want.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 12:42PM
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Believe me, it's not just women. I have a pretty simple very short cut. I'll try a new barber shop, and it seems the first time I get a great cut and go back, thinking I've finally found a place that knows how to give a good hair cut. It seems every time I go after that, the cut gets worse and worse. They think they've got a regular customer and get lazy. I tend to look for a new barber about every 6 months.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 12:50PM
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See if there's an aveda institute near you. It's students so it's moly $18. I've heard hood things. I'm going saturday

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 6:44AM
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