Deciding to cheat… on your stylist.

After 11 years, I cheated on my stylist. Do I feel good about it? Yes and no.

We all know how hard it is. You build a relationship, they know your hair, when they style it you feel like a million bucks and most importantly, you trust them with your tresses.

I have to say that I do LOVE my stylist. I really do. So much so, that I volunteer my after work hours helping with his environmentalist efforts. I’ve even sent countless people his way over the years. Most of them are still clients and some even travel from other states to see him. He really is that good – and coming from me, that is quite a statement.

Why would I leave something good and risk a relationship (and a good haircut) on someone new? We all know that the grass usually ISN’T better on the other side, BUT, sometimes “good” isn’t good enough. After 11 years, the “experience” changed. It was still fun, but I felt like more of a friend and less of a client – which can be a good thing, but since I’m paying I still want the experience. I also have been looking for hair options over the last few years – and not just bangs. This time of year, women like me want to spend less time styling, so I thought it was time to embrace my curls. He never gave me that option – or maybe he did and just decided not to ever style it for me that way. Then of course, timing is always a factor. I wanted a change – NOW. I hadn’t had a haircut since September and I really couldn’t wait another day – and I certainly couldn’t wait until he comes back from his wedding/honeymoon.

So there you have it. That’s why I did it. Justified? Of course it is!

Now the question is this… who do you cheat with? You can’t trust your hair to just ANYONE. What an ordeal. I researched, I checked with friends, read reviews and I could not find ONE salon that I was comfortable going to. I went to Blossom for dinner and across the street was this new space. Black and white, beautiful furniture (including a few black Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs), HUGE chandelier – clean and modern. Totally my style, and when I realized it was a salon (and not a furniture store), I HAD to go in. Of course, I thought that I’d get the snobby looks and attitude, but I was wrong. I spoke with one of the stylists for a bit and took their card so that I could go back for a Consultation.

Wednesday was the day. I made an appointment for a consultation at Chris Chase Salon with Kristine and I was assured that she knew about curly hair. After spending close to 30 minutes with me just discussing what SHE would do, and answering ALL of my questions, and saying ALL the right things, I decided to take the plunge and ask her when she could cut my hair. Lucky for me, she was available at that moment and my great experience continued. I got the grand tour of the space, she explained everything she was doing so that I wasn’t in the dark, taught me a few things about my hair and the product she used, wasn’t pushy at all, and when it was all done I knew for sure that she listened to EVERYTHING I said during the consultation. Talk about a relief.

Here I sit, a changed woman. She cut my drying and styling time in half and my curls look better than I ever thought they could.

THIS time, the grass was greener on the other side.

Now my only problem is breaking the news to my stylist. There’s no hiding your hair in New York – especially when you run in similar circles and live and work in the same neighborhood as your former stylist.
Wish me luck!

2 Comments so far

  1. Chris Trent (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

    you have curls??? who knew!

    (ahem… what’s the deal with not posting a pic?)

  2. Melissa (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    Sorry Chris – no picture. You KNOW how shy I am! ;)

    I’ll see if I can wear it curly for our next meet-up… just to appease you.

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