I got my hair trimmed today and I came within an inch of seriously losing my cool.
Just for reference, I have short, simple pixie cut. Getting a trim usually takes no more than 20 minutes, and sometimes I even get charged the cheaper men's price due to the simplicity.
I walk in to the salon (one of those places that caters mostly to walk-ins) and I'm immediately seated by one of the stylists. I've seen her around before, so I know she's not new, but I've never received service from her. Well, you better believe I'm avoiding this girl like the plague now. It took her a full hour
just to trim my hair. No shampoo, no styling. Just to TRIM.
I noticed fairly early on she seemed to be making progress very slowly. I had asked her to take off an inch all over and she was taking off more like a quarter inch. I told her again, "an inch please," and she got defensive saying, "If I cut it too short, I can't make it grow back." Maybe I'm unusual in that I'd rather have my hair cut too short than too long because it just means I can wait longer before I need another trim. I told her I'm sure she won't cut too short, and even if she did I wouldn't be bothered. Well, she continues to cut-itty bitty snips and this conversation loops about every 10 minutes:Her:
Is this okay? (Barely any length cut)Me:
Can you please take off more? Her:
Please make it shorter.Her:
*trims another fraction of an inch*
Around the 40 minute mark (about double the time it should take), I started getting really impatient because I had lots of errands to run still. I said, "Do you think you can try to wrap this up soon? I have somewhere I need to be." She said she could, but continued at the same pace. At this point I'm starting to wonder if she has OCD because she is obsessing over every single hair being *perfect* by her standards. I asked her a few more times in the remaining 20 minutes to please finish. I knew I was starting to lose my cool and I considered just asking to have someone else come complete my haircut because this girl just wouldn't pick up the pace. When she finally finished after an hour (3x the standard time), I paid and left, internally fuming.
I know I will continue to go to this salon and avoiding this girl should be no problem. However, what do I do if something like this happens again with a different stylist? Is it okay to ask to have a different stylist midway? Is it ever okay just to tell them, "Forget it, I'm leaving?" Or am I being an SS and should accept that some stylists are just incredibly slow?