7.11.2012

your hair looks like a beetle ... like the car

Ok, so I mentioned HERE that I recently had the most ridiculous haircut experience ever. And for the first time in a long time ...
I was not being sarcastic.

Now, I have to start by saying that it takes a lot for me to care about my hair. It takes a lot for me to care about anything related to how I look. Trust me. Or ask husband. Or check out THIS post or THIS post. Honestly, if I could shave my head without ridicule, I would do it tomorrow.
So again, it takes a lot for me to care.

So, the story goes a little something like this ...
I decided to get my hair cut before my little trip to Chicago. I wanted to look pretty for Jack. So, I called up the cheapest place in town (the place I always go to). I asked for the cheapest stylist available that day (the level of stylist that I always ask for). And I headed into the salon for the cheapest haircut you can imagine (the same haircut that I always get ... cheap).

But this haircut was different. This haircut was with a nice young man who I'm sure has a wonderful personality and a big heart. However, there are a few things that I would lke to say to him right now. There are a few things that I would like to remind him not to do the next time he decides to be Edward Scissorhands.
So, here we go ...

  • Do not take 1.75 hrs to cut already short hair. This is ridiculous.
  • Do not drop the comb 18 times and therefore have to disenfect the comb 18 times. This is gross.
  • Do not ask someone the same question 14 times. If someone tells you that they are going to Chicago, this is where they are going. The answer to this question will not change whether you ask it five times or 14 times.
  • Do not compare a woman's head of hair to cars. More specifically, do not tell someone that their hair looks like a "beetle" vs. a "semi". Huh?
  • Do not continue to cut someone's hair if they tell you "please stop cutting my hair". Honestly ... if someone tells you that they want to get out of the chair before they start to cry ... this is a very good indication that you should put DOWN the scissors and STOP CUTTING.
  • And finally ... please do not take illegal substances prior to cutting someone's hair. This is rude. Not to mention very illegal, hence the reason they call these substances "illegal".

Ok, so now for what I learned:
  • Do not get your hair cut just hours before leaving for vacation.
  • If you do get your hair cut just hours before leaving for vacation, make sure that you are looking up from your magazine every so often. Otherwise, you will look up after finishing a five page article on Jessica Simpson and see nothing. Your hair will be gone.
  • Do not spend less than $25 on a haircut. One time (not this time, but one time) I went to Great Clips and used not one, but two coupons. My haircut was $4.50. It was bad, but not as bad as this one.
  • A bad haircut is not the end of the world. You know what my father-in-law always says? You know what the difference is between a good haircut and a bad haircut? Three Days. He is a smart man.
  • A couple of beers with husband will make any bad situation better.
And finally ...
always have a hat on hand.

70 comments:

  1. I like your hair, but I know what you mean. I've learned the hard way (at least twice) that I have to spend money on my haircuts. I have thick, somewhat unruly hair, so if someone cuts it that doesn't know what they're doing, I look somewhat awful.

    The good thing, and I know this doesn't help immediately, is that hair does grow! Father-in-laws are smart :)

    Either way, in all truthfulness, I think it still looks cute and you are beautiful!

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  2. Whhhhatever, I am so rolling my eyes at you because I'm loving your hair in that second picture, it's clear it looks great on you. But that experience sounds super sucky.

    Love it!
    www.dysfunctionaleverafter.com

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  3. 1.75 hours for a haircut is crazy!
    I always go to the same person to get my hair cut & it drives my husband nuts because he doesn't understand why I have to make an appointment & can't get walk in to the nearest shop.
    You FIL has a very good point about the 3 days!

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  4. Oh no Tiff! I think you've done a great job of styling your shorter locks, even if you hate them. At least you look cute in hats! :)

    finer feelings

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  5. I had a bad haircut once. Luckily I didn't have to go through any of the additional horrors that you did, but I came out with my hair way shorter than I wanted and looking like Florence Henderson in her Brady Bunch days. The worst part was when my hairdresser said "I think this cut really suits you". Oh and I had my cousins wedding to attend in 3 days. Needless to say, I found a new hairdresser. I feel your pain.

