When I was in college, I had the best hairdresser EVER. I found him during the first week of my freshman year, simply because I walked past his salon on the way from my classes to my dorm every day. After the first haircut he gave me, I was hooked–he gave me advice about what style would suit me, he wasn’t afraid to disagree with me and make other suggestions, his hands moved with confidence while cutting and blow-drying my hair, and when he was done, my hair looked the best it ever had. I went to him religiously through four years of college and a year post-graduation. Then, I joined the Army and was gone for about a year. When I got back home and called to make an appointment, the girl on the phone said he had moved to New York. I can’t lie, I was devastated. Ridiculous, really, but it was a big loss for me.
I moved a lot then with the Army and then got married and ended up outside D.C. I looked for stylists who could compare for years and no one ever did. Then about 3 years ago, I found another stylist I loved, FINALLY! He was great, also confident and made my hair look great, to the point where I was even comfortable letting him cut 11″ of my hair off last year.
Then over the winter, he moved to New York. (Damn you, New York, give me back all my hairdressers!!!)
I went to a new place last Spring and tried a new stylist and a new salon and although I liked it, I didn’t LOVE it. And now, six months have passed since my last hair cut and it shows. My hair is looking ROUGH. But I don’t have a stylist and I am reluctant to just go to anyone and give them my money and then only kind of like the hair cut experience. Obviously I can’t just NOT cut my hair, but I feel really stuck.
So now, I’m looking at people around me all the time, searching for someone who has hair that looks similar to mine so I can ask for recommendations for amazing stylists. And I am scouring Pinterest for haircuts I might want because my hair looks like crapola right now. Ponytails are a daily occurrence at this point.
I’m tempted to just go to my sister’s stylist in Boston when we go up there this winter (her hair always looks good…but her hair is also much nicer and thicker and curlier than mine so it looks better anyway), but I don’t think I can wait that long for a hair cut. And Matt says it’s dumb to travel 500 miles for a haircut. At first I agreed, but I’m starting to think it’s worth it to have someone you trust cut your hair.
What do you look for in a stylist? Do you have someone you’ve gone to for a long time, or do you just try different places? How far would you drive to go to a stylist you love?