This is a blog post that I have put off for over a year. I was a little concerned about what people would do with the information that I'm about to share. I simply don't put information out there without thinking about the possible outcomes or consequences. I know that I am not everyone’s keeper & that most people are capable of making their own decisions. However, I am also aware that there is a level of “influence” on this platform, one that I take very serious.
On that note...
Yes, I paid $15 for this haircut !
I’ve been asked about my haircut repeatedly (on my posts, in my DM, & in person). I've had people beg me to tell them who cuts my hair and some have even asked me for the name of my haircut so they can request it from their stylist. How could I not be shook after all of that?
Although I have shared this information with a handful of people (privately), I have not shared it publicly, as I am doing now. Before I get into why I kept this information to myself until now, let me share how I got this haircut in the first place.
One February evening back in 2017, I was home dreading my hair. I was so over the length. Ugh! I simply wanted someone to cut my longest layer to shoulder-length. How hard could that be, right? I then remembered that my husband had taken our boys to a local franchise salon & their results were pretty darn good! So, I called the salon & the lady who had cut my boys' hair was working that evening. I rushed over to the salon before they closed & the next thing I knew, I was sitting in her chair. She asked me what type of cut I wanted & I told her that I simply wanted my hair cut shoulder-length. At that point, I wasn’t expecting anything grand. Well, to my surprise, my haircut was incredible! She not only cut my hair shoulder-length, but she shaped it and layered it beautifully. It was more than I expected! As my hair grew, my curls flourished, and the haircut just kept getting better & better. I couldn’t believe it. Well, here I am about 4 haircuts later, still going to see the same hairstylist (note: she only cuts my hair; she doesn’t dye it).
Results of first haircut
So, what’s the big deal? Why wouldn’t I share this information? Well, if you know anything about the curly hair community you know that many pride themselves in being curly hair stylists & rightfully so! The curl community is blessed to have so many talented curly hairstylists. I held back this information, first and foremost, because I didn’t want anyone to think that I was taking anything away from curl professionals. I, personally, have never gotten a “curly cut”, but that doesn’t mean that I have an issue with them. Many people can benefit tremendously from having a professional curl cut. I’ve seen incredible transformations.
In addition to not wanting to seem as though I was discrediting curly hairstylists, I didn’t want people to go to just any ol’ salon to request my same haircut expecting the same exact results. I’ve had people share my photo with their hairstylists and some have come back to tell me that their results were not the same as mine, leaving them feeling bummed out, even after I warned them that simply showing their stylist a photo of my hair wouldn't guarantee the same results.
So how did I approach this risky move of mine?
Following is what I did to ensure that my salon experience at this franchise salon worked to my advantage:
- I saw the hairstylist’s work beforehand. I had the chance to see her work through my children. Granted it wasn’t the same type of haircut, but I could see still see her work through their haircuts. Research is important. Many salons offer free consultations and many clients don’t take advantage of that. It’s important for the hairstylist to see what he/she will be working with. If they don’t feel comfortable working with your hair, they should let you know. The consultation is for you; it’s meant for you to get the best out of your salon experience. This goes for any salon.
- Know what to ask for. I never asked for bangs. I usually only ask for long layers with face frame. If my hair is on the shorter side, the long layers and the face-frame will naturally create curly bangs for me. If you go to someone who does not have experience dealing with curly hair and you ask for bangs, the results could be atrocious (careful what you ask for). Bangs can be very tricky. Before anything else, you should know your own hair and know what to ask for. Otherwise, you should consider seeing a curl specialist who knows what looks best for your hair type. They are curl specialists for a reason.
- I made it my business to show up to my appointment(s) with my hair pre-shampooed & wet. I did this to make it easier for my stylist and to prevent confusing her. You see, the times that she has cut my wet hair, my hair would eventually begin to dry and shrink and she would freak out a bit. She is not accustomed to cutting curly hair. Therefore, the shrinkage would throw her off (hence, why I make sure to go with my hair very wet). Rather than have her focus on my shrinkage, I help her focus on the haircut itself.
- I've been consistent. I kept seeing the same person. I didn’t go to anyone else but this person. The haircut is amazing. Why would I even consider going to anyone else?! I’ve taken far too many chances and I’ve learned the hard way that being consistent is important.
I’ve had several curl professionals examine my haircut up close & in person and they have praised it. That says a great deal, not only about curl professionals who can give credit where credit is due, but also about how you can have talented hair stylists working at franchise salons. I had someone recently comment on one of my posts telling me that I should consider sharing publicly who cuts my hair because the stylist could benefit from the exposure. I beg to differ. I know my stylist’s demeanor & quite honestly, I think that too much exposure could be a dangerous thing, in this case. What I fear, is that people will flock to her & it will overwhelm her. Yes, she is talented, but as stated previously, I know that she is not completely comfortable handling curly/natural hair. I would hate for someone to show up at the salon with their very curly hair, not know what haircut to ask for, and it ends up disastrous for everyone. The hairstylist’s reputation & job is on the line. A bad review from someone expecting a miracle of some sort could be awful for her, her career, her self-esteem, & the salon. I can’t have that responsibility on my shoulders. Sometimes what we think is helping others could actually be harming them.
My hairstylist knows that I’m a blogger. Although I never leave the salon with my hair styled (because I style it myself when I get home), I have shown her photos of my hair when it’s fully styled & curly and her jaw drops. She says, “I did that?!”. That alone warms my heart because she gets to see how amazing she is. I’m looking out for her because I don’t want the confidence that she has gained in a year with me, to go down the tubes. I’m also not obligated to share any information about who cuts my hair or what salon I visit. Yes, I get that we can help one another when we share that information, but sometimes you have to keep certain things to yourself, even if people don’t fully understand why. I always try to think things through & I try to look at the bigger picture. Influencing doesn’t always mean sharing everything. Part of the responsibility that comes with being a blogger/influencer is also knowing what to share and what not to share.
There are so many talented stylists out there, just as there are so many licensed stylists that should have their licenses revoked. I’ve been blessed to have found this gem in my neck of the woods. She is sweet, good-hearted, and talented. I hope that we continue on this journey together. I took a chance with her; it was actually a risk. I’m glad that the chance that I took worked in our favor. I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ll take it one step at a time, one curl at a time.
Warren Buffet said,
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”
In other words, price and value are not always the same. That’s something to keep in mind whether you dish out $15 or $300 for a haircut. You can get a $15 haircut that is valued at $300. In the same manner, you can get a $300 haircut that is valued $15. You don’t always get what you pay for. There are always exceptions.
Note: the haircut is approximately $15. I rounded the number.