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  6. I think it looks cute! I'd never be brave enough to go that short. lol

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  7. Holy cow that is a horrible hair cut experience! I really like your hair though. Hopefully this hair dresser stumbles upon your blog and changes his ways!

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  8. Oh boo I hate that you had a bad haircut experience! Your hair cut guy sounds like he was new or something? Luckily, you are pretty and you can pull this look off until it grows out a little to your liking! :)

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  9. Ohhh, I feel you. I had this happen back in December. It was horrible. And I'll never be as brave as you and post pictures. Never.

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  10. No!! (but your "shorter than mine" photo cracked me up) I hope it grows out quick for you!!

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  11. oh no! at least is it hair and it does grow back. i made that same choice one time to cut off 15+ inches and donate it.. oh my i will never go that short again. my brother also had a similar experience the day before a wedding he was in.. his hair stood up on all ends - it wasn't supposed to. you still look cute though :)

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  12. I hope that in three days you are happier with it!! Talk about a BAD experience!!

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  13. Oh nooooooooo! Such a bummer, but it will grow! Maybe you can experiment with some new styling products? See how it changes your hair texture? When I hated my short haircut.....I used bumble and bumble surf spray and wore my hair super tousled......it did help!

    Carly
    www.lipglossandcrayons.com

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  14. so i don't know but i think it's cute. but i think your experience was really awful. that long to cut hair? did he just graduate yesterday? ugh.

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  15. He sounds pretty awful. Does your hair grow pretty fast? I am usually ok with cutting my hair right before big events (pictures, trips, wedding..) but this makes me think twice. At least you look great in a hat ;)

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  16. Ps. I should also say I don't think it looks bad. I would never think 'bad haircut' by looking at those pics :)

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  17. I was dying reading your bullet points for Edward! But it will grow out.

    Oh, and are you a cheap-o? I didn't know... (wink)

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  18. Oh my...... I never go to cheap salons for that reason! I also get my hair cut 4x a year so that does help. LOL! I think I'm going to need to see more pictures. ;) Good thing hair grows!!! xoxo A

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  19. i just invested in my first fedora. totally thought of you.

    dude, sorry about the haircut. the worst one i ever had was BAD. i was in junior high (i think this should be on your list of don'ts, like just DON'T get your hair cut in middle school) and my hair was shoulder length. i showed him a picture of jennifer aniston (OF COURSE) and when he was all done, he spun me around to face the mirror. i gasped. i looked like florence henderson who played mrs. brady on the brandy bunch. there was long scoop of waterfall hair left underneath that did a backflip at it's ends, and then the 80% remaining hair was cut into a short bob on top. i was mortified. i forced him to remove the mullet strip and what was left was so short he had to shave my neck.

    although, i got my first boyfriend after that haircut.

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  20. Holy cow that is definitely one ridiculous hair cut story! I have to admit that I haven't gotten my hair cut in over a year due to horrific hair cut situations that have left me scarred for life. The last one left all sorts of strands of hair at all different lengths... clearly the stylist didn't know how to even things out. Now I just go for the split ends look. It's super classy.

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  21. I would also like to tell you not to use a Groupon every time you cut your hair...because you will wind up with several bad haircuts in a row.
    I think your hair looks cute...because I think I had the same haircut. I requested the haircut and didn't even use a Groupon to get it.

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  22. Oh, my gosh! I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I went through something similar just after we got married (I'm talking DAYS after!) I had such long, pretty hair and wanted a cute summer bob and the guy hacked me to PIECES! You can read about it here: http://www.hodgespodges.com/2012/06/wilw-hair-edition.html I will say that Mane and Tale shampoo (yes, the horse stuff) has worked WONDERS. Give it a shot, you'll be surprised how quickly your hair will grow. Also, a hair/skin/nail vitamin helps too.

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  23. Oh this post is toooo funny!!! I love my cheap Tiff :) No matter what type of hair cut you have you are still a beauty!

