A Serious Hair-ror in Judgment (or why I’ve been wearing hats lately)

www.inkthinkerblog.com — Last week, while I was in Maryland conducting interviews for a book project I’ve been hired to write, I decided on a whim to get a trim before heading back south. My bangs had been driving me bonkers all morning, and the Panera where I stopped for lunch was right next to a discount hair place that I won’t name, but which rhymes with Flair Watery (pronounced the Jersey way: WHUT-ery).

This is what the “stylist” (and I use the term loosely) did to me:

You can see the eight feet of bangs (I don’t know why she thought they needed to start practically on the back of my head), but what you can’t see is the huge chunks she took out of the back (her version of layering) and the bizarre feathering she put around my face. And may I remind you that this was supposed to be A TRIM???

I looked like a cross between someone’s grandma, a standard poodle, an early 1900s schoolmarm, and a Wal-Mart greeter from 1987. Hence, the immediate bun and look of utter distress.

I put in a frantic call to a friend’s salon and managed to get an appointment for just a few days later, so that was a relief. I had that I-just-fell-out-of-a-Gap-commercial look for a few days, with all of the bandanas I was wearing to cover up the disaster on my head, but I was hopeful that it would all be worthwhile, that Jodi would fix everything.

Jodi has been cutting hair professionally since 1986, and she said it was the absolute worst haircut she’d ever seen. AND, she had to cut it off to my CHIN to salvage it, it was so bad in the back. So I went from long locks to this:

But, as you can see, I’m glad I don’t look like a grand-poodle-marm-greeter anymore… Now, to get used to my sudden baldness…

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11 comments… add one
  • Apr 30, 2007

    Wow! What a fetching do! You look fabulous, and even more adorable, if that’s possible!!

  • Apr 30, 2007

    Hey, Kristen,

    Wow! Great haircut! You look wonderful!

    Don’t forget – our next article challenge starts tomorrow, May 1st.

    Suzanne Lieurance
    The Working Writer’s Coach

  • Apr 30, 2007

    Your new haircut is adorable and it suits you to a “t” I absolutely love it. Maybe the bad haircut was a good thing, your new ‘do is so flattering!

  • Apr 30, 2007

    Kristen I know that “I wish I could strangle you with your scrunchie” angst. Finding hairdressers was the worst part of military moves. But Jodi did a fabulous job. On top of that you look even more professional so you might from a business culture standpoint consider keeping it.

  • May 1, 2007

    Looks great! It’s spring — the perfect season for short hair. (And good to get an update on what you’re working on. I was jonesin’ for a new Inkthinker post!)

  • May 1, 2007

    I love the new “do”!
    I have to agree with deb, it really does suit you. But your post is exactly why this scrunchie-lovin, tie-it-back-and-don’t touch-it momma is scared of hairdressers. But I DID color out my grey this weekend… Long Over Due.

    I’m glad this had a happy ending for you!

  • May 1, 2007

    I love the new style!

  • May 2, 2007

    Well, I had the same experience at a place that sounds like Freight Blips! I wound up cutting it more myself to fix it. Should have cut it myself to begin with. It looked like crap until I fixed it.

    So…I KNOW how you were feeling!

  • May 2, 2007

    I’m sorry you had to have the bad cut first, but I love the result!

  • May 3, 2007

    Your haircut looks fine. But what matters is how you feel about it. For me, when I go to a stylist and get my hair done, and it doesn’t come out looking the way I had hoped, it can be a downer even if everyone else says it looks fine. Bottom line, you like fine. But your feelings ARE valid.


  • May 7, 2007

    The new look is fantastic on you! I had a similar experience a little over a year ago, except that the end result didn’t look as cute. It was about as short as yours (shorter in the front) and the back was STILL a little messed up. That my hair is naturally curly made it even more difficult to deal with. Growing that one out took a long time…

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