Great Clips - Terrible Haircut

Great Clips - Screwed up my son's hair

Great Clips - Very Upset Grandmother

We generally count on salons to do what is best for us. We want them to cut our hair. To make us look sharp. And since we can’t see the back of our heads, to be sure that our hair is even at the very least.

For their trouble, the salon workers often expect tips for doing a good job, and we – the willing public – are happily able to give them a bit extra when we are satisfied.

But hair styles are hugely personal.

We are almost defined by the hair we keep and when things go wrong in the salon, the whole world knows it.

And sadly, no matter how much we enjoy tipping stylists who do a good job, there always seem to be plenty who mess things up.

Bad Haircuts on the Cheap

The majority of bad haircuts seem to come from those who are paid the least to produce them. Granted, if you’re willing to accept about $10 for a haircut, you’re not going to put in an hour’s worth of time and care on perfecting the style.

But when someone asks for a basic trim, $10 seems like just the right amount to make it happen.

So what do you do when the basic trim winds up uneven?

Or your neck is scratched and scabby from the clippers?

Sometimes you can tell the stylist is sloppy, but other times he or she tries hard but just can’t do it correctly. At the very least you can hope that the stylist or salon owner would work hard to correct the mistake and even things up.

And sometimes they do. Often, by politely speaking up and pointing out your concerns about the length on top or the scraggly hair at your neckline, you can encourage the stylist to spend a few more minutes correcting the worst of his or her blunders.

But other times you can’t seem to count on a blundering stylist to fix much of anything.

Faulty Customer Service

The service industry is broad, of course, but hairstylists fall directly into this particular category. They are performing a service that will either brighten someone’s day or devastate it.

It’s a heady responsibility and not everyone takes that job very seriously.

For example, one stylist might ask a child if he is okay with the cut. The kid may say yet, but when his parent speaks up to correct some issues, that is the person the stylist should be answering to.

But this doesn’t always happen, and a child who was too polite to say otherwise leaves with an uneven or even incomplete haircut. The parent is fuming about the experience.

The same can happen with your own haircut. Perhaps you want a particular style and ask the stylist about the possibilities. The savvy stylist will talk it over with you to help you decide if you have the right hair texture and styling techniques.

The rude stylist will insult your choice or simply tell you no. When you ask more questions, you are shut down by the would-be expert behind you. Granted she can tell you about her skills and industry, but you probably have a better idea of your personal grooming routine than she would ever know.

Worst of all, after an encounter with a rude sales person, or even a polite one who just can’t seem to cut hair evenly, you are still encouraged to tip the stylist.

While stylists generally do live off their tips, the tip is a sign of a job well done.

When a job’s not well done – what are you to do? Tip anyway? Some stylists say yes and even ask for extra money.

Or you could opt to avoid tipping, and if that’s the case you’d best avoid that salon in the future as well.