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  24. Oh man, I'm already rather frightened of getting my haircut...after an experience like that, I'd probably never go back. This is why I tend to prefer cutting my own hair. :P At least you don't have to deal with random and strange questions. I always go with my husband when he gets his haircuts and we both have the day off, and I sit pretend to read a magazine but am secretly laughing over the random questions hairdressers ask and the comments they make.
    My worst haircut experience was probably when the girl who was cutting my hair spent the whole haircut telling bad stories about "hispanics" and basically badmouthing the entire race--inexplicably. I have no idea why she decided this was an appropriate subject for a haircut. I was silent the entire time. I'm not Mexican, but I'm married to one, so when she asked my name at the end when I was paying, I said my surname with a flourish of rolled r's--it's one of those unmistakeably Spanish surnames--and her jaw dropped. And I hope she learned a bit about what kind of opinions are appropriate to air when you're talking to strangers (hint: not racist ones!).

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  25. Ohh noooo!! Girl, I've learned that lesson before. (Cheap Cheap haircuts are not a good idea- haha!) I got my haircut before our vacation to Jamaica at a Great clips and the girl cut my "side bangs" like a ten-year-old girl (straight across and super short). I look like a damn fool in every picture. Never again.
    And seriously, you're so cute no matter how short the hair. Your rockin it!

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  26. I with the others up there that say that your hair looks so cute!! But I also can sympathize with you because I've definitely made the mistake of getting a horrible cheap haircut and then feeling sad about it. It feels like you just can't make anything look right. But just know, no one else thinks it looks as bad as you think it does.

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  27. You look amazing! :) And love the hat too!

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  28. Oh you poor thing! I think once upon a time I had hair shorter than you though, if that makes you feel any better. I got the bright idea that I needed a bowl cut when I was about 12 years old. I've got the horrifying pictures to prove it -- eek. Don't worry, yours is cute! Especially with those spunky hats!

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  29. hahahah this is cute! I love your hair girl! and I agree, never spend more than $25 on a haircut..EVER! my hubby spends $25 every 8 weeks or so and it peeves me!

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  30. A beetle? A semi?

    Yeah, that guy was totally high.

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  31. Oh my word that is quite the experience.

    Mind you I had a hairdresser give me second degree burns when she blow waved my hair and I was screaming at the time to get out the chair...landed up in the ER and everything!!!

    This happened because my regular (as in for the past 13 years) hairdresser freaking fell in love and moved to the freaking place this freaking man lives!!!

    I have now, however found a wonderful man who charges me the price of a small country's debt balance but I am always happy and the massage chair and hair wash massage is wonderful and almost worth the price!!!!

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  32. Haha, great story! You are still stunning. I got a soccer mom hair cut once... I cried all the way home.

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  33. Hair is just hair, but it's better when you like it. The cut is still great on you, but I can understand being upset that the high hairstylist took a lot of time to cut off most of your already short hair. What a tool. Hopefully the three-day grace period went quickly! Or you were so drunk that you didn't notice :)

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  34. Yay bad hair cuts are the worst, I remember feeling ugly for weeks after a bang trim gone terrible wrong! You are totally rocking the hair cut though!

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  35. Oh Tiff!! You have a beautiful face so no one is looking at your hair. This email cracked me up though!!

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  36. Tiff.. isn't Amy's story like the best? When she told me that story my life was MADE. MADE.

    This is a sad sad story.. not because of your hair but because you went to Chicago instead of Utah.

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  37. Yuck, what an experience! Trust me... been there, done that, and it really is a downer for so many days. And you may not care that others think you still look so cute because you don't "feel" cute I'm still gonna tell you - you still rock that haircut, sexy chica! I try to remind myself that none of my experiences could be worse than my mom's - in a cheap hairsalon in Thailand ($2 haircut?)the haircutter (she was no stylist) actually snipped a piece off of my mom's earlope! And denied it! My mom didn't realize until she came back home and noticed in the mirror she was missing a piece and it was bleeding! We laugh about it nowadays... and it was a small piece so it grew back :D

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  38. I have a haircut today at 4. I looked at their site and saw it's going to be $70 so I was going to cancel. However your post is making me think $70 might = a quality cut. Might.

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  39. Lady, your hair looks totally fine. Your face is so beautiful. But I honestly think short hair is so much harder than long hair. I had to cut my hair off mega short after I realized it was all dead from getting the hell bleached out of it every three weeks by a girl I used to play soccer with. In her garage. Anyhow.. if you are giong to do nothing with your hair (I employ this same method) I think long is the way to go. Just never cut it. Let the hair get all Crystal Gayle on you. Much easier. I promise.

