This week, I did something very uncharacteristic. I walked into a salon -- well, more like a SuperCuts -- and asked for a haircut. I conducted minimal research beforehand (only a few guys had reviewed the place on Yelp) and I made NO appointment.
If you're a woman, this is more or less CRAZY.
Things that suck when moving to a new city? Trick question. Many, many things. But among the most annoying are finding a new doctor, a dentist, and a person that cuts your hair. It took me three years to find Camden, my previous stylist in DC, who I stayed with for five and a half years. We used to chat about music and beer and tattoos. I trusted him completely AND I could be myself.
I knew finding my new Camden would not be easy, so I avoided trying at all. Over Christmas in New Jersey, Alex's sister -- a killer stylist -- kindly gave me a bonafide kitchen cut that tided me over. But five months later, I looked a little rough around the edges and desperately needed a trim. It was finally time for a St. Louis haircut.
First of all, I hate selfies, so forgive my expression. Second, despite chopping off approximately three inches in the middle of the workday, none of my coworkers noticed. They're mostly dudes, but still. They have eyes. Third, I forget why this was a list. Moving on.
My haircut is nothing groundbreaking. I like it, and I liked the woman who cut my hair. I just didn't feel that.... spark, for lack of a better word. Convenience and price were big perks, though, and it felt great to just get a haircut without much fuss. I'll probably go back a second time.
Still, here's my general complaint about getting a haircut. If you're even mildly tomboyish (I am) and you walk into most any salon, you can end up feeling like barely a woman.
"All you do is blow dry your hair?"
"Yup, that's it."
"What products do you use?"
"Shampoo and conditioner."
"Are you, in fact, a woman at all?"
"I think so...?"
That's why I tend to look for places where stylists are tattooed, pierced, and alternative. These people get it.
Yes, I am a woman. No, I only spend 5 minutes "doing" my hair. Now please help me look pretty.