Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hair Woes

When I moved to San Francisco I had very short hair, and wanted to grow it out. My friend recommended her hair stylist, a quirky and very detail-oriented woman named Nancy. Nancy eased the transition from this*:


... to this:


... to this:


... to this:


... to this:


... to this:


Each time I visited Nancy, she would take time to examine my hair, comment on how difficult it was to cut and what personality it had, and then get to work re-shaping it from an unflattering helmet-head to a stylish 'do. I trusted her and was never disappointed (except when she'd take hours to do a relatively simple cut, but that's a post for another day).

I had never thought of my hair as "difficult" or "with personality" - it was just straight, blond hair so how difficult could it be!? But after cutting it short and going through millions of awkward stages as it grew long again, I learned that straight hair is trickier than I ever realized.

When I moved to Boston, I knew that finding a replacement for Nancy would be difficult, but I had no idea it would be impossible. I have now lived here for nearly three years, and I have yet to find someone who has cut my hair well enough that I return for a second cut. Maybe I give too much direction. Maybe I don't give enough. I've tried cheap salons and expensive ones, all with the same result: a disappointing hair cut that either requires that I return for a fix (that is still not near perfect, but better than the original cut), or let it grow out in the hopes that the next cut is better.

Today, I got yet another bad haircut and continued the trend. I am not going to return, because I don't have confidence that it can be fixed by the woman who cut it. So now I face the task of finding a hair salon that can take my bad haircut and make it better. I'm not even looking for someone to fix it and make it look good. I'll settle (as I have since I moved here) for a tolerable cut. I've given up on having an easy wash-and-go cut like I've had in the past. That's now a pipe dream. But getting a haircut that doesn't look blocky or stringy or heavy or awkwardly layered seems like it should be an achievable goal, no? A girl can dream...



*For the record, photos above don't show the most awkward of the growing out phases, as I don't have any digital photos of those phases to upload. If anyone has any good spike-y haired photos circa 2002/2003, please send them my way and I'll add them to this post.

8 comments:

Melissa said...

You and I have very different hair but I used to go see Lisa, the owner of Twilight on Beacon St right near my old apartment. She did well with my hair, much better than my old Newbury St. hairstylist. She's not expensive, is open late, and is really, really nice. No idea if she'll do straight blond tresses as well as annoyingly wavy brown ones but might be worth a shot...

CDG said...

Veronique used to have a stylist she loved on Comm Ave right near Harvard (I don't know if she's still there, but you should ask Vero). I have a stylis I love, but she's in Worcester at Tu Moda...

smukai said...

Just wanted to go on record that I liked all the hair styles...even the spiky, not sure what was going on, haircut.

Anonymous said...

Ooooh. I had a great hairstylist in Boston, in Wellesley, actually. Across from the college. It was like this pink old lady paisley salon, but this KICK ASS stylist Katie worked there and she ROCKED. I think it was called Hair...Hair something. I'll find out. Also, thanks for posting that killer picture of me! EFS.

Anonymous said...

Ah ha! http://www.yelp.com/biz/hair-west-wellesley

Anonymous said...

My genetically similar hair recommends Melissa at Taglio salon in natick..(508) 655 3500 OR http://www.tagliosalonma.com/ not too expensive either! cousin katie

brushfiremedia said...

You have great hair, fibs. Not to worry. Even a bad cut looks good on you!

I have nothing useful to add, re: stylists.

Adria said...

i have two great places (and cheap) right here in west medford. a couple of girls I know (2 of whom are VERY picky wiht their hair) all go there, moi included