Is it time to break up with your hairstylist?
We’ve recently seen actress Jennifer Aniston very publicly break up with her longtime hairstylist, Chris McMillan. The break up was said to be amicable and got almost as much attention and publicity as her on-again off-again relationship to singer John Mayer. This recent break up got me thinking of how nervous clients get when thinking of breaking up with their hairstylist. Sometimes the break up is unknowing or sudden and sometimes it is a long time coming. Either way, here are some tips on how to break up with your hairstylist, gently and politely.
“Hairstylist Break Up Be honest and straightforward. If you are looking to try out a new hairstylist at the same salon, it’s best to be up front an honest, but kind with words. We are not made out of stone, but we do understand we can’t please all the people all the time. Tell your current hairstylist that you saw a hairstyle that the other hairdresser did recently and that you’d like to try their services out. Explain that they didn’t do anything wrong (unless he/she did) and then schedule your next appointment with the new hairstylist, it really can be that easy!
You may both need to admit of your wrong doings. If you’ve wanted a change in hairstyle and a fresh new look, yet you’ve told your hairstylist to give you just a trim or told them to ‘do whatever,’ then you could be at fault for your own unhappiness when it comes to your hair. However, if you’ve been bringing in pictures of new styles or requesting one thing and getting another, you should be upfront and tell your hairstylist this when you ‘break up’ with them.
Give your hairstylist one more try at doing your ‘do right. If you’ve told your hairstylist how you feel and that you are thinking of a ‘break up’, then give her one last try to make things right before leaving. Be sure you haven’t expected your hairstylist to be a mind reader. Explain what you would like your hair to look like and also tell your hairstylist about any other issues that may be bothering you. Is your hairstylist habitually late, overbooked or sloppy on keeping their station, tools and equipment clean? Hopefully that will snap your hairstylist into shape so you won’t have to break up at all.
If, after giving your hairstylist another chance you still aren’t happy with your hair, then move on. Don’t worry about hurt feelings on your hairstylist’s part. As a hairstylist, I have clients that come and go and I understand that it’s all part of the job.
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