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  40. Oh Tiff, you had me rolling, seriously rolling. you are soooo funny! I love coming to your blog, because I know I will leave smiling. :) I can totally relate to getting bad haircuts and getting bad haircuts in questionably parts of town all for the sake of saving. Like I said before, even if you had your head shave you would still look fabulous dealing, fabulous! i'm so sorry to hear about your haircut experience. I love your dad's advice. oh and oh my how incredibly, cuuute Sherman was as a puppy! Oh my!! :)

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  41. I am a 'semi-retired' hairdresser. (if that makes sense) If he dropped his comb that many times, he was probably new at the whole cutting hair thing. You poor girl! I feel for you! Although your hair looks great! I worked for Great Clips right after school...two words: CHOP SHOP! They will jack you up in a minute! GC is a place for girls right out of school or ones that can't get a job else where! You know, you have a right to ask for a refund! GC has a guarantee! (sorry I had to)

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  42. wow that is a crazy story!!! I can't believe it, I would be so annoyed too!

    xoxo
    Petchie
    http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

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  43. Ohhhh poor you...that is awful. I used to go a salon/school and get my hair cut by the students. Big risk, sometimes was OK, sometimes was not! And I'm no stranger to crying in the salon chair. I also like your Dad's advice. You know what my Mom says? "Wlosy nie sa kapusta!" That means "Hair isn't cabbage" (in Polish). And it's so true. Hair grows!

    You still look great though and as I said before,you look super fab in the hat!

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  44. First off your hair looks beautiful!!! Nothing wrong with it if you ask me! BUT I do hate those horrible salon experiences.. I think we've all been there. You ask for one thing, look up from your magazine, and see something completely off. Also, it definitely might be a good idea to stop cutting if your client asks you to stop, hair-cutter-man! And finally, you're right. Hair is hair is hair. I like this zen mentality of yours (I need to adapt it myself).

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com/

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  45. I think the comparison pictures could be a thing...this is shorter than that--these are uglier that this...just brainstorming here...
    Thankfully we have the wisdom of Johnny from The Outsiders: "Shoot! It's just hair Ponyboy! It will grow back!"
    xoxo

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  46. You look beautiful! But oh my gosh, what a frusterating situation! I can't believe he took almost 2 hours to cut your hair, especially when it was already short. Plus, asking the same question over and over again would really irritate me too. Thank goodness that hair grows pretty quickly (but you still look great anyway!)

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  47. Yeah, I got the worst haircut ever last November. My hair won't be back to my favorite length for at least two years. I vowed to never cut more than three inches at a time EVER again.

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  48. Oh man. That sounds terrible. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience! But hey, you have an awesome out looks so that's good. Thanks for passing on your haircut wisdom. ;)

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  49. i think i had the same haircut as you once in my life.
    next time i go home, i'll dig up the pictures and show you.
    i look like a mushroom.

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  50. Awwww, honey! I know exactly where you're coming from, I've had a horrible haircut or two before, and they always make you feel rotten! But, at least you know it'll grow back, and you look cute in a hat!!

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  51. Whoaaaaa. That guy is a MESS. I had a similar disaster mere months before my wedding. I'm still scarred.

    But seriously, a beetle? A semi? 1.75 HOURS?! I would've gotten that kid FIRED.

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  52. Oh, no! (It doesn't look THAT bad, though!) I've only had three professional hair cuts in my life.
    1. When I got bangs (against my mom's advice) age 9. I bought a bunch of headbands a week later.
    2. 6 weeks before my wedding. Went to CheapCutsRUS (I don't really know which cheap-o it was) on my lunch break and the girl did a great job.
    3. My first summer here. I went to a salon twice; once for a dye (I normally use boxes myself, but nice auburns are hard/impossible to find here. Only crayola fire-engine red. The second time I went for the dye, 4 months later (I'm cheap and didn't want to pay again, but I was headed to the States for a friend's wedding), the girl offered to cut my hair as well. I said sure, just a trim, blah blah. She then proceeded to cut some very wide-range layers... into my curly hair. And left me with two-tone hair I had to have corrected the next week, the day before I left town, when I DEFINITELY had time for it (ha). 2 months later those layers looked street-urchinesque, and I ended up having to cut all my hair off to my chin to get rid of them. So I had curly mushroom head until it grew out.
    ARGH.
    Your hat really does look adorable, and your smile is gorgeous as ever!
    (I'm sure that helps?!?!)

