Okay, so you’ve done something drastic. You went from long to short, from blond to red, from board straight to electric socket curls and you HATE IT. So whose fault is it? The stylist’s who listened carefully to what you wanted and asked you ten times if you were sure you wanted to make such a dramatic change? The stupid celebrity who spent six hours in hair and makeup and then did the photo shoot, or the editor who chose from a hundred shots and then air brushed and touched up the final photo for the glossy magazine cover you brought into the salon?

Did you beg your stylist to make you look like Katie Perry with orange hair. NO, but you didn’t have to. They’ve seen that look on enough faces to know how much it means to you to have that Katie’s hair. That somewhere in the front of your brain, right about where your new orange bangs are, you believe that if your stylist gives you the pop star’s hairdo, no matter what features God blessed you with, you’ll actually look like Katie Perry. So now you have clown hair. What do you do?

RULE NUMBER ONE: DO NOT THROW A FIT IN THE SALON. As a matter of fact, don’t even open your mouth. Employ the two hour rule, which clearly states- anyone who has undergone a MAJOR change (they all but begged their stylist for) should wait a minimum of two hours before screaming at said stylist for doing EXACTLY what was asked of them.

RULE NUMBER TWO:  LOOK IN EVERY MIRROR YOU OWN AND KEEP ON LOOKING. Set the timer for two hours. Look in the bathroom mirror, the foyer mirror, the flip down mirror in your car, even that little rectangular one in you lipstick case a minimum of twenty-five times. After the timer goes off, if and only if you still hate your hair, THEN you can call you stylist. He or she will listen to you. They will not say “I tried to tell this wouldn’t work,” even though they did in the most tactful way possible. What they will do is everything in their magical powers to make you happy because that’s what hair stylist do. They make you happy.

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Kim Boykin learned about women and their hair in her mother’s beauty shop in a tiny South Carolina town. She loves to write stories about strong Southern women, because that’s what she knows. Kim is an accomplished public speaker and serves on the board of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, three dogs, and 126 rose bushes.
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  1. Too true! My last haircut was supposed to be shoulder length- it was not. He straightened it and I ended up looking like Benjamin Franklin. All I needed was a kite!!!

  2. Totally not the stylist’s fault… but I can only imagine what a horrible feeling it would be! What colour is your hair right now? 😉

  3. Except my hairdresser who keeps insisting that if I let my naturally curly hair go gray, like it wants to do, I will not be happy lol So my hair remains, with a bit of help, a nice shade of brown.

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