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  53. You poor, poor thing. At least you look cute in your hat! That guy should be fired for all his ridiculous stunts!!

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  54. Bad hair cuts are THE WORST!!! I have like no hair, so I am very sensetive when it comes to getting my hair done. It's kind of turned me into a hair cut snob. This comment has no real purpose, I'm sorry. I'm tired. :)

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  55. Oh my gosh! I have totally cried after leaving a Super Cuts haircut once and I never got a cheap haircut again. Honestly, I think you still look great and at least you have a good story to tell. Having a good personal misery story to tell people makes it so much more bearable. I have one I can't even blog about it's so embarrassing, but it has brought my friends many laughs and for that, I am grateful.

    ps love that hat pic

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  56. Only you can make a "beetle" haircut look adorable. I think it's really great, but I also think you should think about disarming (as in removing the arms of- what's that actually called??) the stylist.

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  57. Bless you, what an experience, i like the haircut though! I once had a hairdresser who when i showed her the picture of what I wanted my haircut to look like she turned it over to see what the back looked like! this did not instill my faith in her (worse thing was, my hair dresser was my auntie, i was so glad when i was able to start paying for my own haircuts and could choose where i went)

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  58. I too have a bad hair cut story similar to this one. Cheapest place in town, hair cut right before prom, mother hated it. Do you even know the high school drama that ensued after that?

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  59. It doesn't look terrible, but I understand bad haircuts. I went to Great Clips once, and walked out with a mullet. I wish I was lying. A hair stylist that we went to church with, actually volunteered to come to my house and fix it for no cost. I didn't even ask her, she insisted...and she fixed it, and I've been going to her every since!

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  60. Ok, I think your hair looks cute! But I think this would be a traumatic experience for me, lol!

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  61. I am totally with you on not caring much about hair cuts…although over the past 5 years or so I care a whole lot more (this is what happens when you try to grow your hair long). But when I had short hair it was like, let's chop it..it'll grow out. So, at least you have that. Also, it's not horrible. However, you did say stop and that made my jaw drop. Also, it's worth paying a little more. I definitely prefer to go to the same person just because it's nice to have someone who's familiar with your hair and knows what you like. I did, however, laugh through this whole post. Thank goodness for hats!

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  62. aw but at least it's adorable on you!

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  63. It isn't a terrible hair cut... but I can see why you're unhappy with this sweet young man who does not have a clue. I'm lucky and my hair grows pretty quickly, so a bad cut isn't a huge deal, but I feel your pain nonetheless.

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  64. Girl, I have totally been there. I was letting my hair grow out a couple of years ago and I went to a cheaper place to just get a trim and the girl who was cutting it straight up hacked at my hair at random. WHen she was done it looked like I had two different haircuts on my already short hair.

    I went back later that day and another lady there who had seen the girl ruin it was nice enough to cut it so it didn't look like a kid took a pair of kindergarten scissors to my head but to make it look decent, it had to be super short so I wound up with a pixie cut that took 2 years to grow out.

    btw, thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  65. Bad haircuts can really ruin ones mojo. I think you look adorable regardless but I feel you 100%.

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  66. your comparison pictures are pretty funny. at least you are rocking the "bad" haircut, and you look adorable in a hat :)

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  67. Oh man...bad haircuts are the WORST! Ugh and before vacation. But agreed...a few beers with the husband will do wonders ;)

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  68. Tiff. I am getting my hair cut the day before I leave for vacation. And it takes like 2 months to get in with my lady. And then I read your advice. Now I'm a little scared, especially since I'm dying it BACK to brunette and nobody knows about this. !

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  69. Well you pull it off great in your hat! Cute!

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  70. Oh my goodness! How did I miss this post?! I remember reading about it, but I didn't read this one! Haha! I'm so sorry! Plus side- it will grow back!

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